Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Key advisor blasts US criticism to pope’s environmental stance by Inés San Martín: “Pope Francis’ closest cardinal advisor on Tuesday blasted ‘movements in the United States’ hostile to the pontiff’s forthcoming document on the environment, claiming the criticism is fueled by a form of capitalism protecting its own interests.”

U.S. Says Assad Caught With Sarin. Again. by Josh Rogin & Eli Lake: “The U.S. government was informed months ago that an international monitoring body found traces of chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad had promised to turn over, including sarin gas — a clear violation of the deal he struck with President Obama after crossing the administration’s “red line” two years ago.”

Failure to act on sex abuse by UN peacekeepers undermines missions: Dallaire by Geoffrey York: “The United Nations is damaging the credibility and effectiveness of its peacekeeping missions by failing to tackle a serious crisis of sexual abuse by its troops in Africa and elsewhere, according to one of Canada’s most famous ex-peacekeepers.”

Racism, Inequality and the Right to Vote by Jason Adkins: “As we mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Voting Rights Act, which is one of the most important and effective pieces of civil rights legislation enacted in this country’s history, more work needs to be done to ensure that racism and other inequities do not inhibit anyone from fully participating in community life.”

From one nightmare to another by Christophe Archambault: “The stateless Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities according to the United Nations. Tens of thousands have fled Myanmar since communal violence broke out between them and the ethnic Buddhist Rakhine in 2012. Though the overall picture is murky, it is widely suspected that thousands are being trafficked out of the country on a route that runs via southern Thailand, where they are held by smugglers in squalid camps before being taken on, mainly to Malaysia.”

Venezuela’s people need the world’s help by Leopoldo López: “It has been almost a year and a half since the people of Venezuela took to the streets demanding change, and my country’s crisis has only gotten worse. Venezuelans of all backgrounds denounced our failed state and marched for a constitutional change of the current regime. It was because we spoke out publicly against the government’s corruption and inefficiency that I and so many others are in prison. Last year, the United Nations found that I am being held in violation of international law, and I will not relent until the people’s demand is met: Democracy must be restored to Venezuela. To achieve this critical goal, we need an end to state repression, the release of all political prisoners and free and fair elections.”

Beatification of El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a turning point for Catholicism by John Allen: “Next Saturday, arguably the most important beatification of the early 21st century will be celebrated in San Salvador, El Salvador, when the late Archbishop Oscar Romero reaches the final stage before sainthood in the Catholic Church.”

Cuba’s 12 Most Absurd Prohibitions That Tourists May Never Notice by Yusnaby Pérez: “Here’s a list of the 12 most absurd prohibitions and limitations that we Cubans have to endure in our homeland. It is worth highlighting that the socialist Government of Cuba applies some of them exclusively to Cuban citizens, while foreign residents and tourists do not suffer from the bans.”

The world’s abandonment of Darfur by Eric Reeves: “The Darfur genocide in western Sudan — the first genocide of the 21st century and the longest one in more than a century — is about to achieve another distinction. It will be the first genocide in which the victims will be abandoned. An international peacekeeping force designed to halt violence against civilians and humanitarians — the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, or UNAMID — is on the verge of being gutted or perhaps eliminated altogether.”

Pentagon Shutting Highly-Regarded Support Program for Troubled Troops by Yochi Dreazen: “The Defense Department has spent years hailing the success of Vets4Warriors, a Pentagon-funded call center in suburban New Jersey that connected troubled troops with veterans who shared their backgrounds and had in many cases faced similar types of problems. Now, with no public notice, the program is being shuttered.”