Like it or not, the midterm election is shaping up as a referendum on President Obama. His dizzying descent from the stratosphere of popularity to the kind of middling job approval associated with lesser talents could cost Democrats their majority in the House as well as effective control of the Senate. The only saving grace for Democrats is the roster of fringe candidates the GOP has served up, and the hope that voters will reject the change these Tea Party insurgents represent.
Face the fact: the fish are dying. Half popular history, half environmental manifesto, Paul Greenberg's book exposes the dire straits of our favorite seafood. Solving the problem means more than just skipping the tuna sashimi. It's going to take big politics, smart ocean management, and plain old restraint (no!) to forestall a tragedy of the commons.
Americans easily forget about war and soldiers' sacrifices because so few of us have any direct connection to those who are fighting now. The military has become another country, a place where a disproportionate number of disadvantaged young Americans go to find their way.
Ah, the folly of youth. According to a new survey that looks at young adults and their understanding of Internet security, an overwhelming majority of people between 18 and 27 are aware of the dangers of not protecting data but don't do much to deal with it.
by Molly O'Toole With the Super Bowl approaching, stories of the New Orleans Saints as the ultimate happy ending abound, along with the idea that a victory on Sunday might somehow repair a city that broke with the levees after Hurricane Katrina.
As the world economic forum in Davos concluded late last week, people were left wondering, Did it matter? It's a question Davos raises every year, when the great and the good trek three hours up a Swiss mountain to spend four days in mediocre hotels drinking lots of espresso and talking about the state of the world.
When I was 7, my best friend and I decided we wanted to start either a detective agency or a Tommy Page fan club. I can't quite remember what, but either way, we needed to get some notebooks to make things official.
How capitalism survived the crisis.
How Somalia's legendary 'Mad Mullah' prefigured the rise of Osama bin Laden—and the 'forever war' between Islam and the West.
For nearly seven years, he's done a spectacular job as Brazil's president. But can Lula resist the temptation to throw it away?
The withdrawal method of birth control—otherwise known as "pulling out"—is often seen as a last-ditch, almost comical measure to prevent pregnancy. In terms of both effectiveness and sexual sophistication, it's seen as just a rung or two above using Coke as some kind of post-coital spermicide (which, seriously—according to every single pregnancy myth website, cola-as-contraception is some kind of epidemic.
I'm spending the week in Guangdong, the southern-most province of China and the first to open up to outsiders in the 1980s. It's the world's factory, where most of the stuff that's Made In China gets made – and that's why I'm here, on an East-West Center fellowship studying the effects of the financial crisis in Asia.