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  • Foreign Policy's "Mercenaries Are the Silent Majority of Obama's Military" is a great article raising big strategic/moral questions. -- Mercenaries in Obama's Military --
  • The New York Times' David Brooks shares a great story about a multifaceted effort to transform the troubled community. We need more efforts like this. -- One Neighborhood at a Time --
  • The Washingtong Post puts them all in one place: a collection of the many falsehoods underlying the Trump campaign. Is this the new politics? -- Trump’s Pinocchio Ratings --
  • The New York Times writes on the art and science of political contradiction–-something that Trump has refined and we all need to deal with. -- Trump, Truth and the Power of Contradiction --
  • An article from the Atlantic, for comparison with the previous posts on likely Clinton and Trump foreign policies--Obama's views. Expect change! -- The Obama Doctrine --
  • From the New York Times, a great in-depth article for those who would like to know how a President Clinton might approach security issues. -- Clinton on Security Issues --
  • From Foreign Policy: time to put ridicule aside and seriously ask what the Trump "phenomenon" could mean for US foreign policy. -- Trump's Foreign Policy --
  • The New York Times shares an intriguing idea for reforming elections in ways that could empower compromise-oriented candidates. -- Exploring Majority Rule --
  • The Guardian shares an interesting and in-depth exploration of an important question: When does history do more harm than good? -- The Cult of Memory --
  • An interesting article from the Harvard Business Review: "How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill" -- Emotional Intelligence and Leadership --
  • The Atlantic writes on another big and not widely considered contributor to the inequality problem--luck. -- Luck Matters --
  • The New York Times shares a sad, but all too common, story of victims of discrimination who are also perpetrators of discrimination in discussion race and religion in Algeria. -- Black in Algeria? --
  • The Washington Post writes on a surprising and important contributor to economic weakness-–more prudent consumers. -- The Economy’s Real Drag: Consumers --
  • The New York Times shares an excellent Nick Kristof article asking liberals to consider how they are contributing to our conflict problems. -- Liberal Intolerance --
  • The New York Times shares a good article about Obama's speech at Howard University with a link to a video of the speech. It's great advice for social justice advocates. -- Obama's Speech at Howard --
  • The Atlantic makes an insightful comparison of the benefits of self compassion (as opposed to self-esteem). -- Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times provides a great explanation of crucial role of the "second demographic transition" - shifts in the social landscape regarding gender and reproduction - in shaping US political conflict. -- The Great Trump Reshuffle --
  • David Brooks, writing in the New York Times, explains another convincing contributor to conflict problems–-cultural changes that have produced an "explosion of choice." -- The Choice Explosion --
  • From Scientific American, we get an interesting article on scientific explanations for the cultural divides between liberals and conservatives. -- The Cultural Divide in Politics --
  • New York Magazine has published a must-read article: it's a long and detailed analysis with fresh insights into the many crises facing US and other "late-stage" democracies. -- Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic --
  • From Scientific American, an interesting article on the "scientifically proven" secrets of successful parenting. -- Secrets of Successful Parenting --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks makes a persuasive argument that those who try to help us understand society can't do so from inside the "elite bubble," discussing the implications of the Trump campaign. -- Time to Take the Long View --
  • The Atlantic shares surprising statistics reminding us again of the need to take the risk of conflict catastrophes seriously: a human is five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash. -- Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall shares great statistics illuminating the emergence of class as the central political fault line in the United States. -- How the Other Fifth Lives --
  • The Atlantic shares a provocative video emphasizing the shortcomings of simple empathy by itself, and the need for sophisticated problem-solving. -- Is Empathy Bad? --