Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

As Children Die Reaching for Europe’s Shores, Empathy Fades by AP: “Images of children victims encapsulated the drama. In one, a boy about Aylan’s age is lying on a rocky shore, a pacifier attached to his clothing with a plastic chain, a hat with a pompon on his small head. In another, a Turkish policeman readies an older boy for a body bag. But for many viewers, the moment of awakening had already passed.”

President Carter vs Guinea Worm by Tulip Mazumdar: “There were just 22 cases of the devastating Guinea worm disease in 2015, according to a human rights organisation.  The Carter Centre, which was set up by former President Jimmy Carter, said that represented a 83% drop from the 126 cases reported last year.”

Syria: What Next? by Frederic Hof: “For Moscow the attempted military solution being enabled by the Vienna process has nothing to do with facilitating stable, legitimate governance or defeating the Islamic State (ISIL, ISIS, Daesh). The mission is to defeat all nongovernment, non-ISIL armed opponents of the Assad regime. The desired end-state is one in which the uprising against Assad family misrule is effectively neutralized, with Assad and Baghdadi alone left standing in Syria. This is also the end-state desired by ISIL. So much for the American “common enemy” thesis.”

Congress passes ‘Electrify Africa Act’ by Bamzi Banchiri: “According to the Economist, only seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa — Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal and South Africa — provide electricity to at least half of their population. President Obama launched the Power Africa initiative in June 2013, a project led by private businesses that aims to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa. Its initial goal was to add more than 10,000 megawatts of new, cleaner electricity generation capacity and to increase access to electricity up to 20 million household and business connections by 2030.”

Top U.S. general slams idea of carpet bombing ISIS by Barbara Starr: “The top U.S. commander for the fight against ISIS on Monday slammed the idea of “carpet bombing” the terror group. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who directs the coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, provided the most detailed military criticism to date about the concept and detailed why it’s militarily unacceptable.”

Mercy Is God’s Identity Card: Reflections on Francis’ The Name of God is Mercy by Alessandro Rovati: “We are almost two months into the Holy Year of Mercy and the greatest temptation we face is formalism. We are surrounded by words and gestures that remind us of mercy, but we risk letting the various events pass us by without changing anything in us.”

Opening the Word: Obedience of the Son by Timothy O’Malley: “During the season of Lent, we, too, enter into the desert to relearn the obedience of the Son. We often think this about this process as one of self-sacrifice, of self-abnegation — a denial that conforms us more to God’s will. But, the sacrifices of Lent are occasions of worship in which we remember our identity as beloved sons and daughters of the Father.”

I’m a feminist and I’m against abortion by Erika Bachiochi: “Abortion expects nothing more of men, nothing more of medicine, and nothing more of society at large. Abortion betrays women by having us believe that we must become like men — that is, not pregnant — to achieve parity with them, professionally, socially, educationally. And if we are poor, overwhelmed or abandoned by the child’s father, or if medical expenses would be too great for us or for our child, social “responsibility” requires us to rid ourselves of our own offspring.”