Visualizing a Better World

August 31, 2009

Nowadays an oft-heard complaint is that we are being bombarded with so much data that we are being overloaded. Humankind … Continued

New Approach to Food Security Applauded

August 28, 2009

In post entitled Food Crisis and Recession, I discussed the fact that at the last G8 summit leaders of developed … Continued

Brazil Sits on the Cusp of Recovery

August 27, 2009

Recently Japan, France, and Germany reported that their economies had once again started to grow. The growth rates weren't high, … Continued

The Changing World of International Relations

August 26, 2009

In a post written shortly before the Obama administration came to office [Transforming U.S. Foreign Policy], I observed that sweeping … Continued

The Ups and Downs of Microfinance

August 25, 2009

I first started blogging about microfinance in November 2006 in a post about programs that work in fighting poverty [Programs … Continued

Shipping Woes

August 24, 2009

Less than two years ago, analysts were predicting a bright future for maritime shipping. Demand for new ships seemed strong, … Continued

Zimbabwe Remains a Conundrum

August 21, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently made an important tour of seven African nations. One of her stops was … Continued

The Trouble with Trash

August 20, 2009

In a post entitled Of Diamonds and Dumps, I discussed the issue of trash disposal and the need for better … Continued

The Diversity of Humankind

August 19, 2009

We've all heard the statistic that humans are genetically 99.9% the same. Yet we marvel at how diverse we look … Continued

Are Demographics Beginning to Change?

August 18, 2009

A recent article in The Economist declared that "demography means virtually all of us will have to work longer ["The … Continued

The Not So Infinite Sea

August 17, 2009

William Shakespeare once penned: “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give … Continued

Of Diamonds and Dumps

August 14, 2009

Consumers rarely think about where the products they buy come from or where they end up when they are finally … Continued

Update on Solar Energy

August 13, 2009

Anyone who follows U.S. politics knows that the Obama administration has tied much of its recovery program to breakthroughs in … Continued

The Future of Thorium

August 12, 2009

During his presidential campaign, Senator John McCain "laid out his vision for 100 new nuclear plants—45 of them to be … Continued

A Rose by Any Other Name Might Smell as Sweet, but Would It Sell? Consider the Slimehead

August 11, 2009

In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the two fated lovers are trapped in a family feud not of their making. … Continued

Turkey Renews Efforts to Seek Peace with the Kurds

August 10, 2009

Turkey occupies a unique position between Europe and the Middle East. For decades, its leaders were biased towards Europe and … Continued

Pipelines, Oil, and Iraq’s Future

August 7, 2009

When the United States invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein, many people believed that Iraq's oil sector would produce enough … Continued

Pledges to Cooperate Following Elections in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

August 6, 2009

The recent elections in the Kurdistan region of Iraq were different than those held previously because they marked the emergence … Continued

African Ingenuity

August 5, 2009

We all know that you don’t have to be rich to be innovative. In fact, the old saw that claims … Continued

Asia’s Push for Clean Energy

August 4, 2009

President Obama was hoping that the stimulus package passed by Congress would be the key that would unlock the door … Continued

The Rise of Smartphones and the Galápagos Syndrome

August 3, 2009

Depending on your point of view, the rise of smartphones has been one of the greatest boons to business or … Continued