It's surreal to be in the south during this time in history. The hot, humid muggy Mississippi weather today was interrupted momentarily by a ferocious thunderstorm that flashed and rumbled over the Capital City, dumping buckets of warm rain in its hurry to race through the region.
What if the real problem in the Middle East isn't a few thousand crazy guys running around in the desert chopping off heads? What if the real problem is the established order that inspired them to organize, the very order the U.S. continually helps perpetuate?
One of the highlights of last year's Government Summit, an annual international forum held in Dubai designed to help shape the future of governments, was the announcement that the UAE was set to introduce drones to help deliver ID cards, driving licenses and other permits to its residents.
Our climbing gear and supplies, an incredible sprawl of meticulously-chosen clothing, hardware, food and medical supplies everything that we would need to have our shot at Everest's summit was packed in 90 minutes.
By now, the American people have heard loud and clear what divides the two countries. But what about what unites them? What about mutual interests and concerns? Shouldn't those be the focus of some discussions?
Sitting down on the bus carrying us out through the stunning Darbyshire countryside to a cavern where we would watch an Opening Night film for the Sheffield Doc Fest, little did I know what the woman sitting next to me would come to represent for me.
While the face of China, with its new veneer of mobster capitalism, looks very different today, nothing has changed politically. The folks that sent the tanks and troops into Tiananmen are still in charge.
"Defund Planned Parenthood" has become a rallying cry of the right nationwide, and an ideological purity test, despite the fact that the United States has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy in the industrialized world.