Link List #121: Saudi money in American universities, thought-provoking drawings by migrant children, and the peacemaking power of food

This week we’ve been reading about the ethics surrounding accepting money from Saudi investors, the drawings by migrant children that provide an insight into life in Border Patrol detention facilities, and the chefs from opposing sides of long-running conflicts who have been united through their love of food.

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A Swim into the Wild, Photography by Mark Griffiths
  • From MIT to Northern Kentucky, various American universities are accepting money from Saudi Arabia. The New York Times takes a look at this unexpected phenomenon, questioning why there is so much Saudi money in American higher education, and what the nation’s rulers are getting out of it.
  • Last Wednesday, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released drawings by migrant children that depict their interpretations of conditions inside Border Patrol detention facilities. These images of sad-faced stick figures stuck behind jagged black felt tip lines are hoped to awaken the country’s consciousness to the traumatic experiences migrants are going through. Find out more on TIME.
  • From the Palestinian and Israeli owners of an Arabic eatery in Ramla, to the Greek and Turkish Cypriots who have joined forces to run a cafe in a United Nations buffer zone, The Guardian talks to three foodie duos about how they came to work together despite originating from opposite sides of long-running conflicts.
  • American-Ukrainian queer novelist Yelena Moskovich writes an essay for The Calvert Journal about the experience of forgetting how to speak Russian, and the effect this had on her identity, after moving from her native country to the American Midwest in 1991.
  • FotoRoom features a photo series by Welsh photographer Mark Griffiths, who captures staged portraits and documentary shots of wild swimmers in the U.K. Many of the subjects had suffered with mental illnesses, PTSD, or physical injuries, and found that exposure to open water helped them in their process of recovery.
  • In this recently published report, Minority Rights investigates the social impact of climate change, which will reinforce inequalities, deepen poverty, and leave indigenous and marginalized populations in greater insecurity.

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Text: Emily May