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For thousands of years, mariners have recognized a red sky in the morning as a signal of bad weather and have taken steps to avert disaster. Are we as adept at seeing the signs of our troubled times for what they portend, and if so, how do we respond?
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is celebrating 60 years as her country's monarch.
Though many nations currently struggle toward some form of democracy, no system of government has yet proven to be the answer to humanity’s problems. In the final article in the series we ask: Is there such a thing as perfect government?
As the United Nations pegs October 31, 2011, as the date when human population passes 7 billion, we can expect increasingly strident calls for a deep evaluation of our planetary role.
Who can deny that ours is a world filled with injustices of every description? Do we have the resources within us to right all the wrongs we see in our communities and around the globe?
“We the People” became a rallying cry for a young nation more than 200 hundred years ago. Today the sentiment still resonates as nations seek the freedom they equate with democracy. But so far, we the people have been unable to create the perfect world we long for.
International agencies calculate that nearly a billion people go hungry every day. What will it take to solve the perennial problem of inadequate food and freshwater in vast regions of the world?
April 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in history. It’s a good time to revisit our individual and collective responsibilities regarding the energy sources we all depend on.
The irony in the timing of the disaster that crippled Japan’s nuclear reactors is not lost on those who have been planning for years to remember the victims of Chernobyl.
From ancient empires to modern totalitarian and democratic governments, religious elements have been present in all the world’s political systems.
World peace has eluded humankind for millennia, despite the fact that many of the greatest thinkers of our age have proposed plans for achieving it. One proposal now on the table aims for world peace by 2048. Will it be any more successful than its predecessors?
The “Occupy” movement is international in reach. The most fervent believers insist that the “occupations” are not political, despite an obvious effort to influence political discourse in every nation where the protests have occurred or are occurring.
Justice and righteousness are two aspects of God's character.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has become a part of the fabric of the modern world and has been integrated into the constitutions of several nations. It is noteworthy, therefore, that none has yet succeeded in ending injustice.
To bring change, we must first change ourselves. Right behavior begins at the individual level.
Special Report: Hope in the Face of Disaster-Four articles address doomsday speculations by examining them in a more hopeful light. Is the world really coming to an end?
With this issue Vision begins a new series examining critical problems facing the world, with an eye to solutions both on a global level and close to home.
Since the middle of the 20th century, the "nuclear club" has been an exclusive inner circle of the international community. However, as more nations seek nuclear power as a source of clean energy, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure nonproliferation. Are we on the verge of a nuclear renaissance or an age of nightmarish ever-expanding nuclear–weapons?
As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, Europe appears poised for another moment of pivotal historic change. European leaders recently met in Brussels to seek a way forward for the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Their efforts were rewarded on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, when the lone holdout, Czech President, Vaclav Klaus signed the accord. Will the Lisbon Treaty enable the European Union to play a more active role in international affairs? Across the Atlantic two former European heads of state, now academics at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, were also addressing the future of European unity. The two-day event titled “The European Union in a Moment of Crisis,” took place in Providence, Rhode Island, October 28 and 29, 2009.
The idea that world peace can be achieved through world government has a long history. Though all previous efforts in that direction have failed, some are hoping that globalization—regulated by the emerging European style of governance—will lead humanity to its elusive goal.
Regardless of potential challenges to morality, the overriding concern about the process model is functional: will it work?
In 2003 the EU debated the role religion should play in its constitution. Secularism won out over Europe’s Christian heritage. Europe is secular and proud of it.
On the heels of extensive government intervention in economies around the world, Ayn Rand is making a comeback. Vision looks at her philosophy and asks, Is that where our economic salvation lies?
A review of the current financial crisis reveals that humanity has been here before. And we'll be here again, unless we start taking a fundamentally different approach.
Today buyers and sellers do not trust each other; citizens’ faith in their governments is at an all-time low, as ever-increasing percentages of personal wealth are confiscated through taxes and we now wait to be ravaged by inflation; financial institutions are without credibility (even among themselves); and the economic activity essential for civil order and prosperity has all but stopped for many nations.
An old adage from the book of Acts declares, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). In a world that has cultivated the importance of self-interest, of looking out for Number One, that sentiment is often hard to accept. Does benevolence, treating others as one would like to be treated, offer tangible benefits?
People around the world, among them journalists, commentators, bloggers, scholars and government leaders have decried the Israeli attack on Gaza. What will it take to resolve this seemingly impossible impasse of brothers on the same land?
The United States Federal Reserve System turns 95 this week. It has never been more active and visible—marching out a parade of stunningly ambitious initiatives in the last few months. Yet illiquidity persists and the capital crisis is dragging the global economy into a protracted recession.
If capitalism isn't dead, it is certainly badly injured. Who crippled it, and how? And what do we do now?
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) pledges &700 billion to procure illiquid mortgage-backed securities and distressed real estate loans.
Rights have never been so extensively defined as today. But what happens when the perceived rights of two individuals or groups clash? Is there any basis for resolution?
How soon the world oil supply will run out is debatable. But underlying that question is another, more serious issue.
Thanks to the MAD doctrine, the Cold War left its mark on two regions of the former Soviet Union.
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