Here is F&O’s lineup of good reads, for your weekend lingering, or to launch the new week with information that matters.
- Pope Francis throws down the gauntlet
- On eve of encyclical, Pope Francis appeals for “our ruined” planet.
- Our package on the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary: Enduring freedoms; British royals return to Runnymede; Fundamentally a financial peace treaty; A feast fit for kings.
- In Science: Early humans had to feminize to dominate the planet.
- A selection from ProPublica’s series on America’s historic western drought, Killing the Colorado: End of the Miracle Machines; Water Rights and the Right to Waste; How US dollars fund the water crisis.
- Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn acquitted in French vice trial
New Commentary and Arts:
- On wanting to fit in and Rachel Dolezal, by Penney Kome
- Hong Kong legislators reject reform package in farcical vote, by Jonathan Manthorpe
- A Judge Asks: How Do We Hold a Child’s Mind Accountable?, by Morris B. Hoffman
- Wanted: A new story of humanity’s place in the world, by Philip Loring
- Blame massacres on America’s National Rifle Association, by Tom Regan
- The “Mighty Mite” of the Tommy Hunter Show: Debbie Lori Kaye, by Brian Brennan
NB: Check our CONTENTS page regularly for new work as we put it up.
With no exaggeration, this figure is staggering: one in every 122 humans in the world is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.
The number of refugees in the world has reached a historic record: some 60 million people are now displaced, said a United Nations report in advance of World Refugee Day today. “If this were the population of a country,” it noted, “it would be the world’s 24th largest.”
Yet the staggering refugee report, documenting vast harm, was overshadowed by yet another story out of America about a mass murder involving its fetish with guns and ugly historic obsession with fabricated concepts of “race. In our lineup, above, you’ll have noted that Tom Regan has a distinct take on the South Carolina murders — in his column Blame massacres on America’s National Rifle Association. And Jon Stewart inimitably captures the mood of what is clearly — yet controversially — a “terrorist” attack:
“We have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist.” “I’m confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that, and seeing that for what it is, we still won’t do jackshit. Yeah. That’s us. And that’s the part that blows my mind.”
“What blows my mind is the disparity of respose between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us, and us killing ourselves….”
In case you missed them:
- This gorgeous, hope-filled essay is a must-read: The myth of a broken humanity neuters our potential and alienates us from the rest of nature: essay.
- As the Dominican government expels thousands of people of Haitian descent, here’s the back story: Haitian descendants risk losing Dominican citizenship, expulsion.
- On surveillance and privacy: Digital Domesday: surveillance and serfdom, in our Expert Witness section, and New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying, in Reports.
- State capitalism is back. By Daniel De Bonis
- Chris Wood on Canada’s Harper Government’s ‘Maginot’ Security Plan
- And in our magazine section, two longreads: Broken on the Wheel: the gruesome 18th C case that turned Voltaire into a crusader; and The Whistleblower’s Tale: How An Accountant Took on Halliburton.
Last but not least, a recommendation: A multi-media production about refugees by the UN Refugee Agency.
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