Many economic forecasters see nothing but further sinking, but with a rising number - if not percentage - of people employed, there are grounds for optimism.
Yes, there are huge obstacles. But the advantages of talking over fighting can't be discounted. Peace talks slow the killing, promote civil society, and may shift the dynamics in the region for a more stable future.
Wealthy countries are buying up farm land in poorer countries – with global consequences. These controversial land grabs hurt local workers and ecosystems, and dangerously tip the scale of the world's food economy.
When Democrats go door-to-door in liberal Massachusetts, you know they're feeling the heat.
After the campaigning, the governing. But will legislating split apart the Tea Party? Followers disagree on social issues such as abortion, admit Armey and Kibbe. But Tea Party enthusiasts unite on this: The government spends way too much.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim leader behind the planned Islamic center and mosque near ground zero, discusses plans for Park51, underlying causes of Muslim terrorism, and the real battle between moderates and extremists.
Obama finally gets engaged with Africa's largest country, one on a knife edge over a referendum that would divide it. His prized peacemaking skills are on trial.
A small-business owner and former Iraq war combat medic explains why he's challenging the new health-care law's requirement that everyone buy insurance.
It's fashionable to blame America's economic problems on the financial industry. But the truth is that both Wall Street and Main Street got caught in the bubble mentality.
The popular TV series 'Mad Men' portrays the 'Young '60s' – an era between the conformism of the '50s and the rebellion of the '60s. Its broad appeal hints that Americans might be ready for middle ground in the red-blue wars, too.
At his Friday press conference, President Obama made an impassioned defense of a key Bush strategy not to blame Islam for the 9/11 attacks. Many Americans have lost sight of that, as seen in the threat to burn the Quran at a church and the backlash to a Muslim mosque near ground zero.
Largely Muslim Turkey is split over a referendum on changes to the Constitution. Once again, critics warn of the secular state going Islamic. Prime Minister Erdogan needs to build trust among those who fear he and his religious party have a secret agenda.
A Gallup poll done for the Charitable Aid Foundation finds more correlation between happiness and giving than between wealth and giving. The survey's ranking of countries puts America as number five. Many poor nations are high in giving of one type or another.
Nine years later, America must revisit the 9/11 tragedy with fresh eyes to sort out the reactionary saga of the past decade – and see how it shapes our place in the new geopolitical climate.