Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Let Girls Learn by Michelle Obama: “Scholarships, bathrooms, and safe transportation will only go so far if societies still view menstruation as shameful and shun menstruating girls. Or if they fail to punish rapists and reject survivors of rape as ‘damaged goods.’ Or if they provide few opportunities for women to join the workforce and support their families, so that it’s simply not financially viable for parents struggling with poverty to send their daughters to school.”

Why is Russia bombing my town? by Raed Fares: “Americans should not be so passive in the face of Putin’s farcical anti-Islamic State campaign. Kafranbel’s thriving civil society is in many ways modeled after that of the United States, and in some cases has even received U.S. funding. Putin long ago made clear that he is no fan of civil society in general, so when he assaults the free people of Kafranbel (or Ukraine), Americans should take notice. I hope that the American people will come to the defense of Kafranbel and all Syrians who are fighting for democracy, because their country’s current behavior, as a bystander to atrocities against free people, cannot possibly be a true reflection of what the United States stands for.”

The Republican Class War by George Packer: “In the end, the reformocon candidates haven’t sounded that much different from Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Rand Paul….The mantle of economic populism has essentially been handed to Donald Trump.”

Climate change a major health threat to children, doctors warn by CBS News: “Climate change poses a rising global public health and safety threat, and children are particularly vulnerable, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement.”

Keystone Flops by Kevin Clarke: “After hovering for years in political limbo, the long-proposed Keystone XL pipeline, intended to move heavy Canadian crude oil through America’s heartland to the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately out into the world market, was brought to ground today by President Obama.”

Speaker Paul Ryan’s Catholic Challenge by John Gehring: “Pope Francis is shifting the contours of values debates in politics by putting more of the church’s institutional muscle behind its teachings on poverty, inequality and environmental justice. This is especially relevant in the United States, where the Catholic narrative in public life in recent years has been narrowly framed around a handful of hot-button social issues. Prominent Catholic Republicans like Paul Ryan now face the tricky two-step of cozying up to a wildly popular pope even as their policy positions on the economy and climate change clash with the pope’s priorities.”

Pope Francis’s Visit to Mexico May Bring Hope to the Nearly Hopeless by Dylan Corbett: “In Mexico, only a figure like Pope Francis has the credibility to draw the red line connecting globalized economic exploitation and social disintegration and to inspire alternatives. That is the promise of his pilgrimage.”

Teen Instagram Star Speaks Out About The Ugly Truth Behind Social Media Fame by Megan McCluskey: “I’m quitting Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. Deleted over 2000 photos here today that served no real purpose other than self promotion. Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real. It’s contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other. It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement. I was consumed by it.”