Opinion

  • Photo of Russian president Vladimir Putin at a speaking engagement.

    Picks of the Week: Panama Papers

      The Panama Papers | The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history’s biggest data leak | The Guardian Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | The Guardian   Summary: The Panama Papers is a collection of 11.5 million files (2.6 terabytes of data) that was leaked from Mossack Fonseca, the fourth largest offshore law firm in the world, based in Panama. … Read More

  • Juxtaposing images of President Barack Obama and Republican candidate for the presidency Donald Trump pointing into the crowd at speaking engagements.

    Picks of the Week: Obama & Trump

    Just how much do these men have in common?

  • Latin America and Carribean Cyber 2

    Picks of the Week: No Country in the Americas is Cyber Ready

      IDB and OAS urge Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen cybersecurity | Inter-American Development Bank Much of Latin America is Unprepared for Cyber Attacks – Report | Latin Post Cybersecurity Report 2016: Are We Ready in Latin America and the Caribbean? | CSIS A new report published this week by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) called on countries in Latin America and the Caribbean … Read More

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    Picks of the Week: The White House’s New Cybersecurity Action Plan & Budget

      Cybersecurity National Action Plan | The White House, The Real Reason to Like the President’s Cybersecurity Plan | Net Politics Opinion: $19 billion alone won’t fix Washington’s cybersecurity problem | Passcode President Barack Obama recently announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which would allocate $19 billion for cybersecurity initiatives at federal agencies and would establish a chief information security officer (CISO) for the federal government. The plan, although … 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

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    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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    Picks of the Week: Cold War Redux? “How could we have let this happen?”

      Russia’s hybrid interference in Germany’s refugee policy | European Council on Foreign Relations Navy aircraft returning to former Cold War base in Iceland | Stars and Stripes NATO to send more forces east to face Russia threat | Stars and Stripes In the long line of American defense secretaries, few stand out for quiet brilliance. One, however, does: William Perry. Unassuming, likable, and brilliant, he’s a student of both global … Read More

  • Emblem of the World Economic Forum on a window in Geneva.

    Picks of the Week: The Dark Side of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Global Tensions Threaten to Upstage World Economic Forum in Davos | The New York Times An Open Letter to the Leaders of the World’s Governments signed by Organizations, Companies, and Individuals | Secure the Internet The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ by Klaus Schwab | The Financial Times Global leaders have gathered in Davos, Switzerland this week for the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF). Although recent global events—from Chinese economic slowdown to the … Read More

  • Painting by John Trumbull depicting The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill on June 17, 1775 among fellow soldiers still engaged in warfare.

    The American Weapon

    We spend every day locked in a tension, our minds fight to weather a storm brewed by the minds of those around us. As near as we can get to touching the true thoughts of another, the closer we seem to think we are, the farther away we realize we have become. To ourselves and our minds, our intents and our actions are neatly presented to us. Yet when we … Read More

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