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Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

What Will Save the Euro?

Harlan Green | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Now that Greece has voted "no" on the latest proposal by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (the so-called "troika"), will Greece stay in the eurozone? If so, Greece may save the euro.

Returning Poland to Europe

John Feffer | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
John Feffer

Central Europe had been kidnapped, the Czech writer Milan Kundera once wrote in a celebrated essay from 1984. It had been dragged eastward by the Soviet Union after World War II. And like a displaced person yearning to return home, the region couldn't wait until it could rejoin Europe.

Trading Away Our Sovereignty

John Fullerton | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
John Fullerton

"Free Trade" was in the news this Memorial Day weekend. President Obama is pushing hard for "fast track" approval of his Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") Agreement, calling for a simple up or down vote without the possibility of amendments or floor debate.

The Market Before the Market in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

In the 1980s, economist Marcin Swiecicki was at the center of the discussions over the path of economic reform in Poland. We talked about his perspective on the economic changes that took place after 1990, his accomplishments as mayor, and his view of the political situation today in Poland.

The Rich Countries Are Leaving the Poor for Dead: Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals

Katherine Keating | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Katherine Keating

Despite his experiences of skepticism and false promises over the past 15 years, Sachs still believes that the world can put an end to extreme poverty. Echoing one of his earlier speeches, the reality is "either you decide to leave people to die or you decide to do something about it."

The Disappointment of Fulfilled Dreams in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

Many Poles dreamed of the day when the Communist regime would fall. But even after the semi-free elections of June 4, 1989, in which Solidarity-affiliated candidates won nearly all the contested seats, few anticipated that their dreams would come true so quickly.

Why Well-Being Is a Skill That Can Be Learned

Richard J. Davidson | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Richard J. Davidson

We need to shift our thinking about well-being from a static "thing" to a set of skills that can be learned and cultivated over time -- a notion supported by a growing body of scientific evidence I've outlined as an author of this year's World Happiness Report.

Julian Lennon's Artistic Horizons

Lauri Lyons | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Lauri Lyons

I recently sat down with Julian to talk about his first visit to Africa, which is the subject of the Horizons exhibition at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.

Poland's Luckiest Generation

John Feffer | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

We are also trying to diminish the influence of the Church in Poland. Poland is a very conservative country. We are definitely for secularism. And we are not for the unlimited free market deciding everything. Some things cannot be managed in a business way.

My Conversation With Jeffrey Sachs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

For more than a quarter century, Sachs, described by The New York Times as "probably the most important economist in the world," has advised governments around the globe on progressive policy. In the clip, he analyzes our own system in the U.S. and reflects on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

An Open Letter to World Leaders

Malala Yousafzai | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Malala Yousafzai

If this does not change, we fear you and your fellow leaders could be sleep-walking the world towards one of the greatest failures of recent history. It's not too late to rise to the occasion.

Care for the Whole Creation: The World Council of Churches at COP20 in Lima

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Green
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

We need to reflect on our own lifestyle and the way we live, understand the impact our living has on the planet and on our brothers and sisters and consider how we need to change our ways.

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Business as Agent for World Benefit?

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy If this statement sounds a bit odd to you, let me share with you the theme of the conference that took place last week in Clevela...

Poland's Extraordinary Economic Transformation

Barry D. Wood | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Poland and Germany -- with a long history of conflict -- are very close partners. Chancellor Angela Merkel was instrumental in elevating Poland's conservative Prime Minister Donald Tusk to becoming the next president of the EU council.

Two Crises Cry Out for a 'Manhattan Project': Climate Change and Ebola

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.

Economist Jeffrey Sachs Says NO to TPP and TAFTA Trade Deals

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Without touching on the unpopular Fast-Track mechanism necessary to pass these two treaties, Sachs laid out five reasons why, on the substance, they should not be passed or ratified.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Tom Weis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
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Tom Weis

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

If Hillary Is the Only Candidate, Where Does She Stand on Keystone XL?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Saying that there's only one candidate allowed and we'll tell you later what her positions are is not what democracy looks like.

Where Are The Brave Ones?

Harlan Green | Posted 03.28.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Government cutbacks are also the main reason for our soaring inequality and social immobility, as domestic austerity policies have endangered the social safety net while conservative state governments inhibit collective bargaining, voters' and women's rights.

Moving Beyond GDP

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Sean McElwee

The 2007 economic crisis and the lingering stagnation it wrought has lead economists, philosophers and policymakers to a profound rethinking of how we measure economic performance and social progress.

The Karimu Kids: New School Launches a Whole Village Revitalization

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

So, there sat Ufani School, atop a grassy knoll with its bright blue walls shining and glass windows glinting in the East African sun. The teachers could work in a solid building, and the students could prepare to pass their secondary school entrance exams at extraordinarily high rates for rural Tanzania. Yet, that wasn't enough.

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty (Part Three)

Nina Munk | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Nina Munk

Sachs's office window was streaked with rain. He had spent nearly two hours answering my questions, and they were starting to irritate him. It had been a long day. For a few moments, we sat in silence. Then he said: "I believe in the contingency of life."

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty (Part Two)

Nina Munk | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Nina Munk

Dertu's aging borehole had broken down, and not for the first time. In this instance, however, the situation was especially dire: it was the dry season, and both generator-driven pumps had given out at once.