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Moscow Issues Travel Warning Over U.S. 'Hunt' For Russians

Posted 05.22.2015 | World

MOSCOW, May 22 (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and sp...

Sudan's Prospects for Reform

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.

Nepal Earthquake: Challenges to Disaster Response?

Oliver Lacey-Hall | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Oliver Lacey-Hall

Each disaster carries its own unique challenges and the way in which the humanitarian system responds must be specifically tailored to the context. The April 25 and May 12 Nepal earthquakes is a salient reminder of this.

Old, Old Glory

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

If we are to have a government, it should at least do the bare minimum of what's necessary for a modern, competitive society. Now, in 2015, a high-speed railway system and effective public transit are necessary.

How Did the United States Really Perform in the United Nations Human Rights Review? By the Numbers, the News is Not Good

Radhika Balakrishnan | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Radhika Balakrishnan

An institutionalized, transparent and coordinated approach to human rights monitoring and implementation, that takes into account a human rights-centered macroeconomic and financial policy, is urgently needed.

Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

Burns Strider | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Burns Strider

Initiative 42 matters to a group of dedicated and hard working Mississippians who have raised more than $2 million and organized as 42 for Better Schools to pass this important initiative.

Internal Rift in Saudi Kingdom Poses Tough Foreign Policy Questions for the United States

David Oualaalou | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

By all indications, Americans gave only passing notice to Saudi Arabian King Salman's abrupt and unexpected shuffling of major Cabinet posts -- including the fact the announcement came down at 4 a.m. Riyadh time.

The Decline of the United States

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

America has tried, and continues to try, to push President Putin and Russia out of a competitive role in world politics. But Russian counter moves can move America out of its position of world leader.

Is the Decline in Christianity Overstated in the Pew Survey?

Steven Ramey | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Steven Ramey

The changes over time in the numbers claiming a religious affiliation should be seen as, first and foremost, a change in perception of what affiliation is socially acceptable and useful. Such a change, then, may be less about shifts in practice and belief than social perception and pressure.

Renewables Driving the Energy Transformation

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

Facing growing global crises, such as the devastating impacts of climate change, the degradation of our natural environment and failing financial systems, it is hard to deny that our old human story has failed us.

The 10 Best U.S. Beaches to Go With Kids

MiniTime | Posted 05.13.2015 | Travel

Sure, the beaches in far-off family-friendly destinations like Greece or the Caribbean are enticing. However, traveling families should remember that there are beautiful beaches closer to home too, which should save them travel time and expenses.

Try Living on $15/Hour: Why Each of Us Has a Role Regarding the Minimum Wage

Tania Bradkin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Tania Bradkin

Let's start with ourselves. Each of us plays a role regarding minimum wage and must consider the most fundamental elements if we want to effect change.

A Tale of Two Economies: Veritas non Sequitur

Shohini Kundu | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Shohini Kundu

Merely 30 years ago, Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone announced his desire to transform Japan into an "unsinkable aircraft carrier." Three decades later, Japan cannot plug the holes of that carrier fast enough to keep it from sinking. Is there a lesson the US can take from Japan?

Why Moms Matter to U.S. Foreign Policy

Catherine Russell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Catherine Russell

You don't need me to tell you how important your mom is--especially around Mother's Day. But what about all the other moms--the estimated 85.4 million in the United States, and the countless more around the world?

Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Marcelo Giugale

The study of inequality has been going on forever. To give you an idea, the index used to measure how unequal the distribution of income is -- the "Gini Coefficient" -- was invented a century ago. So, why the sudden interest? Why worry now about something that has been the fodder of academics, politicians, and the media for so long?

America's Transition to Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

Kari Luckett | Posted 04.30.2015 | Money
Kari Luckett

As the October 2015 deadline quickly approaches for the shift from magnetic strip cards to the new chip-enabled cards, there is some confusion about how the transition will affect consumers.

These Are the Absolute Cheapest Flights in the U.S. | Posted 04.29.2015 | Travel

There's nothing worse for the budding traveler than when the wanderlust takes hold and the bank balance doesn't agree. Well, don't worry, because all is not lost! At least, not with Hopper at hand to set would-­be travelers straight.

Is America Like Rome?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Joseph S. Nye

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Given the gridlock in Washington, is America going the way of the Roman Empire? Some analysts argue that the costs of exercising power overseas weakens domestic economies and contributes to their decline because of "imperial overstretch." But America does not fit that theory because defense and foreign affairs expenditures have actually declined as a share of GDP over the past several decades.

What Are the Consequences of Taking Cuba Off the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

The April 14th decision to remove Cuba off the State Department's State Sponsors of Terrorism list is the most important, concrete step towards normalization of diplomatic relations with Havana taken by the U.S. government since the Carter Administration.

Strong Arctic Leadership Can Make a Difference at the Top of the World

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

When Secretary of State John Kerry took the Arctic Council chair from Canada, the United States began an exciting opportunity to lead the world in advancing environmental safeguards across the Arctic, while slowing warming and ice melt that threaten the region and our planet.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.

The Climate Post: Emissions, Economic Growth Parting Ways

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

A U.S. Energy Information Administration analysis released Monday reveals that the country's energy-related carbon emissions grew last year, but more slowly than the economy as a whole, representing a decoupling of emissions and economic growth that is projected to continue through 2015.

A Lifetime Away From Saigon

Thuy Thanh Jakim | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Thuy Thanh Jakim

“Don't forget, be good. Love your new family. You always have your mother here in Vietnam. You have not been orphaned.” I watched as this woman wh...

Foreign Brand Power: How Countries Help Their Brands

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

While brands are typically associated with companies and products, countries have brand identities too. In fact, the image of a country can greatly contribute to (or detract from) the brands that come from that country.

40 Years After the Cambodian Genocide, One Thing My Parents Still Talk About

Sothy Eng | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Sothy Eng

April 17th, 2015 marks 40 years since the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh and unleashed a wrath of vengeance against its own people. The genocide war in Cambodia left almost 2 million people dead from execution, starvation and disease.