This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Oct. 3, 2018

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • An end to the war in South Sudan?
  • Can Islamist moderates remake the politics of the Muslim world?
  • An immigrant woman takes charge of the United Farm Workers

• Nearly 400,000 people have died in South Sudan’s five-year bloody civil war according to a statistical study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, funded by the US State Dept. The level of carnage and death from disease is much higher than previous UN estimates.  Although the enemies in the South Sudan civil war signed a power sharing agreement in September, Western observers fear the peace deal is in danger of falling apart at any time.

(“383,000: estimated death toll in South Sudan war,”  New York Times, Sept. 26, 2018; “South Sudan War,: The Handshake That May End a Recurring Nightmare,” BBC News, Sept. 13, 2018) 

• Thirty-something Jordanian psychologist Alaa Faroukh is now a self-proclaimed “Muslim Democrat.” He’s dropped his former allegiance with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and now embraces women’s rights and democratic rights.

(“Rise of the Islamist moderates,” Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 17, 2018)

• When Cesar Chavez died in 1993, the United Farm Workers was at a low point, fighting against growers who refused to sign union contracts with farm workers who voted to join the UFW under California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

(“An Immigrant Woman Takes Charge of the United Farm Workers,” American Prospect, Sept. 19, 2018)

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