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A Force More Powerful is a 1999 feature-length documentary film and a 2000 PBS series that describes six successful 20th century nonviolent movements, including Mohandas Gandhi’s leadership of the Indian Independence movement, the American civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the Danish resistance to Nazi Occupation, the Solidarity movement in Communist Poland, and the Chilean democracy movement to remove military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Written and directed by Steve York […]

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Vidya Vasudevan | When the trees nodded their assent

The judge put down the newspaper with a sigh. The news was depressing. From neighbors battling over water, family property, parking slots, domestic violence, road rage and caste clashes, it was clear the warring mindset was firmly entrenched. The sound of the doorbell brought him out of reverie. The judge stared at the visitor on his doorstep. Dressed in simple attire with a sling bag, the judge did not immediately […]

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Joe Cottonwood | If you grow old, it is your own fault

“If you grow old, it is your own fault,” I say to Terry as we climb the mountain behind his cabin. Terry is wearing a device that transmits his heartbeat by cell phone to doctors at Stanford. Terry has a flutter, nothing serious, probably. Terry has a great heart, actually, something serious, warm and wise. We ascend this hill on Tuesdays every week discussing poetry and plumbing, our twin passions: […]

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Nina Dauban | Midwifery of the future

If you have fallen in love with playing your part as an agent of change If you have courted that destiny to make yourself fit to serve If you are married to the mission without compromise If you have consummated that communion with others of kind Then you will be pregnant with the future and in need of midwifery If your willing readiness is wobbled by the occasional glimpse of […]

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