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As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the United States ramps up its 'no boots on the ground' war against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the stream of threats emanating from the region appear to grow ever wider and deeper.

America's Weirdest Fall Festivals

MiniTime | Posted 09.29.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Whether you're betting on speeding coffins, tasting teriyaki bear or just yelling your head off, autumn brings a sense of excitement to the kookiest festivalgoers.

Politics and Real Estate in the U.S.

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Regardless of who becomes President in 2016, or what the composition of Congress may be, hard choices will continue to need to be made about a whole range of issues, such as how much funding should be allocated to subsidize mortgages or support affordable housing

America's Densest Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Wendell Cox

There is a general perception that the densest US cities are in the Northeast, where downtowns tend to be bigger and inner city densities are higher. But in fact, most of the densest major urban areas are in the West.

The Purple Agenda: A National Strategy to Bridge Left and Right

Mack McLarty | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

Our leaders need to embrace an attitude where working with the other party to solve problems is seen as a virtue and not a weakness. An attitude where the focus is on finding common ground instead of fomenting conflict.

Will U.S. Anti-ISIL Air War Succeed?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The United States needs to articulate a clear foreign policy agenda towards the political and security instability in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, the underlying reasons for the emergence of such extremist groups will remain intact.

Forests Need Laws, Not Loopholes

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

We need strong laws to protect forests and people. We also need better enforcement of existing laws. While we are celebrating new announcements on paper this week, forests and forest peoples are facing imminent threats that must be averted if we want to live up to the New York Declaration.

The Power of the Vote

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Jamell N.A. Henderson

I remember getting up early on Election Day in 2008 and 2012 and the lines were so long at my polling site that I was so glad my phone was charged to listen to music, and I got through several levels of Candy Crush.

Economic Growth Patterns in USA, Canada, Mexico and China

Dominik Knoll | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

While the U.S. economy is seeing significant growth, economies in neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico, are doing also well. In Canada, rising exports and consumer spending have translated into better growth.

America Must Make Its Underlying Intentions Toward Iran Clear

Massoud Khodabandeh | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Massoud Khodabandeh

The crisis in northern Iraq must prove a salutary lesson. That Iran can wield soft power in Iraq does not need stating, but that Iran is willing to work in military cooperation with America where they have mutual interests and benefits has been swept under the carpet by ideologues refusing to "give in" to the Iranians.

Open Letter to Canada's U.S. Ambassador: If You Are Already Going to Lose This Fight, Why Lose Your Credibility as Well?

Mike Casey | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green
Mike Casey

I read with interest the news accounts of your government's recent spending to advertise on behalf of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL export pipeline.

Art Shows to See in the US Before The Year Ends

Leora Novick | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Leora Novick

As the leaves begin to change and weekends are no longer reserved for beach trips, it's time to start editing not just your fall wardrobe, but your recreational activities as well.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

How, When, and Why Were Time Zones Created?

Quora | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Quora

By having an exact time standard humans added a very real and meaningful layer of stress to our lives that still impacts all of us today. The lack of an exact time standard allowed for far more flexibility in just about ever aspect of everyone's life.

Open-Ended Lies

Max Dorfman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

When there's such a great difference between what the American population thinks and wants, and what the government desires, how can we feel we're actually being represented? The government will claim they're acting in our best interests -- even if we don't know it.

Iran's Covert and Quiet Military Build Up and Operations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic has exercised a tactical shift with regards to its mass strategic signaling when it comes to its military and ballistic capabilities, development of nuclear technologies, covert operations, long-range missiles and ICBM capabilities.

ISIS Militants Are Final Memory of School for Many Iraqi Children

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Tara Kangarlou

The Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.

A Perversion of Everything We Know

Max Dorfman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

As I write, our elected government, spurred by President Obama, has declared an interest in training opposing militants to fight ISIS. Not only does t...

Obama Continues Misdirection in U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

This is a guest post by Adam Waters, a Senior History Major at Brown University. Adam worked at the Council on Foreign Relations as an intern over the...

Erdogan Needs a Spasm of Lucidity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Erdogan must realize that his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" has been a dismal failure, his domestic policy that spreads fear rather than freedom will come back to haunt him, and his blind support of extremist groups such as Hamas will catch up with him.

Syria And Iran Slam U.S. Strategy In Fighting The Islamic State

AP | ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coaliti...

'Who Is Dayani Cristal?': Offering Resources for the Movement

Lina Srivastava | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart

Indonesia, America and China's Nine-Dash Line

Stanley Weiss | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

When the history of the early part of the 21st century is written, one of the great heroes of the People's Republic of China might turn out to be an anonymous map-maker from the late 1940s whose work is helping to drive increasingly dangerous confrontations today between China and its neighbors across the South China Sea.

Globalization and Interconnectedness: A Global Grocery Story for Education

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Sriya Chakravarti

For centuries, we as a race have been migrating to different lands, exchanging goods, services and ideas to improve our lives. "With globalization our interconnectedness and interdependence have grown."

The Best Economies In The World

24/7 Wall St. | Robert Serenbetz and Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business

After sliding for four consecutive years, the United States moved up two places for the second year in a row in the World Economic Forum’s competiti...