On the Road to Election Day, Part X: Sisters in Arms

Being a local candidate presents many unique challenges. ...more

On the Road to Election Day, Part IX: Support means never having to hear, "Fold my socks!"

Show me your support!I'll support you in anyway I can.How can I support you?You never support me.Can I please have your support?I hope I can count on your support....more

And are in sync.  Enviable indeed, and to have that from the get-go? Even more so.  ...more

On the Road to Election Day, Part VI: Prepare to be HATED

What happens when you love the idea of listening to people's complaints and working with others to solve them, but you don't get to interview for that job? Instead, you have to convince several thousand people that they should trust that you will listen to them and have a good enough brain to come up with and implement solutions.  And then, that persuasion effort involves walking up to strangers, extending your hand and possibly being told that you are hated just because you want to work in government. Would you still go after that job? ...more

Read this article that reinforces what my friend meant ...more

On the Road to Election Day, Part IV: If at first we don't succeed...

This video clip of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has gotten a lot of attention.  ...more

Ha - I was thinking about how there was a little thing you could do a
few months ago where ...more

Neda: A young woman's murder becomes the symbol of Iranian resistance

By now you might have seen the wrenching YouTube video: A young woman shot dead on the streets of Tehran as she and her father (some reports say he was one of her professors) watched a crowd of protestors on Saturday. You see her standing; you see her fall; you see the desparate effort to save her as blood spurts from her nose and mouth and streams down her beautiful, youthful face. ...more

Hi Jane,

Actually, I did not agree with the Pentagon's decision to ban photos of the ...more

Protests rock Iran as Ahmadinejad claims re-election landslide

The streets of Iran are now quiet after thousands of protestors took to the streets there for a second day after Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed a landslide victory in last week's presidential election. The results, which put Ahmadinejad ahead of his rival, former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi by a margin of 67 to 34 percent, have sparked widespread charges of voting irregularities. Voter turnout was reportedly as high as 80 percent; analysts had thought a high turnout would benefit the opposition. ...more

Kim-Thanks for the update, which I assume was directed at my comment, but I'm not convinced ...more

On the Road to Election Day, Part I: Reframing the concept of "activism"

Forget everything you know about or have heard about the word "activist" and just think about any time you've taken any step whatsoever to procure a desired outcome.  Any single thing at all - a customer service issue, an environmental issue, a parent-teacher situation, a job negotiation, a roommate problem, maybe when you were a child, it was convincing someone to let you stay up late or have another cookie.  ...more

Are you running and where? Evil grin!

I'm really good at giving unsolicited advice but ...more

Indian PM returns, Sri Lankan insurgency crushed

The past week South Asian neighbors Sri Lanka and India wrote page-turners for future generations: While a decades-old bloody ethnic war came to an end in the island nation, India returned 76-year-old Manmohan Singh and his Congress Party-led coalition to a second term, making the economist -- popularly regarded as the father of India's economic liberalization -- only the second prime minister in the last three decades to be re-elected for the country's top job. ...more

Will Ecuadorian Women Achieve Political Parity Tomorrow?

Citizens of the Republic of Ecuador will go to the polls Sunday for national elections. Lola Valladares, UNIFEM’s Coordinator for the Program on Governance and Violence Against Women for the Andean region, believes that Ecuadorian women will make historic advances towards parity in parliamentary representation.   ...more