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/ June 22, 2012 3:59 pm

Earth Summit Part II: Of Ethics and Markets

The Earth Summit and its participants consider the ethical and economic implications of their sustainability initiatives.

/ May 24, 2012 7:19 am

The Evolution of the Family Sitcom

From "dumb Dora" to an even less intelligent father figure, the evolution of the family sitcom illuminates gender relations.

/ April 30, 2012 12:15 pm

Sloppy Thinking—A Call for Truthful Discourse

As a philosophy concentrator, I have come to learn that philosophical discourse is characterized by clarity, precision and the search for truth. Many who are not interested in philosophy may find it quite pedantic to adopt such substantial focus on clarity and precision. After all, most people get the point anyway, right? It may be the case that some of ... Read More

/ April 16, 2012 2:24 pm

David Brooks Gets Young Idealists Wrong

Aspiring world-changers shouldn't shy away from politics, but there is pragmatism to NGOs' apolitical stances.

/ April 15, 2012 5:43 pm

The Sanctions Fallacy: Iran and Japan

The disadvantages of imposing sanctions too often go unexamined.

/ April 1, 2012 11:11 pm

Humanitarian Assistance: A Pragmatic Choice

Drought in the Horn of Africa

/ March 20, 2012 2:05 am

Legislation Watch

Dissecting current legislation on marijuana, bills, and Internet regulation

/ February 13, 2012 9:30 am

Rigoberta Menchú and the Oral History of a Repressed People

Journalists and international officials have markedly ignored the modern history of Guatemala. The nation’s past includes a long list of wrongs against the indigenous peoples of the country, including exploitation by wealthy, mixed-race landowners and government complicity in discriminatory practices. However, until the 1983 publishing of Quiché leader Rigoberta Menchú’s controversial autobiography, the attention of the world was rarely drawn to the bloodshed and activism happening in Central America.

/ January 27, 2012 1:34 am

The Decline and Death of Violence

Are we living in the most peaceable era of our species’ existence? "Better Angels of Our Nature" by Steven Pinker

/ January 11, 2012 11:34 pm

Progressives Shouldn’t Vote for Ron Paul

Disappointed progressives should rethink their new passion for Paul

/ January 2, 2012 6:53 am

Rebutting Relativism in Beit Shemesh

Marina is right to note that the West is far from blameless in its routine objectification of women as sex objects. But let’s not rush to draw equivalencies with religious fundamentalists.

/ December 28, 2011 4:41 pm

2011: Five Things I Learned This Year

I’ll speak as a humble world editor and share five things that I learned about the world in 2011, ranging from common fallacies about the Arab Spring to the shape of the human evolutionary family tree.

/ December 7, 2011 9:27 pm

The True Governments of Somalia

Somaliland may be the most stable and smoothest functioning democracy that officially does not exist.

and / November 22, 2011 11:55 pm

Ahmed Maher Addresses Occupy Harvard

Egyptian activist and founder of the April 6 movement offers advice to student protestors

and / November 11, 2011 8:37 pm

Democracy in the Desert

Confronting Libya’s autocratic legacy

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