On Bourdain Day, His Life a Reminder to All that Anyone Can Speak Up for the Marginalized, Bring People Together

On his birthday, let’s remember what why we all loved Anthony Bourdain: because he showed us how to love each…

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9/11 and Global Tribalism

As the 90s closed out, humanity was coming together. Now it’s tearing itself apart. Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse September 22, 2018…

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In Praise of Analysis: What the News Media Can Learn From the CIA and Why Those Lessons Are Essential for Protecting Our Democracy

In order for the public to be informed and able to resist the efforts of both Russian and homegrown mis/disinformation…

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Trump & GOP Destroying the Pillars of Democracy

Author’s note: the conduct of Trump and his people since I wrote this have only furthered the dangerous trends highlighted…

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What We Can Expect from Trump & My Message to Iranians on Trump: Prove Him Wrong by Fighting for Peace & Human Rights

The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) conducted another interview with me (see previous one here) a few weeks ago about…

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Republic of Georgia Shows Trump & His Fans Depressingly Normal: Just Another Ethno-centric Nationalist Movement

Author’s note: as Tump’s presidency unfolds into its third year, the idea that Trumpism really is little more than banal…

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Clinton Foundation: Time for Truth About Its Work

Even if you hate the Clintons, there’s no denying the spectacular amount of charitable work the Clinton Foundation has done…

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Brexit Heralds End of Positive Era & Possible Lurch Towards Awful One for Europe & World

Least among the problems posed by the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the EU are the actual effects that will…

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Orlando Terror Sad Reminder of Rise of Hate & Violence in World & West

Violence and hate feed each other, as the violence in the Middle East shows; the West must be careful not to play…

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The Word Terrorism & Its Diminishing Returns: Towards a Rational, Useful Definition & Application

For the crime of terrorism to have weight, we must move globally towards a more specific definition that goes beyond…

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Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

Author’s note: when I wrote this, I was confident Clinton would win but still worried about the chance of a…

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Happy—Wait, No—Risky New Year 2016

Happy Risky New Year If people thought 2015 was bad, 2016 shows no sign of letting on up on risk.  The…

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2015 Year in Risk Review: Risky Business

2015 was a tough year, but not altogether bad… Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse January 4, 2016   By Brian E. Frydenborg…

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What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Good and Evil in the Real World

Though Star Wars is make-believe, there is much it can teach about the real-world dynamics of good and evil and…

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