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The Weapon of Rape

“World leaders fight terrorism all the time, with summit meetings and sound bites and security initiatives. But they have studiously ignored one of the most common and brutal varieties of terrorism in the world today.”-Nicholas Kristof, Common Dreams-Read the rest of Kristof’s article “The Weapon of Rape,” which explores how rape has been used as […]

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Broken Laws, Broken Lives

“After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”-Maj. General Antonio […]

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What Are You Doing June 23rd?

You should check out the 2008 Personal Democracy Forum at Lincoln Center! It starts June 23 and wraps up on June 24.As PDF says:“Technology and the Internet are changing politics – now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of […]

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The Problem with Infotainment Media

“Ater airing a five-minute segment on the recent controversy surrounding racy photos of a teenage Disney star, longtime Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden left the viewing audience with these words to ponder: ‘Just another distraction to keep our minds away from the things that really matter.’ With grim resignation, McFadden did her best to project the […]

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Media That Matters

“We no longer have to rely on major corporations for things to be seen — we have Media that Matters to distribute new material and new voices and new points of view.”-Tim Robbins, Actor-Sick of mainstream media? Check out Media That Matters, a premier showcase for short films on the most important topics of the […]

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"The Good Life" At Design 21

On a recent trip to New York City, I serendipitously stumbled upon the Design 21 gallery space (I’ll admit I was on my way to Fifth Avenue to check my email at the Apple store!), an organization I recently posted about. To escape the pouring rain, I entered the gallery and walked through the current […]

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We Need Spirit of ’68 Today

“There sure is a lot to protest these days: college costs too much, the dollar buys too little, we’re stuck in two wars we can’t seem to win, and the Baby Boomer Generation is also leaving it to younger generations to figure out how to fix our energy policy, Social Security, and America’s image problem […]

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Project Porchlight Launches In the US!

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, state representatives and concerned citizens gathered last Friday to celebrate the Vermont launch of Project Porchlight, an energy-saving initiative that started in Canada a few years ago. So far, Canadian volunteers have delivered more than 1.15 million free CFLs in their neighborhoods, saving more than $40 million in energy costs and […]

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Standing Up to Chevron

“It’s difficult to imagine the courage it takes to go against a huge corporation. Worse, an oil giant like Chevron. But Pablo Fajardo Mendoza and Luis Yanza are not afraid: They are convinced Ecuador and its people deserve a clean Amazon, and their conviction has led them to the final stages of what could be […]

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Design for Social Change

Design 21, an organization that sponsors design competitions for social good, is hosting a cool contest — designing a campaign for Millennium Promise. They are asking people to design a new media campaign that makes people aware of the Millennium Development Goals, which, when fulfilled by a set date of 2015 will help end poverty […]

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Programs Help Refugees Forge a New Life

For the nearly 50,000 refugees that came to the United States in 2007 (and the thousands that came before that), making it here is only the beginning of a long, hard, journey. The Association of Africans Living in Vermont is helping its 1,500-plus members make it here in the long run with innovative programming.The challenge […]

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Agents of Social Change

Echoing Green is a neat organization that “invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions.” They offer a two-year fellowship program to help a group of “visionaries develop new solutions to society’s most difficult problems.”This year’s slate of finalists promise some great problem-solving and good to […]

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Remember May ’68

Upon the fortieth anniversary of the May ’68 student protests in the streets of Paris, Patrice de Beer, former London and Washington correspondent for Le Monde, explores France’s politics of memory and finds the French caught between remembrance and forgetting. An interesting point with particular resonance: “Julie Coudry, the (possibly departing) president of the Confederation […]

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Earth Day Top Ten

It’s Earth Day’s 38th birthday…so get out there and celebrate, or at least consider doing one thing to benefit the environment on April 22. Here’s Identity Theory’s Top Ten things to do on Earth Day:1. Shake Some Action. Find out what you can do in your own city, town or neighborhood. Visit Earth Day Network, […]

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"A Pathetic Round of ‘Gotcha’ Questioning"

“For years now, I’ve grimaced when I see polls showing the persistent downward slope of public trust in the American news media. This Wednesday night, I could hardly blame that public.”-Jerry Lanson, Professor of Journalism-Emerson College professor Jerry Lanson reacts to Wednesday night’s presidential debate in “A Pathetic Round of ‘Gotcha’ Questioning,” and wonders:“Someone might […]

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