Government & NGOs, Society & Culture
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Princeton economist Alan Blinder argues that economic progress and democracy go hand in hand.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 18:52:57 05/22/13
In this in-depth, erudite talk, George Weigel discusses the historic shift taking place in the Catholic church; the character of the new mode of Catholicism that is coming into being; his personal impressions of the new pope; and the flourishing church in Africa.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 14:06:10 05/20/13
A fight on Mt. Everest between Nepalese Sherpas and European climbers has again raised questions about tourism and the world's tallest mountain. Should the Sherpas, who live and work on the mountain, control access to the peak? Should the tourists have any say?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 16:03:53 05/13/13
Food for Peace, which ships American farm products to developing nations, has long been criticized for crowding out local agriculture. Now, to the dismay of the U.S. farming and shipping industries, President Obama is proposing sending nations cash grants. Is Cash for Peace a better idea?
[LESS INFO] 3 VIEWS | ADDED 19:05:12 05/08/13
My wish for every human being would be that, out of a sense of gratitude for what they do in their own lives, out of a sense of a desire to be connected to other people in the world, whether it's online or in some other way, they reach out; they reach out beyond themselves.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 21:43:24 05/06/13
A divided past is only part of the human story. It may be the one that makes the headlines, but, arguably, it's not the only one and it's probably not the most important one either, says David Cannadine. Human relations are extremely messy. They are not primarily Manichean at all, but they are about blending, borrowing, interacting, and interconnecting.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 14:09:46 05/06/13
Childhood vaccination programs have been met with skepticism and hostility in the U.S. Some oppose them on religious grounds, while others worry about preservatives. Do governments have a right to make sure children are immunized against contagious diseases?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 18:51:28 05/02/13
There are people who have less of that makeup and who are much more likely to see 'yes, and . . . ' solutions, 'both of us together in the same common humanity' solutions, who don't draw the same distinctions between groups all the time.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:04:14 04/29/13
As authorities searched for one of the Boston Marathon bombers, the city of Boston and its suburbs were put on lockdown. Was this action justified? Does this set a dangerous precedent or should we trust the government to exercise emergency powers judiciously?
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:02:02 04/26/13
Andrew Bacevich argues that militarism now permeates U.S. society. These attitudes emerged in the decades after the Vietnam War, and are at odds both with U.S. interests and with its founding traditions.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 20:01:59 04/24/13
When I think about global morality, the good news is that we're all very similar. The bad news is that, domain-by-domain-specific, we can actually get very bad lessons from society around us about what is acceptable and not acceptable.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:34:46 04/22/13
Very soon, smart technologies and big data will allow us to make sophisticated interventions in everyday life. Technology will create incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will this affect society, once political and moral dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 14:24:06 04/22/13
With over half of the detainees on a hunger strike, tensions are worse than ever at Guantanamo Bay. Is it finally time for the United States to close this detention camp? Or does it still serve a purpose in the country's ongoing wars?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 18:23:04 04/19/13
Which countries will be the next big thing? Most follow a four-point cycle, says Sharma: You have economic crisis. They carry out economic reforms. After they carry out economic reforms, some sort of boom takes place. Then complacency sets in, and then you get back to having a crisis. So beware! Economic development is extremely hard to sustain.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 20:36:05 04/18/13
Will China, after a few unsteady years, resume its growth, leading to China becoming a power on the scale of the United States? Will China come apart? Will it decompose into regions?
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:09:14 04/15/13
After a controversial election, Kenya has inaugurated Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, as its new president. Should Kenya, a hub for the aid community and an important Western ally, face repercussions?