The start of another long weekend means it’s time for our latest collection of articles you may have missed and long reads to dive deep on the issues that get lost in our cable news culture.
This weekend, Americans will be celebrating our country’s independence and preparing for its 241st birthday on the Fourth of July. Our nation’s Founders believed that each generation would need to continually work to create a more perfect union. We know that, sadly, we have much more work to do, but as we celebrate America, we hope you’ll join us in recommitting anew to our patriotic movement for peace.
And even as we mark a holiday here at home, we know millions around the world will do no celebrating this weekend. Many of the articles below tell their stories. They are stories of the horrors humanity faces, but also of resilience and resistance that inspire hope for tomorrow.
From all of us at Win Without War, we wish you a wonderful weekend, and a safe Fourth of July.
Refugees and the Human Costs of War
“The UN said it hoped the record breaking numbers of displaced would encourage wealthy countries to think again: not just to accept more refugees, but to invest in peace promotion, and reconstruction.”
“Over the course of the year, [City Plaza Hotel] has provided decent housing for over 1,500 refugees — 400 at any one time — in times of undignified detention camps. It is a model of self-organization and solidarity with refugees — who share living quarters with locals — in times of rising racism and nationalism.”
“Yemen looks an awful lot like Hell on Earth right now – and virtually no one in the United States seems to know about it, or much less care.”
VOA News: Yemen War Brings Multiple Disasters: Death, Destruction, Cholera, Famine
“More than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate. The economy has been bombed into ruins. Hunger is widespread, and a new misery has been added: the world’s biggest current outbreak of cholera, with more than 200,000 cases.”
“Mattis argues that the US military is using “all possible efforts to protect the innocent.” But that argument collapses when the ostensible protection comes in the form of massive curtains of white-phosphorus bombs dropped in civilian areas.”
“The people themselves tell you, ‘you’re focusing on trauma,” she said. “This is not the whole of us and our life and our story. Why can’t you ask us about things that make us more positive about ourselves?’ And that is resilience.”
“The government persists in looking at these two issues, climate adaptation and conflict, but in isolation.”
“Actions to strengthen resilience in food systems as part of relief measures can provide critical access to food and prevent stressed areas from becoming vulnerable to famine in the future.”
Climate Change and Global Security
“Climate change is going to be with us for a long time, and the coastal zone population is going to be overwhelming as it moves inland,’ Geisler said. ‘How are we going to employ these people? Where are we going to house them? What energy sources are they going to need?”
“As the environment changes, we will see increased migration, more frequent humanitarian crises, and more competition for natural resources, all drivers of conflict. Anticipating these threats must be a part of our national security strategy.”
“Mapping the world’s climate hotspots and identifying where the impacts will be the greatest is increasingly important for governments, advocacy groups and others who need to prioritise resources, set goals and adapt to a warming world.”
Activism and Resistance
“We and other international human rights organizations increasingly see self-care not as selfish but as strategic. If we as individuals and organizations want to be effective and healthy over time, we must care for ourselves and each other.”
“Look at the things that you do in your everyday life and look for ways to infect those with progressive values.”