November 14, 2013 - Those of us living in democracies on this planet are confronted with the clashing of two realities. The first is our laws that provide us with personal safeguards to preserve our individual freedom. The second is our technological reach through global telecommunications with our personal digital presence everywhere.
In the past, every time North Korea sets off a nuclear bomb or launches a missile into orbit, the event is preceded by a number of things occurring in North Korea, in the region, and in the international community. What are those things? Is it possible to somehow register them and then look at present day activity to see if the same or similar things are occurring? And if they are, would that not be a pretty good indication that North Korea will, soon, once again light the fuse on one of its nuclear playthings?
November 10, 2013 - When Australia's new Conservative government came to power in the recent election they immediately began dismantling the country's green legislation and bodies focused on climate change. That's because the new government under Tony Abbott are firmly in the climate change denier camp.
The strident controversy over President Obama’s threat to strike Syria and Congress’s most recent stalemate is typical of the interminable arguments that run rampant through American society, the big issues of the world, and our own organizations. Rather than address the problem, the focus seems to be on proving we are right, and predictably escalating into bitter conflict.
On June 17, 2013 one man, stood unmoving and alone in front of the Atatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey for nearly six hours. His strength of will and youthful determination clearly visible on his motionless face. He stood, as the people in the square milled around him, going about their daily business, he stood, eyes forward, face set purposefully.
Over the past few days I’ve been wrestling with a very troubling thought. It started with the simple question, “Ten years from now, anyone who is frustrated with those in power, whether it’s a local, national, or international issue, what options will they have for protesting what they see as an injustice, inequities, or outright corruption?” Voicing complaints on social media like Facebook or Twitter, organizing a sign-waving rally on the Capitol steps, or taking out a full-page ad in a newspaper will probably still be options, but they’re also a quick way to be branded a troublemaker.
I have been reading Al Gore's The Future over the last few days. He talks about the emergence of a global paradigm that puts into question the survival of nation states as we know them today. Of course he sees the world through an American lens and therefore projects its primacy and influence in the forward evolution of society and politics.
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