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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.

Hopper.com | Posted 04.29.2015 | Travel
Hopper.com

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.

The Russians Are Not Coming II

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

At this point it is important to remember that the Russians have veto power at the United Nations and if they had chosen they could have vetoed all UN-imposed sanctions on Iran. They did not do that.

Financial Risks Rise Amid Uneven Global Economic Recovery

José Viñals | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
José Viñals

Additional policy measures -- beyond monetary policies -- are vital to make a durable exit from the global financial crisis and to safeguard financial stability. Crisis legacies need to be addressed. The traction of monetary policies must be increased with complementary reforms and financial excesses need to be contained.

Creepy, Remarkable Reveal: Facebook Watches You Even If You Are Not A Member

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook claims they found one that they're fixing for you. This particular bug enabled Facebook to track the online movements of non-users. Yes, you, Facebook friend or foe, user or boycotter, you were under the watchful eye of Facebook, whether you knew it or not.

The Unending Korean War: W.E.B Du Bois, Ko Un, and the Women's Peace Walk

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
John R. Eperjesi

The 2015 women's walk for peace hopes to reimagine the tense geopolitical situation in northeast Asia by staging a greeting for Korean women across the DMZ. Of course this is a movement without guarantees.

Puerto Rico Set to Become Medical Tourism Hub

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

As I've said before, Puerto Rico's legitimacy as a major destination for business is often tarnished by its unfortunate fiscal deficit. Business media outlets' fixation with the island's debt has completely overshadowed Puerto Rico's unprecedented drive for economic development.

Pledge of Allegiance Incident Proves We Need More Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to take control of our own lives and start thinking for ourselves. Shouldn't American citizens have the freedom to live their lives without limits as long as they're not hurting anyone else of infringing on others' rights?

Four Forces Facing the Global Economy

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Behind the numbers lies an unusually complex set of forces shaping the world economy. Some, such as the decline in the price of oil and the evolution of exchange rates, are highly visible. Some, from crisis legacies to lower potential growth, play more of behind-the-scenes role but are important nevertheless. Let me briefly review them.

Cuba, The US and the VII Summit of the Americas

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A mature dialogue between Cuba and the U.S. that stresses the common interests and values of both can mark new beginnings for our hemisphere. It's counterproductive that the U.S. State Department still includes Cuba in the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Such baseless inclusion is a clear obstacle for U.S. interests.

United States, Venezuela and UNASUR: 4 Questions

Paz Zarate | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Paz Zarate

The practical effects of the U.S. sanctions for the seven Venezuelan officials concerned are minimal. The impasse between Washington and Caracas will eventually be solved. But the final and most important question remains unanswered...

Japan's Global Re-Emergence: How Japan's Active Diplomacy Strengthens the Foundations of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Success in tackling its own domestic and economic challenges will ultimately determine the longevity of Tokyo's global renaissance. Japan's global emergence should be welcomed and encouraged by its partners to weather the challenges in the 21st century.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

Will Any Presidential Candidate Commit to Fixing Our Nation's Infrastructure?

Dante Disparte | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Dante Disparte

This week's power failure in parts of Washington, D.C. are a reminder, as if one were needed, about the deplorable state of infrastructure more generally in the United States.

The 33 Best Ramen Shops In America

Thrillist | Posted 04.09.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

Like a pot of pork bones, ramen's popularity has been simmering for a long time.

The End of National Economies?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

I believe that one of the biggest things that will occur in this century is the diminution of theories of national economics. What's happening in Greece and Argentina right now suggests that this should happen -- sooner rather than later. Each of these countries is in conflict with the national law of a foreign country. Greece is in conflict with German law, Argentina with U.S. law.

State Violence Against Black and Brown Youth

Michael Hanchard | Posted 04.09.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Hanchard

How does it feel to be a threat? How does it feel to know that your life is less valued? How does it feel to know that there are people in your midst who feel and are more privileged than you by the accident of phenotype?