For this weekend’s reading list, we have articles about Bill Clinton’s speech and relationship with President Obama, progressive Catholics, French President Francoise Hollande’s powerful speech about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and the emotional trauma involved in the 25,000 rape-related pregnancies that occur every year in the US.
Clinton Resurrects the Party’s Universalism – How Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention sought to sell President Obama’s positive economic record to working-class whites
Let’s Be Friends - The story of how the long-strained relationship between President Obama and former President Bill Clinton has been repaired and turned into a beneficial friendship for both of them
Holy Rollers – A report on how the Nuns on the Bus are just one of many examples of progressive Catholic groups and individuals who are standing up to the aging conservative hierarchy that rules the Catholic Church
The Crime Committed in France, By France – French President Francoise Hollande’s powerful speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv Roundup, in which 13,152 Jews in Paris were arrested by French officials and sent to concentration camps, and explaining the need for all societies to move beyond anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred
The Legitimate Children of Rape - a powerful essay about the extreme emotional trauma involved in the estimated 25,000 rape-related pregnancies in the US every year