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Trump’s plan to slash foreign aid comes as famine threat is surging by Kevin Sieff: “President Trump has proposed large cuts to foreign aid at a time of acute need across Africa and the Middle East, with four countries approaching famine and 20 million people nearing starvation, according to the United Nations.”

Cardinal Nichols: Pope Francis’ ‘toughness’ will see the Catholic Church through reforms by Michael O’Loughlin: “As the United States engages in fierce debates over refugee resettlement, its role on the global stage and the implications of electing an anti-establishment president, similar scenes are unfolding across Europe, where populist political leaders are gaining traction and borders are tightening up. The head of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, says one way to combat “a corruption of the democratic system” that he believes can accompany this strain of politics is for politicians to model their rhetoric on that of another European leader, Pope Francis.”

Republicans are becoming Russia’s accomplices by Robert Kagan: “It would have been impossible to imagine a year ago that the Republican Party’s leaders would be effectively serving as enablers of Russian interference in this country’s political system. Yet, astonishingly, that is the role the Republican Party is playing.”

Trump’s gift to Americans: Making it easier to cheat on their taxes by Catherine Rampell: “President Trump is finally doing something practical to help his fellow Americans: He’s making it easier for them to cheat on their taxes.Especially those who — like Trump — happen to be super rich.”

Witness to Climate Change by Carolyn Monastra: “Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call to many in the Northeast United States. A Staten Island resident whose home was severely damaged admitted to me, “You know, Al Gore may be onto something with this climate change issue.” Sandy damaged more than 600,000 homes in New Jersey and New York alone, while inflicting $65 billion in damages overall—making it the costliest global disaster of 2012, according to insurance firm Aon Benfield.”

The horror of Ukraine’s forgotten famine still casts a shadow today by Adelaide Mena: “Ukraine is used to being forgotten. While reflecting on the devastating famine, the Holodomor, that gripped the country between 1932 and 1933, leaving between 2.5 and 7 million people dead in its wake, Ukrainians search for answers to their current predicament and their relationship with Russia.”

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, WHO says by Meera Senthilingam: “Each year, environmental pollutants cost an estimated 1.7 million lives among children under 5, according to World Health Organization reports released Monday.”

Casual Sex and the Crisis of Trust by Amber Lapp: “When asked about the most important ingredients for a healthy relationship, trust rolled off the tongue. But young adults we spoke with were quick to blame the prevailing relationship culture for creating an environment of low trust. They sometimes also blamed the kinds of technology—social media, dating apps—that they saw as facilitating casual sex and cheating.”

Assisted suicide robs the dying of compassion. by Jean Welch Hill: “Imagine telling someone who is unable to walk that their life no longer has value. Or telling a loved one who needs help eating that they have lost all dignity. Or explaining to a friend that you can’t visit them anymore because their illness has made them unattractive. Few would say any of these to a stranger, let alone a loved one. Yet the message of assisted suicide amounts to telling people who have lost the ability to function as they have in the past that they should just cease to exist.”

Trump’s media-bashing is making it easier for foreign regimes to gag the press by Michael Schuman: “The president is undermining the core mission of U.S. media around the world. American journalists regularly invite danger by defending civil liberties, exposing wrongdoing and upholding American values overseas. With his attempt to destroy our credibility, he’s granting tacit permission to the corrupt, the dictatorial and the violent to dismiss our stories as false and take their revenge on the journalists who produce them.”

At a time of real division, how can we help clear the air? First, breathe. by Kerry Weber: “Let us breathe out and blow away those things that would divide us: our dishonesty, our hypocrisy, our anger that festers, our resentment and despair. Let us sit and be quiet for a moment in these holy days of this season of Lent, so as to better discern how to raise our voices for the poor, the lonely, the marginalized, to discern how we might be a breath of fresh air to others.”

The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. by Billy Baker: “In 2015, a huge study out of Brigham Young University, using data from 3.5 million people collected over 35 years, found that those who fall into the categories of loneliness, isolation, or even simply living on their own see their risk of premature death rise 26 to 32 percent.”

Pope prays for all mistreated youths after Guatemala blaze by AP: “Pope Francis often uses his regularly scheduled appearances, as in his Sunday addresses to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, as opportunities for highlighting terrible things going on around the world. Today was no different when he offered prayers for victims of a fire in Guatemala who were also young victims of violence and exploitation.”