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How we can help

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.

Photo Danish Siddiqui—Reuters


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. 


Find the latest from Timothy Snyder

Thinking About... Opening the future by understanding the past.

Book Recommendations:

The Road Less Traveled

The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917


Philip Zelikow

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.



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