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Contributor PerspectivesJul 13, 2016 | 07:59 GMT
Collapse of civilization?
The Dawn of a New Dark Age
Media outlets have dubbed the Brexit the beginning of the end. Are the events of 2016 harbingers of a new dark age? If we look back deeper into history, we find examples of collapses from which no one would say that civilization "relatively quickly" righted itself. These periods raise some troubling questions for the 21st century.
Contributor PerspectivesMay 4, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Giving Congress Its Due
Although the presidency is the focal point for media coverage of the U.S. government, Congress is by far the most important and most powerful of our constitutional institutions. All taxing and spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives; only Congress can raise armies; and it is Congress that creates the Federal Reserve, which governs U.S. monetary policy. For all the glamour of the White House, it's Capitol Hill that creates and sustains the federal government.
On SecurityApr 28, 2016 | 08:01 GMT
Security threats at the Rio Olympics
The Risks at Play at the Summer Olympics
Although the risk of terrorism at the upcoming Olympic Games is getting a lot of attention, athletes and fans visiting in Rio de Janeiro are far more likely to encounter other threats. Here is what people attending the games need to know to stay safe.
Contributor PerspectivesFeb 17, 2016 | 08:02 GMT
Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae at a laboratory of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador in San Salvador.
Keeping the Zika Outbreak in Perspective
The latest biological hurricane comes on the heels of the 2015 Ebola crisis, but as epidemics go, Zika and Ebola couldn't be more different. The Zika virus is primarily mosquito borne and usually causes only vague, flu-like symptoms, while Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids and kills one of every two people infected. Given the two diseases' completely distinctive natures, a simple review of the lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak will not suffice for this year's Zika threat.
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