This week in OtherWords, John Cavanagh, Jill Richardson, Clara Summers, and I weigh in on the recent letter Pope Francis sent the world about pressing environmental questions. And Sarah Browning, John Kiriakou, and Khalil Bendib offer their takes on racist violence and the scourge of white supremacy.

Rounding things out, Donald Kaul skewers Donald Trump, Jim Hightower finds the humor in Jeb Bush’s presidential bid, and Jack Kelly asks about happened to the independence we’re supposed to celebrate on July 4.

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  1. Francis vs. Washington / John Cavanagh
    Lawmakers and the White House are at odds with the pope’s vision for protecting the planet.
  2. A Crime Against Humanity Sent Me to Harvard / Sarah Browning
    Slavery still shapes our society.
  3. Putting ‘Independence’ Back in Independence Day / Jack Kelly
    Studying history can help us imagine ways to gain more control over our lives at work and at home.
  4. Solar-Powered Friars / Clara Summers
    The pope could inspire a green energy revolution among faith communities.
  5. Donald Trump Distinguishes Himself / Donald Kaul
    Never before could a serious White contender boast about his complete lack of qualifications.
  6. How Would Francis Invest? / Emily Schwartz Greco
    Heed the pope’s call to tread more lightly upon the Earth by making your money fossil-free.
  7. What Caused the Charleston Massacre? / John Kiriakou
    Relentless racism and a powerful anti-gun control lobby make for a deadly combination.
  8. Pope Francis Weighs In on Newfangled Crops / Jill Richardson
    His concerns about genetic engineering follow years of failed U.S. lobbying.
  9. The Wheels Come off Jeb’s Victory Wagon / Jim Hightower
    Another Bush’s coronation as a GOP presidential nominee no longer looks so assured.
  10. Homegrown Terrorist / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Homegrown Terrorist, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

Homegrown Terrorist, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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