South Sudan, a Year Later

(This week, South Sudan celebrates its first Independence Day. It’s been a tough year for the new country, and even more difficult times may be ahead. So I asked the resident expert Michael to shed some light on the situation for us.) There are four major issues happening right now to keep in mind regarding … Continue reading

We Aren’t the Only Ones Who Go to War Over Oil

South Sudan has been in the news lately because of escalating attacks from Sudan on its northern border. The cause? Oil disputes. In fact, as of yesterday the president of South Sudan claimed that Sudan had effectively “declared war” on his country after air bombardments continued for yet another day. Those bombings followed South Sudan’s … Continue reading

How to Get the World to Care About You in 1 Easy Step

Well, I’m back. I thought about waiting until after this Kony 2012 fiasco fizzled out, but instead I find myself with so many thoughts about it that I – forgive me world – feel obligated to toss my own $.02 into the fountain of cynical banter. In case you haven’t seen it yet (and with … Continue reading

Bearing Our Own Energy Burden

The Keystone XL pipeline – once relatively unknown to everyone but energy execs and protestors – has become a major US election issue and the source of much controversy lately. The proposed pipeline would carry oil 2,000 miles from Canada’s tar sands through the US and down to Texas. Environmental activists have been fighting the … Continue reading

True Love, the Oil Spill and Well Water

As millions of gallons of oil continue to decimate the Gulf region, I am awestruck by the mystery of tapping into something that never seems to run out. If the oil could be tamed (too late), it would be like the elusive “money tree” we all wish we could grow. (Even though we’d know the … Continue reading

Does Water Kill People or Do People Kill People?

Water means war. Every day, in Sudan and Iraq and Somalia and Bosnia, people searching for water have learned its intricate ties to war. Every soldier since the birth of boats has known the importance of ships and seaports for war strategy. But in modern times, the water supply itself has become the most crucial … Continue reading

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