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REPORT: Chinese Hackers Broke Into Government Computer Networks, Targeted Employee Files

www.nytimes.com | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information o...

Child Welfare Group Issues Report on Impact of Nepal Adoption closure by U.S.

Andrea Poe | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Andrea Poe

Armed with a new study, Both Ends Burning, a nonprofit organization focused on advocating children's right to permanent families, is urging the Department of State to reopen adoptions from Nepal, which have been closed to U.S. citizens since 2010.

EVERYBODY PANIC: There May Be Fungus In Our Coffee!

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.18.2014 | Weird News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down t...

America's Peace Ship

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.

OOPS: Goverment Lost Contract Files Worth Billions

AP | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion i...

U.S. Government Letting Go Of Key Internet Oversight Role

Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The U.S. government announced Friday that it is relinquishing its hold on a key Internet oversight role. The Wall Street Journal reported that the...

In Search of a Cure for America's Drug Shortages

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Buried under fancy-sounding terms like Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and Special 301 is the real irony that availability of cheap drugs is not just a concern for the poor in an India or a China, but also for the poor back home in the US.

Revisiting America's Disgraceful Treatment of Mandela

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Contrary to belief, the malignant treatment by the U.S. of Mandela didn't end with his release from prison in 1990, the official unbanning of his African National Congress, or even his becoming the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1993.

Individual Acts

J Henry Fair | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

Buy your toilet paper made from post-consumer content, get your food as organic and local as you can (urge your local farmer to trade in that gas guzzling pick-up for something more climate friendly) and pray for a miracle.

Why Government of the Future Needs to Be a Functional Utility

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

Clearly, our political system is going through some of its greatest challenges. When competing values are so polarized, systemic seventh level thinking doesn't see the light of day as the entire system heads into collapse.

Remembering Greatness on Capitol Hill

Ladan Rafii | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

It really is an honor and privilege to be there, and such a pleasure too. So why can't it be a harmonious environment instead of a place of rancor, infighting and dysfunction, as revealed to the entire world during the recent shutdown?

Karzai's Taliban Solution

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

What seemed inconceivable a decade ago -- the integration of the Taliban into Afghanistan's post-9/11 political process -- appears not only possible today, but probable.

You Can Fix the Health Care Reform Hullabaloo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health isn't built in hospitals; disease is treated there. Health is built every day, over the course of a lifetime, in the places we work, and learn, and play, and pray, and love, and live. Or it isn't. And if it isn't, the "health care" system can't fix it.

Marital Walkout - How to End the U.S. Government Shutdown

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Michele

I don't care to predict when the shutdown will end or how; however, I do have an idea I would like to see get implemented to help end it.

A Modest Proposal to Restore Constitutional Government

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

While the Tea Party may display the Constitution at their rallies, their movement and their current strategy in Congress are at their heart fundamentally anti-Constitutionalist and anti-Madisonian.

Does the Government Stifle Innovation? I Don't See It (To the Contrary...)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

While "entrepreneurial culture" will always be essential, many innovations that turned out to be economically important in the U.S. have government fingerprints all over them.

The Third Energy Revolution

Ishan Puri | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

Whether it is firing synapses, moving cranes, or powering our homes, we run on energy. And our dependency is growing: 7,000,000,000 humans with an annual growth rate of more than 1 percent translates to one more person on Earth every 13 seconds.

Urgently Needed: Reform of the Broken American Political System

Frank Vogl | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Frank Vogl

The evident concerns about our political system, from the rising roles of cash in elections through to Congressional dysfunction, cry for a response. But, politicians, seemingly trapped in the political quagmire are mostly silent.

Thank You Note for VBA Workers

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Government workers don't get much respect these days, and are sometimes the targets of unfair abuse. That's not right.

Supreme Court Stands With NGOs In Landmark Free Speech Ruling

Lindsay Coates | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Today, NGOs scored a major legal victory when the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that a USAID policy requirement infringed upon Americans' right to free speech.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha: His Way or the Highway

Fron Nahzi | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Fron Nahzi

Prime Minister Sali Berisha's reelection bid centers on building the country's first motorway. But his poor track record in combating corruption and upholding the rule of law has many wondering if Berisha is taking Albania down the wrong road.

Want To Change The World? Let Girls Lead

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png When it comes to addressing the needs and rights of adolescent girls worldwide, there is no better advocate than girls themselves.

Five Takeaways: The G8 and Social Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.09.2013 | Business
Ben Thornley

The UK government planted the Union Jack squarely at the center of social impact investing at the dedicated G8 meeting June 6 - hosted by Prime Minist...

Government Is Listening

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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WikiLeaks Slams Film 'Filled With Factual Errors And Speculation'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

After years of releasing hundreds of thousands of sensitive U.S. government documents, WikiLeaks went the same route against a documentary about itsel...