Reading Today’s Stories…8/23→

1. One of the first stories I read this morning I took from Chris Blattman. He shared a great piece that corrects some of the fundamental misconceptions concerning war around the globe today. For example, there are more wars and deaths now than ever before, right? Well…

Worldwide, deaths caused directly by war-related violence in the new century have averaged about 55,000 per year, just over half of what they were in the 1990s (100,000 a year), a third of what they were during the Cold War (180,000 a year from 1950 to 1989), and a hundredth of what they were in World War II. If you factor in the growing global population, which has nearly quadrupled in the last century, the decrease is even sharper.

Read Joshua Goldstein’s full story.

2. Another major story of the day is the continuing conflict in Tripoli as the rebels continue fight to gain full control of the city. The Guardian has a great live update of the situation.

3. In Northern Iraq the conflict between PKK groups and the Turkish military are picking up again. This is disappointing as there had been diplomatic progress made over the past few months but now that has changed to violent raids and air strikes. 

4. A neat story from the Philippians about their national soccer team. I really enjoyed the biographical info that Mayin shared about these men who are hoping to succeed not only on the field but in inspiring the next generation to take the ball out of their hands and put it at their feet. Inspiration from the Azkals

5. Thoughtful post from Michael LaBossiere on Tea Partiers and Muslims. Michael walks through a couple elements of basic logic that are easy to forget to apply:

I also made the point that a group should not be defined by its fringe element or by the worst of those who claim to belong to the group. Rather, a group should be assessed on its actual values and the general behavior of its core.

and a second one:

I did the obvious move and pointed out that he had just agreed that a group should not be judged by its fringe or worst elements. To be consistent, what applies to the Tea Party should also apply to Muslims.