The legacy of the minivan is slowly on its way to the retirement rafters, alongside station wagons and three-wheeled cars. However, there are some -- like myself -- who recall a more innocent time; when the minivan was the ultimate spacious family vehicle.
The Volkswagen debacle is bad enough in itself, but it also raises questions about automaker practices, pollution, emissions standards and testing and the implications of our rampant car culture. Volkswagen cheated on regulations designed to protect human health and the environment, and the consequences are increased rates of asthma, lung disease, cancer and death.
There are plenty of terrible driving habits, but one of the most annoying ones must be the inability to use a turn signal. While it may not seem like a big deal, it's actually a huge problem.
A squalid shanty town has sprung up in Central African Republic's capital, home to scared inhabitants seeking shelter and safety from the violence that has engulfed the city since December 2013. What is the cause of all this suffering? It's complicated. Much of the world has chosen to look the other way. There is little sign of other aid actors in CAR and the UN is perennially understaffed.
Our organization works mainly in conflict-affected and unstable settings. Of these, we have chosen three to watch in 2014. In each country, governments are unable or unwilling to care for their populations, the ability of aid actors to respond has been curtailed, and populations are left to fend for themselves.
"Look mom, Kabir is pretending to be a mommy!" My then four-year-old daughter pointed enthusiastically at her year-old brother