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Read In Case Of Emergency
A weekly newsletter on ethics, policy & society
  • ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims – Austin Ramzy & Chris Buckley, The New York Times – Someone in the Chinese Communist Party might have a conscience, as they’ve leaked a bunch of documents containing private speeches of President Xi Jinping, official guidance to officials in Xinjiang, and more. From “organs of dictatorship” to the forced confession of an official who showed mercy, this collection demonstrates the evil at work in their own words.
  • A Tale of Two Churches – Batya Ungar-Sargon, The New York Review of Books – In the midst of the Trump era and public outcry over police brutality, can a black church and a white church in the South unite? This is a moving profile of Christians coming together as one church despite what many in the country see as insurmountable barriers.

  • A Burden Removed: A Biblical Path for Removing the Racism of Our Forefathers – Reed DePace, The Gospel Coalition – Why should a church repent of sins committed by now-departed generations? This essay, from Montgomery, Alabama, lays out the Scriptural argument as well as a more personal story demonstrating the importance of that repentance.

  • The Efficiency-Destroying Magic of Tidying Up – Florent Crivello, Florent Crivello – People tend to conflate efficiency with cleanliness and organization, as if straight lines were the best routes. But the natural world, not to mention the apparently messy results of simulations, demonstrate that this equivalency, while useful for visual perception, is often not the best way. Chaos can be good.

  • The Out Crowd – Ira Glass, Emily Green & Molly O’Toole, This American Life – America has changed its immigration and asylum policies drastically under the current administration in ways which are contrary to the intentions of the laws they implement. This has been done with one goal, keeping people out of our nation, with apparently no consideration as to how it affects those being told to wait in unregulated tent cities, not to mention the toll it takes on the American officials processing the cases. The result is rape and kidnappings in Mexico, guilt and resignation in America.

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