Around the Web

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Dependent. by Aaron Matthew Weldon: “Those moments at the beginning of life, as well as at its end, show us in a vivid way one of the deepest truths about being human: we are radically dependent on others.”

Attack hit Tunisia where it hurt by Peter Bergen and David Sterman: “Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said the attackers at the Bardo Museum had specifically targeted tourists to hurt the country’s economy. This seems a likely outcome of the attack, as tourism is vital to Tunisia’s economy, providing 15% of GDP. Tunisia is also the only country where the Arab Spring produced a successful, lasting democratic transition, making it attractive to tourists who are avoiding going to countries like Egypt, which did not weather the Arab Spring as well as Tunisia.”

A Millennial Critique of the Federal Budget by Allison Walter: “As Millennials, we cannot stand by while Congress attempts to mortgage our vision of the future by balancing the budget on the backs of the poor. We know that fiscal responsibility and social responsibility aren’t mutually exclusive.”

100,000 Infant Deaths Could Be Prevented Annually If Babies Were Washed With Clean Water by Reuters: “Over a third of hospitals and clinics in developing countries have nowhere for staff or patients to wash with soap, and almost 40 percent have no source of water, according to a WHO-backed international review published on Tuesday. The report, by sanitation charity WaterAid and the World Health Organization (WHO) said that every year, half a million babies die before they reach a month old due to a lack of clean water and safe sanitation.”

10 Characteristics of Ignatian Spirituality by Paul Brian Campbell, SJ: “7. ‘The World is charged with the grandeur of God’ – the positive, energetic and engaged vision of God’s constant interaction with creation. 6. Faith that does justice – the realization that there can be no true expression of faith where concerns for justice and human dignity are missing.”

A Home For The Pro-Life Movement (Beyond The Republican Party) by Charles Camosy: “The Pain-Capable Act — even if it is eventually passed by the House — doesn’t have the votes the overcome a filibuster or veto in the Senate. It would be different if pro-lifers were able to push for (life-friendly) progressive amendments to the bill. What about mandatory paid maternity leave? Subsidized child care? Increased legal protections and benefits for mothers at work? These proposals are simply the right things to do for women, period. But they would also make it easier for women to choose to keep their babies — along with giving moderate Democrats.”

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas by Judith Shulevitz: “People ought to go to college to sharpen their wits and broaden their field of vision. Shield them from unfamiliar ideas, and they’ll never learn the discipline of seeing the world as other people see it. They’ll be unprepared for the social and intellectual headwinds that will hit them as soon as they step off the campuses whose climates they have so carefully controlled. What will they do when they hear opinions they’ve learned to shrink from? If they want to change the world, how will they learn to persuade people to join them?”

A call to conversation: Let’s rethink the economics of raising a family today by Barry Hudock: “So something is not right about the way we’ve built our society in recent decades, forcing families to choose between these two difficult paths. And my conviction is that Christians — and especially Catholic Christians, whose Catholic social teaching says healthy family life is essential for both personal and societal well-being — should be at the forefront of a new and vigorous conversation about where the problems lie and what we might do to fix them.”

Deadliest Country for Kids by Nicholas Kristof: “There are many ways for a leader to kill his people, and although dos Santos isn’t committing genocide he is presiding over the systematic looting of his state and neglect of his people. As a result, 150,000 Angolan children die annually. Let’s hold dos Santos accountable and recognize that extreme corruption and negligence can be something close to a mass atrocity.”

No More! by Paul Myers: “Each being is sacred! Each being is God’s own child! We have a duty to protect and support and care for God’s children! We say we will do this in so many ways, in so many venues, in so many aspects of our lives, but as a community we do not do it as thoroughly and furiously as we could. We don’t. Can we?”

US and Canadian Church Stand in Solidarity with Latin American Bishops to Lift Up Perils of Irresponsible Mining by Cecilia Calvo: “At a historic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights yesterday, bishops representing the Latin American Episcopal Conference, CELAM, testified on the effects of exploitative practices of mining and extractive industries on communities and the environment in Latin America….They urged that U.S. and Canadian mining companies be held accountable to laws and standards that protect local economies, the environment, indigenous communities and vulnerable groups even when operating outside of the country.”

Yemen May Be Past The Point Of Peaceful Return by Gregory Johnsen: “During the last 48 hours, Yemen may have passed the point of peaceful return. On Thursday, forces loyal to the country’s last two presidents battled for control of the international airport in Aden, a southern port city. And on Friday, 270 miles north of that bloody confrontation, two pairs of suicide bombers entered separate Zaydi-Shia mosques in the capital of Sanaa and detonated their explosives, killing at least 46, according to early reports.”

Assad’s regime is just as bad as ISIS by Aaron Zelin and Oula Abdulhamid Alrifai: “On a moral level, the regime’s crimes are just as bad as jihadis’. The difference is that they are not bragged about on video or in pictures like ISIS’ crimes. However, torture videos are leaked by the regime to purposely spread fear locally. There is ample evidence of Assad’s crimes against humanity since 2011. Snipers, who were placed on rooftops, were ordered to target childrens’ eyes and heads.”

The importance of the U.S.-Afghanistan alliance by  Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah: “The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said that the arc of history is long but that it bends toward justice. Afghanistan’s history has been marked by violence, sacrifice and tears. But the partnership between Afghanistan and the United States can make Afghanistan an enduring success, replacing conflict and violence with a legacy of justice and peace for our children.”