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Susan MacLeod: Amid heated debate about taking Syrian refugees, two points of view emerge in conversation at a Canadian nursing home reflects two points of view. The woman on the left is 107, and descended from United Empire Loyalists who fled to Canada from the U.S.; the woman on the right is 98 and came to Canada at age three from inner-city London with her family. © Susan MacLeod 2015

Amid heated debate about taking Syrian refugees, two points of view emerge in conversation at a Canadian nursing home. The woman on the left is 107, and descended from United Empire Loyalists who fled to Canada from the U.S.; the woman on the right is 98 and came to Canada at age three from inner-city London with her family. — Susan MacLeod © 2015

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We’d also like to share with you some findings elsewhere on this marvel of a web –starting with the image above by Canadian artist Susan MacLeod, drawn in response to heated debate in the West over taking Syrian refugees.

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World Philosophy offerings, Oxford University Press

The ultimate Thinky trove: For World Philosophy Day earlier this month, Oxford University Press  collated some of its most popular research across various disciplines, and have made them available to download until January 1, 2016. Click here to find works at no charge ranging from Rousseau and Hobbes, to short introductions to topics, to Public Health Ethics….

This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you, by Ben Norton, Salon, November 18, 2015

We talk democracy, then overthrow elected governments and prop up awful regimes. Let’s discuss the actual history … “Regime change” is not a phrase you hear discussed honestly much in Washington, yet it is a common practice in and defining feature of U.S. foreign policy for well over a century. … read This is why they hate us (you will leave F&O)

State of Terror — What happened when an Al Qaeda affiliate ruled in Mali. By Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, July 1, 2013

Extremists attacked a hotel in Mali on Friday, taking hostages before a bloodbath ensued. Mali’s context was eloquently captured by Jon Lee Anderson in the New Yorker in 2013.  From the New Yorker: “In 2012, Islamist extremists seized the north of Mali, ruling until French troops intervened. “However remote Mali may seem to Westerners, its travails exemplify the security problems posed by neglected places in the age of Islamist terror.” …. read State of Terror at the New Yorker (you will leave F&O’s site)

‘The Statue of Liberty Must Be Crying With Shame.’ By Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, Nov.  21, 2015

I wonder what (anti-refugee politicians) would have told a desperate refugee family fleeing the Middle East. You’ve heard of this family: a carpenter named Joseph, his wife, Mary, and their baby son, Jesus. According to the Gospel of Matthew, after Jesus’ birth they fled to save Jesus from murderous King Herod (perhaps the 2,000-year-ago equivalent of Bashar al-Assad of Syria?). Fortunately Joseph, Mary and Jesus found de facto asylum in Egypt  .… read The Statue of Liberty Must Be Crying With Shame (you will leave F&O)

Last but not least, Tracy Chapman’s new greatest hits album celebrates a quietly powerful legacy, promises PBS.
 

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