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Water Power

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Outside the North and South Poles, the Tibetan Plateau stores more freshwater than anyplace on earth. Nearly half the world’s population lives in the watershed of its glaciers and lakes, and China wants it. Circle of Blue reports on the strategic power of water... more →

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A Day to Remember

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Palestinian citizens of Israel last week observed Israel’s Independence Day with their own ceremonies commemorating Nakba (Catastrophe), by walking their children in extended family groups to the sites of their former villages destroyed by Israel to erase the evidence of Palestinian civilization. While this day of observance took place in hundreds of locations across the [&hellip... more →

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Potlatch

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Between 1884 and 1951, it was a crime in Canada (and the US) for First Nations to potlatch; dancing, singing, feasting, and gift-giving — in ceremonies comprising the system of redistributing wealth among the coastal aboriginal peoples — was punishable by two to six months in jail. Today, the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest [&hellip... more →

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Feeding the World

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“We are jumping from the frying pan into the fire. We need to educate our governments,“ said Usha, an activist from India currently campaigning in Germany where the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is held from 19 to 30 May to discuss measures against the ongoing [&hellip... more →

An Open Mind

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The current conflict between the indigenous Wabanaki and the State of Maine reminded me of the need for better cross-cultural communication made possible by unmediated understanding. One tool in conflict resolution is the Values Orientations Method developed by the Florence R. Kluckhohn Center. Stepping back from misunderstanding and misanthropy to examine conflicting cultural orientations is [&hellip... more →

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