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The anguish of Aleppo by Michael Sean Winters: “Just as the lack of U.S. response to the killings in Rwanda left an indelible stain on the legacy of President Bill Clinton, the lack of a response to the atrocities in Syria will forever stain the record of President Obama.”

Russia and the Threat to Liberal Democracy by Larry Diamond: “Having a Europe that is whole and free is a vital American interest. Enforcing the principle that established borders cannot be eviscerated by military aggression is a vital American interest—and nowhere more so than in Europe. Ensuring that an authoritarian Russian regime does not replicate its values and expand its power by subverting democracy in the heart of Europe is also a vital American interest.”

Trump isn’t known for reading, but these texts should be on his list by Michael Gerson: “For King, no one is an outsider when it comes to confronting injustice because “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” King based a vision of human dignity on moral law, which takes precedence over unjust human laws. And King urges — actually demands — that white America see events from a different perspective. “When you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will . . . when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters . . . then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.” The lessons here? The limits of “law and order,” set at the boundaries of conscience; the importance of protest in a free society; the need for empathy as the basis for justice.”

Trump, McConnell, Putin, and the Triumph of the Will to Power by Jonathan Chait: “Even the most cynical observer of McConnell — a cynical man to his bones — would have been shocked at his raw partisanship. Presented with an attack on the sanctity of his own country’s democracy by a hostile foreign power, his overriding concern was party over country.”

An open letter to white Christians who voted for Donald Trump by John Gehring: “Honestly, I’m not sure where we go from here. I’m still angry and astonished. I lose sleep thinking that my two young children will grow up in a world where the air is more polluted, political discourse gets even more coarse, and the most vulnerable are targeted by the most powerful. I want reconciliation and dialogue, but never at the expense of justice for those facing real threats.”

How I stopped my state from giving parental rights to rapists by Analyn Megison: “No mother, no rape survivor, should be put through this ordeal. Our beloved children should never have to be put through this terror. The fact that it is still a threat to us in America is really unconscionable and has no place in our free society.”

Lithuanian Archbishop Expresses Concern Over Russian Threat by CNS: “Lithuanian Archbishop Gintaras Grusas said citizens are anxious about military threats from neighboring Russia but said support from Europe and the United States helped calm those fears.”

Since Trump Election, U.S. Has Seen Nearly 900 Hate Incidents by Lucy Westcott: “There were nearly 900 reports of hate incidents in the 10 days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and schools across the country reported an uptick in violence, derogatory comments and verbal harassment, according to a new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Young women & their growing drinking problem by Chloe Mooradian: “Telling women they can enjoy massive amounts of alcohol to cover up the emptiness they are experiencing in a consumerist, work-driven world isn’t liberating. It’s paralyzing. The modern woman juggles work, school, family, and other commitments—but has to numb herself with a large glass of wine at the end of the day. It’s time to sincerely consider what women’s increased drinking is saying about our culture.”

Even Smoking One Cigarette a Day Can Lead to Early Death by Maya Rhodan: “Those who smoked even at that low rate had a 64% higher risk of early death than those who never smoked at all. Those who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes every day over the course of their lifetimes had a 87% higher risk of dying early.”