In recent weeks, the price of a barrel of oil has stayed at about $100 a barrel, and gasoline prices have been edging closer to $4 a gallon. The costs are apparently due to events half a world away, in the Middle East. Even though plenty of oil is around, there is fear of further disruptions, and consumers, business people, and politicians have all been making adjustments. Here are eight ways that higher energy prices are starting to affect America.
A massive earthquake and tsunami have accomplished what Japan's fiscal policy and central bank could not. Rebuilding a large swath of Japan will stimulate domestic growth and global demand, energy-efficient technologies, while helping to integrate China and Japan.
China has signed a number of trade deals throughout Europe that could boost struggling economies, but some Europeans have misgivings about the possibility of a financial lifeline from China.
Long before the NPR scandal underscored liberal condescension toward conservatives, Lionel Trilling saw the hidden hope of power that lies in the heart of those who seek to improve society. President Obama has renewed this progressive impulse, limiting our freedom and prosperity.
Since the unrest that has swept the Arab world began in January, many of West Africa's leader nations have been distancing themselves from the crumbling regimes to their north.
The fall of the Taliban may have brought change for many women in major urban areas, but today women are running into cultural barriers that go beyond Taliban influence.
Teodorin Obiang, son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, tried to buy the world's second most expensive yacht, according to Global Witness, an anticorruption advocacy group in London.
Dalai Lama reincarnation: The Dalai Lama, who is regarded as 14th in a line of reincarnations dating to the 14th century, has at times insisted his successor would be born in exile, but he has also said the tradition could end with his death.
The islands of Thailand's previously untouched Andaman Coast are experiencing a tourism boom that has brought chaotic expansion at a cost to the environment.
On the front lines of the struggle to remove Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, the Monitor's reporter describes sermons, battles, and a rag-tag militia desperate to press forward.
Spring break deals are popping in Panama City Beach, Fla. Airboat tours, limousine rides, and hot wings are some of the spring break deals available to students.
Ben Bernanke says Federal Reserve policy is not responsible for the UN's Food Price Index now standing at its highest level in 21 years or gasoline costs rising 49% in six months.
Ivory Coast state television has lost what little subtlety it once had and transformed into the communications arm of Laurent Gbagbo's desperate government.
President Robert Mugabe's security forces have arrested democracy activists for watching videos of the Tunisian revolt and have also detained members of the opposition party.
Beijing's successful evacuation of tens of thousands of Chinese from Libya has highlighted China’s growing role in North Africa and the Middle East.
Just five months after a disputed election, United Nations Special Representative to West Africa Said Djinnit says that there are signals that Guinea could slide into prosperity, or something like it.
The town of Chibi has ordered residents to consume five tons of water per household per month in the middle of one of the worst droughts to hit China for decades.
If Russia can reduce reliance on its aging Soviet-era nuclear missile deterrent, analysts say it could create a 'whole new ball game.'
Ireland's new leaders have few options in reversing the downward spiral of debt and joblessness.
Thousands of families still living in temporary huts after an 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile a year ago today blame President Sebastian Piñera for not doing more.
In Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, one member of the transitional city council says that 'we have surprised even ourselves' as residents have stepped forward to maintain order.
Some have criticized Europe for responding slowly to the upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt, though the EU was quick to condemn Libya's violence.
The World Bank warned Tuesday that global food prices are reaching 'dangerous' levels. Africa is bracing for short-term trouble, but sustained high prices could spark agribusiness investment across the continent.