Around the Web

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Young adults must show mercy in the city by Kerry Weber: “We must open our hearts, and perhaps even our homes, to those who are in times of transition, to those who are looking for work and trying to make ends meet. In answering their calls for support, we also answer the Gospel call to love, justice, and inclusion.”

The Culture of Death on Display at WaPo by Michael Sean Winters: “Unwilling to even admit the possibility that the unborn child might be a human person with dignity, she ends up denying her own dignity.”

I watched the Rwandan genocide unfold. We’re making the same mistakes in Iraq. by Roméo Dallaire: “The American public is ‘war-weary.’ So, though, are the children of Iraq. Whether we are in Iraq or Rwanda, we have a responsibility to prevent human suffering; placing children at the top of that agenda should be key to this rationale. Shirking our responsibility now will lead to many more generations of intense oppression that we will not be able to ignore in the future.”

Paul Ryan: I’m Keeping Tax Cuts for the Rich by Jonathan Chait: “Reducing the top tax rate has been the Republican Party’s highest priority for a quarter century. Since the 2012 election, a handful of apostates have gently urged it to change course. Paul Ryan, who remains the most powerful figure within the party, has just given an interview to John McCormack, and he has a message for the reformers who want to change course: forget it.”

Why I give money to homeless people by W. James Antle III: “Every panhandler I help could be a scam artist. But each one I pass by could be Jesus.”

What Paul Ryan doesn’t get about poverty and government by Sister Simone Campbell: “I urge him to step away from his idealizing of business and individualism. There are many people in our country who are working fulltime and living in poverty. Where is his challenge to business to step up and do its part? Where is his realization that faith calls us to responsibly care for those at the margins of our society? Where is his realization that some people have been ground up in our economy and need our care?”

In Ferguson, a sense of being left behind by Eugene Robinson: “Increasingly, these African Americans who were left behind are invisible. Their neighborhoods either get gentrified — which means they can no longer afford to stay there — or simply bypassed by development. What happens in poor black neighborhoods has less and less to do with the everyday lives of middle-class Americans, white or black.”

Europe’s Slow Surrender to Intolerance by Jeffrey Goldberg: “I am arguing that there exists in Europe a continuum of prejudice, and that, on occasion, the U.K., like so many other European nations, has forgotten how important it is to be intolerant of intolerance.”

America’s Racial Divide, Charted by NY Times: “Across a broad range of economic and demographic indicators, the data paint a largely depressing picture. Five decades past the era of legal segregation, a chasm remains between black and white Americans – and in some important respects it’s as wide as ever.”

UN warns of possible Amerli massacre by BBC News: “The UN has called for action to prevent what it says may be a possible massacre in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli.  Special representative Nickolay Mladenov says he is ‘seriously alarmed’ by reports regarding the conditions in which the town’s residents live.”