Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

In much of the world, the survival of newborns cannot be taken for granted by Michael Gerson: “‘Neonatal mortality’ is not something abstract. It happens in some room, on a table, under a heat lamp, where life’s best gift turns gray and cold.”

George Clooney on Sudan’s Rape of Darfur by George Clooney, John Prendergast, and Akshaya Kumar: “The ‘torture rapes’ in Tabit are a reminder to the world that the same conditions that led the United States’ declaration of genocide in Darfur are still firmly in place, with devastating human consequences. We must not forget the survivors, and we must impose deterrent costs on the orchestrators and their enablers.”

ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient Art by Anne Barnard: “Assyrian leaders have counted 287 people taken captive, including 30 children and several dozen women, along with civilian men and fighters from Christian militias, said Dawoud Dawoud, an Assyrian political activist who had just toured the area, in the vicinity of the Syrian city of Qamishli. Thirty villages have been emptied, he said.”

Boris Nemtsov’s murder is another dark sign for Russia by Washington Post: “Most recently he bravely opposed the invasion of Ukraine, correctly predicting in September that Mr. Putin would seek to create a puppet state in the country’s east. ‘Russia itself is sinking into lies, violence, obscurantism and imperial hysteria,’ he wrote in the Kyiv Post. Tragically, these words were confirmed by his murder.”

Remarks at a Security Council Debate on the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the United Nations by Samantha Power: “But as President Obama said in the UN General Assembly a few years ago, ‘sovereignty cannot be a shield for tyrants to commit wanton murder, or an excuse for the international community to turn a blind eye.’ Sovereignty did not give the Nazis license to massacre Jews 75 years ago; it did not give a Hutu extremist regime license to slaughter Tutsi two decades ago; and it does not and cannot be allowed to shield governments that commit atrocities today.”

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn’t Exist by Robbie Couch: “Child poverty in the U.S. would be significantly worse if government assistance programs weren’t in place, a new report suggests. A study released on Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an advocacy group for low-income kids, found that without government support programs — like food assistance, housing subsidies and tax credits — the child poverty rate would swell from 18 percent to 33 percent.”

State-sponsored execution is an affront to God’s law by Bishop John Wester: “While the death penalty in any form is abhorrent, strapping a person to a chair with a hood over his head and a bull’s eye on his heart creates a disturbing image of the individual as little more than a target at a shooting range. This dehumanization of life is troubling, to say the least.”

The plight of Syria’s vulnerable Christian minority by Ishaan Tharoor: “Before a brutal civil war engulfed Syria, the country was testament to the religious and ethnic diversity of the Middle East. Arabs of different faiths, Kurds, Armenians, Assyrian Christians and others lived side by side, embracing a rather durable Syrian nationalism. But the increasingly sectarian character of the Syrian conflict and the rise of the Islamic State threaten to unravel the rich tapestry of Syrian society.”

The Many Ways Mothers’ Education Matters by Anna Sutherland: “People with different education levels and abilities  are always going to raise their kids differently, and no set of programs can entirely close the gaps that result. Nevertheless, it’s well worth exploring how these differences play out so we can do our best to ensure all kids have a fair shot at achieving the American dream.”