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Rachel Maddow Should Co-anchor NBC's Olympic Broadcast

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

As long as the Russians won't change their current policies toward the LGBT community among other groups they discriminate against, we should demand that NBC focus only on the athletes and competitions and not on the country hosting the Games.

A Tale of Two Cyclones

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Jeremy Konyndyk

While much now remains to be done to help bring relief and recovery to those affected by the storm, Cyclone Phailin has shown India's ability to address a major disaster using its own disaster management institutions.

The International Landscape of Small Businesses

Gina Harman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Gina Harman

La Idea encourages knowledge transfer between entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Latin America. In addition to providing free business education events and resources, La Idea facilitates networking among entrepreneurs across borders.

Egypt's Rebels Who Lost Their Cause?

Khaled Diab | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

Some critics in Egypt have wondered whether Tamarod's cosy relationship with the military and its growing jingoism is a sign that the movement sold out its revolutionary ethos to become a loyal lapdog to the SCAF.

Role of Midwives in Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan

Aziz Baig | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Aziz Baig

In developing countries like Afghanistan, midwives bring great hope to the tens of thousands of women who have no access to doctors or clinics.

USAID Invests in Open-Source Mobile Tech for Water Sanitation Monitoring

Amanda Sperber | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Amanda Sperber

USAID just announced its investment in mWater, a non-profit tech startup, whose phone app can instantly test and analyze water quality from local sources and share this information on their global, open-source water monitoring database.

From Iran in 1953 to Egypt in 2013 -- Why Should the World Have to Pay for U.S. Empire?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.

Hidden Trade Risks for US Big Business in Colombia

Robert Shaw | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Shaw

John Kerry's trip to Colombia last week builds on President Obama's renewed efforts to deepen relations with Latin America but hidden in his security and trade agenda lie many unanswered questions for U.S. exporters around the pitfalls of starting a business in the midst of an on-going conflict.

The Promise of Health Care Innovation in Djibouti

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

Who will make sure the clinic and the outpost work properly, and coordinate between the Djiboutian Ministry of Health and USAID? Will this become a successful and exportable model for rural health care in Africa, or a white elephant?

The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention: Bringing Light to the Darkness

Michael B. Kleinman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Michael B. Kleinman

New technologies are marking it harder for perpetrators to hide their crimes, allowing the rest of us to peer into this darkness and giving victims in affected communities the tools to tell the world what's happening.

TCHO: Changing Chocolate

Naomi Starkman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Naomi Starkman

TCHO designates its dark chocolates by their flavor profiles: "Fruity" (single origin sourced from Peru); bright acids like in mandarin oranges in "Citrus" (from Madagascar); hearty richness in "Chocolatey" (Ghana); and roasted nuts in "Nutty" (Ecuador).

What India's Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex wo...

Why Does The U.S. Still Give Millions Of Dollars In Aid To China

Foreign Policy | Isaac Stone Fish | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

The United States provided $28.3 million in foreign assistance and funding programs to China via USAID and the State Department in 2012, according to ...

Growing Pains in Emerging States: What to Make of Mass Demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil?

Steven Feldstein | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Steven Feldstein

While unrest continues in Turkey, new demonstrations exceeding one million are sweeping Brazil. This moment compels us to reassess existing assumptions about the relative strength and ascendance of emerging nations, most of which face fundamental demographic, socio-historical, political and economic challenges.

How Many Afghan Hearts and Minds Do You Win When a School Collapses?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One (of thousands) example of how we lost the war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people was our shoddy management of the things we built. We're repeating those same mistakes in Afghanistan, this time with potentially fatal results.

The Other Gay Rights Case: Why Today's Obscure Supreme Court Decision Is More Important Than We Think

Jay Michaelson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Most commentators on the Supreme Court will regard June 20 as the day that the big thing didn't happen: No decision on marriage equality. But in fact, a lesser-known decision will have a wide-reaching, positive impact on LGBT equality, and civil rights generally, worldwide.

How Not to Start a Revolution

Michael Spencer | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact
Michael Spencer

"We want to focus on results for people," said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she delivered a Feed the Future announcement at Mlandizi Farm Women's Cooperative in Mlandizi, Tanzania in June 2011. I wonder which people she was referring to?

A Promise Renewed: A Great Global Ambition and Every Father's Dream

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact
Anthony Lake

What will you be doing this Father's Day? Grilling in the back yard with the family? We often take such simple pleasures for granted. But, elsewhere, millions of fathers around the world will struggle to help their children survive and thrive.

Dear NSA, George Orwell Is Watching You

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a month of ironies focused on Net freedom and somebody is benefiting from it - with a great sense of humor to boot. Irony 1: "Dear NSA, you can ...

One Year Later: From Promise to Action on Ending Preventable Child Deaths

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

The "celebrity" buzz captured new attention from media outlets and non-traditional audiences. But would a successful event build upon the decades of tireless work on child survival and lead to the movement that we all hoped for and envisioned? Would the promises turn into real action?

Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.

Are African Lions One-Trick Ponies?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

For the African growth story to be more than the "one-trick" resources story, its leaders have to prioritize the diversification of their economies. Natural resource extraction offers immediate benefits but this growth path is unlikely to translate into tangible improvements in the lives of most Africans.

June 8, 2013: A Now or Never Moment on Nutrition

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

At least 1/3 of all child deaths -- almost 3 million every year -- are linked to chronic undernutrition. No war, no flood, no coup necessary -- these are the children who fall through the cracks between food and nutrition.

Why the First-ever U.S. Water Strategy Is Sure to Have a Ripple Effect

David Winder | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
David Winder

The U.S. Agency for International Development has released its first-ever Water and Development Strategy -- a roadmap of the U.S. government's approach to water programming that focuses on efforts to save lives through the provision of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

A Partnership to Improve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Maura O'Neill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

The statistics around water, sanitation, and hygiene are daunting. 2.5 billion people worldwide still lack access to improved sanitation. Contaminated food and water cause up to 1.5 million deaths from diarrheal disease among children under five every year.