Amanda Knox shares her story and Russia benefits from climate change: the week in commented articles


This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the journalists who wrote them.

You remember his story, don’t you?

Amanda Knox was the Seattle college student cemented into the public psyche as “Foxy Knoxy” – jailed for four years, along with her weeklong Italian boyfriend, for the rape and murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher , while studying abroad in Perugia. , Italy, in 2007.

Ms Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were ultimately acquitted of the crime, with Europe’s highest human rights tribunal ruling that she was deprived of adequate legal aid during questioning and that the DNA evidence used to convict her was wrong. He ordered Italy to pay him $ 21,000 in damages.

It has now been 10 years since she was released from prison and yet Ms Knox, who is now an attorney for wrongfully convicted, is still trying to correct this cartoon of herself – her murderous ‘lookalike’, as she is. call – who she really is with.

When Maya Salam was in elementary school, she spent her recess practicing American slang that she had heard from kids on her favorite family sitcoms.

She had hoped it would turn her “into a bubbly all-American girl who laughed in the hallways with friends, instead of a Lebanese eccentric whose classmates stayed away.”

Maya added, “I watched these shows for a long time with warmth, light comedies but with a big heart that comforted me all the time. But in recent years – with popular new series featuring immigrant characters with edge, charisma, and wit – a surge of resentment has started to pervade my fuzzy feelings.

Written and narrated by Andrew E. Kramer

Globally, global warming is a creeping disaster, threatening lives and livelihoods through floods, fires and droughts, and requiring considerable effort and expense to address. But as governments around the world race to ward off the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change, the economics of global warming play out differently in Russia.

Arable land is expanding, with farmers planting corn in parts of Siberia where it had never grown before. Winter heating bills are falling, and Russian fishermen have found a modest catch of pollock in the thawed areas of the Arctic Ocean near Alaska.

In Pevek, a small port town on the Arctic Ocean in Russia’s Far North which is benefiting from an Arctic shipping boom, global warming is seen as a barely mitigated boon.

“I would say it’s a rebirth,” said Valentina Khristoforova, curator of a local history museum. “We are in a new era.

Written and narrated by Roger cohen

Rex Sappenfield is not sleeping well. A former Marine who served in Afghanistan, he is tormented by the plight of his interpreter, an Afghan with a wife and three young children to whom Mr. Sappenfield made a promise on the battlefield: We will never leave you.

As America pulled out of Afghanistan, Mr. Sappenfield and many other veterans did not. He’s part of an informal network – including the retired general who once commanded his unit, retired diplomats and intelligence officers, and a former math professor in rural Virginia – who still strive to keep up. a promise and to save the Afghan colleagues who risked their lives for America. long fight in Afghanistan.

So far, the network has evacuated 69 people from 23 families in Afghanistan since mid-August. But 346 people from 68 different families remain on his list of Afghans in danger, including the interpreter, whom Sappenfield considers a brother.

Written and narrated by Thomas fuller

Over the past four years, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, has investigated the role of its founder, Serranus Hastings, in one of the darkest, but least discussed, chapters in history. of State. Mr. Hastings, one of the wealthiest men in California at the time and the state’s first chief justice, staged a series of massacres.

For those involved, including a descendant of Mr. Hastings who sits on the school’s board of trustees, the trip down memory lane has revealed a very different version of the State’s early years than that taught in classrooms. class and engraved in the popular imagination of the intrepid. pioneers walking in the hills to get rich.

The Times narrated articles are written by Parin Behrooz, Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Aaron Esposito, Elena Hecht, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Tanya Perez, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and John Courting. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.


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