American Universities as Accomplices | A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

Abuse and its infinite planes of immanence

Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began |

Photograph by  Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

43 Portraits of Mexico’s Missing Students

In Iguala, a city in Mexico, it’s impossible to forget what’s happened. Everywhere, there are reminders of Sept. 26, the day when local police and drug cartel gunmen killed six people and kidnapped 43 students at La Escuela Normal Rural Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa. The 43 are still missing — presumed dead and buried in a mass grave somewhere in the state of Guerrero.’

These are the faces of the disappeared: All 43 missing students | GLOBAL POST


President Obama’s Immigration Initiative | 11 key facts of the executive action

Read the full article | VOX

  1. President Obama is announcing policy changes that give 4.3 million unauthorized immigrants — mostly parents of US citizens plus some immigrants who arrived as teenagers — protection from deportation.
  2. That adds to the 1.5 million already protected under the DACA initiative.
  3. That leaves approximately 5-6 million other unauthorized immigrants still eligible for deportation.
  4. These deportation protections are not permanent legal status, and do not create a path to citizenship.
  5. This initiative is much larger and more politically contentious than the closest precedent, George H.W. Bush’s Family Fairness initiative.
  6. Under Obama, approximately 400,000 people are deported per year, which is a higher pace than under any previous administration.
  7. The wheels will also start turning on an increase in the number of visas for recent graduates of American universities (called Optional Practical Training), on increased use of parole authority to allow foreign entrepreneurs to move to the US, and to give work permits to the spouses of H-1B workers. In total, the Council of Economic Advisors estimates 150,00-250,000 new skilled workers will join the labor force.
  8. Optional Practical Training’s critics note that the program operates with little in the way of regulation or clear guidelines, which is perhaps what makes it an appealing avenue for a president looking to increased skilled migration without getting Congress to pass a law.
  9. Immunizing over 4 million immigrants from deportation if they register and begin paying taxes should lead to about $2.87 billion in new payroll tax revenue.
  10. Studies indicate that the increase in visas for skilled workers should increase wages for native-born Americans, both those with and without college degrees.
  11. In general, immigration raises average wages for American citizens but some (though not all) researchers find poorly educated Americans, especially high school dropouts, suffer lower wages due to immigration

100 Years, 100 Thinkers | The New Republic Ranks Who Defined the 20th Century

Philosophy, Medicine, Design, Economics, Literary Criticism, Music, Feminism, Digital Design, Art, Jurisprudence, Theology, Political Journalism, Diplomacy, Environmentalism, American Civil Rights, Sex, Humor, American History, Food

See all 100 thinkers here: 100 Years, 100 Thinkers | The New Republic


5 Reasons Why Feminism Needs to Address Child Abuse by Women Too

In 2012, Child Protective Services estimated that 686,000 children were victims of maltreatment in the United States — or 9.2 per 1,000 – and over 80% of the perpetrators of these crimes were the children’s parents. And of this number, 88% were biological parents, not step- or adopted as many of us have been taught to believe.

In addition, 46% of the total number of perpetrators were men. And 54% were women

Read the full article | Everyday Feminism


How is a New Language Born? | Kriol, and the case of northern Australia

In many areas of northern and central Australia, language loss has been accompanied by language genesis. Indigenous youth are creating new languages which combine the sounds, words and grammar from traditional languages and Indigenous English varieties. The younger generations who create these languages claim them as in-group languages which express both their traditional heritage and modern lives. Read the full article: How are New Languages Born? | World Economic Forum

The Self is Moral

[So we’ve been thinking about the problem precisely backwards. It’s not that identity is centered around morality. It’s that morality necessitates the concept of identity, breathes life into it, provides its raison d’être…….

The lesson of the identity detector is this: when we dig deep, beneath our memory traces and career ambitions and favourite authors and small talk, we find a constellation of moral capacities.]

Read the full article here: The Self is Moral | Nina Strohminger for AEON