Poor government leadership was top problem in 2014

In 2014, four issues generated enough public concern over enough months for at least 10% of Americans, on average, to identify each of them as the nation’s most important problem, according to Gallup. Complaints about government leadership — including President Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress and general political conflict — led the list, at […]

Americans Optimistic About 2015

Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There’s room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding […]

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there […]

Empowering Women: Coffee in Costa Rica, Fashion in Pakistan

After the men of the Costa Rican village of Biolley left in search of work, the women had to figure out a way to feed their families. They took matters into their own hands and formed an association to harvest and sell coffee, reports NBC. Their journey, documented in the film “A Small Section of the […]

Christmas Around the World

Have you ever wondered how Christmas is celebrated around the world? INQUIRER.net has compiled pictures of Christmas traditions, festivities and happenings from different corners of the world.

Internet freedom around the world is in decline

Net-security.org reports on the US-based NGO Freedom House fifth annual Freedom of the Net study.  The report concludes that nearly half of the 65 countries assessed have experienced tightening of internet freedom. “Between May 2013 and May 2014, 41 countries passed or proposed legislation to penalize legitimate forms of speech online, increase government powers to […]

EDITORIAL: Obama regulatory agenda quietly belts economy on holiday weekend

Editorial via the Las Vegas Review-Journal  “The new package — the highest-priority rules for federal agencies in the coming year — is bigger than the previous agenda and contains 3,415 regulations, including 189 new rules that will cost the economy more than $100 million apiece. Its rollout marks the fifth time the Obama administration has […]

Give a Dollar, Give a Drone – Hot Christmas Gifts 2014

Looking for just the right gift?  Want to give the hottest gift of the season?  Start here with gifts for the kids, the tech geeks and everyone else. Want to give a drone to that special someone?  Find one here, prices starting at $34.99. CNET has a gift guide for the techno geek in your […]

Boston Herald Editorial: Turkey’s ‘woman’ problem

Boston Herald editorial, Friday November 28 –  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has really gone and done it this time! He may try to substitute that yogurt drink for hardier adult beverages and no one takes that particularly seriously. Or he claims Islamic explorers discovered America long before Columbus. Whatever! The often-controversial Erdogan — once […]

Nearly 36 million men, women and children are enslaved around the world

A new study suggests there are nearly 36 million people enslaved around the world and that poorer nations tend to have more slaves than wealthier ones. According to Gallup, which made the findings in collaboration with Walk Free, a non-profit that produces the Global Slavery Index, more than 14 million slaves can be found in India alone.  […]