I'm having a hard time with humanity today. I'm having a hard time understanding how eyes can be so closed, and hearts can be so cold. I'm having a hard time understanding why living in a different country makes you less deserving of life. As news stories, videos, and pictures spread of the most recent … Continue reading Syrians need us to remember our humanity
Happy Saturday, friends! Thought I'd take a moment and give you a little glimpse into what a day in the life looks like when you're attempting to write your first book. Spoiler: it's not exactly what you'd think! Here is what I've learned thus far: the beginning stages of book writing involve far less writing and … Continue reading Glorious day for organizing and planning!
Last week, I announced the launch of this fancy new website, as well as my big new book project. This week, I'm plugging away reading articles, making lists, rethinking how I've laid out my writing schedule, and pondering how I am going to create just the right voice for this book. This, by the way, … Continue reading Printer Wars and Book Funding Ideas
Recently over on The Mantle, we have started a web series called The Torch. Here are a few interviews I have had the privilege of participating in. The Torch: R2P & Iraq The Torch: Robert Duncan and the Scottish Referendum The Torch: Michael J. Jordan and Lesotho
Reading the various reports coming out of South Sudan this week, it is still difficult to be sure what exactly happened and what this outbreak of violence means for the future of the country. It remains to be seen whether this was a plotted coup attempt, or a retaliatory response that has escalated. What we do know … Continue reading Keeping the Peace in Juba (The Mantle)
It was barely over a month ago that newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave her first public address as Ambassador. She chose to do so at the Invisible Children Fourth Estate Leadership Summit, speaking to young activists. Power gave an impassioned address to the young crowd, calling on their new breed of activism. “...we need … Continue reading Samantha Power: Leading on Atrocity Prevention (The Mantle)
From surveillance tool to weapon of war, drones have quickly captured the attention of the world. Most notably used by the U.S. military in Pakistan as a part of the “War on Terror”, many have come to only see the violent side of this technology. In some circles, the word drone has become synonymous with civilian casualties. With the number … Continue reading Drones in the Name of Civilian Protection (The Mantle)