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10437775_654998631251580_698857918891j3998340_n (2)Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Pope shows mercy for ‘hybrid war’ in Ukraine by Andriy Chirovsky: “Putin has also launched the most intense propaganda effort since Goebbels in World War II, utilizing both mainstream media assets and newly available social media. The Russian government is also funding extreme right-wing groups throughout Europe to both denigrate Ukraine’s fledgling democracy and undermine European unity. A hybrid war does not necessarily lead to conquest, as it did in Crimea.  Putin’s main thrust in Eastern Ukraine seems to be aimed at the destabilization of the country. Thus, he can demonstrate to his own people that democracy and “European values” lead to dissolution and decay.”

Nun killed in Ecuador earthquake recalled as ‘superstar’ by AP: “A Roman Catholic religious order says Sister Clare Theresa Crockett was leading a group of young trainee nuns to safety at a school where she worked when a stairwell collapsed. She and five of the young postulants died. Three injured nuns were rescued from the rubble.”

A graphical assault on supply-side tax cuts by Jared Bernstein: “The fact that the simple empirical record is uniformly hostile to the supply-side story should put the burden of proof squarely on those arguing that supply-side tax cuts will be pro-growth.”

Burundi Is Torturing Prisoners in Crackdown on Dissent by NY Times: “Burundi’s security services are torturing and illegally detaining increasing numbers of people, the United Nations said on Monday, reinforcing international alarm over the government’s ferocious crackdown on political opponents.”

Burundi Catholics called ‘terrorists’ for opposing president’s third term by Frederick Nzwili: “Since April 2015, the country has been racked by chaos after President Pierre Nkurunziza agreed to run for a third term. Catholic bishops had strongly opposed the move, saying the constitution was clear that a president should serve only two terms.”

You have no idea how hardcore Harriet Tubman really was by Ana Swanson: “The woman who will be the face of the new $20 bill, Harriet Tubman, was a daring and principled fighter. Her dramatic career included defying slaveowners, smuggling dozens of slaves to freedom as part of the Underground Railroad, leading raids in the Civil War, and fighting for women’s right to vote — all of which she accomplished with a disability.”

Refugees and the Joy of Hospitality by Ashley McKinless: “Too often migrants are depicted as desperate, undifferentiated masses, images that can invite either numbness, despair or fear. Instead, the pope tells us, we must see the “faces, names and individual stories”; only then can we imagine: aging towns revitalized by striving newcomers; empty nests filled with the happy chaos of children.”

As your friend, let me say that the EU makes Britain even greater by President Barack Obama: “From the ashes of war, those who came before us had the foresight to create the international institutions and initiatives to sustain a prosperous peace: the United Nations and Nato; Bretton Woods, the Marshall Plan, and the European Union. Their efforts provided a foundation for democracy, open markets, and the rule of law, while underwriting more than seven decades of relative peace and prosperity in Europe.”

Father Sirico Goes to Congress by Michael Sean Winters: “When the Holy Father denounces the “ideology of money” and you do not know exactly what he means, you need only consult the writings of Fr. Sirico and his colleagues at the Acton Institute. Their commitment to libertarian ideology is absolute.”

Just War Theory Isn’t Obsolete by Gregory Brown: “Alas, not all of the modern world’s problems admit of reasonable nonviolent solutions. Consequently one should be prepared to say which military actions are just and which unjust. To throw out the principles that make this decision possible is to stand on the precipice between pacifism and realism—and from there, it is too easy to fall into the chasm.”

Mussie Zerai by Ai Weiwei: “At 17, Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai fled the oppressive military regime of his native Eritrea for Rome, where a British priest helped him secure asylum. He soon began volunteering to help other migrants and refugees. For over a decade, this Catholic priest has been a lifeline for thousands of Europe-bound boat migrants in distress, relaying their locations to the Italian coast guard and navy. In 2003, he set up an emergency call center to help with the volume.”

Frozen Life in Wartime Syria by Janine di Giovanni: “Too often migrants are depicted as desperate, undifferentiated masses, images that can invite either numbness, despair or fear. Instead, the pope tells us, we must see the “faces, names and individual stories”; only then can we imagine: aging towns revitalized by striving newcomers; empty nests filled with the happy chaos of children.”