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  • 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 --
  • PBS Frontline shares new Syria statistics, showing it to be a type of catastrophe comparable with weapon of mass destruction nightmares. We must learn how to prevent such catastophes. -- Syria's Deathtoll --
  • The Washington Post's thoughtful essay and links explain how the structure of US presidential democracy is contributing to its problems. -- "Presidentialist" Democracy --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Friedman shares a sobering inventory of emerging foreign policy challenges, and we need to know how each presidential candidates will respond. -- The Many Mideast Solutions --
  • Table Mag shares a great essay on "triumphalist religiosity," a belief system that exceeds the bounds of tolerance and coexistence. -- Triumphalist Religiosity --
  • As a counterpoint to widespread Obama bashing, David Brooks offers a thoughtful reflections on the positive aspects of his presidency in the New York Times. -- Obama's Highlights --
  • The Atlantic provides an excellent retrospective on Human Terrain Teams and efforts to integrate the social sciences and military operations. -- Academics in Foxholes --
  • Foreign Policy shares an interesting approach to public education: a BA in international relations in five minutes! -- International Affairs Degree in Five Minutes --
  • VOX EU shares a free mini-book on secular stagnation for those trying to understand the mysteries amd threats of today's economy, exploring facts, causes, and cures. -- Secular Stagnation --
  • The New York Times gives a strong argument for the conservative side of a 99% coalition for campaign-finance reform, begging the question, what about liberals' proposals? -- Campaign Reform Coalition --
  • Foreign Policy makes a persuasive argument that the treatment of women is one of the best predictors of state stability. -- Empowered Women, Stable State --
  • In his TED Talk, Wael Ghonim asks the all important question: how can social media help revolutions succeed, and not just happen? -- Social Media and Successful Revolutions --