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Longreads Club: What Black America Means to Europe

Many have attempted to claim that ‘things are better here’ for black people in Europe than in the US. This ignores both Europe’s colonial past and its own racist present. By George Younge. Photo by Mohammed Badra. 3500 words, about 20 minutes ARTICLE: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/11/what-black-america-means-to-europe-protests-racism-george-floyd AUDIO VERSION: For those where reading the article is a barrier, we’ve created an audio version using a text-to-speech program. You can download it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/141GBPyd9vceT7-tDRz6mfz6lx3uiN2zj/view?usp=sharing EXTRA CREDIT: Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning essay in the 1619 project: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/black-history-american-democracy.html (Note: this event was first posted with this article, but was replaced by one with more of a global focus) ABOUT: The Longreads Club is a twice-monthly program hosted by WorldOregon’s Young Professionals group. Join us for Longreads Club where we discuss a…

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Longreads Club: The Twilight of the Iranian Revolution

For decades, Ayatollah Khamenei has professed enmity with America. Now his regime is threatened from within the country. 9,900 words, about 50 minutes ARTICLE: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/25/the-twilight-of-the-iranian-revolution A cached copy, if you are paywalled: http://archive.is/P5zpa A player for the spoken version can be found at the top of the article. The Longreads Club is a twice-monthly program hosted by WorldOregon’s Young Professionals group. Join us for Longreads Club where we discuss a long-form article focused on global topics every other week. Rather than skim the headlines, we are trying to dive deep and learn from each other to gain a better understanding of world events. No membership or registration required – although it’s nice to know who’s coming so RSVPs are encouraged. Read the article, show up,…

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Longreads Club: How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America

The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United States. 4,600 words, about 30 minutes ARTICLE: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journal-plague-year-180965222/ If you prefer to listen to the article, you can create a Text-To-Speech mp3 for free here: http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/. The TTS is a robotic voice, but many people get used to it fairly quickly. The Longreads Club is a twice-monthly program hosted by WorldOregon’s Young Professionals group. Join us for Longreads Club where we discuss a long-form article focused on global topics every other week. Rather than skim the headlines, we are trying to dive deep and learn from each other to gain a better understanding of world events. No…

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Longreads Club: Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots. The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies. 13,750 words, about 60 minutes ARTICLE: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/09/blood-and-soil-in-narendra-modis-india (If the article is pay-walled, click here to read: http://archive.is/DfcVS) If you prefer to listen to the article, there is an audio track at the top of the page. Another option is that you can create a Text-To-Speech mp3 for free here: http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/. The TTS is a robotic voice, but many people get used to it fairly quickly. The Longreads Club is a twice-monthly program hosted by WorldOregon’s Young Professionals group. Join us for Longreads Club where we discuss a long-form article focused on global…

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Longreads Club: Who was Qassem Suleimani?

READ THE ARTICLE: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander If you are paywalled, here is a cached version: http://archive.is/lJuYA In 2013, the New Yorker published a lengthy profile on Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian commander who was killed last week by an American drone, during his involvement in Syria’s civil war. Although older than articles that we typically read, this piece has suddenly become very timely and useful for understanding what’s going to happen in the months ahead. 10,580 words, about 45 minutes If you prefer to listen to the article, you can create a Text-To-Speech mp3 for free here: http://www.fromtexttospeech.com. The TTS is a robotic voice, but many people get used to it fairly quickly. The Longreads Club gets together every other week to discuss a long-form article focused on…

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Longreads: The Shattered Afghan Dream of Peace

READ THE ARTICLE: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/28/the-shattered-afghan-dream-of-peace Trump upended peace talks. Civilian casualties keep climbing. After eighteen years of war, Afghans are suffering more than ever. 12,100 words, about 50 minutes If you prefer to listen to the article, it is available at audm.com (subscription required). You can create a Text-To-Speech mp3 for free here: http://www.fromtexttospeech.com. The TTS is a robotic voice, but many people get used to it fairly quickly. The Longreads Club gets together every other week to discuss a long-form article focused on global topics. Rather than skim the headlines, we are trying to dive deep and learn from each other to gain a better understanding of world events. Just read the article, show up, and join the discussion! [See also the Facebook event page.]

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Longreads Club: Why can’t we agree on what’s true any more?

READ THE ARTICLE: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/19/why-cant-we-agree-on-whats-true-anymore It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it 4,500 words, about 20 minutes If you prefer to listen to the article, there is a spoken version here: https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/oct/07/why-cant-we-agree-on-whats-true-any-more-podcast The Longreads Club gets together every other week to discuss a long-form article focused on global topics. Rather than skim the headlines, we are trying to dive deep and learn from each other to gain a better understanding of world events. Just read the article, show up, and join the discussion!

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Longreads: How Saudi Arabia Makes Dissidents Disappear

READ THE ARTICLE: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/how-saudi-arabia-makes-dissidents-disappear The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi was no aberration. A Vanity Fair investigation reveals how Saudi Arabia attempts to abduct, repatriate—and sometimes murder—citizens it regards as enemies of the state. 5,218 words. Est. reading time: 25 min. If you prefer to listen to the article, you can create a Text-To-Speech mp3 here: http://www.fromtexttospeech.com. The TTS is a robotic voice, but many people get used to it fairly quickly. The Longreads Club gets together every other week to discuss a long-form article focused on global topics. Rather than skim the headlines, we are trying to dive deep and learn from each other to gain a better understanding of world events. Just read the article, show up, and join the discussion!

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Longreads Club: LGBTI Asylum Seekers in Africa

READ THE ARTICLE: https://longreads.com/2019/06/11/caught-between-borders/ “Caught Between Borders” by Malia Politzer and Annie Hylton Illustration by Eric Chow This “yearlong investigation into the plight of African LGBTI asylum seekers — for which we interviewed dozens of African LGBTI-identified asylum seekers, lawyers, and human rights activists on three different continents — reveal[s] that systemic gaps in the asylum process mean that members of this particularly vulnerable population often fall through the cracks. If you’re African and LGBTI, true safety is often unachievable.” 6,991 words. Est. reading time: 25 min. If you prefer to listen to the article, you can create a Text-To-Speech mp3 here: http://www.fromtexttospeech.com. The TTS is a robotic voice, but many people get used to it fairly quickly. Join the Longreads Club where we discuss…

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Longreads Club: Is Brazil’s Anti-Corruption Task Force Corrupt?

READ THE SERIES: https://theintercept.com/series/secret-brazil-archive/ This is one will be a little different. Rather than a single article, this is a series of articles from The Intercept called the Secret Brazil Archive. It’s great if you can read the entire series, but you are not expected to. Drawing from leaked texts and messages, this exposé seems to show that the heralded and groundbreaking investigation, known as Operation Car Wash, that rooted out corruption in Brazilian politics turned into a coordinated effort between prosecutors and a judge to jail political enemies and clear the path for a Jair Bolsonaro victory in last year’s presidential election. 20,267 words. Est. reading time: 1 hr 14 min. If you prefer to listen to the article, you can create a Text-To-Speech…

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