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  • Pew Research shows stunning graphics demonstrating the astonishing variation in cultural norms around the world. We've got to make diversity work! -- Diversity in Moral Norms --
  • For English speakers, Harper One provides a new translation and window into the complexities of Islamic thought in their Study Quran. -- The Study Quran - In English --
  • The Washington Post publishes a reminder that, where feasible, defense is a better way of responding to threat than offense, sharing Israel as a case study. -- In Israel, Defense before Offense --
  • The Atlantic shares another violent scenario for the US election. In thinking about the way things could turn out, we really need to start thinking about what might be done! -- On the Brink of Violence --
  • For those who have wondered about the climate impacts of jet set lifestyles Five Thirty Eight has some sobering answers - and a bit of hope. -- Jetsetting and Climate Change --
  • Foreign Policy imagines one violent scenario for the US presidential election. In light of this possibility, is it time for peacebuilders to get actively involved? -- Election Violence in the U.S.? --
  • Lawfare writes on Trump as a national security threat, providing another reason for peacebuilders to address US political dysfunction. -- Trump as a National Security Threat --
  • The Scientific American makes a provocative argument that political bias in the social sciences is preventing us from answering the hard questions, looking at the lack of political diversity in American universities. -- The Social Sciences are Politically Biased --
  • In examining the rise of Trump, Vox shares a persuasive analysis of political authoritarianism and the threat it poses to democracy and US society. -- The Threat of Authoritarianism --
  • The Atlantic shows evidence that much of Trump's support comes from those who feel excluded from the political process. How can we provide more constructive participation options for these individuals? -- Trump's Supporters: The Excluded --
  • For anyone trying to understand the Trump phenomena, The New York Times shares another authoritative Edsall article with lots of links to informative content. -- Why Trump Now? --
  • Wait but Why shares a great animated graphic on the coming revolution in computing power, and the conflict implications of this are enormous. -- Computers Catching Up --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times shares a thorough analysis of the possibility of a populist coalition on the left and the right. -- The Trump-Sanders Fantasy --
  • The Washington Post writes on a new word: "third offset strategy." It refers to a new, ultra high-tech arms race, with things like swarming robot killer drones. -- Killer Robots --
  • The New York Times reports that Bill Gates gave two billion dollars to fight climate change. How can we get money like that to address the conflict problem? -- Funds to Fight Problems --
  • GThe Atlanticshares a good essay on political correctness, the election, and the motivations of Trump supporters, discussing that while political correctness is might not be so important, but protecting basic liberties is. -- The Difference between Political Correctness and Protecting Basic Liberties --
  • In the New York Times, Paul Krugman raises hard questions about the importance of realistic strategies for supporters of a progressive US political revolution, examining the claims of politicians. -- Making Political Promises --
  • From fivethirtyeight, the perfect pandering stump speeches for Democrats and Republicans! Are there political lessons to be learned here? -- The Perfect Campaign Speech --
  • Commentary Magazine provides a provocative view on the rapidly changing Middle East conflict for those of us watching events unfold from afar. -- The Real Divide in the Middle East --
  • The Washington Post shares a piece by Charles Koch, and if there is such a thing as a peace feeler in US politics, this may be it. It ought to be vigorously pursued. -- Where Koch and Sanders Agree --
  • Foreign Affairs shares a rare and potentially quite instructive story of a successful effort to oppose the Islamic state, writing on how Jordan has prevented large-scale attacks. -- ISIS Meets its Match --
  • The Atlantic gives a timely reminder that we really do know important things about what makes relationships work: kindness and generosity are crucial. -- Kindness Makes Relationships Work --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares great stats putting immigration fears in proper context. -- Reality on Immigration --
  • By examining why people don't marry across party lines, PRI provides more evidence that the partisan divide has emerged as the biggest and most bitter fault line in US society. -- Partisan Divides in Personal Lives --
  • The Atlantic shares stories of the grassroots efforts of working-class communities to meet the challenges that they face, following a three-year journey of learning. -- The Renewal of the Working Class --

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