Traveling to China taught me that though poverty and lack of modernization is everywhere, the people affected most by it are often the ones dedicated most to reversing it.
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As we all know, constructive changes take time, persistence, and commitment. They require new ways of thinking. They do not happen overnight, but their lasting effect can be dramatic nonetheless.
Even the cynics might have felt a sputter of optimism when the Kremlin youth group Nashi, Vladimir Putin's militant pep squad, announced its plans for this year's doctrinal summer camp at lake Seliger.
This isn't about what we should eat. That's a matter of personal conscience. What it's about is this: Honoring. Honoring the lives of the animals and plants that die so that we can live.
The Russian government stands ready to help businesses by fostering a climate that combats corruption and offers political and economic stability.
The loss of the West's moral authority is the exact opposite outcome that Western minds expected when they celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence will be interpreted by clueless reviewers as one about "obsession," just as they might view Nabokov's Lolita to be about "pedophilia."
Obama's performance in Turkey was flawless; he met the expectations of his admirers and won approval from many skeptics.
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