The staff of The Korbel Report spends its fair share of time on the internet staying up-to-date on a wide-range of international news and trends. Here’s a list of the articles, blog posts, and resources we found interesting, enlightening, or infuriating this week:
- “3 Things We Need to Stop Saying About Poverty” by Joanne Goldblum at The Huffington Post
A thought-provoking article that, at its heart, tells us to challenge our assumptions about poverty, the lives of impoverished people, and what it takes to get by.
- “The Baby in the Well: The Case Against Empathy” by Paul Bloom at The New Yorker
- “The Charity That Just Gives Money to People” by Jacob Goldstein at NPR’s Planet Money
This story examines a charity–Give Directly–who is challenging mainstream charitable organizations working in the developing world by giving money directly to the poor, with no strings attached. You can also listen to a longer report on this story in “Act One: Money for Nothing and Your Cows for Free” on This American Life Episode 503.
- “Military Jury Convicts Army Psychiatrist on All 45 Counts in Fort Hood Rampage” by Manny Fernandez at The New York Times
- “Russia Calls for UN Probe in Alleged Syria Gas Attack” from Al Jazeera America
Al Jazeera has had strong coverage and moving images from the on-going conflict in Syria, and the reported chemical weapons attacks this week.
- “US Soldier Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shooting 16 Afghans” from Al Jazeera America
- “When Will Solar Get Cheap Enough for Everyone to Use?” by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr Von Baldegg at The Atlantic
An animated look at how far solar energy has come since the 1950s, and the point at which it becomes viably cheap for mass consumption.
- “World Humanitarian Day: UN Marks 10th Anniversary of Baghdad Attack” from the UN News Centre
Each year World Humanitarian Day (19 August) honors the continuous work of humanitarians in the field, and remembers those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.