Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?

First, it’s freezing. Then, it’s 60 degrees and thundering. Now we are on to snow storm after snow storm. Chicago weather has been something else this year and as it turns out, it might be partly our fault. The Department of Energy recently released the 2010 data for carbon dioxide emissions per state. For Illinois, theContinue reading “Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?”

The Mali I Knew

This post is not about the country currently torn in two by Tuareg rebels and their Al-Qaida allies whose extremism has recent spread like a disease to Algeria, but of what I saw in Mali a few years ago. The Mali then was no paradise. It suffered under the chains of poverty and its peopleContinue reading “The Mali I Knew”

Three Trends to Watch in ’13

Thinking through the events of 2012 year, it was clear that a lot of events have occurred internationally. At home, President Barrack Obama was re-elected; though in the international sphere, candidate Mitt Romney had nearly identical policies. North Korea and Iran continue to be belligerent and reckless. Europeans may have reached the end of theContinue reading “Three Trends to Watch in ’13”

What do you know about your tank of gas? (The answers are here!)

Last week I put up this poll asking where our oil comes for here in Chicago? Thanks to the monthly data on imports, I can now report that the majority of Illinois’ petroleum comes from our neighbors to the north: Canada. Congratulations to the forty percent of you who got this one right! But those whoContinue reading “What do you know about your tank of gas? (The answers are here!)”

Chicago’s Thai Celebration

Last Friday, downtown workers were treated to free massages, tasty delicacies, and unique vendors as part of the Thai consulate’s festival! Here are some great pictures from the event. Here is a fruit carver which is apparently a traditional art. Such delicacy and care on such a temporal canvas reminds me of the Fluids Happening atContinue reading “Chicago’s Thai Celebration”

The (Unresolved) Clash of Cultures: What Peru can learned from the “Party Politics” of Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Tragedy Like so many geographic names, the origin of the word “Chicago” is Native American. These first Chicagoans named the area: “shikaakwa” or “Stinky Onion.” Not the most ostentatious of names, but a very accurate description of the plant life that continues to line the banksContinue reading “The (Unresolved) Clash of Cultures: What Peru can learned from the “Party Politics” of Wounded Knee”

Rio Redbull, Now at Macy’s

As part of Macy’s “Brasil” summer marketing campaign, the former Marshall Fields superstore has added some fun extras to their usual inventory. In addition to Brazilian themed clothes, there are music CDs with killer beats (my personal favorite song was not there), snacks, and even a soda from our southern neighbors, Guarana Antarctica.  According toContinue reading “Rio Redbull, Now at Macy’s”

Chicago NATO Summit Success: Inside and Out

The Chicago NATO Summit is over. The leaders of over fifty countries have left for home. However, this event has left an indelible mark on NATO and the city itself. Inside the halls of McCormick Place, a clearer security picture of Afghanistan came into view. We already knew a few things. Washington has long saidContinue reading “Chicago NATO Summit Success: Inside and Out”

NATO’s Here and Yes This is Great News!

Chicago: America’s Barcelona I want to address an issue I am hearing a lot about. I believe this NATO conference can make a huge impact on Chicago’s tourism and development. This is something I have studied for a long time. As an undergraduate at Northwestern, I wrote my political science honors thesis on mega-events. Admittedly,Continue reading “NATO’s Here and Yes This is Great News!”

Chicago a Global Powerhouse

Chicago is second only to New York among American cities according to measures of ‘Global Clout‘. This according to a recent index based on cities’ results to five surveys related to global city power. This places it ahead of more populous Los Angeles! It is also ahead of Washington, DC, perhaps the world’s greatest hubContinue reading “Chicago a Global Powerhouse”