a2a long reads | 7.09.17
Welcome to another A2A Long Reads, a weekly roundup of the most in-depth and thought-provoking longform journalism pieces (according to me, of course).
The Devil’s Henchmen
What religious rituals and respects do we owe in death to those who carry out heinous acts and inflict unimaginable suffering? Are decency and mercy owed to those who in life, showed none? This is the dilemma and the unanswered question that lingers in Mosul, where Iraqi forces have killed thousands of ISIS fighters in a brutal war to reclaim the northern city. But what of the fighters’ remains? The New York Times’ Kenneth R. Rosen seeks answers in Mosul for The Atavist Magazine.
David Brown’s Quiet Resilience
It’s July 7, 2016. The recent shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling have left tensions running high between minority groups and law enforcement. Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, pandemonium erupts in Dallas, Texas, as as white police officers are targeted in a cold blooded revenge attack. The whole city is on edge and it’s up to one man to keep it from falling apart.
How the Death of a Muslim Recruit Revealed a Culture of Brutality in the Marines
Welcome to Parris Island, one of two official U.S. Marine Corps training depots, just off the coast of South Carolina. It’s here that many young recruits from across the country begin their first stage of intensive corps training. Boot camp on this island is notoriously arduous, meant to weed out the weak. It’s gruelling work, but it’ll make a Marine out of you. If you survive, of course.
The Fight for Health Care has Always been about Civil Rights
More than 40 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for health care as a human right, the fight for affordable medical insurance continues in America. Today’s Republican government is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a move that would leave some 22 million more Americans without health insurance. A significant proportion of the affected will be people of colour. No, this isn’t the Civil Rights era, but it might as well be.
Love Thy Neighbor
When Ayaz Virji, a prominent Muslim doctor, and his family moved to Dawson, Minnesota, he thought they had found the perfect community. For the first time in a long time, he and his family didn’t feel the constant scrutiny and prejudice of being Muslim in America. “It just felt right,” Virji’s wife once described Dawson. But after the election of Donald Trump, the Virji’s paradise would be shaken in ways they could have never imagined.
These are the week’s best long reads According to Adrienne. If you’ve got a piece you think I’d be interested in, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.