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Brown Shoots

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

As spring dawns, the economy's green shoots have been trampled once again, first by the economic fallout from Japan's tsunami, and again by rising worldwide commodity prices.

Free Trade Isn't Helping World Poverty

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Free trade just doesn't work as a global anti-poverty strategy. Having more affluent people in the Third World is not the same as the Third World as a whole nearing the living standards of the First.

Habitats for Humanity

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Immigration may well be the most important issue of our time. Between 2000 and 2050, according to journalist Doug Saunders, the cities of the world will absorb over three billion people, a majority of them migrants from farms and villages.

The Republican Attack on Women's Health Goes Global

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

What does a congressperson from Ohio have in common with a 16 year-old sex worker in Cambodia? They're both symbols of the perverse political stalemate in Washington, D.C.

The Ugly Side of Our Globalised World

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

Sometimes, it takes art to bring an issue alive. Sometimes, what it takes, in fact, is a play. Two weeks ago, I saw a play that was so beautiful, and ...

The Budget Line Neither Party's Willing To Defend: Foreign Aid

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The country's social safety net isn't the only net that's getting shredded in the budget battle. Somewhere in Senegal, the thin mesh that shields a poor family from a worldwide scourge faces an arguably deadlier cut.

Gadget Factories Charge Up China's Labor Activism

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The trajectory of China's breakneck economic growth over the past three decades is a case study in how globalization allows cutting-edge technology to exist alongside primitive labor conditions.

Making the Most of Global Investing in a Brave New World

Andrew Ireland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Ireland

Global investing is important, not only for long-term growth but also for portfolio diversification. Emerging market stocks are continuing to present solid development potential.

Twilight of Collective Bargaining?

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Organized labor needs to evolve alternatives to the traditional collective bargaining model, which no longer fits in a globalized economy, and arguably always has been problematic in the public sector.

America, the UN and the Future of Communications

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John M. Eger

National regulators and policy makers worldwide are looking for some way to harness Internet growth and development, and of course, control the flow of communications in the world.

Tomfoolery and Criminal Negligence

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Are we as Americans grown up enough to face reality and build policy around the facts, or will we keep pretending this is 1955 and we have plenty of time to make attractive choices?

What Malia and Sasha Obama's Parents Know About the Value of Language

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Nataly Kelly

Mind your manners." "Eat your carrots." "Practice your Mandarin." The first two phrases are often uttered by the average American parents. The last one is heard in far fewer homes.

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown on the Unfinished Global Revolution

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

In advance of his upcoming book, The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Pursuit of a New International Politics, I interviewed Mark Malloch-Brown on the challenges and opportunities of globalization in the 21st century.

The Net Worth of Open Networks

Ramesh Srinivasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramesh Srinivasan

Even if new technologies can serve both democratic and repressive purposes, no one disputes their continued growth as the economic, social, political, and cultural substrate of our times.

Do No Harm

Ali Hakan Altinay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Hakan Altinay

A global "do no harm" approach would be a minimalist enough approach to global civics for many to subscribe to, and yet effective enough in providing us with bearings.

Making Business Succeed

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

To get into balance, we need to restore the social contract -- the deal that public resources are rightly used to promote business, and in exchange, businesses recognize a duty to shared prosperity.

Winning the Future, Losing the Point?

Kate Otto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kate Otto

If there is anything that Americans can rally around, it is the idea of "winning." We are, after all, a capitalist culture, fueled by competition and fiercely protective of our status quo as the wealthiest nation on the planet.

Capital's War Against WikiLeaks

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

When your Swiss banker throws you overboard, you know you've made some very powerful enemies. Long famed for hiding money for everyone from Nazis and...

It Takes a Global Society to Feed a Child

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephan B. Tanda

When delegates convene at the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, I hope that one positive result of the food price crisis will be the recognition that we cannot succeed in a failing world.

Wal-Mart Whitewashing

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

We have a tendency to want to ignore inconvenient facts, either explicitly or because we are encouraged to look quite narrowly and myopically at a problem. Which brings me to Wal-Mart.

Localization: The Film!

Catherine Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Catherine Ingram

The Economics of Happiness, as one would surmise from its title, is not a picture of gloom. The film convincingly depicts the multiple benefits of localization.

Return to Haifa: Whose Narrative Is It Anyway?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Leon T. Hadar

Return to Haifa, based on a novella by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, is not a cultural product of our age of globalization.

Social Entrepreneur Shortage? Look Under-the-Radar

DeronTriff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DeronTriff

For every Ashoka Fellow, there are countless social entrepreneurs working outside the esteemed incubators who are moving the needle in unprecedented ways.

If Art Is a Universal Language

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

Maybe it is naive to say art is the universal language that can open windows for all to see we are one community. Yet, if art can't, nothing can.

To Bee or Not to Bee; Geography Has the Questions (and the Answers)

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

More and better geography education can help today's students become better world citizens -- and prepare them for a global future.