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How a Second Baseman Boosted Pro-Family Policy by Ashley McGuire, Family Studies: “The fact that Daniel Murphy came under so much criticism for taking three days, three days, of paternity leave, shows that America still has a long way to go when it comes to valuing the contribution of dads in family life.”

Putin’s Useful Idiots by Slawomir Sierakowski: “The irony is that by standing beside Russia and pointing fingers at fascist phantoms in Ukraine, Western intellectuals are aligning themselves not just with the autocrat in the Kremlin, but the legions of far-right parties across Europe that have come to Russia’s defense, among them Hungary’s Jobbik, Vlaams Belang in Belgium, Austria’s Freedom Party, Italy’s Lega Nord and the French Front National. Who says Russia needs propaganda? It already has its useful idiots.”

Canada’s Romeo Dallaire is honored for his attempts to halt Rwandan genocide in 1994 by Melinda Henneberger: “In an interview before the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum dinner Wednesday at which he received the museum’s highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award, the former commander of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda talked about the times his post-traumatic stress disorder has made him relive the slaughter.”

Happy Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker by Michael Sean Winters: “Who pushed for workers’ compensation plans and an end to child labor during the Progressive era at the first decades of the twentieth century? Who pushed for what we now know as Social Security and for a forty-hour work week? Who supported a minimum wage? Who backed workplace safety efforts to protect workers’ from unsafe working conditions? The Church and labor.”

Preventing Genocide In South Sudan by Eric Reeves and John Prendergast: “Twenty years ago Rwanda was engulfed in the flames of hatred, as Darfur has been for 10 years.  Hundreds of thousands died because no meaningful international action was taken.  With South Sudan threatening to explode in an ever-expanding cycle of revenge, that legacy of international failure must be reversed, or hundreds of thousands more will die—on our watch.”

Paul Ryan’s budget follows the trend of playing politics with poverty by John Gehring: “Conservatives focus narrowly on family breakdown as perpetuating the cycle of poverty but frequently ignore unjust social structures such as under-resourced public schools, inadequate access to health care and jobs that fail to pay living wages. Liberals point to structural injustice but often don’t pay enough attention to family, culture and the bonds of civil society. We need to reclaim a lost consensus that community and culture matters but also affirm that our government has a basic responsibility not to leave the poor, the elderly and the unemployed to the whims of the marketplace.”

Let’s Celebrate St. Joseph The Worker By Giving by Fred Rotondaro: “The cost of treating and preventing the seven most common neglected tropical diseases is approximately $0.50 per person annually. And the results are dramatic. With consistent treatment, people no longer suffer from severe symptoms, such as blindness and disfigurement. They can stay in school, find productive work and provide for their families.”

All the Single Ladies by Marina Olson: “When it comes to living—be that in a state of marriage, religious vocation, or as a single individual—it is essential to remember that we become saints by being holy not tomorrow, but now.”

In Bangui, Fearing Your Neighbor by Kevin Clarke: “Those Muslims who remain maintain self-defense groups against attacks by anti-balaka gangs, who in their turn had formed in response to previous violence from Seleka-dominated and inspired groups. Last night a young Muslim man was murdered in PK 5, a district where most of the violence that continues in Bangui is focused as hostile neighbors remain pressed together, each deeply suspicious of the other. The Muslim youth’s body was mutilated, decapitated and finally displayed by his one-time neighbors. The rest of the community prepared for the reprisal efforts which came later that night.”

Syria chlorine attacks: We are now numb to Syria’s growing horrors by Richard Spencer: “They have argued that it is better for a regime that has gunned down protesters, killed tens of thousands of civilians in aerial and other bombardments of residential areas, and tortured and starved activists to death in industrial numbers, to remain in power than that the rebels should overthrow it, or the West should once again take the risk of trying to shape events in the Middle East to help bring about this outcome.”

Women Rally In Nigeria To Demand More Action For 200 Kidnapped Girls by Jina Moore: “Five hundred women marched in Abuja yesterday, more than two weeks after female students were kidnapped from their boarding school. More rallies are planned through Monday.”