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Ramping up the two big Powers

The report below from the Guardian UK describes accelerating government and military planning for major civil unrest caused by climate change, energy …

Exploring the NSA controversy

What this post is about:  The NSA surveillance controversy raises many questions – from our concept of “security” and the role of …

A new level of whistleblower

This is a very inspiring event.  The level of sophistication of whistleblowers seems to be growing.  Note the remarkable composure and thoughtfulness …

Doing democracy differently

In Is Democracy in Trouble? E.J. Dionne describes major studies suggesting that “Across most of the democratic world, there is an impatience bordering …

Sandy Hook: Individual and societal madness and healing

My friend and colleague Miki Kashtan has written a compelling article exploring the interconnectedness of personal, community and social dimensions of the Sandy Hook crisis,”Adam Lanza and All of Us”http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/tikkundaily/ad…

Two new anti-democracy developments to nip in the bud

Below are excerpts from six articles describing two upcoming national and international initiatives that could further undermine our already shaky ability to exercise informed self-governance. The first anti-democracy initiative is the apparent re…