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JLMC Begins Work in Senegal

Vivian Glyck | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Just Like My Child Foundation officially signed a covenant with community members for a sustainable water irrigation project, which aims to generate income within the community of Keur Cheikh in Senegal.

Critical Government Role Also in Declaration of Independence: The Next Sentence

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The critical role of government in securing our inalienable rights is as rooted in the Declaration of Independence as is the assertion of those rights themselves.

Brazil and China: Different Paths to Riches in Africa

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 01.22.2013 | World
Yuliya Neyman

Brazil and China both have a strong geopolitical incentive to establish a worldwide influence, and to be seen as benevolent powers in lesser-developed nations. Africa, which has until recently been all but ignored by U.S. investors, presents the most logical opportunity.

Natural Gas Leaks: A Risky Business in Need of a Fix

John B. Kassel | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
John B. Kassel

Ignoring leaky natural gas infrastructure is risky business. Let's fix what we have, and maximize our efficiency gains, before aggressively expanding. We'll be more sustainable, and safer, that way.

So Can We Focus on Jobs NOW?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Congress and the media paid homage to the agenda of the billionaires and Wall Street, with the manufactured "fiscal cliff" PR campaign frenzy that just ended. So now can we get back to the country's priorities? Can we talk about jobs now?

In the Footsteps of Ancient Rome: Does the U.S. Have a Chance?

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

The factors that lead to national or imperial decline are hardly mysterious. The fall of Rome, one of history's most momentous, has parallels with our current situation.

Our Tragedy of the Commons: Austerity That Doesn't Work

Harlan Green | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

All of the 'fiscal cliff' discussions have centered on how to cut government spending on public programs or raise enough revenues to diminish the deficit. But in fact there would be a much smaller deficit if the negotiations included reversing the neglect of our public resources.

Hawaii's Train to the Future

Laura Barrett | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
Laura Barrett

The path to a walkable, livable urban future is filled with hurdles. Take, for instance, the public transit battle being waged in Hawaii.

Built to Last: Proposition 39 and California's Schools

Kate Gordon | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Kate Gordon

Washington, take note: if our nation physically crumbles, our status as a world leader crumbles too. It's time to take action.

Public Works Work

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The United States of America is the richest country in the history of the world. So why is its foundation literally crumbling away? Consider these three areas of vital infrastructure in need of serious attention.

Whiny Tiny-Minded Titans & Loophole Logic

Jag Bhalla | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
Jag Bhalla

What would happen if everybody did the same -- if everybody found a way to create a legal fig leaf loophole that allowed them to evade contributing to the costs of running the country, or rationalized why they should get payments from the public purse?

Weathering the Storm, Together

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 02.05.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

When neighbors plant food together, or find jobs improving buildings on their own block -- when they create reliable, safe infrastructure and common green space -- they increase their odds of surviving all kinds of hardships, from storms, to divisive politics, to economic recession.

Are Hurricanes Our Next Dust Bowl?

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Thomas Fisher

We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way.

Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Most commentators were quite surprised that America's southern neighbor and economic partner did not play a greater role to the 2012 candidates' future plans. It can be explained by both the nature of the debate and the declining role of the United States in the region.

In Indianapolis, Green Economy Takes Root

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Once considered one of the most conservative cities in the country, and known largely for its industrial manufacturing history, Indianapolis may seem like an unlikely leader in the movement to create more vibrant, healthy, equitable communities.

In the Face of Climate Change, Infrastructure Is More Important Than Ever

Jeremy Hays | Posted 01.28.2013 | Green
Jeremy Hays

If we're smart, we won't wait for another wake-up call like Sandy before we start doing the work to protect our communities. We need to put our federal dollars where they count: Building and fixing the infrastructure that will protect us from the ravages of climate change.

Lowering Taxes For The Wealthy: A Failed Experiment

New York Times | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics

In upper-middle-class suburbs on the East Coast, the newest must-have isn’t a $7,500 Sub-Zero refrigerator. It’s a standby generator that automati...

World Toilet Day Has a Different Meaning in Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

While we celebrate the civilizing influence of indoor plumbing on International Toilet Day, there is nothing civil about the Greater Chicago Region dumping intestinal miasma on our southward neighbors.

The Grand Bargain Needs to Be a Whole Lot Grander

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Karen Hinton

The negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff have been described as a "grand bargain," but from where I sit it seems more like a big bust and a lot of lost opportunities.

Spending Quality Techy Time with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Mike Montgomery | Posted 01.20.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Maybe it's what you'd expect from Silicon Valley's representative in Congress, but Congresswoman Anna Eshoo really understands the intimate connection between public policy and our digital future.

Republican Scam on "Not Raising Taxes": Why Democrats Should HOPE All the Cuts Expire

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

No one should continue to indulge this fiction. Republicans have voted to raise taxes. Repeatedly. They just did it again in 2010.

18 Lessons NYC Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy

Harris Silver | Posted 11.16.2012 | New York
Harris Silver

Plan for 10,000-year storms, not 100-year storms. Understand that sustainability is not just a low carbon foot print. Switch power generation from centralized systems to decentralized systems.

How $60 Billion in Federal Infrastructure Spending Can Put One Million People Back to Work

Barry B. LePatner | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business
Barry B. LePatner

We've survived the election of 2012. Now what? I propose that it would be a great step in the right direction for our reelected president and all those elected officials returning to or starting out in office to make a serious and tangible investment in our nation by investing in the nation's infrastructure.

America Begins Nation-Building at Home

Nick Turse | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Nick Turse

In the final days of the presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that it was time to reap a peace dividend as America's wars wind down. Nation-building here at home should, he insisted, be put on the agenda.

Life, Death, and Taxes: How Language Impacts Reinvention and Motivation

Russell C. Smith | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

You can't have death without life, and you can't pay taxes unless you're a part of something bigger than yourself.