October 23, 2013
Don’t Feel Too Bad Americans, Gridlock is Global

That political conflict can result in full out governmental paralysis comes as no surprise… in Italy. Less so in the United States. But it does happen here too; and it is safe to assume that America’s most recent “governance accident” won’t be the last. 
Nor was it the first. Between 1976 and 1996, the U.S. government shutdown 17 times, always a result of partisan gridlock. And while none of these shutdowns lasted more than three weeks, none occurred in a political environment as bitterly divided as the one we’re living in today.
We now know how it works: a minority group wins just enough votes to have sufficient Congressional representation to twist, postpone, water-down or even stop governmental action. These minority groups may not have the power to impose their views but have just enough power to veto the agenda of the majority.
Read more. [Image: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Don’t Feel Too Bad Americans, Gridlock is Global

That political conflict can result in full out governmental paralysis comes as no surprise… in Italy. Less so in the United States. But it does happen here too; and it is safe to assume that America’s most recent “governance accident” won’t be the last. 

Nor was it the first. Between 1976 and 1996, the U.S. government shutdown 17 times, always a result of partisan gridlock. And while none of these shutdowns lasted more than three weeks, none occurred in a political environment as bitterly divided as the one we’re living in today.

We now know how it works: a minority group wins just enough votes to have sufficient Congressional representation to twist, postpone, water-down or even stop governmental action. These minority groups may not have the power to impose their views but have just enough power to veto the agenda of the majority.

Read more. [Image: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

January 25, 2013

In Focus: The Conflict in Mali

Two weeks ago, the French military launched Operation Serval, intervening in a complicated, months-old conflict in northern Mali. A year earlier, Tuareg rebels had attacked government positions throughout northern Mali, temporarily seizing control of a large area and declaring it a new state named Azawad. The rebels soon lost control though, displaced by several Islamist groups, including elements of Al Qaeda, intent on imposing Sharia law in the region and possibly establishing a base for terrorist activity. Those militant groups began pushing south recently, prompting a planned U.N. action, but France felt compelled to act sooner than anticipated, to prevent further damaging gains. More than 2,000 French troops are now involved in Mali, pursuing and attacking anti-government forces from the air and ground, with support from nine other western countries and several neighboring African nations.

See more. [Images: AP, Getty, Reuters]

January 25, 2013

Scenes from Tahrir Square: Tear Gas and Tears at a Revolution, Two Years On

Protestors in Cairo filled the now-familiar Tahrir Square on Friday, not just to mark the date, but to vent their anger at the regime that replaced the one they fought so hard to bring down.

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January 15, 2013

This Is What It Looks Like When Syria Bombs a University

Two explosions rocked Syria’s Aleppo University on Tuesday, the very first day of the school’s exams, and it looks like it was carried out by way of a jet loyal to Bashar al-Assad. 

[Images: SANA/ AP]

July 24, 2012
The U.S. Airports Most Likely to Influence the Spread of Global Disease 
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
Los Angeles International (LAX)
Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
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The U.S. Airports Most Likely to Influence the Spread of Global Disease 

  1. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  2. Los Angeles International (LAX)
  3. Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  4. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  5. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

See the rest [Image: Rob Wilson/Shutterstock]

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