An Assassination’s Long Shadow

New York Times

By ADAM HOCHSCHILD

TODAY, millions of people on another continent are observing the 50th anniversary of an event few Americans remember, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba. A slight, goateed man with black, half-framed glasses, the 35-year-old Lumumba was the first democratically chosen leader of the vast country, nearly as large as the United States east of the Mississippi, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading An Assassination’s Long Shadow

Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It


YES Magazine

The media can, as we know, promote fear, hatred, and extremism. Can it also lead us to greater civility and more productive debate?

by Sarah van Gelder, Brooke Jarvis

“Just as media outlets have been used to create a pervasive sense of fear, they have also been used to convince people that conflict is inevitable. This leaves media consumers resigned to the notion that conflict will happen.” Continue reading Words Matter: How Media Can Build Civility or Destroy It

EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?

Common Dreams

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by Jeff Biggers.

It’s been a long time coming. Now it’s final. Lisa Jackson and the EPA have gone to the mountaintop and announced their veto of the largest mountaintop removal mining permit in Appalachia. Continue reading EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?