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Exclusive: A Private Meeting with President Obama to Discuss ISIS and Boko Haram

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Tanya Young Williams

I spoke with Anthony Egbase, exclusively, to learn more about how the Obama administration's plans to deal with ISIS and Boko Haram in the wake of the escalated terrorist attacks.

Oil Prices Plunging! President George H.W. Bush Where Are You As We Need You!

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

To the deep consternation of the oilogopoly and their kindred and influential allies in government and finance the price of oil has been dropping precipitously.

Lack of Courage and Common Sense are Ebola's Greatest Ally

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Seriously -- after all the time that has passed since the outbreak of the virus in West Africa earlier this year, why are guidelines for health care workers only being developed and distributed now?

Is the United States Government Finally Losing Patience With Bahrain?

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Washington is right to speak out about Rajab and al Khawaja and should now publicly state that the targeting of human rights defenders will not bring stability to Bahrain, that the United States will continue to name individual cases publicly, and that there will be consequences to the U.S.-Bahraini relationship unless the abuses stop.

All That Moola: The History of 'Bucks' and Other Words We Use to Mean Money

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.18.2014 | Money
William B. Bradshaw

This covers many words used for money, although there are many more used less often. The exact history of "bucks" used for "money" is uncertain, but the leading theory, which seems likely, is that "bucks" came about as a substitute for money in the 1700s, when deerskins were a common medium of exchange for other items of value.

Plane Diverted After Ebola Virus Reclines in Seat

Spencer Green | Posted 12.17.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Global Odyssey Worldwide Travel Flight 416 from West Africa to New York was forced to divert to Italy when passenger William Lockhold objected to the Ebola virus in front of him reclining in its seat.

What Was It Like to Be in the Soviet Union Just After It Collapsed?

Quora | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Quora

I was 18-20 at the time. It was a very difficult time, and I would not characterize it as a feeling of freedom. Freedom was the last thing everyone was thinking about, but the inflation, food, and shortage of everything else were foremost on everyone's mind.

The Palestinian Refugees: Ending Their Lingering Plight

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is nothing short of a travesty to allow another generation of Palestinians to grow up in a state of limbo, only so their corrupt leaders can ride on their backs and cry wolf about their plight while shamelessly enjoying the good life.

Touring New York Arts and Culture

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

As these data demonstrate touring need and opportunity along the continuums of organizational budget sizes and lives in dance, some, such as American Dance Abroad, are already developing solutions for New York.

Less Lobster, More Misery: The Republican Poverty Fantasy

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Fantasy makes great television and literature. It also makes poor public policy. Poverty denial molds how many conservatives, and even independents, understand economic deprivation.

Bahrain Human Rights Defender Faces Charges for Tweet

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

The lack of security force reform in Bahrain has been a source of political unrest in the kingdom for years, and although parts of the U.S. government have tried to push for human rights progress the messages from Washington have been inconsistent and contradictory.

Follow the Money

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.11.2014 | Money
William B. Bradshaw

The value of a country's currency is basically dependent upon the country's integrity and having the assets necessary to pay its debt and back up its currency. This was a real problem for early Americans prior to, and for several years following, the Revolutionary War.

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

Why We Need More Military Spending

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Adelman

The isolationism of the United States before 1940 is long gone. The new world of instantaneous communication has destroyed the isolation of Americans from the world. With the end of the post-Cold War era, there are potentially serious future threats to American security.

Leaving No Escape Route for ISIS

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

This may well be Obama's last chance to change the widespread perception of being weak and indecisive, and restore America's image as the indispensable global leader because only the US can lead the battle against ISIS to a successful conclusion.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

The appeal of the Caliph's simple end times narrative forms the foundation of an Islamist movement which is driving men to commit unthinkable acts of murder, genocide and suicide attacks against strangers with different religious beliefs.

The New Global Imbalance: Too Much Financial Risk-Taking, Not Enough Economic-Risk Taking

José Viñals | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
José Viñals

I have three key messages for you today: 1. Policymakers are facing a new global imbalance: not enough economic risk-taking in support of growth, but...

Legacies, Clouds and Uncertainties

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Among advanced countries, the United States and the United Kingdom in particular are leaving the financial crisis behind and achieving decent growth. Even for them however, potential growth is lower than it was in the early 2000s.

Which Was the American Century?

Richard Koch | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Although I have lived and worked in the U.S., over the last two decades I have become an infrequent visitor. So my 5-day visit to Chicago for my Star Principle seminar last week provided a chance to take the pulse, and reminded me how very different America is from Europe.

Downton Abbey Stars Help Doc McStuffins Pay Tribute to the 'Lady With the Lamp,' Florence Nightingale

Jim Hill | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you're just not willing to wait another three months before you can once again hear Mrs. Patmore clattering around down in the kitchen or listen in as Anna confides in Lady Mary upstairs, I might have a solution for you.

Why Europe Is Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge With a Glass of Water

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Gemma Godfrey

ECB President Mario Draghi has been highly effective with his words alone -- moving markets with speeches and little action. However, by doing so he has also set the bar high and expectations for action are becoming the norm.

Bring the Vote to the People

David Vognar | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
David Vognar

I propose America engage in an experiment by amending the Constitution in order to replace the House of Representatives with a chamber whose votes are based on direct voting by the people.

Fulfilling the US and India's Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health

Akash Goel | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Akash Goel

Now is a defining moment of leadership between the U.S. and India. Any strategic partnership must include engagements on public health in order to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the world´s two largest democracies.

How Obama Cut the Deficit in Half -- And Made Us Pay the Price

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama deserves credit for delivering on his promise to shrink the deficit -- a promise that Mitt Romney and his tax cuts would surely have violated -- but Americans have to ask themselves whether they really want a smaller government.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.