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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Suez Canal and Fragility of Global Shipping

APRIL 12, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we share our conversation on global shipping, explore why the Arctic matters so much and applaud the recent unearthing of an ancient Egyptian city.

Weekly Episode

On our latest episode — Elisabeth Braw, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins the Council to discuss the fragility of the global shipping infrastructure. How can disruptions in our supply chains create ripple effects around the world? Moderated by Megan Clark Torrey, CEO.

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Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup:

The Islamic State is taking advantage of increased violence perpetuated by Islamist extremists in Africa to project an image of strength
Violence in Africa by Islamist extremists reached a record high last year

The rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic provides access to critical materials and new shipping routes, enticing arctic competition
See why some of the world’s major players want a slice of the ice

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Turkey over the weekend to celebrate their partnership as tensions escalate with Russia
Ukraine and Russia may be at the brink of war

A viral public relations war between Western fashion brands and Chinese social media broke out due to company disavowals of Xinjiang cotton
The problem centers around inhumane treatment of the Uighur population

Ramadan starts today for billions of people around the world, so Vox answers basic questions about the Muslim holy month
Feel prepared when you encounter a friend who’s fasting and celebrating

Weekly Entertainment


Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend in a dystopian world, and explores what it means to truly love


Who Will Greet You At Home

ZZ Packer reads Lesley Nneka Arimah’s fictional short story, ‘Who Will Greet You At Home’ for The New Yorker



Ramy is a first-generation Egyptian-American on a comedic journey in his politically-divided New Jersey community


Urban Climate Architect

Build a sustainable town or city in this urban planning game and see how each decision impacts the environment


Spring Panzanella with Asparagus

Make use of Spring’s seasonal fare with this asparagus and radish panzanella salad (read: bread salad!)

Global Good News

‘Lost golden city’ found in Egypt reveals lives of ancient pharaohs
Egyptologist Zahi Hawass recently announced the discovery of Aten, the largest ancient city ever uncovered in Egypt. “The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun.”

Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of Anne Elvgren, a beloved member of the Council community. Anne was a creator of community – through her vibrant presence, her willingness to mobilize her vast network of friends, colleagues, and connections, and her ardent championing of the causes in which she believed. She will be missed tremendously. My thoughts and support are with Anne’s friends, family, and all who are grieving her loss. You can read more about Anne in a touching tribute here. Today, I join you in remembering Anne, and thanking her for her warmth, spirit, and her enduring example of true community leadership.

Megan Clark Torrey

Image Credits: [1] Ship: Suez Canal Authority via AP ; Elisabeth Braw: AEI; [2] Zelensky and Erdogan: Presidency of Republic of Ukraine via Wikimedia Commons; [3] Ramy: Ramy cover image; [4] Panzanella salad: Paul Costello for Food & Wine Magazine; [5] Egyptian city: Dr. Zahi Hawass on Facebook; [6] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [7] Megan Torrey: Caroline Schaefer

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