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The Carnage of Barrel Bombs in Syria by Abdel: “I am a surgeon operating in Aleppo, a city in the northwest still partially held by the armed opposition — though under increasing pressure from Syrian government forces. I have witnessed countless attacks like these and the toll they continue to take on my patients, my city and my country, which lies in ruins. The United Nations estimates that some 220,000 of my fellow Syrians have died during this conflict. I believe the true number of fatalities could be twice as high. After a barrel-bomb strike, an accurate casualty count is almost impossible; many bodies are buried under rubble and cannot be recovered.”

Induce Memory to Serve Us by Elie Wiesel and Ruben Vardanyan: “Forgetting man’s past atrocities or ignoring those happening, now, today, in too many places around the world, is both callous and short-sighted, because it permits violence to happen again, often, and closer to home. That is bad enough. But it’s equally hazardous to ignore the astonishing and perilous acts of human courage that negate, undo, reverse the violence and uphold our rights and dignity as humans. By forgetting, we relinquish the record of human history to those who have destroyed, not those who have saved and built.”

All Girls Deserve Education Beyond Primary by Malala Yousafzai: “When world leaders meet this September at the U.N. in New York City, they must promise that by 2030, all children will be able to participate in at least 12 years of quality education for free. We need to lift up the girls who are missing out the most.”

50 years later, Selma’s struggle is not over by EJ Dionne: “So the struggle in Selma was successful, but it isn’t over. ‘America is not yet finished,’ Obama said. A great nation does not leave the work of revolution half-done.”

A Newfound Sympathy for the Sober, Thanks to Lent by Christian D’Andrea: “If we all feel that it’s so tough for a non-alcoholic temporarily giving up a couple beers a week, then what do we truly think about what we expect recovering alcoholics to do – i.e. give it up forever when they crave it more than the rest of us do?  And why don’t we spend more time thinking about how hard we make it on them?”

The Key to Being a Good Friend Read by Rebekah Bell: “Being a good friend takes time, energy and effort. It means committing to the long haul when we could have hit the highway long ago. It means seeking to love imperfect people in the best way that we can. It means going through the ins and outs and ups and downs of life with our friends.”

Assad’s Atrocities Laid Bare at the UN by Josh Rogin: “The rise of Islamic State has distracted many from the murderous assaults by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on his own citizens. Now advocates for those victims are attempting to shock world leaders into action with a novel approach: Gruesome photos of civilians tortured and murdered while in the custody of the Syrian regime are going on display Tuesday in the halls of the United Nations.”

After Selma, racism persists but the dream lives on, as well by Michael Gerson: “This is the elevation of the speed trap into a philosophy of government. Citizens are treated as marks and suckers. And the burdens fall heaviest on those without the resources to game a system that is gaming them. In this atmosphere of exploitation, any racially charged incident — even one in which racial animus can’t be demonstrated — can set spark to tinder.”

Can a Radical Pope Change American Culture Wars? by John Gehring: “Liberals, as much as conservatives, should be careful not to use the pope as a mere prop for their own pet cause. Above all, Pope Francis is a radical. He sounds a lot like an itinerant preacher from two millennia ago who unsettled the religious and political elite of his day. Not a bad starting point for waking up a dysfunctional and divided Washington.”

Straddling History and Hope in Selma by Ralph McCloud: “Ambling across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, I played a mental game of “Ping-Pong”. “Pinging,” my thoughts honored with gratitude the six hundred brave souls who courageously walked the same journey 50 years prior….Then my mind “ponged” back to the present, to the recent Department of Justice report on police misconduct in Ferguson, MO. I remembered the high rate of child poverty in our country—1 in 3 children live in poverty—and even worse for communities of color.”

Child, Maternal Deaths Are Falling Faster Than At Any Time In History by Joseph D’Urso: “Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 countries in the world between 2010 and 2013, largely as a result of a U.N. initiative launched in 2010, the world body said on Tuesday.”