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Friday Five: The Tragedy of Religious Persecution in Iraq

On Fridays we bring you the week’s best from around the web. This week’s collection includes a discussion on the plight of religious minorities in the Middle East, a study on paths out of poverty, and more.

Edge of Extinction: The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Iraq: In an event at AEI on Wednesday, former Congressman Frank Wolf, Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute, and Daniel Mark of Villanova University discuss religious persecution in the Middle East.

An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Povertyby David Leonhardt, Amanda Cox, and Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times

Based on the earnings records of millions of families that moved with children, it finds that poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere.

Lunchbox Markets: A Moral Tale by Dylan Pahman, Acton Institute

In the land of PB&J, the girl with a peanut butter and M&M sandwich is queen. […] As have so many children from the dawn of time, every so often one of us would get a brilliant idea and approach the other with a simple question: “Wanna trade?”

Celebrating the Faith and Work of Our Mothers by Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

As you reflect on family and God-given role of mother, join me in thanking and showing deep gratitude for the work of our mothers which begins in the womb. It doesn’t matter if you are 4 or 54, the sweet gestures, time spent and prayers offered are the best show of gratitude for our mothers.

Common Good #11 – Charles Murray on ‘By the People’: On the most recent episode of Values & Capitalism’s Common Good podcast, AEI scholar Charles Murray discusses his new book, in which he makes the case for calculated civil disobedience to stem the growth of the regulatory state. Listen and subscribe now.