We need to be clear that the threat from the disasters we are causing is not to mother nature but to humans. Life on our planet survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. Humanity would not.
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How an unusual discovery has brought light to a forgotten part of world history and reawakened the passions of an ancient community that was violently displaced from its ancestral land, fully aware it was never going to return.
Education is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments a society can make in its people and its future and is critical to reducing poverty and inequality. This lesson from mammalian education is quite fundamental.
On top of the tragedy of Tryavon Martin’s death, the outrage at the results of the Zimmerman trial stems from a seriously dangerous situation where African-Americans are not being adequately represented in our current government.
With the lessons of the country’s recent past, the government must embrace the growing diversity of opinion and culture that advancing technology inevitably brings and will continue to bring.
We are lucky in our neighbors. The time is now for a renewed push to mend our relationship with Mexico. Acting in unison with Canada, the chance for the US to be a contributor to an economic miracle for the Mexican people and for North America is within our grasp and our own vital self-interest.
While age-old prejudices make us instinctively shrink from this type of grand strategy, the world is not a safe enough place for such ideas to be dismissed outright. The potential gains are truly enormous
Technology is the foundation of democracy and a key factor the end of dictatorships. As the pace of technological change has quickened, inherently inflexible dictatorships have found it increasingly impossible to keep pace with the constant state of reform and self-criticism necessary for a functioning government.
It is vitally important that even during the height of these recurring wars between the Israelis, the Palestinians, and Hezbollah that the world is not distracted from the very real possibility of producing an entirely different region in the Middle East that is shaped by democracy.
Turkey can leverage its unique history and lead region into arms of democratic world. If Turkey is to retake its place as the center of Muslim thought and power, as it has every right to do, it must stand up to the dictatorships on its borders and embrace its true allies in the democratic world.