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Always Have Hope

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you. ”

-Charlie Brown to Snoopy


Always have hope. Things will always get better.


Iran, Islam, and the Rule of Law

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 at 1:53 am

“When Columbia University President Lee Bollinger introduced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his school in September 2007, he denounced him as a “petty tyrant.”

Ahmadinejad is many bad things, including a Holocaust denier and a strong proponent of a nuclear Iran. But as recent events have underlined, Iran is not quite a tyranny, petty or grand, and the office Ahmadinejad occupies does not give him final say in Iranian affairs. That role is more truly occupied by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, head of the Council of Guardians and Iran’s supreme leader.

A real tyranny would never permit elections in the first place—North Korea never does—nor would it allow demonstrations contesting the election results to spiral out of control. Yet Iran is no liberal democracy. So what kind of beast is it? And in what ways should we want its regime to evolve?”

-Francis Fukuyama

Full text here.

Grants and fiscal sponsorship

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

Yesterday, I had a (very brief) discussion with the Sparkplug Foundation. I was going to apply for a grant from them as an individual since, to apply as an organization you need non-profit status or a fiscal sponsor. It turns out that they don’t fund individuals who run organizations, so I can’t apply until we get a fiscal sponsor. That means I need to start working on our Peace Development Fund sponsorship application again very soon!

We have received 8 letters since February 23rd and sent out 7 since March 1st.