A Refresher on South Sudan| When Something is Not Trending in the Media It Doesn’t Mean it’s Not There

South Sudan Has a Choice… Between Misery and Horror | The Huffington Post

What coverage the ongoing crisis in South Sudan has received so far has been dominated by two messages:                                                                                                                                       One, that a falling out last year between members of this young country’s first ever government ended up reigniting long-simmering ethnic tensions in South Sudan, which eventually exploded into open conflict.

Two, that the United Nations is predicting a dire nutritional crisis of “man-made origin” to take place before the end of this year.

There is, however, another crisis looming in South Sudan, one that affects hundreds of thousands of civilians seeking to escape the brutal violence of the current conflict. Fortunately, this “protection crisis” can still be averted — but only if urgent measures are taken as soon as possible.


Women in Film | Maleficent: The Huge Summer Hit No One Talked About

Maleficent | The Big Hit Noone Talked About | VOX

Maleficent had a big opening. But where Maleficent proved its popularity was in its staying power: it spent eight weeks in the Top 10 and had a higher multiplier (a good estimate of a movie’s success after opening weekend) than Transformers. Yet, unlike many of the films Maleficent bested at the box office, critics pegged it as a children’s movie, then quickly discounted it.

They shouldn’t have.

It’s Hard to Learn a New Language | Even Harder to Learn a New Culture

“The citizen is lost in the labyrinth constructed by his country, when in the fact straight is the gate, and narrow must always be the way. When I left for Middlebury, I had just published an article arguing for reparations. People would often ask me what change I expected to come from it. But change had already come. I had gone further down the unending path of knowing, deeper into the night. I was rejecting mental enslavement. I was rejecting the lie.”

Acting French | The Atlantic


Antler Farms | Non-Aesthetic Gaze and Simulacral Racks

View story at Medium.com

In Old English, a dēor was a beast — any one with four legs. Over time, dēor became der became deer. These, too, were once wild things, the cute little fawns that wander through suburban backyards, the does and bucks that overrun East Coast forests. These days, even when they’re outside fences, deer don’t live free of human meddling.


Losing Ground | Louisiana

louisianaIn just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.

Louisiana is Drowning Quickly | ProPublica TheLens

Voodoo Practice in New Orleans | Before and After Katrina

After Katrina went many of the practitioners of voodoo, a faith with its origins in the merging of West African belief systems and Catholicism.  Locals claim that the voodoo community was 2,500 to 3,000 people strong before Katrina, but after that number was reduced to around 300.

Prior to the storm, celebrations and ceremonies were race segregated and those who adhered to Haitian- and New Orleans-style voodoo kept their distance.  After the storm, with their numbers decimated, they could no longer sustain the in-groups and out-groups they once had.  Voodoo practitioners forged bonds across prior divides.

Voodoo is Rebounding in New Orleans After Katrina | Newsweek


How Dickens and Hugo Make Sense Today | Poverty Capitalism

In terms of food, housing and other essentials, the cost of being poor has always been exorbitant. Landlords, grocery stores and other commercial enterprises have all found ways to profit from those at the bottom of the ladder.

The recent drive toward privatization of government functions has turned traditional public services into profit-making enterprises as well.

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism | New York Times