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Married to a Machine

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Rym Tina Ghazal

My father had an announcement to make. Looking sheepishly at my mother and I, he said: "For three times a week, I will be away most of the day with s...

The Dalai Lama's China Experience and Its Impact

Thubten Samphel | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Thubten Samphel

By now it is an open secret the degree to which respect for the Dalai Lama is growing in China within the leadership and business circles and amongst the ordinary people. The BBC's exclusive report on China's super-rich communist Buddhists is the latest proof.

Modi's Oxymoronic Stance on Climate Change

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Chaitanya Kumar

Yes, the world doesn't need to tell India what to do because of our unique cultural value to the environment and our minimal contribution to historic carbon emissions, but neither can India's Prime minister continue to dwell in rhetoric and falsely lead the public into thinking he is doing enough to protect them.

Weiqi Versus Chess

David Gosset | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
David Gosset

Generally non-confrontational, ready for paradigm change and fundamentally non-ideological, China, which has regained centrality, is increasingly at the source of initiatives shaping the global agenda.

4 Weird Facts About The World's Most Obscure Countries

Thrillist | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Did you know that there's a country with Star Wars characters on its official currency? Or another that didn't celebrate the millennium until 2007? The world is indeed a crazy place, but even we didn't realize just how strange things could get.

Stepping Over the Border in Divided Cyprus

Benjamin Moe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Benjamin Moe

On the 11th of March, a group of artists gathered on the northern side of Nicosia, the last divided capital city in the world. They were all there to take part in a European Union-funded residency, aiming to bridge the border between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities.

Netanyahu's 'Us or Them' Is Nothing But Trouble

Michael Winship | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

The scorched earth tactics used by Netanyahu are reminiscent of the mongering we saw here in the 1960s from the likes of Richard Nixon and Alabama's George Wallace, stoking panic, dividing to conquer, consigning a whole people to the margin for his own survival.

Why the Global Economy Continues to Sputter

Kevin Price | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Kevin Price

Every part of an economy is aggressively pursuing the necessary capital to continue to grow. When governments crowd out that necessary capital in deficits, debt, and interest on the debt, economies cannot help but struggle where ever such policies exist.

What I Learned From Teaching the Children of War

Azizullah Royesh | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Azizullah Royesh

My work in the refugee camps and later in Afghanistan made me realize the challenges were graver than I had initially thought. The school needed to counter the legacies of wartime, such as the culture of violence, hatred and pessimism, through civic-oriented approaches.

How The World Sleeps

Posted 03.09.2015 | Travel

Every country has its own unique and distinguishable customs. Traveling from place to place is a chance to see new sights, learn different histories a...

Zanzibar, a Lesson in Generosity

Martina Buchal | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Martina Buchal

Maybe there's something we can learn from Tanzania. When we have less, we can give more. Smile more. When we have more, we can give more. Smile more.

Sino-Italian Understanding Beyond the Passage of Time

David Gosset | Posted 04.24.2015 | World
David Gosset

6 years after Gaullist France's decision to recognize the People's Republic of China but 9 years before official ambassadors could organize the diplomatic exchanges between Beijing and Washington D.C., Italy and China opened, in 1970, a new chapter in the rich history of their interactions.

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie Hebdo

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

The Copenhagen killings are reviving the Charlie Hebdo experience. The dramatic video, the bloodied office, the manhunt, the hostages, the outrage, the marches, the ubiquitous Je Suis Charlie placards. And then the politicians' pledges, the analysis, the endless commentaries.

Diversity Education to Promote Tolerance

Fatima Muneer | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Fatima Muneer

While privileged and generally very expensive schools around the globe bank on diversity through both their internationally recognized curriculums and extracurricular activities like Model United Nations, the accessibility to such resources lacks in mainstream schools in most countries.

How I Learned to Trust Myself

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

Discovering more of who I am and trusting that gut feeling in my body is the best blessing I've been given. Getting back on that horse, exploring new and unknown territory in spite of the slips and fear, while always holding onto what I truly want for myself is the key to it all.

The World Misery Index: 108 Countries

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Through a simple sum of the former three rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth, I constructed a misery index that comprehensively ranks 108 countries based on "misery."

Walking in Auschwitz, Amid the Weeds and Memories

Lea Lane | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Lea Lane

The friend I was traveling with was frightened by it all and didn't want to go into the camp. She would wait for me near the infamous railway watchtower entrance where the tracks ended, near where Cecile, a woman I had worked with on her memoir, had waited for selection.

The Potential Danger of Embracing Stereotypes

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Elwood D. Watson

The recent terror attack in France, in which masked gunmen stormed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper and killed 12 peopl...

If the Fortune Cookie Didn't Originate in China or America, Where Did It Come From?

Quora | Posted 03.17.2015 | Taste
Quora

I like to say fortune cookies were invented by the Japanese, popularized by the Chinese and ultimately consumed by Americans.

An Untold Story: Learning to Fail Forward

Mary McVeigh | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Mary McVeigh

A herd of goats lazily wandered through, and the fact that the town's water had gone out coupled with the blazing heat made us wonder who would come. Cora would be one of them.

War and Trade, Go Together Like a Horse and Buggy

John Weeks | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
John Weeks

International trade aggravates the three great crises -- of finance, development and the environment -- and to those three it adds another, of democracy. It is far from a benign process fostering harmony and welfare among nations.

Anonymous Vow to Avenge Hebdo Massacre: Real Threat or Bluster?

Michael Hughes | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Michael Hughes

It is tempting to feel that such vigilantism would be a just counterattack, assuming it is appropriately and proportionately measured. A chilling volley by a virtual, non-state, lone-wolf actor that could strike at any time seems like a just recipe.

The Problem With Foreign Aid: The Trend of 'Forgetting'

Nicholle Lamartina Palacios | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Nicholle Lamartina Palacios

Another issue with aid and development is that Western countries do not take into account their position of past colonial rulers; they happen to "forget" their previous maltreatment and do not critically consider their positions of power.

Batéy 106: Portraits from a Dominican Sugar Cane Plantation

Erica Simone | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Erica Simone

In this globalized world of consumption we live in, rarely do we stop to think about where our goods actually come from, who cultivated them or what life is like for the people at the beginning of the production chain. When you open a pack of sugar and empty it into your tea or coffee, do you ever consider the process of how that sugar ended up on your table? Do you ever think about what the people are like at each step of the production: the cultivators of the fields, the owners of the land, the processing plant workers, the packaging designers, the marketing team, the distributors, the transporters, the wholesalers, the retailers, and ultimately you, the consumer? I do all the time, to the point where I make up complete stories in my mind that could turn into a screenplay.

Population Boom and the Economic Impact in a New Year

Kevin Price | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Kevin Price

The reality is, countries are not poor because of how many people they have, they are poor because of economic policies.