Lessons from the Polarization of Politics

Benjamin Studebaker. "Political Bell Curve." https://benjaminstudebaker.com/2013/10/13/why-a-third-party-wont-solve-anything/

This past weekend Colombian citizens voted against the peace agreement that their government had negotiated for three years with the guerrilla group FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). After fifty-two years of civil war it seemed likely that Colombians had finally achieved a peaceful resolution to their internal conflict and that civil society would overwhelmingly […]

Reflections on the Colombian Peace Agreement


It is with great skepticism that I reflect on the recent signing of the peace agreement between the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government. I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia and experienced directly and indirectly the multi-layers of the most recent Colombian Civil War. Within this fifty-two year old Civil War […]

The People Next Door


Dear people next door, We have thin walls that separate small spaces. I can hear your television from my living room. Your children watch cartoons in the morning, and I can hear old musicals playing on TCM at night. Sometimes your eldest sings along, I think my Father used to watch those when he was […]

Lets Aim for Peace Together


We only reflect on peace when something tragic happens in our communities but it is something we should focus on daily.  This Saturday September 17 the Bangor and surrounding communities will come together to reflect on peace and reconciliation. The End Violence Together rally scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at West Market Square in Bangor […]

Violence: A Cultural Problem


It is no surprise that the hot-button issue of gun control has unfortunately escalated into a nationwide pandemic given the events of the last few months. Gun violence and misuse has now been attributed to the loss of well over 60 Americans so far this summer.[1] Last month, Augusta residents experienced first-hand exactly how deep […]

Structural Violence and the American Experiment


From the comfort of my home in this peaceful region of the world I find myself reflecting on the most recent incidents of violence that shook the core of American culture and identity. What happened in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas is another cycle of violence in a series of racial confrontations between whites and non-whites. […]

How Does ‘Brexit’ Impact Maine?

Barrie Maguire

Britons will go to the polls this week to decide whether or not the United Kingdom should continue to be part of the European Union (EU). At stake is about 13 percent of the EU’s consumers and close to 15 percent of its economic output.[1] The outcome could threaten the long-term stability of the EU […]

Nestlé, May We Drink Our Water?

Julio Carrión Cueva. "Different Priorities." Cartoon Movement,, October 11, 2012.http://www.cartoonmovement.com/collection/32

Last time we discussed the privatization of our energy and its current duopoly in the hands of two foreign corporations.[1] Now we have to talk about the slow and incremental privatization of water in our state and the rising power and influence of the Swiss giant, Nestlé. Globalization critics often center their attention on transnational […]

The Glocal Realities of Energy in Maine

Emera Incorporated from Halifax, Nova Scotia is my home energy supplier. The other influential energy supplier in our state is Central Maine Power Company, now owned by AVANGRID Inc. This Spanish energy company, recently created by the joint venture of Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation, now supplies and provides energy services to 2.7 million […]

HOPE Festival – Art and Social Change


The global and local dynamics generated by our current globalized system have had social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental implications that have changed our lives. We are now part of an international economic experiment that is altering how humans connect not only to one another but also to their surrounding environment. Even our relation with […]