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China’s Road-building Investment in Congo

In developed nations, access to major roadways is taken for granted. We have six-lane dual carriageways, networks of precisely paved arteries cutting in and out of big cities, and transcontinental highways stretching for thousands of miles. Even those shady side streets and pot-holed back alleys are there when you need them--in my case, when I'm lost (regularly) and need to make a K-turn. But a recent artic ...

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Emerald City

They broke ground earlier this year for the headquarters of Masdar City, which according to its sponsors will be ''the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city fully powered by renewable energy.'' Masdar City is the $22 billion showpiece of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven United Arab Emirates. It will be constructed over seven phases and is due to be completed by 2016. The headquarters build ...

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Happy Birthday, Spike

On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C. and the lights went on in the Empire State Building for the first time. For a nation mired in the depths of a Great Depression, the world's tallest building was much more than an engineering marvel. It was a 1,472-foot-high beacon of hope. Even before the remains of the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel were completely cleared from the 83 ...

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Recession What?

These days it's hard to stay up on the news without being subjected to talk of recession this and recession that. Now, there's no arguing that the U.S. economy has fallen on trying times, but it's nice to temper the bad with the good for some perspective. So in the spirit of optimism, I thought it would be a refreshing change of pace to veer away from talk of our "doomed" economy and highlight two recent ma ...

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