she directs the independent Global Water Policy Project and in March 2010 she was named the National Geographic Society's first Freshwater Fellow.
In 1992 Postel authored Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, which now appears in eight languages and was the basis for a PBS documentary that aired in 1997. She is also author of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? (1999) and co-author of Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature (2003). Her article "Troubled Waters" was selected for inclusion in the 2001 edition of Best American Science and Nature Writing. Sandra has authored well over 100 articles for popular, scholarly, and news publications, including Science, Scientific American, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.…
performance that gives the word “visceral” new meaning.
Such a response to the way Snowden released batches of NSA documents to Glenn Greenwald,
filmmaker Laura Poitras, and the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman calls for explanation.
Here's mine: the NSA’s goal in creating a global surveillance state was either utopian or dystopian
(depending on your point of view), but in either case, breathtakingly totalistic. Its top officials meant
to sweep up every electronic or online way one human being can communicate with others, and to
develop the capability to surveil and track every inhabitant of the planet. From German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to peasants with cell phones in the
backlands of Afghanistan (not to speak of American citizens anywhere), no one was to be off the
hook. Conceptually, there would be no exceptions. AND the remarkable thing is how close the agency came to achieving this.