Hungry for Truth, Hardwired for Empathy

Empathy is the opposite of prejudice, persecution, and oppression.This is why I'm writing the epic story of my great uncle Stefan’s survival across the forests of WWII Eastern Europe.

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Ways to Seize Power: A Brief Review

How many ways can a leader or a regime wrest control from a government or a people? Following are three examples from history. Overthrown Coup, short for Coup d'état, is "the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the … Continue reading Ways to Seize Power: A Brief Review

Me, the Kremlin, and the Fall of an Empire: Moscow, 1991

In the summer of 1991, I toured the Soviet Union with a group of "student ambassadors." Just a few months later, that entity no longer existed. The U.S.S.R. had collapsed, splintered into 15 separate states. Student Ambassadors We crossed 11 time zones over four weeks, traveling by train, bus, and plane. We went as far … Continue reading Me, the Kremlin, and the Fall of an Empire: Moscow, 1991