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Development Work Includes Literary Translation? You Sure?

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ming Holden

In order to explain the importance of literary work to the broader project of social justice, international exchange, and democracy, I might need to s...

Upward Spiral Instead of a Downward One

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stan Sorscher

When I was young, the purpose of public policy was to raise our standard of living. Not so much, anymore. Now, public policy is designed to make busin...

Stupid Politics From a Smart Administration

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.

The American Debt Crisis & Infrastructure Investment

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Economists are fond of telling us that America's competitive disadvantage - its inability to produce more domestic jobs - is the result of low labor c...

Pessimism Porn

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Chris Hedges's new book, The Death of the Liberal Class (Nation Books, November, 2010) exemplifies the limits of the liberal elite in critiquing itsel...

A World of Entrepreneurs

Amy Wilkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Wilkinson

To unleash their ideas for the world's benefit, today's young people need a climate that makes entrepreneurial risk less intimidating and failure less detrimental.

Beyond the G20: A World We Can Believe in

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepak Chopra

When the rich man's club of nations expanded from the G7 to the G20, a new element was added. Instead of being about money and trade, the G20 is about something else: aspiration.

The Deportation Regime

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Freedom of movement, the ability to cross borders, to create a new life in an adopted homeland is a goal to which many aspire - and even achieve. Imm...

American Students Studying Abroad Has Declined for the First Time in 25 Years

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

The total number of U.S. students studying abroad did not increase this year. But there were notable increases in the number going to less traditional destinations. And that's good news.

While Obama Promotes US Interests Abroad, His Opponents Deny Reality At Home

Rob Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Shapiro

Politics always involves a good deal of posturing and shenanigans. But the latest escapades have real consequences, not least of all for millions of struggling Americans who apparently hope that divided government will restore their jobs.

Weekly Audit: Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkis

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkisby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Last week, the Federal Reserve announced a plan...

The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride: A Brief History of Fossil Fuels

Asher Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Asher Miller

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Lawrence Bacow, President of Tufts University, on the School's Evolution, Globalization, Social Impact, and Much, Much More

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Rahim Kanani

You'll find Fletcher alumni in the embassies of literally every nation in the world. You'll sometimes find them as the heads of state. One interesting illustration of this was when the Dean of Fletcher and I went to Beijing a couple of years back. At the time, we had 12 Fletcher alumni who held ambassadorial rank in Beijing.

The Death of Dilbert: Why Your Children Will Need to Love Their Jobs

Brian Whetten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Whetten

While the number of unskilled jobs and professional jobs have both been increasing, even in the face of this recession, the number of skilled, routine jobs -- the bread and butter work of the middle class -- is falling through the floor.

Safeguarding the Movement of Migrant Workers

Chris Nolan  | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Chris Nolan 

In a world where capital, technology, and labor are increasingly mobile, migrant workers are vital to the global workforce. However, to date they have not received significant attention from business.

Phantoms and Hamlet's Blackberry

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

While he is not a Luddite, William Powers is acutely aware of the onslaught on the psyche the Internet and the new technologies have brought.

Climate Talks Tank, Global South Sinks Further

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michelle Chen

Leading countries in the UN climate talks continue seeing emissions reduction as a political poker game, but politically disenfranchised communities know all too well that the house always wins.

Crouching Tiger vs. Slobbering Slumdog: What Ang Lee Gets Right About Globalization

Chi Tung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chi Tung

Slumdog might be a shining example of how to package a transglobal blockbuster. But its fatal flaw is that it often treats globalization, the lingua franca of today's world, as unassailable gospel.

A Different Kind of P2P: The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Linda Constant

The Rhythm Road facilitates not only cross-cultural discourse but also provides an extraordinary platform for artists to emerge from their own localism and share what they do, face-to-face, with the unknown.

Repubs Winning, Dems Whining

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

The Right's genius for manipulating people's sense of grievance, combined with liberals' weak brew of tepid policy proposals, leads voters to cast their ballots against their own economic interests.

Global Grassroots Network Emerges From "Rivers for Life" Meeting in Mexico

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Southern civil society groups need to create their own transnational networks to protect the environment and human rights in such projects.

John Steinbeck, Michael Moore, and the Burgeoning Role of Planetary Patriotism

Thomas Steinbeck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Steinbeck

The Steinbeck Award points to examples of American patriots who have made an indelible impact on our culture. Mr. Moore aptly fulfills every required parameter designed to guide the choice of award recipients.

Fight Inequality, Don't Scapegoat Immigrants

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

Immigration to the U.S. is managed in a way that benefits the wealthy. Reactionary anti-immigrant measures create an ever-more-exploitable pool of labor for employers to take advantage of.

It All Depends on What You Mean by Cost-Effective

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The July issue of the journal Armed Forces & Society had a section devoted to the issue of military privatization which is worth looking at. The art...

Satirizing India in the Age of Globalization

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This remarkable debut novel is one of the very best novels ever to come out of South Asia, and points to a new direction after the earlier wave of writing by Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, and Vikram Seth.