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Making the Castle Transparent

John Feffer | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

Today's Romania is quite different. It has gone through several political upheavals with different parties taking the helm. Accession to the EU forced quite a few important structural changes. The result is a considerably more transparent set of political institutions.

Pakistan's Politics: A Soap Opera?

Mariam Khan | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

The basic purpose of the government and its bureaucracy is to fulfill the needs of the people they govern. The champions of democracy who are carrying out sit-ins in Islamabad, are they really giving the people their right?

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Debating the Role of Government in Somerset, Kentucky

David Morris | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
David Morris

When two politicians debate the role of government, it is almost always Democrat vs. Republican.  Which is why it was so refreshing and instructive to read of the debate taking place among Republicans in a small city in southeastern Kentucky.

Would fewer governments in Illinois equal a more balanced budget?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois has the lowest credit rating in the country, a budget that needs balancing and pensions that are millions of dollars underfunded. Illinois al...

Beyond the Paradox: Realising Africa's Agricultural Revolution (AGRF 2014)

Liz Wilson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Africa spends about $35 billion per year importing food. Imagine if it went to our farmers and fishing communities instead. Attending the Alliance f...

See You on October 2

Jacques Attali | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

By this date, in fact, our country at last will have to make the choices that it has stubbornly refused to make over the last 20 years, in spite of all the advice, the books and the talk.

Could A Caregiver Corps Solve the Caregiving Shortage?

Hilary Young | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Aging in place has become an important part of aging in America. Whether due to the struggling economy, comfort or deeper personal reasons, people simply do not want to spend their later years in nursing homes or assisted living facilities; they prefer to grow old in their own homes, usually with the help of their grown children.

Growing Up in the Shadow of 9/11: Revisited

Kimberly Tan | Posted 09.08.2014 | College
Kimberly Tan

As an incoming sophomore in college now, I understand even more about the extraordinary impact that 9/11 had on America.

REPORT: Think Tanks Sell Out To Foreign Governments With Eye On Washington

The New York Times | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top...

Ask Women to Run for Office to Lead and Change Our Communities

Erin Vilardi | Posted 09.05.2014 | Women
Erin Vilardi

We need more headlights, not headlines. But the brightest lights are not going to choose politics unless we make it an appealing, even noble, calling. W

Celebrating Safe Drinking Water

Michael Deane | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Michael Deane

Public and private utilities have played an important role in the shared responsibility of federal and state water quality standards from the beginning.

It's OK for the Rich to Get Richer If the Money Comes from Government

Hilary Gowins | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Rampant hypocrisy: it's why many Americans are repulsed by politics. People are turned off by the "do as I say, not as I do" style of politician. But this kind of politician is everywhere, and so is their rhetoric.

It's Not Just Ferguson... Is It?

Isa Freeling | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Isa Freeling

The call to pay close attention to race at this moment is a hot button issue with long simmering resentments now bubbling up to the surface and at a boil. The new awareness that sometime, while we were sleeping, police departments suited up like a military force, has awakened people to a perception of threat.

How The Giver Gets It Wrong

Charles Alexander | Posted 08.29.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Alexander

The Giver is off the point in 2014. Yes, our current governments aren't good for us. But the answer is not less government and fewer rules. We need strong, independent governments that can be an effective counterweight to the increasing power of corporations.

How Are Floods and Illinois Government Connected?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The weather has been wet in Illinois this week, with rain-inundated streets enough to set off middle-of-the-night emergency alert flood warnings. Bu...

How the United States Can Escape the Inequality Trap

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

As inequality grows, the rich become more powerful than the rest of the population, enabling them to veto any policy that impedes their one-sided enrichment. They also become less empathetic toward the rest of the population, whose lives seem less similar to their own with each passing year.

The Sensitive Issue of Immigration Reform

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Olayiwola A. Alara

Immigration reform is a very sensitive issue which should be carefully thought about and not living out the journey through which our ancestors and forefathers became citizens of this country.

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

Criticism of EPA's Economic Analysis Sorely Misplaced

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The agency has been at the forefront of critical advances in the field. Improvements can be made, but the agency's record should not be unfairly and inaccurately disparaged.

Not Just The Government's Playbook

Mike Loukides | Posted 08.21.2014 | Huffpost Code
Mike Loukides

Whenever I hear someone say that "government should be run like a business," my first reaction is "do you know how badly most businesses are run?" S...

Setting the Record Straight: Healthy School Meal Rules Allow for Bake Sales

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Kevin W. Concannon

Our children's ability to learn in the classroom and reach their fullest potential depends on what we do right now to secure their future. Healthier meals and snacks at school--with flexibility, common sense, and occasional treats--are how we get there.

Africa: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

Last week, President Obama hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. He welcomed over 40 African heads of state and their outsized entourages to what was a festive affair.

Government Consolidation Might Be the Answer to Illinois' Problems

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even when consolidation isn't the best option for a particular arm of government, politics shouldn't be the driving factor in deciding not to consolidate.

New Koch, Same as the Old Koch

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Don't be fooled by the recent USA Today column in which Charles Koch, a man who made billions while trampling workers' rights, shares his supposed deep concern for working families, young people and the disadvantaged.