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Keeping Cities Simple: Shelter and the Wheel

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.05.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

What if a zoning code is no longer cohesive, or impedes rather than accomplishes societal goals? Let's remember to reassess -- with simplicity in mind -- and recall the first principles of shelter and the wheel.

Envisioning the Blend: Tradition, Tourism and Sustainability

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

At the interface of tradition, tourism and sustainability, dramatic photographs can tell a story that is hardly apparent at first glance. A stone's th...

Changing the World -- Technology or Users?

Gil Laroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gil Laroya

The world is still the world. What has actually changed is how users adapt to the world through technology. Technology is a tool, not a tool user.

Americans Would Doom an American Reconstruction Effort to Failure

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

There is no question that the devastation caused by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents in Japan, already estimated at $180 billion, will ge...

Hill Towns as Icons of Placemaking

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Hilltop centers can serve as the partially self-contained models for the compact and dense urban neighborhoods which are increasingly the vanguard of new century urbanism.

Today's Business Headline "Futures Turn Higher Following OPEC News"... Really!?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Blazoned on the top of the CNBC News page was the headline, "US Futures Turn Higher Following OPEC News." The article goes on to advise that OPEC was considering raising production for the first time in two years.

March 8, 2011: International Women's Day

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD) with events taking place all over the world. This global celebration honors women's ...

Reagan-Era Defense Official Proposes Failed Vietnam Strategy for Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Bing West's archaic solutions are highly unlikely to show anyone how to get out of Afghanistan; however, they do have quite the potential to pave a road to perpetual war.

Wackos of the World, Unite!

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

"Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here." Given the level of wackiness that seems to have afflicted this third planet from the sun, Jack Nicholson's immortal line in the movie As Good as It Gets should become our worldwide slogan.

Rethinking the Essence of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-03-03-pull.jpgA key facet of urbanism comes from that indescribable human dance of history, people and place that occurs when we simply like what we see.

Peak Oil -- New York Times' Op-ed Gets it Right and Wrong

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The environmental threat to our existence and that of generations to come grows every day. Seeking non-fossil fuel solutions to our energy needs are not "rushed government investments" as Michael Lynch pontificates.

Sounding the Death Knell of U.S. Global Dominance

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

America needs to change course quickly, because as the Taliban movement gains strength and the U.S. loses its grip on the Middle East, the death knell continues to ring -- louder and louder.

The Oil Market's Overreaction to Events in Libya

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Commentators today are repeatedly referring to the level of oil reserves held by the Libyan oil fields, projecting concerns that these reserves are in danger of being cut off from the world market. That concern is spurious to say the least.

Right Brained People in a Left Brained World

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John M. Eger

You know who they are. You have probably even had them home to dinner. But they are different aren't they? I am of course, talking about the right-br...

America to its Military-Industrial Complex: Happy Valentine's Day!

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

An 18-day peaceful revolution has just toppled Egypt's 30-year Mubarak dictatorship. As the free-falling government dispatched American-made F-16s to...

Needed: Skilled Mediator for Egypt

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

Who is Naguib Sawiris, and what are his qualifications to mediate a complicated and critical transition of power from the old Egyptian regime to a new government?

WikiLeaks Brings Misguided Joy to Preachers of Oil's Peak

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The perception of shortage is one of the bedrocks of the oil producers' pricing propaganda, rationalizing steepening prices and profits to the OPEC cartel. So of course we're fed reports of scarcity.

U.S. Fears Democracy Might Actually Flourish in Egypt

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The Obama administration has acted in accordance with standard U.S. operating procedure by supporting a dictatorial government, regardless how oppressive and undemocratic, in the name of serving U.S. national interest.

How Did The Queen Like 'The King's Speech'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

So what's The Queen's Review of 'The King's Speech'? Two royal thumbs up. Queen Elizabeth II of England, depicted as the young daughter of King ...

Developing Women Leaders: Five Factors That Matter

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

There are five universal factors that, no matter where people are, where they are from, or what sector they are in, make a real difference in encourag...

Twitter Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, Not WikiLeaks

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Charlotte Safavi

Though Iran's Green Movement has failed so far to produce significant change, I expect it has left Iranian politicians more aware of what damage a Tweet can do.

Egypt Exploded: An American in Cairo Ponders What Our Citizens Can Do for Theirs

Suzanne Skees | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Suzanne Skees

I arrive in Cairo just before last week's protests begin. Traveling with a group of 38 tourists we land unwittingly amidst the uprisings, and proceed to spend several days moving just ahead of the mounting danger.

The Most Romantic Destinations (and Where to Dine!)

Carolyn Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Carolyn Scott

Well, while I can't help you in the dating department, I can help you in choosing some of the most romantic Valentine's month destinations.

Just Egypt? Or World Insurgency?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Egypt's people reached a tipping point. What has now become a national revolution is a real time example of the global frustration over The Great Game.

This Generation's Sputnik Moment

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Van Ameringen

Around the world, food prices are surging, with protests breaking out across Northern Africa. And against this backdrop, the scourge of malnutrition continues to ravage more than one billion people.