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  • In the Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria shares a pretty harrowing account of how Internet-based character assassination can undermine thoughtful debate. -- Character Assassination; Debate-Killers --
  • In the International New York Times, Thomas Friedman shares a good essay on the explosion and implications of Internet-fueled protests. -- The Age of Protest --
  • The International New York Times shares depressing news that dehumanization is replacing compassion in the language of major US political candidates. -- Dehumanization in Political Language --
  • This New York TImes article is an excellent counterpoint to the article we recently posted defending “realism," and is more food for thought. -- The Limits of American Realism --
  • Foreign Policy explains another worry: the degree to which really advanced weapons are being used in the Iranian/Saudi proxy wars. -- An Iranian/Saudi War --
  • Project Synidcate explains that the coming impact of the 4th industrial revolution. be it positive or negative, will depend our conflict handling skills. -- The Fourth Industrial Revolution --
  • The Washington Post shares about the Green Book: a rediscovered piece of history that offers a sobering window into the United States’ racist past, and how African Americans stayed safe. -- Staying Safe in Racist America --
  • Five Thirty Eight provides an interesting exploration of the important distinction between misinformed and uninformed voters, exploring Trump supporters in particular. -- Misinformed, not Uninformed --
  • The New York Times shares another thoughtful, well researched Edsall article on Trump’s appeal, something we really need to understand. -- Trump's Appeal --
  • Amid our worries about the impact of angry voters, we ought to try harder to understand/fix what makes them angry; this piece by the New York Editorial Board can help. -- American Anger --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares an interesting hypothesis contrasts the impact of big terror with the smaller-scale terror of individual attacks. -- The Impact of Terrorism --
  • Slate offers a great “table turning” series that looks at the United States the same way the US looks at other countries. -- If It Happened There --
  • The Atlantic gives a great retrospective on things that the right did to give rise to “Trumpism.” But the question remains: what about things that the left did? -- The Causes of Trumpism --
  • This Harvard Business Review article is a good and too rare example of someone willing to ask hard questions about our inability to make diversity work by analyzing companies' diversity policies and their efficacy. -- What do diversity policies do? --
  • The International New York Times shares a startling story of how Europe’s side of the Volkswagen diesel scandal affects climate change efforts. -- The Dirty Truth About Clean Diesel --
  • The Denver Post shares a provocative argument that the “too much information” factor is destabilizing the world’s democracies with information overload. -- The TMI Factor --
  • The New York Times writes about cultivating serendipity, providing an interesting strategy for promoting needed outside-the-box thinking. -- Cultivating Serendipity --
  • The Washingont Post's list of absurdities the right sees in the left counterbalances the absurdities the left sees in the right. -- The Absurdities of 2015 --
  • Brookings shares another informative exploration of the ongoing economic changes, in capital markets and job creation, with huge implications for have/have-not conflicts. -- Capital Markets and Jobs --
  • Scientific American gives advice peace builders should follow: the key to successful innovation is a willingness to try lots and lots of ideas. -- The Numbers Game of Creativity --
  • The Atlantic explains that in dealing with the underlying inequality in have/have-not conflicts, there are reasons for both hope and despair. -- The Growth of Inequality --
  • The New York Times shares a provocative essay on the conflict implications of the “cultures of complaint and victimhood.” -- The Victims of Victimhood --
  • The International New York Times shares the surprising role of power couples and “assortative mating" on the complexity of have/have-not conflicts. -- Power Couples and Inequality --
  • As the New York Times explains, “Political correctness” is now a flashpoint on both the right and the left, suggesting it could be time for some serious rethinking. -- Political Correctness --
  • Quartz shows a great example of how statistical charts can mislead and how to fix them, focusing on prominent examples from the past year. -- Fixing Misleading Charts --