After Paris, Is Peace Too Much To Ask For? | The Indignant Optimist

Look at the image below. It is a photograph, taken today, of a child in the Syrian city of Raqqah. Should she pay for Paris? This picture, just as sad and shocking as any we’ve seen coming from the carnage in France, was posted on Twitter by @PalmyraPioneer with the caption: ‘To the people & government in #France, #Raqqa City residents are not all #ISIS , we please do not targets at random.’

Source: After Paris, Is Peace Too Much To Ask For? | The Indignant Optimist

Paris attacks a reaction to US actions in Syria, Iraq: Azam Khan – The Times of India

When asked if violence as a means to deal with any such “injustice” could be justified, Khan said, “It is debatable. Because people should know who lit the first match stick before they analyze the ravaging fire that is burning across nations. Killing innocents whether in Syria or Paris is a highly deplorable act and the whole world should condemn it. But then, if you created such a situation, you have to face the backlash too.”

Source: Paris attacks a reaction to US actions in Syria, Iraq: Azam Khan – The Times of India

A Baby Dies at Day Care, and a Mother Asks Why She Had to Leave Him So Soon – The New York Times

I wasn’t just up against the end of my parental leave. I was up against an entire culture that places very little value on caring for infants and small children. Parental leave reduces infant death, gives us healthier, more well-adjusted adults and helps women stay in the workforce. If we truly valued the 47 percent of the work force who are women, and the value of our families, things would look different. Mothers could go back to work after taking time off to recover physically from birth and bond with their young children. Health care could be available to bridge that return to work so that our children could get their wellness checkups and vaccinations.Yes, it’s possible that even in a different system, Karl still might not have lived a day longer, but had he had been with me, where I wanted him, I wouldn’t be sitting here, living with the nearly incapacitating anguish of a question that has no answer.There are plenty of good examples of how to create a national parental leave system that works. Our children can’t afford lobbyists. It’s up to us parents to demand more.

Source: A Baby Dies at Day Care, and a Mother Asks Why She Had to Leave Him So Soon – The New York Times

Danish MP: ‘Bomb women and children’ – The Local

Denmark joined the international coalition fighting Isis in October 2014. Danish F-16s have flown 547 missions over northern Iraq and have dropped a total of 503 bombs. The F-16s were recently brought back to Denmark for repairs but Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen has promised that they will return to action in early 2016. Jensen has also expressed an openness for extending the Danish mission to include striking targets in Syria.

Source: Danish MP: ‘Bomb women and children’ – The Local