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  • A young Syrian couple, Mouhammad Amin El Oujali, 35, and his wife Zafira El Aquad, 34, and their three young children, including a two-month-old baby suffering from hydrocephalus and spina bifida, are among 101 vulnerable refugees that will take an Alitalia plane from Beirut to Rome in the early morning hours of May 3 to begin a new life in Italy.

    They managed to join the group at the very last moment thanks to the insistence of Zafira, who pleaded for her baby son, Layah, who needs...

  • The “Acela primaries” in the Northeast made it clearer than ever that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the major-party nominees this fall, and I concur with a tweet by ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis: "A candidate who thrives on giving offense versus one who thrives on taking umbrage. This will be a looong six months."

    Any hope of a substantive general-election campaign was extinguished by Mr. Trump’s...

  • Driving on the prairie, your eyes arrive long before your car. If something rises up from the land, like a grain silo or a church steeple, you’ll have time to reflect as it sprouts in your windshield. That is, unless you’re racing across the prairie, from one metropolis to another. If your mind is mired in where you’ve been and where you’re going, the plains present themselves as only a long delay in your plans.

    But if you’ve got nowhere in particular to go, and you have the time,...

  • It was a little over four years ago that ABC’s late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel launched a segment called “Mean Tweets,” in which celebrities were asked to read nasty comments that had been tweeted at them while REM’S ultra-sad “Everybody Hurts” played in the background.

    The bit was a huge hit—it’s been viewed 48 million times on YouTube—and new installments have since become Kimmel’s most popular segment by far.

    What’s made the segment so appealing seems to be two...

  • Since 2003 the International Labor Organization has marked April 28 as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, but in the United States it has been marked for decades as Workers’ Memorial Day. It is the day when we remember the thousands of workers who die on the job every year in traumatic workplace accidents—almost all of them preventable. Most go largely unnoticed, but in recent months we have seen the conclusion of a spectacular saga from the world of West Virginia coal mines....

  • Heather King (photo provided)

    Heather King is a Catholic writer and ex-lawyer based in Los Angeles. Raised on the coast of New Hampshire, she struggled with alcoholism before getting sober in 1987. In 1996,...

  • Donald Trump is unintentionally responsible for nostalgia toward the “smoke-filled rooms” that once produced presidential nominees at national conventions. The Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria writes,

    The old system steered toward moderation because it was run mostly by local and state officials who had won general...
  • “We have seen the evil consequences of civil war in other African countries‚ including massive loss of lives‚ a refugee crisis and irreparable damage to the economy. We do not want our nation to take such a path,” the chair of the Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Abel Gabuza, said on April 25. The bishop was responding to an interview given by firebrand opposition party leader, Julius Malema, to Al-Jazeera during which he threatened...

  • I can’t tell you the last time I listened to a Prince song (although I know it was “Kiss.” For me, Prince always starts with “Kiss.”) And if you had asked me a week ago when was the last time I saw him perform, I’d have bet it had been decades.

    But in the wake of his death last week and all the articles that have been written, I've realized I saw his Super Bowl half-time show in 2007. Whether you particularly like Prince or not, I don’t think there’s anyone that...

  • As if enough damage has not already been inflicted on South Africa by its current leadership, another week brought more blows to a battered country. On April 21 President Jacob Zuma presented the findings of a Commission of Inquiry that cost taxpayers dearly and was, by all accounts, a farce. He was implicated in a corrupt arms deal, which was investigated by the commission.

    President Jacob Zuma presented the findings of a Commission of Inquiry, called the Seriti...