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The Potential Danger of Embracing Stereotypes

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 01.22.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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 12.31.2014 | World
Kevin Price

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

2 Arrested In Sydney In Counterterror Operation

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

SYDNEY (AP) — Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kil...

Obama's New Cuba Policy Corrects a Five-Decade Failure

Jason Marczak | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Jason Marczak

The policy changes are not a reward for the Castros. They are a recognition that involvement, not estrangement, will foster a productive relationship better able to reach our goals of an inclusive, democratic hemisphere.

Are You Happy? Honestly?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Dean Graziosi

This is a great time to reflect, a great time of the year to reflect and polish that own inner diamond of yours and find something that allows happiness to shine out rather than waiting for those exterior things to shine light in.

The Timeless Allure Of The Pilgrimage To India

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

Every country has its particular draws for travelers, from history and thrilling scenery to opportunities to step outside comfort zones and be immerse...

4 Reasons to Love Afghanistan That Have Nothing to Do With War

Kevin Bell | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Kevin Bell

So here are a few of my favorite features of life in Afghanistan that are not commonly known by Americans. I hope some of this inspires you to consider the story of life there beyond the war:

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

A Message From the People of Egypt's South Sinai

Egyptian Streets | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Egyptian Streets

The more the name of Sinai can be reclaimed and coupled with positive associations and the more things might begin to change for its local Bedouin communities, whose livelihoods and name have suffered through misinformed narratives about the Sinai for too long.

Let's Make Peace, Not War

Anush Kostanyan | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Anush Kostanyan

Look around you. Observe the world you are living in. Can you feel the beating of a thousand desperate hearts? Can you see the fear for tomorrow in the looks of people? Can you hear the cries of a thousand mothers who are losing their children each day?

The World Misery Index: 109 Countries

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.31.2014 | 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 109 countries based on misery.

Many Questions Loom Ahead of Ukrainian Elections

Taras Garapiak | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Taras Garapiak

When describing the Ukrainian Parliamentary elections of 2012, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the 'Ukrainian people deserve so much better.' Hopefully the new Parliament will prove worthy of Ukrainian people.

What Are Some of the Biggest Misconceptions About Africa?

Quora | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Quora

Africa is a continent with over a billion people, who live in more than 50 different countries and speak more than 2,000 different languages. There are definitely large cultural groupings, and many Africans feel some sense of unity, but it is really an incredibly diverse place.

Does Turkey Fear the Kurds More Than ISIL?

Michael Hughes | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Part of the problem is that the U.S. has made the Kurds the centerpiece of its strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria, which Turkey fears will empower and strengthen Kurdish elements that want to overthrow the Turkish state.

Worries of a Weary Power: The Cuban Missile Crisis... Now

James A. Nathan | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

American power might be relevant, but applying it will not be coerced. Like the case of the Cuban Crisis, parties will have to come to an understanding. Negotiating is not the mark of weakness, it's the signature of a successful appreciating of national interests by the parties involved.

In Fighting Ebola, Journalists Can Play Important Role

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Committee to Protect Journalists

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is unrelenting, and journalists on the frontline of reporting on the virus are caught between authorities wanting to control how the outbreak is reported, and falling victim to the disease themselves.

Lost and (Surprisingly) Found: 75% Of Lost Cash Returned To Owners in Tokyo

Charli James | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Charli James

What's behind this Japanese propensity to turn things in instead of keeping them for themselves? Is Japan just an intrinsically moral country?

A Revolt Against Austerity?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European Union to meet the E.U.'s straightjacket requirement of deficits of no more than three percent of GDP (whether or not depression looms) informed the E.U. that they will not hit this target until 2017. The government of President Francois Hollande, under fire for failing to ignite a recovery, now plans economic stimulus measures -- and the target be damned. Under E.U. rules, France can be fined up to 0.2 percent of its GDP. The French seem to be saying, 'So sue us!'

Save Syrian Kurds From Slaughter In Kobani

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

ISIS is on the verge of occupying Kobani, the Kurdish city on the Syria-Turkey border. The UN Special Envoy warns that up 700 people, mainly elderly, will "most likely be massacred." Kurdish fighters desperately need arms and ammunition to stave off the ISIS onslaught.