But what do you know about me, given that I believe in secrecy, that is, in the power of falsity, rather than in representing things in a way that manifests a lamentable faith in accuracy and truth? If I stick where I am, if I don’t travel around, like anyone else I make my inner journeys that I can only measure by my emotions, and express very obliquely and circuitously in what I write.
—  Gilles Deleuze, from Letter to a Harsh Critic
5 Facts That Will Help You Win Any Negotiation

The best negotiator isn’t the big-talking powerful personality. The best negotiator is armed with information, backed by research, and reinforced by facts and figures. Discover these facts and you’re headed towards a winning negotiation:

1) Know Your Ideal Outcome.

2) Know What the Other Party Wants Most.

3) Know Your Disadvantage.

4) Know What You Want to Give Away.

Here’s the final fact that will help you win any negotiation.


Palestinians in Ramallah protest against resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Occupation, which are due to start in Washington later this week, July 28, 2013.

Protests were organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and called for by imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the PFLP, who urged Palestinians to “break the barriers of silence and bang on the walls of the tank” to defend Palestinian rights under threat from new negotiations in a letter leaked from prison.

Look at this sweet environmental negotiations book! Covers 8 important and historic environmental negotiations from the point of view of a former negotiator in the US Dept. of State. Just ordered!

In this thought-provoking new book, career U.S. State Department negotiator Richard J. Smith offers readers unprecedented access to the details about some of the most complex and politically charged international agreements of the late and immediate post Cold War era.

During his nine years as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Smith led U.S. negotiations on many significant international agreements.

In Negotiating Environment and Science, Smith presents first-hand, in-depth accounts of eight of the most high-profile negotiations in which he was directly involved. The negotiations Smith covers are wide-ranging and include:

  • The London agreement to amend the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,
  • The international space station agreement
  • The U.S.-Soviet (eventually, U.S.-Russian) agreement on scientific cooperation
  • The U.S.-Canada acid rain agreement
  • The negotiations in Sofia, Bulgaria that established a first link between human rights and the environment, and
  • A contentious confrontation with Japan over driftnet fishing.

Smith chronicles the development of these negotiations, the challenges that emerged (as much within the U.S. delegations as with the foreign partners), and the strategies that led to substantive treaties.
In Defence of Greece: 6 Myths Busted
Syriza’s negotiations with the Troika have fulfilled a pedagogical role : of showing the unwillingness of undemocratic institutions such as the EU and IMF to respect the democratic will of sovereign nation states. Moreover, the unwillingness of the Troika to tie debt repayments to economic growth demonstrates the need to produce political and economic strategies that suggest ways out of the neoliberal economic paradigm.
By Joseph Leigh, Lewis Bassett
  1. People have to pay their debts. Why shouldn’t Greece? … However, neither Europe’s banks which took on risky debts, nor the political institutions which made the policies that encouraged unsound financial practices, are willing to accept any responsibility for the current situation. Vital public services are being destroyed while the Greek economy shrinks because no one apart from Greece is shouldering responsibility for what is a shared failure. Second, 90% of the bailout money was spent on bailing out the banks, not on Greek spending. The majority of Greece’s national debt (78%) is owed to the ‘Troika’ – the IMF, the EU Commission and the European Central Bank…
  2. Greece shouldn’t have borrowed to begin with. … All countries borrow money to invest in their economies and compete in the world economy. … the reason for this [failing Greek economy] is simple: the German government froze wages so as to out-compete countries like Greece…
  3. Greece should just accept the terms offered. The deal offered by the creditors would have condemned to years of austerity a country which, since the first bailout in 2010, has seen years of recession, wages shrink by 25% and unemployment skyrocket. Spending cuts and economic uncertainty have been linked to a spike in suicide rates [and makes zero economic sense]…
  4. Why can’t they sort it out themselves? In a globalised world, economies are interdependent. A trade surplus in an exporting country implies a trade deficit in an importing one… At the moment the Troika is actively preventing Greece from sorting out its economy by enforcing austerity, which is having a negative effect on growth rates…
  5. Shouldn’t Syriza have tried everything it could to stay in the Eurozone? It did. Syriza is widely portrayed by the media as having turned its back on the Eurozone, yet the situation is the exact opposite…
  6. This doesn’t matter to me. … Greece being allowed to go to the rocks is an outcome that will restrict democratic movements throughout Europe. It will represent the defeat of the first serious democratic challenge to a technocratic neoliberal order in Europe. There is only one party in Greece which will gain from such a scenario: Golden Dawn.
Service Learning in Bosnia

Hey guys! My boyfriend Jesse found out recently that he has an amazing opportunity to travel to Bosnia with a group of aspiring psycologists and sociologists. As much as I wish that we could afford to send him, we can’t. He has been given until a few days before the end of the month to give an answer on whether or not he can go. This would be an absolutely amazing opportunity for him to make a difference.
Please guys, donate what you can, or reblog and share this post. Feel free to send me a message if you have questions about the trip and what they’ll be doing, and I’ll have him send a response.
I love you all, and thanks.

PFLP: Palestinian people reject negotiations and will struggle to bring down Oslo

The Palestinian people reject Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ return to the negotiating table with the Israeli occupation, said Comrade Khalida Jarrar, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. There is an urgent need for continued rallies and demonstrations condemning the return to these futile negotiations, said Jarrar, despite the attacks by security agencies in the West Bank. Jarrar noted that a number of PFLP activists were injured on Sunday due to the attack of PA security forces against a march rejecting the decision of the Palestinian Authority to resume negotiations with “Israel,” to end the monopoly on decision-making, and restore national unity based on resistance and steadfastness.

A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of your lived experiences on Earth actually have nothing to do with you, but with the narrative that your body presents – at least that’s what I’ve deduced. The narrative can change, sure, but if it does, it’s got nothing to do with what you’ve done to subvert it, and everything to do with other people doing a better job of restraining their inner asshole.

As the genius comedian Chris Rock said of Pres. Barack Obama’s election in 2008: “You could say that black people made progress, but to say black people have made progress would mean that black people deserved to be segregated,” he said. “The reality is that white people have gotten less crazy.”

This brings me to the recent Harvard Business Review article by a Harvard professor that aggregated a bunch of studies which all said that the social and inter-office political implications for women who “lean in,” AKA aggressively negotiate for pay or other things at work, are much more catastrophic than they are for men.