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Over the past few weeks a heartbreaking catastrophe has been devastating India as the second wave of Covid-19 hits them with unimaginable sickness and death. We have some suggestion of how you can help.
In addition to the information below, the mother of one of our members is the chairperson of PLAN INDIA. They are doing tremendous work on the ground.
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How to Put Out Democracy’s Dumpster Fire
Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev's latest in The Atlantic:
"An internet that promotes democratic values instead of destroying them—that makes conversation better instead of worse—lies within our grasp."
What Threatens Press Freedom Today
Jan-Werner Mueller writes on May 3, 2021 in Project Syndicate:
Transparency is the missing ingredient in large media platforms today, with everyone in the dark about how proprietary algorithms sort people and prioritize messages. This should not lead us to condemn all social media, but we should be sensitive to how owners and authoritarians use them.
America in the World:
A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Robert B. Zoellick
After our wonderful evening with Ambassador Zoellick, we can highly recommend his book, America in the World. Both a sweeping work of history and an insightful guide to U.S. diplomacy past and present, America in the World serves as an informative companion and practical adviser to readers seeking to understand the strategic and immediate challenges of U.S. foreign policy during an era of transformation.
The Road Less Traveled
The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917
And a special recommendation FROM Ambassador Zoellick. He passes on the tip of Philip Zelikow's latest book, The Road Less Traveled. During a pivotal few months in 1916, there was a real chance to bring the First World War to an end. Especially for our community in Germany, just imagine how peace then would have utterly changed the course of history. This book reveals one of the last great mysteries of the Great War: that it simply never should have lasted so long or cost so much.