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  • As the New York Times describes, the security of undersea cables is another area exacerbating old superpower tensions between Russia and the United States.
    Data Cables Cause Superpower Tension --
  • As the Washington Post describes, recently declassified documents reveal how close we came to nuclear war in the early 1980's, emphasizing our need to learn to learn from past mistakes so as to not come so close to disaster again.
    When We Came Close to Nuclear War --
  • The Atlantic provides a good explanation of the problems associated with the term “inequality.” Inequity would be better term to use.
    Equality or Equity? --
  • NPR's Hidden Brain podcast explains “switch tracking” (responding to feedback by changing the subject) - another cognitive dynamic with big conflict implications.
    Switchtracking --
  • For those worried about Ukraine and Russian expansionism, this enlightening Foreign Policy article on the difficulties Russia is facing will provide good perspective.
    The Difficulties of Russian Expansionism --
  • The Atlantic makes the interesting argument that US public schools ought to be teaching about, rather than avoiding, religion, espcecially given the misconceptions surrounding the practice and surrounding many religions.
    The Misplaced Fear of Religion in Classrooms --
  • Quartz shares a powerful arguing technique, and gives good advice for those who realize that persuasion is the best way to resolve conflict.
    Smart Conflict Resolution --
  • This Daily Beast article is a good primer on the differing ways in which Palestinians and Israelis are thinking about conflict, explaining the conflict from the perspective of both a Palestinian and an Israeli.
    Inside the Mind of Israel/Palestine --
  • The Daily Mail shares an excellent essay that explains the widely misunderstood Israeli perspective on the current crisis in light of recent violence.
    An Israeli Perspective --
  • The New York Times explains that if we want a chance of solving our big problems, we have to defend the acquisition of basic data on those problems, as is made apparent by Angus Deaton's recent Nobel Prize in economics.
    Nobel Prize for Data --
  • NPR's informative interview with Rolling Tone's Tim Dickinson helps those seeking to understand the motivations of the “Freedom Caucus.”
    The Freedom Caucus --
  • The New York Times' David Brooks explains that we need to get beyond our instinct for partisan impartiality and ask hard questions about to GOP extremism and its limits.
    Impartiality for Extremism? --
  • The Washington Post shares great infographics on the growing use of coal for electricity generation, and the difficulties this poses as are energy deamnds steadily increase.
    Infographing Coal in Electricity --
  • The Washington Post gives us a worrying new look at one of the complexities of climate change and the scientific challenge to understanding it: ocean ciculation appears to be slowing.
    The Challenges of Climate Change --
  • In discussing the recent attack on peaceful protesters in Turkey, the Washington Post shares another demonstration of the need to find better ways of protecting peacemakers from violent assault.
    Protecting Peacemakers --
  • The New York Times gives us another reminder of how far we are from a level, political playing field and the need to empower the 99% in order to achieve this.
    Campaign Financing and Political Inequality --
  • Foreign Policy details the most recent Peace Prize: to Tunisian civil society for helping us learn how to make revolutions genuinely advance the common good.
    A Peace Prize for Tunisia --
  • With this quick exercise, the Washington Post gives an excellent explanation of how the mathematics of human interaction can lead to widespread misperceptions about groups views.
    Testing our Perceptions of Group Views --
  • The Atlantic provides great ideas on how to live in a world of irreducible risk and uncertainty.
    Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty --
  • Project Syndicate shares an article about and links to a major new study on how to make the R2P (Right to Protect) movement succeed.
    Right to Protect --
  • In the Washington Post, Dennis suggests a way of navigating the complexities of the Syrian crisis that realistically might limit the tragedy, and warns against implementing only "half-measures."
    Navigating the Complexities of Syria --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times explains that Democrats are increasingly becoming the party of the rich, and explores what that says about the future of US political conflict in an increasingly polarized system.
    Favorites of the Rich: Democrats --
  • In light of new EPA regulations, the New York Times gives a sobering reminder that today’s big environmental laws predate our awareness of the climate change problem.
    Modernizing Environmental Laws --
  • Former treasury secretary Larry Summers shares this good (but heavy) Washington Post article on the global economy, which has profound implications for have/have-not conflict.
    The Global Economy is in Trouble --
  • By examining government dietary guides, the Washington Post gives a reminder of scientific limits, and the need to always consider the possibility that what we think we may be wrong.
    What We Think We Know --