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America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

OpedSpace | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.

US vs. UK: Business Meetings Aren't That Different... Right?

Barry Whyte | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Barry Whyte

With the exception of royalty, spelling and humour (humor), most Brits and Americans like to think of their countries as culturally rather similar. You would be forgiven for thinking this is most obvious in the globalized world of business.

For Once a Positive Crisis

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Competitively the U.S. is now in a unique global position. It is spending significantly less money abroad to import oil giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the oil it does import is on the whole cheaper than oil other countries import.

Proud Community, Proud Americans

Shai Baitel | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Shai Baitel

Through the "Russian American Person of Year" Awards, this social cohesion is paired with civic engagement as well as consciousness about the need to preserve and pass on language, culture, traditions.

Thanksgiving and Political Correctness

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Thanksgiving has been celebrated by Native Americans, Christians, Jews and whoever else wants to since 1621, and I firmly believe we should continue unapologetically to celebrate giving thanks to God Almighty for our many blessings.

A Unique Way to Celebrate the Arts and Support a Good Cause

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The magazine has a history of supporting the arts, and for many years it featured artwork of respected American Artists as their covers.

Change Is Coming -- It Always Does

Doug Zeigler | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Doug Zeigler

Progressiveness is on the right side of history. Our country has shown time and time again that we move forward, not backwards. This country has been built from our birth on progressive and liberal principles, step by step, striving to improve.

SHADOW BOXING IN A CHANGED WORLD

Frank A. Weil | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

One hundred years ago, the world was on the brink of World War I. Airplanes were just being figured out, tanks had yet to be made or used, dreadnought...

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

Laura Wellington | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Laura Wellington

To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society.

Good Climate Policy Is Good for Economic Growth

Jake Levine | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Jake Levine

A growing economy and rising sea levels don't have to coincide. Indeed, we now know they are antagonistic. What good is a commercial business district if all the workers have fled in search of breathable air? Or a farm without fresh water?

Teamwork

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

Workers on every level of employment need to realize how important they are -- that they play a significant, vital, and necessary role in what makes the United States of America uniquely successful.

China's Domestic Self-interest Fuels US Climate Pact

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Landmark though the US-Chinese bilateral agreement may be, it is still much more about domestic Chinese priorities than trans-Pacific good will.

The U.S.-China Climate Deal Strengthens the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Jamie Henn | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

No one strategy can combat climate change and divestment is no exception. But as the U.S. and China just demonstrated, the possibility of failure isn't an excuse for inaction.

Ebola's Rippling Consequences

OpedSpace | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
OpedSpace

Many have decried the international response as deplorably slow. As a result, the consequences are jarring. The biggest lament is the obvious and horrific death toll. Along with a sick, dying and orphaned population, the crippling fear of being infected has rippling consequences on the affected countries and beyond.

Putting the Great Back into Great Britain

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Britain faces an existential nomenclature challenge. Will the word "Great" be expunged from its name and sentenced to permanent exile? Or, will Britain's better angels gather to resurrect a second finest hour?

My Wife, the Model American Citizen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

To my wife, and surely to most if not all of those giving their oath of citizenship, "civic literacy" of the sort she and all naturalized U.S. citizens have to demonstrate is at the core of setting an American free.

Questions for Dilma 2.0

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Now that both presidents have more conservative congresses with which to contend, what is the realistic scope of a refreshed bilateral agenda, and how will Brazil help to advance it?

America: Now What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of the strongest impressions my 18,000-mile, 3 1/2-month road trip left me with was that not only are we Americans not all on the same page (to put it mildly), and not only do we not even want to be on the same page, but we live in different worlds.

U.S. Midterm Elections: It's the Facts, Stupid

John Weeks | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
John Weeks

How can GDP per person rise and the income of the vast majority of the population decline? It's distribution. And those voters in the 99 percent know it. They are worse off, and as a result we face a high probability that troglodyte Republicans will control both houses of the U.S. Congress.

Losing Our Fears So We Don't Lose Ourselves

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

America is so much better than we sometimes think we are. Fear makes us forget this. It makes us smaller when we have the chance to be expansive. We have the chance to rally around exporting the best of who we are.

Ebola Outbreak Highlights Struggle for Science in Africa and Inequalities in Global Health Research

Tamer Fouad, MD | Posted 10.31.2014 | Science
Tamer Fouad, MD

In part, the lack of research in "non-profitable" infectious diseases occurring in underprivileged countries has left threats like Ebola largely unaddressed. In addition, inequalities within the system of international scientific collaboration have hindered African researchers from leading the way against diseases ravaging their continent.

The Real Bibi

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Jonathan Adelman

Bibi is many things, not all positive by any means. But, to demonize so accomplished a man leading a democratic state in a region teeming with radical terrorist and fundamentalist groups is much worse than merely attempting to discredit him by making all these ad hominem attacks.

The Oncology Crisis

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

Although only a sub-set of the population of medical students will choose cancer as their specialty, it is essential that all medical students have a basic understanding of the biological, social, and psychological issues surrounding cancer and its treatment.

Oil - A Question of Economics

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Luay Al Khatteeb

The recent debate over falling oil prices has become an over simplified economic question of supply and demand, ignoring other interrelated economic theories.

Countries Can't Agree On Antarctic Marine Reserve

AP | NICK PERRY | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world's largest marine reserve appeared headed...