Archive for May, 2007

Education in the U.S. and China

Nicholas Kristof had an interesting column earlier this week, comparing the educational systems in the U.S. and China. Here are some of the relevant passages: With China’s trade surplus with the United States soaring, the tendency in the U.S. will be to react with tariffs and other barriers. But instead we should take a page […]

Travels in Turkey

There are a lot of issues simmering these days in Turkey, from negotiations to join the European Union, to agitations by the Kurds for more autonomy, to a debate about democracy between secular and Islamist parties. None of that lessens the allure of the country as a travel destination, however. Tom Haines, travel writer for […]

Inca ingenuity

The Inca Empire of South America was known for a few of its architectural achievements, as well as for a remarkable system of roads and bridges that enabled fairly quick communication among communities that were scattered throughout the rugged terrain of the Andes Mountains. The NY Times just ran an interesting article that combined a bit […]

Experiencing the Ganges River

There was a five-part series on NPR recently in which a reporter delved into Indian life by traveling the length of the Ganges River. The waterway, which is considered holy by Hindus, extends more than 1,500 miles from the Himalaya Mountains to the edge of Bangladesh and cuts across a long swath of northern India. The […]

Aboriginal wisdom and weather forecasts

Even with all the achievements of modern science, there are still many times when we can benefit from the accumulated knowledge of the world’s indigenous cultures. One example of this can be found in a recent article in the Christian Science Monitor, which reported on the successes of Australian Aborigines in predicting the weather and understanding […]

Books, espresso and Buenos Aires

Argentines love to read and to drink coffee. So the annual Buenos Aires International Book Fair, which runs late into the night and draws more than one million visitors during its two-week schedule, is a popular event with most Argentines. Here is a description from a recent Washington Post article: For all those who love to read, who enjoy […]

Maple season in New England

It’s maple sap season in New England, and NPR recently ran an interesting Kitchen Window story about the traditional process of tapping trees and producing maple syrup. It’s a chilly March Monday at the beginning of Massachusetts Maple Month. And even though Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Mass., is closed, Roger Backman is hard […]

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