Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

It’s time to work on America’s agenda by Elizabeth Warren: “People are ready to work, ready to do their part, ready to fight for their futures and their kids’ futures, but they see a government that bows and scrapes for big corporations, big banks, big oil companies and big political donors — and they know this government does not work for them.”

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Jesus by Fr. James Martin: “The disciples move from being terrified victims to men and women ready to die for what they believe. Only something dramatic, something visible, something tangible, something real, could affect this kind of change. Jesus really and truly rose to the dead. For me, that’s the most important thing to know about Jesus.”

A Millennial’s Perspective on Pope Francis and the Church by Christopher White: “Below on the ground, in the trenches of society, we Millennials hear Christ’s message, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.’ The deeply contradictory spirit that has defined my generation is now being given a lived-out expression of love and mercy in the most unlikely of places: the world’s oldest institution.”

‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS By Ivan Watson: “According to the field research and testimonials of Begikhani’s team, ISIS kidnapped more than 2,500 Yazidi women.”

Syria escalates barrel bomb attacks as world attention shifts by Serene Assir: “With global attention focused on the fight against jihadists, Syria’s regime has in recent weeks stepped up its use of deadly barrel bomb strikes, killing civilians and wreaking devastation.”

5 Ways America is Failing Millennials by Reid Cramer: “Millennials need a policy agenda capable of reversing downward mobility, increasing access to affordable education and training, supporting young families, making child rearing less costly, and cultivating economic resiliency.”

Why doesn’t poverty play a bigger role in US politics? by Vinnie Rotondaro: “With 46 million people currently living in poverty and close to 90 million hovering just above it, the absence of a more frank discussion about America’s poverty problem remains a mystery in our national political discourse.”

Washington Cuts Funds for Investigating Bashar al-Assad’s War Crimes by Colum Lynch: “The funding shift has raised concern among human rights advocates that the United States and its allies are reducing their commitment to holding the Syrian leader accountable for the majority of Syria’s atrocities because the interests of Washington and Damascus are converging over the fight against the Islamic State.”

Bill Gates Thinks Malaria Can Be Eradicated in His Lifetime by Alexandra Sifferlin: “Bill Gates announced Sunday that his foundation would ramp up funding for its malaria program by about one-third, to more than $200 million per year, and detailed how the disease can be beat in his lifetime.”

The Pope and the Problem of Punishment by Aaron Taylor: “It is difficult to see how opposition to life imprisonment in principle could be a legitimate development of Catholic teaching. The Catholic Church has long upheld the right of a society to remove serious offenders from the community.”

Reported Rape Of More Than 200 In Northern Darfur by Francis Whittaker: “More than 200 women and schoolgirls were raped by Sudanese soldiers in northern Darfur on Friday, a local leader said, prompting an investigation.”