Readings: Week of November 27, 2016

This is the first time I’m sending my ‘weekly readings‘ blog post being via my newsletter, so just a few things:

  • Most news sites have paywalls, which means that they only allow you to read a certain number of articles per month until you have to pay to read more. For example, the New York Times has a paywall of 10 articles. Some ways to get around this: 1) If your you’ve reached the limit on your phone, read them on your laptop, which gives you a fresh start. 2) Read articles in different browsers. 3) Type the title of the article in the search bar and load it from there. This doesn’t count toward the paywall.
  • However, I would nonetheless suggest subscribing to the New York Times. For a few dollars a month, you’ll have full access to all online publications and it is fully worth your money. You do not have to agree with everything you read, but the exposure to high-quality content and a diverse range of views on a whole host of issues is vital to your intellectual development. It will help you challenge your own thoughts, polish your ideas, and improve your vocabulary.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything I read or share. In fact, I may vehemently disagree with some readings. But I am also a firm believer in engaging with challenging ideas, which first requires understanding what they are. I see it as an inextricable part of my growth to challenge my own ideas and to continuously revise them as I develop. With that said, here are some articles I read this week which helped me to do exactly that. I’ve divided them into sections based on category, and have emphasized in red which ones I think are must-reads. Enjoy!

American Politics

  1. Is 90% of the Quran a legal document? CNN, Myth and Math by Imam Joe Bradford (Joe Bradford) [must-read]
  2. Trump Excuses the White Working Class from the Politics of Personal Responsibility by Peter Beinart (The Atlantic) [must-read]
  3. How Stable Are Liberal Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’ by Amanda Taub (The New York Times) [must-read]
  4. Trump: The Choice We Face by Masha Gessen (The New York Review of Books) [must-read]
  5. Of Nine Tech Companies, Only Twitter Says It Would Refuse to Help Build Muslim Registry for Trump by Sam Biddle (The Intercept)
  6. Mr. Trump, Meet the Constitution by The New York Times Editorial Board (The New York Times)
  7. White-Collar Supremacy by Kelly J. Baker (The New York Times)
  8. Glenn Beck Is Sorry About All That by Ana Marie Cox (The New York Times)

Syria

  1. For Bashar al-Assad, Winning the Syrian War May Lead to New Troubles by Alissa J. Rubin (The New York Times)
  2. Foreign fighters pour into Syria to bolster Assad regime by Erika Solomon (Financial Times)
  3. Syrian crisis: Air strike kills the last clown of Aleppo, Anas al-Basha by Eryk Bagshaw (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  4. Inside Kerry’s race to stop the siege of Aleppo by Josh Rogin (The Washington Post)

Global Politics

  1. Pakistan Names New Military Leader by Salman Masood (The New York Times)
  2. Jimmy Carter: America Must Recognize Palestine by Jimmy Carter (The New York Times) [must-read]
  3. Why encourage Palestinian hope with mosque loudspeakers? by Sayed Kashua (Haaretz)
  4. Reform and Conservative Jews try a new tactic in battle for Israeli religious pluralism by Michele Chabin (Religion News Service)

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-Asad

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