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Trump’s victory and the rise of insurrectionism in America

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 01:49:09 +0000

Hundreds of thousands of articles will be written this week trying to explain what happened in the 2016 US presidential election. One of the best explanations was written four years ago by television host and cultural commentator, Chris Hayes. In … Continue reading

Making space for sadness

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:53:51 +0000

I hadn’t found space yet to cry this week. As the election results came in, I was out bowling with my students, and as they got more despondent, I told them ways Clinton might still win. When I woke to … Continue reading

What happens when mistrust wins – my speech at the Colombian national journalism prize

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:25:28 +0000

I spent yesterday in Bogota, Colombia, as the invited guest of the Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar, offering a speech on the future of civics and the future of journalism. It’s a wonderful event – roughly 1100 people came … Continue reading

This crazy election: Denial of Service attacks on Democracy

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:31:13 +0000

Reading Facebook before bed last night, amidst the Halloween costumes and candy haul photos, I saw this headline: “How to choose between the most corrupt, least popular candidates of all time”. Given that I’m researching a book on mistrust and … Continue reading

Dumpsterfire 2016: What To Do When You Have No Idea What To Do

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:40:33 +0000

After the last presidential debate, I wrote on Twitter that the whole experience had left me wanting to take a shower… in sulfuric acid. Looking for an anger beyond fear, anger and despair, I made four donations – to a … Continue reading

Going Solo – On hating and accepting change

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:26:59 +0000

I have not been writing much about my divorce on this blog – I’ve kept most of that discussion on Facebook. I thought this post, wrestling not only with the divorce, but unwanted change more generally, might be helpful for … Continue reading

Massive National Prison Strike! Maybe. We don’t know. That’s a problem.

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 03:07:23 +0000

Yesterday, prisoners around the US began a strike protesting unpaid, underpaid and forced labor. Maybe. We think. Led by prisoners in Alabama and Texas, incarcerated activists planned a nationwide labor strike yesterday, with prisoners refusing to report for jobs essential … Continue reading

Supporting Feyisa Lilesa, a remarkable athlete and protester

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:58:22 +0000

At the end of the Rio Olympic men’s marathon, silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa did something extraordinary, important and dangerous. As he crossed the finish line, he crossed his wrists in front of his forehead in a gesture that’s halfway between … Continue reading

When attention matters: Ethiopia crushes dissent in Oromia

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:58:34 +0000

As an advocate for Americans to pay more attention to international news, I often get the question, “Why bother? What can I do?” It’s a good question. Most of the time, there’s very little actionable in international news. Understanding the … Continue reading

Protected: The village of peace… and of coca leaves

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:45:18 +0000

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