Daily Archives: May 31, 2020

The GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots)

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Published on Jun 1, 2020

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Matt Lewis is a political writer, blogger, podcaster, and columnist for The Daily Beast, formerly with The Daily Caller, and has written for The Week.[1] He has also appeared on CNN as a political commentator.[1]

Lewis was raised in Myersville, Maryland. He was educated at Middletown High School, a public high school in Middletown, Maryland, followed by Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and is based in Alexandria, Virginia.[2]

As a writer, Lewis has contributed to Townhall.com,[3][4] AOL’s PoliticsDaily.com,[5] Human Events and The Daily Caller.[6] In his early career, Lewis served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, a nonprofit conservative training organization,[7] for which he organized and led workshops around the United States.[8]

In March 2007, Lewis was one of two bloggers invited on John McCain’s campaign tour bus on a visit to New Hampshire for an interview with the candidate.[9] That September, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich acknowledged in an interview with Lewis that he was considering a presidential run.[10] Lewis is the editor of The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, published in 2011.[11]

Lewis was selected as a “Rising Star of Politics” by Politics Magazine in 2002[12] and by the American Conservative Union as “Blogger of the Year” in 2012.[13]

Lewis’ book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots) was published in January 2016, receiving attention from The New York Times,[14] The Weekly Standard,[15] and other publications.[16]

Lewis is a frequent commentator on cable television and radio who has appeared as a political commentator “from the right” for CNN in 2016,[17] and has appeared multiple times on Real Time with Bill Maher.[18][19] Since February 2009, he has represented the conservative viewpoint on Bloggingheads.tv’s weekly discussion of U.S. politics, opposite Bill Scher.[2

Good Society Forum: COVID, Climate Change and Conflict Resolution

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May 26, 2020

Event, 24 May 2020

Climate change affects everyone – and is a threat multiplier. During the pandemic, our air has become less polluted due to the dramatic drop in carbon emissions from halted industrial output and declining energy demands. The sweeping policy responses to COVID-19 have revealed that governments could tackle climate change if they could muster the same focus and zeal they brought to bear on the coronavirus crisis. How do we get politicians to treat climate change with the same sense of urgency and intensity as COVID-19? What is being done to prepare our countries for the effects of climate change? What more needs to be done to build up resilience?

On 24 May, we will hear from environmentalists from China, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe, of the opportunities to create solidarity and mobilize constituencies in the face of climate change.

Our panelists are:

– Gidon Bromberg, Israeli co-founder of Ecopeace, a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East (2007 Yale World Fellow)
– Shuang Liu, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
– Rafay Alam, Pakistani environment lawyer and activist (2014 Yale World Fellow)
– Janet Dalziell, recently of Greenpeace, now advising organisations working for environmental and social justice solutions (2013 Yale World Fellow).

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How E.O. Wilson Can Simplify Complex Scientific Concepts: a Discussion with Dennis Liu


May 31, 2020

With Rachel Anne: Host, Mickey Hart Book Club

[E.O. Wilson] has a way of framing big complex ideas and bringing them down to the rest of us where we can understand them. How does he do that?

“One of things that is remarkable about Ed is his thinking is obviously of the highest quality and he has the science chops. He’s walked the talk. And yet he is absolutely unusual among scientists. Many scientists write books but he has this ability to write poetically about things.”

“What I’m struck by is Ed is obviously someone of a certain generation he writes plainly but in a somewhat learned tone and yet I find that young people and all sorts of people really respond to that. So his writing it feels like an invitation to come in and think about things. He has a really good way of presenting his understanding first and then backing in a little so that you can follow his thinking.”

The Importance of Biodiversity: a Discussion with Dennis Liu

With Rachel Anne: Host, Mickey Hart Book Club

Tell us about the importance of understanding biodiversity.

“There’s a pure joy in understanding biodiversity. I have to say that’s what drew me into science in the first place is that drive to try and understand how things work. And the more you learn, the more questions you have, the more answers you get, the more delightful it gets.

“If like Ed you’re trying to understand all of biodiversity, how does it all work, it’s such an enormous complex problem and it’s a great time to be trying to understand it, at the same time we’re concerned about its erosion, and about losing it.”

Education in times of COVID – Good Society Forum

As the pandemic reached different corners of the world, school buildings closed in the middle of the academic year. However, teachers and students did not stop working, as they transitioned to virtual classrooms and tried to find new ways to continue learning. This has not come without challenges, as sitting in front of a computer is not an ideal substitute for being in a physical space. Organic interactions with teachers and other students are lost, and the crisis around the world makes it harder for everyone to stay focused. Furthermore, differences of infrastructure between nations but also within countries —access to a computer, internet, and a calm place to work—has meant that not all kids have the same opportunity to continue learning.

Have efforts to transition to virtual learning been successful at all or have these past few months been lost for students? As the pandemic continues and it is still uncertain when and how teachers and students will be able to be back in the same space, how can we better prepare for education in a post COVID world?

Our panelists are:

  • Denis Mizne, Executive Director, Lemann Foundation (Brazil) – 2007 Yale University World Fellow
  • Emiliana Vegas, Senior Fellow and co-Director of the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution
  • Raymond Ravaglia, Chief Learning Officer for Opportunity Education and founder of the Stanford University Online High School
  • Nav Iqbal, Principal and CEO, GEMS Metropole School – Motor City (Dubai)

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School closures, government responses, and learning inequality around the world during COVID-19

Emiliana Vegas

According to UNESCO, as of April 14, 188 countries around the world have closed schools nationwide, affecting over 1.5 billion learners and representing more than 91 percent of total enrolled learners. The world has never experienced such a dramatic impact on human capital investment, and the consequences of COVID-19 on economic, social, and political indicators are unknown but certainly will be dramatic.

Although a majority of governments are making substantial efforts to ensure continuing education opportunities, their capacity for quality learning—especially for the most disadvantaged populations—varies enormously. In this brief, I use data recently collected by the Center for Global Development and combine it with the World Bank’s classification method for countries’ income levels and regions of the world to take stock of the official education system responses to COVID-19 around the world and to analyze how these responses may affect gaps in student learning across regions, countries of various income levels, and countries with different student performance levels as measured by international assessments.
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Leaked Cables Show Depth of Iranian Influence in Iraq After U.S. Invasion “Shattered” the Co untry

Published on Nov 18, 2019
An unprecedented leak of secret intelligence reports from inside the Iranian government has shed new light on how Iran has taken control of much of the Iraqi government in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion. The documents from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security were leaked to The Intercept, which then partnered with The New York Times on reporting the story. The leak includes 700 pages of intelligence documents from 2014 to 2015. The documents reveal that a number of Iraqis who once worked with the CIA went on to work with Iranian intelligence. We speak with Murtaza Hussain, a reporter at The Intercept who worked on the project. “The macro story here is that the United States shattered Iraqi society, and then Iran came in to pick up the pieces,” he says.

A Yale psychiatrist reveals how Trump’s twisted and manipulative relationship with his supporters is a form of ‘brainwashing’ – Alternet.org

Written by Tana Ganeva / Raw Story November 14, 2018

Yale psychiatry professor Bandy X. Lee does not diagnose lightly. In fact, she emphasizes that her theory about the mental state of President Donald Trump does not reflect the professional opinion of any of the institutions that she is affiliated with, including the Yale School of Medicine.

Nevertheless, she tells Raw Story that it’s her opinion that rather than acting strategically, Trump’s pattern of behavior shows signs of severe psychological distress and that both Trump and his supporters are self-destructively spiraling in a way that spells dire trouble for the nation and the world.

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