Sunday Reading List: 12 June 2016

Sunday is upon us again! Today’s music from John Coltrane, one of jazz’s greatest saxophonists, in one of his greatest works, A Love Supreme.

In this week’s instalment of the reading list, we take a look at Nepal one year after the earthquake, the ripple effect from the Flint water crisis, the bleaching of corals in the Great Barrier Reef, and one Lebanese entrepreneur’s work to make his country more accepting, more open – and even more delicious.


1. Nepal is Still a Mess

Help came right away. And then it stopped. A look at how, after the earthquake, a toxic mix of factors came together – and nothing happened for the survivors of the disaster.

‘I saw UN organizational charts showing that Sindhupalchok alone had been helped by 21 different organizations, includ­ing the United Nations Development Programme, the Red Cross, Oxfam, ACTED, CARE, HELP, Medair, ActionAid, HelpAge, Plan, and groups known to chart makers as SCI, WVI, MC, TLMN, ILO, BF, IOM, and “Govt”—the last presumably meaning Nepal itself.

But there was no Govt in Gati.’


2. Ripple Effect

A riveting read about the ongoing effects of the lead-in-water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and the work a single person and his team is doing to prevent more crises.



Dead coral in the Great Barrier Reef.
Dead coral in the Great Barrier Reef.

3. A Catastrophe Laid Bare

The Great Barrier Reef – a wonder of nature – is bleaching and dying at an unprecedented rate that threatens the entire reef. A look at the human causes behind the bleaching, and also the attempt to downplay the crisis by the Australian government.

“You either do it properly or you give up on the reef, I think. It’s that bad,” says Jon Brodie from James Cook University. Since 1975 he has studied how to give coral reefs their best chance of surviving the various things thrown at them.

The solution to climate change itself is well-rehearsed. It’s not a scientific or technological problem but a political one. And a global one.


4. Love in Times of War

A profile of Kamal Mouzawak, a social entrepreneur who created Lebanon’s first open-air farmer’s market – about food, his beautiful, tumultuous homeland, and the recent influx of refugees from the war next door in Syria.

How can we not celebrate what we’re doing? Are we so busy we have to drink coffee in the street? Let’s wake up five minutes earlier in the morning and have those minutes to just sit because we respect ourselves. And because each act we engage in is an act of adoration—each and every act.


Hope you enjoy reading these articles as I have!

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