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  • Opinion Eight ingredients for a peaceful society

    What makes for a peaceful society? Hot spots from Congo to the Middle East would benefit from such knowledge. But so would the United States, which, at home, isn’t always so harmonious and abroad, is still at war in Afghanistan. The Institute for Economics and Peace, an international research group, has come up with eight ingredients for more peaceful societies. They’re laid out in a report, “Structures of Peace,” based on the institute’s annual Global Peace Index and more than 300 data sets from around the world. The US does pretty well on five of them, but falls far short on three key ingredients. Michael Shank, vice president of the institute’s US office gives his take on eight ingredients America needs to reap the economic and social benefits of peace.
    12/19/2011 09:20 am

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  • Energy Voices Fuel cell technology: has its moment finally arrived?

    Fuel cells were left by the wayside as solar power and wind power grew in popularity. But now it seems as though fuel cells are beginning to establish themselves in niches that show promise for the future, Kennedy writes.

  • In Gear US bridges need $3 trillion in repairs, study finds

    A worryingly high number of bridges in the United States are 'structurally deficient,' according to a recent survey.

  • Energy Voices Oklahoma tornado: Energy dodges a bullet

    A devastating Oklahoma tornado left a trail of destruction Monday. How and why did the state's vast oil and gas infrastructure emerge seemingly unscathed from the Oklahoma tornado?

  • Energy Voices Fuel barge explosions underscore risks of fuel transportation

    Alabama's fuel barge explosions were nothing more than an unfortunate accident, reports suggest. But the fuel barge explosions serve as a reminder that the distribution of often volatile energy resources comes with certain risks.

  • In Gear The sad, sorry state of US roads

    Something has to change about the nation's crumbling infrastructure, Read writes. What would you do?

  • Army Corps not liable for Katrina damage, appeals panel finds

    New Orleans residents were dealt a setback Monday when a federal appeals panel, upending its own earlier decision, ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers cannot be sued for damages stemming from losses sustained after hurricane Katrina.

  • The Monitor's View When half of India loses electricity, time for lessons on going local

    India's electricity grid went out for 600 million people Tuesday. The historic blackout shows how nations must reconsider big, complex infrastructure like centralized electric utilities.

  • Readers Write: Republicans can win Hispanic vote; divorcing my bank

    Letters to the Editor for the weekly issue of December 19, 2011: The GOP can win the Hispanic vote – look at the stats – and not by dropping its strict immigration enforcement stance. My own tale of divorcing...my bank.
    12/19/2011 03:54 pm

  • Opinion Eight ingredients for a peaceful society

    What makes for a peaceful society? Hot spots from Congo to the Middle East would benefit from such knowledge. But so would the United States, which, at home, isn’t always so harmonious and abroad, is still at war in Afghanistan. The Institute for Economics and Peace, an international research group, has come up with eight ingredients for more peaceful societies. They’re laid out in a report, “Structures of Peace,” based on the institute’s annual Global Peace Index and more than 300 data sets from around the world. The US does pretty well on five of them, but falls far short on three key ingredients. Michael Shank, vice president of the institute’s US office gives his take on eight ingredients America needs to reap the economic and social benefits of peace.
    12/19/2011 09:20 am

  • Is Gary Johnson right about shovel-ready jobs? 5 infrastructure challenges.

    Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson scored a rhetorical winner in a Republican debate Thursday by saying that his neighbor's dogs 'have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration.' But President Obama's latest jobs plan includes a call for more spending on roads and bridges, an idea that has at least some Republican support. Here's a look at the debate over infrastructure and the economy.
    09/23/2011 06:44 pm

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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