Twenty Things That Caught My Eye: The Uyghur Genocide, Lebanon, Hope, & More

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1. Rushan Abbas: My people, the Uyghurs, suffer genocide while the world plays games at the Winter Olympics

My people, the Uyghurs, an ethnic and predominantly Muslim minority, are victims of a genocide perpetrated by the Chinese regime for their cultural and ethnic identity. The IOC has decided to make themselves complicit in this genocide. They have condemned Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers and more by refusing to respect basic human dignity. They put athletes at risk. They make it impossible to watch the Winter Games without engaging in complicity.

And we have seen that the sponsors of the Olympics have decided to press forward with their partnerships. These sponsors place profit over human lives. Broadcasters like NBC place profit over human lives. It is our duty now to make sure they feel the repercussions of their decisions by not watching these genocidal games.

I ask that you join me.

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3. Anthony B. Kim: Lebanon’s ‘Great Denial’ Must Be Reversed, but Time Is Running Out

According to the World Bank report titled “The Great Denial,” Lebanon’s severe socioeconomic malaise is borne out of—and prolonged by—the country’s corrupt elite that have continued to manipulate and take advantage of the system for their benefit at the expense of others, despite the severity of crises the country has been facing.

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6. Beijing Olympics: Coca-Cola quiet on Uyghur genocide after criticizing Georgia election law

7. Rafael Mangual: A reflection on NYPD’s fallen officers and their sacrifices

In a just world, this alone would result in the policing profession being widely regarded as particularly noble. Yet, many regard it as evil—including those in prominent positions who continue to use their platforms to deride the men and women of law enforcement. 

Take, for example, the comments of Harlem city council member Kristin Richardson Jordan (who represents the district in which Rivera and Mora were mortally wounded, and is on-record equating policing with slavery) to the New York Times earlier this week. 

Rather than simply condemn what seems to be a clear-cut case of cold-blooded murder, and pay respect to the bravery of the fatally wounded officers for sacrificing their lives in service to the community she represents, Jordan expressed concern that the shooting might lead to police “oppression,” defended police abolition, and took care to express her condolences for the death of Rivera and Mora’s killer, whose life, she said was “equivalent” to those of the officers. 

8. Washington Post: Pope decries genital mutilation, sex trafficking of women

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10. Jay Richards: Biden’s Latest Proposal Would Force Insurers to Pay for Gender ‘Transition’

11. Heather Mac Donald: The Guardians in Retreat

Less than a decade later, in September 2021, the Art Institute shut down its docent program entirely and told its participants that they would no longer be allowed to serve the Institute in a volunteer capacity. Henceforth, six salaried part-time employees would replace the 82 unpaid educators. The docents were told to clean out their lockers; as a consolation prize, they were offered a two-year complimentary membership in the museum.

Had the docents been delivering subpar performances? Had the Institute discovered an incurable flaw in their training? No, it had noticed that they were overwhelmingly white. And that, in 2021, constituted a sin almost beyond redemption, whether found in an individual or in an institution.

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13. Grazie Pozo Christie: A pro-choice convert’s handbook

Steven attributes one pivotal moment in his medical training as the catalyst for his change of mind. It happened when we were in medical school together. Just off the anatomy lab was a dark alcove lined by tall shelves. On the shelves were glass jars, covered with the dust of years, and in each jar was a little fetus or embryo floating in formaldehyde.

It had been a long time since anyone had handled them and marveled at the spectacular complexity of the little bodies inside. Going into this alcove by chance one day, he was struck with sadness at their abandonment and hurt by their undignified treatment.  

He described his feelings to our embryology teacher, describing his encounter with what he termed, naturally, “babies.” She reacted angrily. “Those are not babies,” she said. “They were never alive.”

It was her anger and defensiveness that caused him to stop and think. The embryos and fetuses on the shelves were not only clearly human, but also at one point alive by the biological definition of life that we employed in our medical studies. It seemed to him that her vehemence was that of someone who tries to deny what they know to be an incontrovertible truth.

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15. New York Post: Human rights groups that expose China’s abuse of Uyghurs nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

16. Washington Post: Kids are flocking to Facebook’s ‘metaverse.’ Experts worry predators will follow.

17. Crux: Fourth Anglican bishop in a year joins Catholic Church in UK

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