31 Dec '14, 2pm

Underplayed Conflicts of 2014

Russia’s advances on Ukraine and the Islamic State’s sweep across Iraq and Syria grabbed headlines, but soft conflicts, which reflect crumbling societies at war with themselves, can be as troubling, and potentially explosive, as the hard-fought wars. An example is South Africa, a country that has been heralded for creating one of the world’s most democratic constitutions. Conditions for many blacks there have not improved much since apartheid ended, a generation ago. Unemployment is now twenty-five per cent , and has not been below twenty per cent in almost two decades. Unofficially, the number could be much higher… Four years ago, the Islamic world offered new democratic models, born of the Arab Spring protests. The troublesome trend this year has been the return—by democratic means—of authoritarian rule. One example is Egypt. (Turkey could be another.) Egypt has long bee...

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A look back at 2014

mealsandmiles.com 31 Dec '14, 4pm

Another year has come and gone. Where does the time go? 2014 flew by and I’d be lying if I said I was sad to see it go. It...

Some of my favorite moments of 2014:

Some of my favorite moments of 2014:

michellephan.com 31 Dec '14, 6pm

It would be impossible to look back on 2014 and pick a favorite moment. I am so grateful for all the people who have share...

Geoff Roes Reviews His 2014

Geoff Roes Reviews His 2014

irunfar.com 31 Dec '14, 11am

This year marked the first time in at least four or five years in which my body was on average throughout the year stronge...