Remembering Ravi

Alexandra Orsola-Vidal

In the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, Iraq, Nigeria and so many other corners of the world, it’s difficult to picture ourselves in a celebratory mood for the holidays.

Yet it’s now, more than ever, that we must remind our loved ones, our family, our friends and even those we meet in passing that … More >

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Healing Cuba

dave said:

Writers are linchpin artists in any society's search for its soul and for its healing from injury. And women writers, oppressed by history and by machismo, will be the canaries in the coal mine in the "new" Cuba. How sweetly or angrily or clearly will the caged/uncaged birds sing? ... More >

Healing Cuba

Anthony Cascardi

One can scarcely open a travel magazine or newspaper in these months in the thawing of U.S.-Cuba relations without finding something about the vibrant art scene in Havana — about the jazz clubs like La Zorra y el Cuervo and Jazz Café; about dancing to the rhythms of son; about … More >

Are we too optimistic about optimism?

Don Moore

The $10 billion self-help industry offers to inspire us to be optimistic, confident, and therefore successful. We are buying it. Especially in the U.S., we tend to value optimism. This may be because we think we see evidence of optimism’s power all around us: We see winning athletes attribute their … More >

Surviving new terrorist attacks in 10 steps

Bruce Newsome

Multi-method terrorist attacks – like the attacks in Paris on the night of Friday 13th November 2015 – are becoming more frequent and deadly, while official authorities are struggling to protect their residents, so how can we protect ourselves?

Terrorism is still extremely rare compared to other crimes, but terrorism risk is … More >

Molenbeek, Europe’s capital of jihad?

Jeroen Dewulf

Belgium has a sad record. With some 450 jihadists, it is Europe’s largest contributor per capita of ISIS fighters in Syria. The country has also been mentioned in connection to a series of recent ISIS attacks: In May 2014, a returned jihadist from Syria opened fire at the Jewish Museum … More >

Drone war: recipe for blowback?

Edward Wasserman

A ghost is stalking the presidential debates, uninvited and unacknowledged. It’s the silent envoy from a murderous side of U.S. overseas operations, one that’s reviled abroad and can’t help but scar the hearts and minds of the very people our leaders consider pivotal to global success. Here I’m talking about … More >

What I learned on my Red State book tour

Robert Reich

I’ve recently returned from three weeks in “red” America.

It was ostensibly a book tour but I wanted to talk with conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers. I intended to put into practice what I tell my students – that the best way to learn is to talk with people who disagree you. I … More >

Terrorism in Paris: hard lessons for soft borders

Bruce Newsome

Terrorism in Paris is not France’s fault, it’s Europe’s fault.

In less than three hours on the night of Friday 13 November 2015, seven men killed 129 people, wounded 352, mostly with small arms (their suicide explosives were used to martyr themselves at the end of their killing sprees). The Islamic … More >

The errors of Campus Shared Services: we’re not making widgets

Sam Davis

Placing 600 University employees on 4th Street was problematic from the beginning. There were and are other alternatives that would not only help the City of Berkeley, but also reinforce the position of staff as partners in the enterprise rather than back-of-the-house support.

Beginning in 2009-10 with a $3 million study … More >