Around the Web

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

The death penalty’s demise can’t come soon enough by Washington Post: “Several places around the country hand down an astonishing number of death sentences, despite the expense in applying the ultimate punishment, despite the fact that exonerations continue to expose injustice in administering it and despite that the death penalty has no place in a society committed to human rights.”

Welcoming the Stranger Q&A: Embracing Immigrants and Refugees by Stephen Seufert: “The more I work with English language learners, and the more I meet people from all over the world, I have found that ultimately, though cultures may be different, people themselves are inherently the same, concerned with achieving the same goals we all are, like taking care of family, finding careers, and getting a good education. One may think that working with people from so many countries, it may become easier to point out the differences between cultures, but I’ve actually found the opposite to be true.”

Armed group’s leader in federal building: ‘We will be here as long as it takes’ by Ashley Fantz and Joe Sutton: “Armed anti-government protesters have taken over a building in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, accusing officials of unfairly punishing ranchers who refused to sell their land.”

The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function Are Underdiagnosed by Melinda Beck: “Experts say alcohol-related brain damage is underdiagnosed and often confused with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia or just getting older. Now, brain imaging is revealing how long-term alcohol abuse can change the structure of the brain, shrinking gray-matter cells in areas that govern learning, memory, decision-making and social behavior, as well as damaging white-matter fibers that connect one part of the brain with others.”

This Filmmaker Was Assassinated In Broad Daylight After Receiving Death Threats by Borzou Daragahi: “A foe of both ISIS and the Syrian regime, the independent filmmaker and native of Salamia, a town near the city of Hama, was among the peaceful democracy activists who spearheaded the 2011 uprising against Bashar al-Assad. They are now being subsumed by the ensuing violence and sidelined by a war that has become a regional conflagration with no end in sight.”

Young people are smoking more pot than ever – and why that’s a bad thing by Mary Rezac: “A child psychiatrist and medical director of one of Colorado’s largest youth substance abuse treatment clinics, he has seen first hand marijuana’s detrimental effect on young people. And in the past two, post-legalization years, he’s noticed some concerning spikes: in number of patients, in levels of marijuana in their systems, and in marijuana addiction among his young patients.”

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric by BBC News: “Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said.  He was among 47 people put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences, it said in a statement.  Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in 2011, where a Shia majority have long complained of marginalisation.”