A banner from a December 8, 2012 rally at Cooper Union. (Creatice Commons)
This week: the effects of climate change on animals, radical fundamentalists in Egypt, public space in the Internet age and insight into one of the most powerful committees in America that you’ve never heard of.
— Darren Ankrom focuses on climate change.
“Why climate change has Darwin down for the count,” by Chris Mooney. Grist, July 15, 2013.
With so much climate change discussion devoted to effects on human beings, here’s a nice change of pace targeting how it could threaten animals. One statistic was particularly memorable—it took animals, on average, a million years to adapt to a temperature change of less than two degrees Fahrenheit. This could be quite a problem for those not walking on two legs, as the article predicts a 7.2 degree F temperature rise in just the next 100 years.
— Humna Bhojani focuses on the War on Terror and the Middle East.
“A Former Ira Hunger Striker Talks About The Guantanamo Hunger Strikers,” by Danny McDonald. VICE, July 16, 2013.
Former IRA member, Gerard Hodgins, who was on a hunger strike for twenty days in a Northern Irish prison. Fasting, hunger strikes and self-starvation have been used at various points in history for non-violent resistance. Faced with few other ways to protest their circumstances, more than a hundred Guantanamo Bay prisoners are currently on a hunger strike, forty-four of those who are being force fed against their will through an inhumane and incredibly painful procedure. Hodgins outlines the similarities and shared experiences, both emotional and physical, that hunger strikers at Gitmo and those at the Northern Irish prison faced.
— Rick Carp focuses on media, psychology and environmentalism.