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    Water Privatization: Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

    When thinking about environmental scarcity it is common to think of the depletion of rain forests, the growth in the number of animals on the endangered species list and the deterioration of the ozone layer. However, it is rare, at least in the United States, to consider the scarcity of freshwater resources. The reality is that less than three percent of the world’s water is fresh, and the ability to … Read More

  • The American and Cuban flags fly side by side on a balcony in Havana, Cuba.

    Picks of the Week: Politics vs. Policy – 2016

    A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America | House GOP Ryan Unveils National Security Plan; a Gentle Rebuke of Trump’s | Politico Paul Ryan lays out GOP’s national security agenda, softening Trump’s edges | The Washington Post “Quisling.”  It’s a term that was popular in the mid-twentieth century.  It was used to identify someone who sold out to the enemy.  The term comes from Vidkun Quisling, the leader of … Read More

  • Soldier placing American flag at the base of each stone in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Picks of the Week: Memorial Day

    General John Kelly’s Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb | Business Insider Those Left Behind: The Legacy of Arlington’s Section 60 | Reuters Honor the Fallen | Military Times As I write this, the sun is rising on the green woods behind my home.  My dog is lying on a chair next to me, snoring.  I’m well fed and I have enough to drink.  I … Read More

  • Profile image of Scott Bates in front of an American flag.

    Pell Center Expands International Focus with Addition of Foreign Policy Expert Scott Bates

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of Scott Bates, an experienced student and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, as an adjunct fellow. Bates, of Stonington, Connecticut, brings to the Pell Center a diverse background in international relations, politics, and on-the-ground experience in America’s war zones.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century (CT21). “Scott Bates is … Read More

  • Pencil erasing the words "the past" from a white page.

    Picks of the Week: ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Continues to Divide the World

    Google Takes Right to Be Forgotten Battle to France’s Highest Court | The Guardian Google Appeals French ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Order | The Wall Street Journal Ne Privons Pas Les Internautes Français d’Informations Légales | Le Monde The Internet has a long memory. But what if the pictures, data, and personal information that can be found about you online appear unfair, one-sided, or just plain wrong? The so-called “right to be forgotten” has sparked one … Read More

  • Pulitzer Prize winning image taken by Javier Manzano of Syrian rebel soldiers guarding their position as light streams through bullet holes in a wall.

    Javier Manzano to receive 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

      NEWPORT, R.I. – Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, whose career has taken him to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Nigeria, among many other places, has been named the 2016 winner of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. As the fourth winner of the prize, conferred by the Story in … Read More

  • March 6, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

      “Story in the Public Square” will debut on this week’s edition of White House Chronicle. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE). The Pell Center’s Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome August Cole as the first guest of this special edition of White House Chronicle. Cole is the co-author of Ghost Fleet, a novel of the next world … Read More

  • Photograph of a white water plant tower in Flint, Michigan.

    Flint Water Crisis

    Citizens have been fighting for their right to clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan since officials announced a switch in the source of the city’s water supply in late April of 2014. Residents of Flint immediately detected a difference in their tap water which was odorous, yellow in color and had improper taste. In response to complaints, officials sampled the water and found that it was contaminated by coliform bacteria. … Read More

  • Photo of a person holding a life-size version of the cover of Donald Trump's book, Think Big and Kick Ass In Business and Life, among a crowd of others.

    Picks of the Week: Creeping Authoritarianism

      The Governing Cancer of our Time | The New York Times The best predictor of Trump support isn’t income, education, or age.  It’s authoritarianism. | Vox   More than five years ago in The Providence Journal, I wrote of a specter haunting America. Then I was concerned about impatience on the left of the political spectrum and my growing sense that authoritarianism was gaining in popularity. I repost those … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: Apple goes head-to-head with the U.S. government over encryption

      A Message to Our Customers | Apple Apple Fights Order to Unlock San Bernardino Gunman’s iPhone | The New York Times Why Apple Should Comply with the FBI: Cybersecurity expert | CNBC   The ongoing debate over encryption between Silicon Valley and Washington—which has often pitted the tech industry against intelligence and law enforcement officials—has come to a head in the public dispute between the government and the world’s largest tech company over … Read More

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