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Meet the Raging Grannies, Portland's not-so-secret warriors for civility

Meet the Raging Grannies, Portland's not-so-secret warriors for civilityOne of the most beloved social activist groups in this Pacific Northwest city, they are the Raging Grannies. Grannying is the least understood and most powerful weapon we have, says Granny Rose de Shaw.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:02:57 -0400
Solar eclipses as lessons in lifting shadows of hate

Solar eclipses as lessons in lifting shadows of hateDuring a total solar eclipse in 1988, a remote tribe in the Philippines called the Tboli did what it had done for centuries during previous eclipses. This story about the human senses misreading a celestial event as eternal darkness might be useful as many Americans prepare to experience a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The hate is being measured in rallies by white supremacists, in hate crimes against minorities, in public diatribes against elected leaders, in internet postings by hate groups, and even in arguments between friends and neighbors.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:58:42 -0400
Sanctions havent stopped North Korea yet. But could latest ones help?

Sanctions havent stopped North Korea yet. But could latest ones help?As it considers how to stop North Koreas nuclear program, the Trump administration confronts an uncomfortable truth: The more sanctions the West has piled on the regime, the more progress it has made in missile technology. Instead of blunting its nuclear ambitions, more than a decades worth of sanctions have pushed North Korea into the arms of China, which so far has resisted turning the screws on its troublesome ally. The stepped-up pressure by itself isn't likely to convince North Koreas Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear ambitions.But it does create a glimmer of fresh hope for a seemingly intractable predicament: What's possible, though far from certain, is that economic pressure from the US on China and from China on North Korea coupled with robust US military preparation for any kind of action from Pyongyang could set the stage for talks that lead to a diplomatic breakthrough on the larger geopolitical issues.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:32:05 -0400
Moral leadership in the wake of Charlottesville

Moral leadership in the wake of CharlottesvillePresident Trump finally denounced white supremacism on Monday, uttering a detailed if belated message that both Democrats and Republicans said was urgently needed from Americas leader, giventhe violent weekend protests in Charlottesville, Va. Well done Mr. President, tweeted one of his sharpest critics, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina. The United States is dotted with hundreds of Confederate monuments whose potential removal, as is planned in the Virginia college town, is expected to galvanize the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacist groups, who feel they have an ally in the president.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0400
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