Around the Web (Part 1)

10437775_654998631251580_6988579188913998340_n (2)hgCheck out these recent articles from around the web:

A Mockery of Justice for the Poor by John Pfaff: “Yet despite this constitutional guarantee, state and county spending on lawyers for the poor amounts to only $2.3 billion — barely 1 percent of the more than $200 billion governments spend annually on criminal justice. Worse, since 1995, real spending on indigent defense has fallen, by 2 percent, even as the number of felony cases has risen by approximately 40 percent. Not surprisingly, public defense finds itself starved of resources while facing impossible caseloads that mock the idea of justice for the poor.”

Syria and the Holocaust: Putting ‘Never Again’ to the test by Robert Satloff: “With thousands of Syrians dead and many more slated for a similar fate, the president was candid enough to admit that he was concerned more about the political cost he would bear for not acting on their behalf than the life-or-death cost they would bear for his inaction. As complicated as the Syria policy challenge may be, Obama’s posture in the face of atrocity is why Syria belongs on this year’s Yom HaShoah agenda. When the leader of the world’s indispensable nation suggests it took courage and conviction to do nothing, we all need to rethink what we mean when we repeat the vow “Never Again.””

The church and labor on the Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker by Michael Sean Winters: “Then and now, the idolatry of the market and of money is the root of the problem, an economic system that is not based on work but on consumerism. If our world does not fix this, we will have no world to fix: We are literally consuming ourselves into environmental and moral oblivion.”

As great speeches do, Francis freeze-frames the moment for Europe by Austen Ivereigh: “Describing Robert Schuman, Alcide De Gasperi and Konrad Adenauer as “the founding fathers of Europe” is a major slap in the face for Euro-skeptics such as those currently campaigning to take Britain out of the EU: Francis has no truck with a vision of Europe that does not involve the integrating project of the European Union. The most striking parts of his speech are those lauding the founders’ vision as bold, radical, courageous and prophetic – words rarely found in a papal speech addressed to political leaders.”

America Is Silent as Aleppo Is Massacred by Roy Gutman: “The Obama administration has chosen not to spotlight what by most definitions are widespread and systematic war crimes. On occasion, it blames the Syrian Air Force for bombing hospitals and other civilian targets but rarely discusses Russian violations.”

In a world of instability, NATO is a linchpin for peace by Philip Breedlove: “NATO has been and will continue to be the centerpiece to peace and stability in Europe. It is an institution indispensable in today’s dangerous world. We Americans cannot stand alone. Our greatest strength is vested in our partners and allies who share our dreams, our values and, yes, shoulder-to-shoulder share our burdens.”

Supporting mothers through conversation: A Q&A with Elizabeth Tenety Galle by Charles Camosy: “Millennial moms might freelance for a few years while their children are young. They might become a consultant or start their own businesses to have more ownership of their schedules. They might go back to work after maternity leave. They might take some time off to raise children out of necessity or choice — and they might roll in and out of these roles over the years. One thing they don’t do is spend time judging other women for the personal choices they make. It’s really refreshing to have a front-row seat to such a supportive conversation around motherhood.”

Should Courts Get to Define Religion? by Michael O’Loughlin: “The Massachusetts Supreme Court will decide whether a local shrine should be tax-exempt—a decision that could have broad implications for faith organizations in America.”