High-Speed Rail: Need for Speed?

On November 4, 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A (Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century), which allocated funds towards a high-speed rail system (HSR). …

Wasteful Stadiums

The Manaus, Brazil World Cup stadium cost $300 million to build. Source: Brasil.gov   The 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil has been the most popular one yet. One Brazilian channel attracted a…

Referendum is the New Revolt

Weeks of tension, anticipation, and indelible patience led to the ultimate “no”—or “No thanks”, as the Scottish campaign politely advocated—vote on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom on Sep…

Tipping the Scales of Justice

In the simmering heat of the Nevada desert, a group of armed white men pointed assault rifles at Las Vegas police officers and 24 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rangers. In the suburbs of St. Louis, …

Minegolia: The Resource Curse

In 2011, a sparsely populated Central-East Asian nation rose to international prominence as the fastest growing economy in the world, with a monumental 17% growth rate in GDP. Yet, in as little as thr…

Courting the Public

In democratic societies, the relationship between candidates and voters boils down to the more-than-familiar concept of courtship. Often, campaigns employ a myriad of strategies to court voters, which…