Barrett Sheridan

Dialog of the Deaf

Until the free marketers and the protectionists start talking to each other and finding common ground, the divide between rich and poor will continue to widen, says former U.S. secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich.

Blame It on Biofuels

High food prices always hit the poor hardest, and these days there is plenty of bad news. Corn prices are nearly $4 a bushel, almost double their 2005 level.

The Flames of Hope

As for so many of us, the genocide in Darfur was merely an abstraction to Ashok Gadgil, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

Who Will Win, and Who Will Lose

America is scared of global warming. In a recent poll by Yale's Center for Environmental Law and Policy, 83 percent of Americans called global warming a "serious" problem, up from 70 percent in 2004, and 63 percent agreed that the United States "is in as much danger" from environmental threats including global warming "as it is from terrorists."If even gas-guzzling Americans are alive to the danger, you know most nations now accept climate change as real.

The Good Life

Start the new year high--real high. Cold weather is the best time for hot-air ballooning. The clear winter air affords better visibility, sometimes letting you see as far as 100 kilometers in the distance.

The Good Life

With 2007 peeking around the corner, it's time to start making plans to ring in the new. For the ultimate New Year's experience, host your own party on a private island in the Maldives, boasting white sands and turquoise waters.