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A prayer for American Jewry. The Jews of Pittsburgh bury their dead. Squirrel Hill’s diversity is a threat to white supremacy. Jews will always be strangers. The wrong kind of trans visibility. (And the right kind!) Related: On not being an invisible trans woman. Is a successful life without kids creative enough? Inside Beto’s plan to turn out Black voters in Houston. Materialism and Jewish reformation. The definitive takedown of Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie that fails to honor Freddie Mercury’s queerness (and his identity as a brown immigrant.)

Florida. © E.A. Crunden

Florida. © E.A. Crunden


For Brazilian environmental activists, a nightmare begins. In Florence’s aftermath, North Carolina signs on to the Paris agreement. Ryan Zinke, always coming through to supply breaking news. Florida farmworkers are in danger as the planet warms. A young people’s climate change lawsuit against the U.S. government survives to fight another day. On public lands, California loses against the Trump administration. Climate change: very gone from the EPA website.

Around the Globe

Africa. In Uganda, taxes on junk food aim to help fund HIV treatment programs. Fifteen people were injured when a suicide bomber targeted an area in Tunis. South Africa’s unemployment rate is rising. Ethiopia sees its first woman at the head of the country’s highest court.

Americas. A far-right populist who has attacked vulnerable communities and pledged to target environmental regulations wins in Brazil. Fleeing Venezuelans wound up trapped on the Peru-Ecuador border. In Pittsburgh, Muslims come through for Jews. Trump is sending troops to the border for seemingly no reason. In arguably the lowest point of the Trump administration so far, the president is floating an executive order targeting birthright citizenship, something that would be unconstitutional. Texas Democrats just want to be closer to Beto.

Asia. Nearly 200 people died when an Indonesian plane crashed shortly after take-off. A Christian woman accused of blasphemy in Pakistan has been acquitted. A notorious Pakistani extremist appears to be dead. In Afghanistan, the Taliban continues to gain. Asia’s cities are facing a mounting food challenge. Sri Lanka is still embroiled in political drama.

Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not seek another term. Now Austria is backing out of a U.N. migration pact. Your latest Brexit news: we still have no Brexit news apart from panic!

Green Scene

Istanbul is using recyclables in place of metro fees. Air pollution is choking Europe. Puerto Rico’s hurricane response plan “does not exist.” Florida’s environmental election cometh. An uninhabited Japanese island is gone, with potential geopolitical ramifications. Come through, bison. The world’s climate zones are shifting dramatically thanks to climate change.

Spoken & Written

“Appeasement will not work. For Jews, the lesson of yesterday’s massacre is very simple and very old: Protecting the strangers among us is not charity. It is self-defense. Every time Jews defend the right of American Muslims to follow sharia, we protect our right to follow halacha. Every time Jews reject politicians who demonize Latinos we make it less likely that those politicians will demonize us. “Hate them, not us” is a losing strategy because once empowered, bigots widen their targets. For people who define America as a white Christian nation, Jews will never be white enough.” — Peter Beinart


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