Weekly Links July 15th-22nd 2011

I hesitate to call into question people’s motives for focusing on any given humanitarian disaster over another, but it is a fair question given the clearly disproportionate representation that anything to do with Israel gets in the media, etc.

http://www.straight.com/article-404394/vancouver/jack-chivo-i-agree-european-unions-definition-antsemitism

A great look at cooperation across ideological divides motivated by vastly different things, and considering the pros and cons of living a religious life

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/the-sacred-and-the-humane/

Sports leagues, lockouts, and why we should care

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/we_can_live_without_leagues_20110717/

Somehow this has been embodied in the West Coast mentality to a much larger degree than elsewhere, but undoubtedly applies to all in this crazy work-till-you-drop society

http://www.jamesshelley.net/2011/07/on-relaxation/

A wonderful look at the comic book superhero genre as art with a message, and how it’s fallen flat in the transition to the big screen

http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/72832/superbad/

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