#978 Chris Hedges, warrior of hope

Chris Hedges

For any who fear hope is a wimp, that it is the white flag of surrender raised above the messy fray of real life, let me present Chris Hedges, warrior of hope. Born in 1956, Chris Hedges is a journalist…


#961 Winds of hope blow through Tunisia

Tunisian flag

The debate was heated. Two secular politicians were assassinated. And many worry that certain provisions are open to differing interpretations, but Tunisia’s new constitution is garnering praise from around the globe. Among the rights guaranteed by the new document: Gender…


#954 From bombs to lightbulbs

Megatons to Megawatts turned bombs to electricity

As a child I used to have vivid nightmares about a Russian invasion. The Soviet Union had exploded its first atomic bomb three years after my birth. The Cold War was in full swing. People were building bomb shelters. Schools…


#944 Sharing the wealth

Mahatma Gandhi with Vinoba Bhave

In a world where the richest 85 people have amassed assets equivalent to 3.5 billion of the poorest (half the world’s population), we could use another Vinayak Bhave. Given the diminutive name, Vinoba, by his mentor and friend, Mahatma Gandhi,…


#924 A heretic in the halls of finance

Brett Scott

If we had any lingering illusions about the global finance system, they came crashing down in 2008 and in the years that followed. As usual, the manipulators landed on their feet and threw the rest of us into the trash…


#918 Couple’s future rescued by social media

Naomi Clarke

The NaPaul Photographics Web site shows two talented young people skilled at capturing special moments and special places, even if what is before the camera’s eye would look ordinary without their powers of observation. The Adelaide, South Australia couple recently…


#916 Activist grandmothers tackle the halls of power

Raging Grannies

Since governments and major corporations are mostly ignoring the climate train racing down the track and are pretending we can destroy the environment with impunity, grandmothers are organizing. They see there is no time to lose if they want their…


#913 Botswana chooses compassion


On December 12, 2013 the international Charter for Compassion (see A global golden rule) gained a new signature, this time a whole nation. With the Botho Declaration, Botswana joins a global movement to bring more compassion into the world. Many…

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