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12 Powerful Photos That Will Change The Way You Look At The World Cup

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

These photos say it all. The World Cup in Brazil this month is shining a global spotlight on the nation's wealth gap and mounting social unrest ove...

Talks on Liberalizing Services: Disaster in the Making

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Louis Belanger

Incredibly, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is clear that the TISA seeks to further deregulate financial markets and to make matters worst, with such high stakes for people and our planet, talks are being held behind closed doors.

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

Daniel Moss | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Daniel Moss

No army can win a war without good quality water. Dysentery took more lives in the U.S. Civil War than battle wounds. Likewise, the War on Poverty won't be won without healthy and affordable water.

Who Lands in the Safety Net?

Irv Katz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

It's not just a lack of empathy or understanding of the facts. It's about leadership and the failure of our leaders to temper ideology with pragmatism and acting for the greater good.

Fighting the GOP's Hateful Agenda - Without Hate

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There are those on the Right who debase the currency of that four-letter word -- "evil" -- by using it against anyone who disagrees with them. But what word do you apply to people who deny food to hungry families, voting rights to minorities, or a chance for self-advancement to hard-working students from lower-income homes?

More Than 20 Cents: The Politics of Change in Brazil

T.A. Ridout | Posted 09.10.2013 | World
T.A. Ridout

Bus fares have been reduced in cities across Brazil, but the protests were never just about bus fare. They were about public services, corruption, and the framework of Brazil's democratic system. All three are intertwined. The protests have since calmed, but it is unlikely that they are finished.

The High Cost of Opportunity

Yvahn Martin | Posted 06.29.2013 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

The very definition of poverty is to be lacking the money to cover the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. If you can't do that, how can you choose to spend money to start a business?

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

Daniel Moss | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Daniel Moss

Greece knows a thing or two about democracy. And as an increasingly arid nation, good water management is fundamental to its future, both political and physical. The recent financial crisis hasn't only tested Greek democracy, but its water as well.

Voters Refuse to Tie Their Hands on State Revenues

Nicholas Johnson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Johnson

Other efforts to raise new revenue fell short, such as proposed sales tax increases in Arizona and South Dakota. But on the whole, voters showed this week some important appreciation for the public services that their states provide.

Has Decentralization Worked?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real question is not whether decentralization has worked or not, but whether there is something in common among the cases where it has. There is.

WATCH: Local Fire Department To Charge For Medical Care

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.12.2012 | Business

Cash-strapped residents in one California town may soon think twice before calling 911. Folsom, California's fire department will begin to sort out...

Janell Ross

No-Tax Town Would Rather Die Than Levy

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 03.08.2012 | Business

In Youngtown, Ariz., city officials are contemplating the legal equivalent of shutting down. The city of about 6,500 people 30 minutes northwest o...

The Urgency of Metropolitan Broadband Strategies

John M. Eger | Posted 03.02.2012 | Technology
John M. Eger

In the new global economy, metropolitan regions are the new centers of commerce. Now more than ever, cities and counties within regions must work to...

The World's Newest Nations

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your province or region suddenly becomes an independent country -- with recognition from the United Nations and all. After the celebrations end, and the celebrities leave, the real decision-making begins.

Laying-Off Teachers To Demonstrate How Much They Are Appreciated

David Coates | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
David Coates

At what point will the president tell the speaker of the House of Representatives that teacher appreciation is vital to the long-term economic health of this country? That point ought to be now.

Soros: GOP Budget Cuts A 'Serious Brake' On The Economy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PARIS -- Public spending cuts forced by Congress would be a serious brake on U.S. economic growth, hitting jobs and demand, billionaire investor...

The F Word: Public Workers Getting Snowed

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

Non-New Yorkers gloat beware -- the Big Apple's storm offers just a taste of the problems that are likely to be coming your way.

Slideshow: The Ten Best (And Ten Worst) City Policies of 2010

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

In Denver, where three in five students are Latino and many have parents with poor English skills, the school system has taken to the radio waves.

Keeping it Public (If the Libraries Don't Sway You, the Blazing House Might)

Amy Traub | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Last week, the New York Times reported on Library Systems & Services, a private, for-profit company that an increasing number of towns are contracting...

The Alaska Contradiction (Why the Right Doesn't Want You to Notice the Streetlights)

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

A cognitive dissonance animates the Right in America, and the New York Times nails it with today's front page case study of Alaska. The state depends ...

Why New York Needed the Federal Fiscal Relief - And Should Get More

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

The fiscal relief bill signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday will unquestionably benefit New York City and other states and municipalities acr...

The Mayor's New Right Hand Man

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Stephen Goldsmith's red state politics stand out in a city of true-blue Democrats, and his appointment is a clear indication that Bloomberg will make belt-tightening a key component of his third term.

Higher Costs and Lower Quality as Public Services Go Private

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

As budget crises force cities to cut back public services, private companies are stepping in to profit from the unmet demand. But there's a cost to co...