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Divine Power, Donald Trump, and How the 2016 Presidential Elections Challenge Common Religious Assumptions

Joerg Rieger | Posted 10.18.2016 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

Much has been written about whether people of faith should or should not be supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming election. This much is clear: Trump's track record on topics that are typically valued by religious communities is dismal.

Forty-five years of people power

Bunny McDiarmid | Posted 09.14.2016 | World
Bunny McDiarmid

After forty-five years, countless campaigns and stories - one thing remains central to the Greenpeace identity, and that is people. People are at the ...

Forty-five years of people power

Jennifer L Morgan | Posted 09.14.2016 | Green
Jennifer L Morgan

After forty-five years, countless campaigns and stories - one thing remains central to the Greenpeace identity, and that is people. People are at the ...

Philippines' Incomplete Revolution: Elite Democracy and Autocratic Nostalgia

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Three decades after its world-historical 1986 "People Power" uprising, which inspired similar non-violent revolution across the world, the Philippines is still struggling to anchor itself on a unifying narrative of nation-building.

Lawmakers Should Take MLK's Advice

Kate Gould | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Kate Gould

Dr. King told us that peace must not only be seen as a "distant goal," but also "a means by which we arrive at that goal." This week the possibilities for what peace can accomplish as both a goal AND a means to that goal is on full display in U.S.-Iranian relations.

Here's What COP21 Can Do for the Climate in 3 Steps

Daniel Mittler | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Daniel Mittler

Governments must hear this call and make the climate negotiations demonstrate that human cooperation can solve our common problems. In order to do that, the Paris climate conference must be a starting point for faster and more decisive climate action. Here are three key criteria that governments must meet.

The Unstoppable Power of Contagious Courage

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 07.09.2016 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Just as nuclear weapons threatened global catastrophe 30 years ago, so climate change threatens all of us now. Global warming means more flooding and bigger storms. We see severe weather events hitting the news with greater regularity.

Power to the People, But Really: Participatory Democracy in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

Estela Hernandez is both a member of the national assembly and a leader in the transformational social movement, La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in rural El Salvador. Here, Hernandez talks about a radical vision and practice of direct, participatory democracy by the citizens.

Nine Rules for Effective Online Content

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Design improvements are usually implemented incrementally, even granularly. Over time, however, the look and feel of advertising can evolve significantly when based on data that fuel content optimization: test, learn, apply.

The Missing Marcos Billions and the Demise of the Commission on Good Government

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Edsel Tupaz

The recent seizure of works of art believed to have been acquired through ill-gotten wealth by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos are a reminder of the enduring political legacy of the Marcos family.

Hong Kong: The Future of People Power?

John Feffer | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

If as a result Hong Kong can democratize its institutions and equalize its economic success, the city can point the way for the country as a whole.

Celebrating One Year and Many Victories

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability (S4S), we are jumping for joy as we celebrate the first anniversary of our organization. In merely one year, what b...

Voice Driven Digital Character Assassination

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 07.14.2013 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

How soon till we start seeing voice driven digital character assassination replete with slang and provisional dialects?

Solyndra Aftermath: Google Still Upbeat on Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.04.2011 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

As the Solyndra aftermath continues to ripple through the green economy, Fresh Dialogues found the mood was distinctly upbeat at the AlwaysOn Going Green Conference at San Francisco's City Hall last week.

Is a Revolution in China Around the Corner?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 09.17.2011 | World
Nathan Schneider

Unfolding this month at the Boston Review is "China's Other Revolution" -- an essay by MIT political scientist Edward S. Steinfeld and a series of responses, all on the subject of whether and when real democratic reform will happen, in authoritarian, oligarchic China.

Illinois Taxpayers Demand that Wall Street Pays Their Fair Share

George Goehl | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
George Goehl

In the face of Illinois' $6 billion budget deficit, the state says there is no alternative but to continue to cut public services. Meanwhile, Wall Street and big banks are foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of Illinois families and neglecting to pay their fair share.

Morning in America: If at First You Don't Secede...

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Secession may have its virtues, and while the seductive logic of "local control" may have an appeal across the political spectrum, it is equally the case that recent history has not been particularly kind to "breakaway republics."

Obama Should Give Second Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

People in America need to hear this type of leadership, and the people in the region who are risking everything -- including their lives -- to protest tyranny absolutely deserve to hear from Obama at this point.

Revolutionary Thoughts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

Don't expect an outcome equal to the (mostly) peaceful overthrows in Tunisia and Egypt in every single country now affected by this "people power" movement. There are major differences from country to country.

Fish Don't Rebel (So We Should)

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

We're hard wired by evolution to respond to the most immediate threats (secret police and Tsunamis), not the broad long-term challenges such as climate disruption, population, consumption and loss of biodiversity.

Friday Talking Points [154] -- Egypt Rising

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

While Egypt's future is uncertain, the feeling of optimism among the people who succeeded in demanding change is palpable today. It wouldn't surprise me if February 11th becomes an Egyptian national holiday in the future.

Modern Pharaohs: What Does Egypt's Uprising Mean?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

During the past week, we have seen hundreds of thousands of Egyptians face down their own modern Pharaoh -- dictatorial, repressive, and corrupt.

Egypt and the US "We Know Best" Syndrome

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

With countries across the Middle East now teetering between stability and change, it is hard to tell what President Obama means when he invokes the concept of stability.

Burma's Revolution: Goodbye, Generals (with Shaazka Beyerle)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

In honor of the upcoming elections in Burma, here is a re-post of an article published at Truthout by me and Shaazka Beyerle in October of 2007. The ...

Are Progressives Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

If fall of 2008 was "silly season", then what does that make this election cycle? We are in a critical moment (yes, I know someone says that every ...