All Further Articles for 2013-07-22

Monday, July 22, 2013
Napoleon's Baubles: Drone Strikes Now Come With Your Own Souvenir Flag
New leaked Pakistani data on U.S. air strikes reveal an appallingly high civilian death toll - one in five victims, with over 12% children. But there's good news: The Air Force has begun a commemorative flag program offering a Stars and Stripes that flies tucked into the fuselage on each drone strike as a souvenir to "lucky recipients." And people are said to love them. John Prine comes to mind. Napoleon Bonaparte: “It is with such baubles that men are led.”
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They Have Killed Our Dreams: One Child Bride Escapes, Many Do Not
Powerful video from Nada al-Ahdal, an 11-year-old Yemeni girl who escaped forced marriage, has sparked awareness of the longstanding issue facing millions of girls in a country with no legal minimum age for "marriage" - though a lawyer working for child brides pointedly calls it "rape." Thanks to the Middle East Media Research Institute and a brave girl. "Enough. What about the innocence of childhood? What have the children done wrong? Why do you marry them off?"
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They Went There
Here's a cartoon, run by at least two conservatives papers, meant to question Rev. Al Sharpton's outrage at and involvement with the Zimmerman verdict and several other racially-charged cases. Most stunningly, the images provoked only minimal outrage from a few usual suspects. Which evidently means it's okay to lampoon lynching to make a political argument. We are two countries.
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