Must-reads this Monday
"Cold War redux, the sports edition," summarizes Wall Street Journal's Michael S. Derby after reading of an independent commission report recommending Russia be suspended from all sports competitions because of their pervasive doping culture (at 3,700+ shares so far). "Systematic doping in Russian sports. I am so, so shocked," dryly tweets Julia Ioffe with New York Times Magazine. "The story on systemic Russian doping stresses why a hands-off attitude on doping is invalid as a liberal position," asserts freelance journalist Gwen Knapp. Only Brian Tracey from Reuters.com seemed to offer a different take: "I don't think the Russian soccer team employs doping, because in last year's World Cup, they were terrible." Okay, noted.
Also trending high today is a tale of Missouri football players, and the untapped political power of the college student-athlete -- or, "how the University of Missouri football team just took down its university president." WaPo's Abby Phillip points out, "What happened in Missouri in the last week should put University presidents across America on notice." And "what happened" is a lot of things: a graduate student's hunger strike upended the university while its student government called for President Tim Wolfe's removal and faculty pledged to walk out in solidarity with students. The reason: many believe Wolfe has not done enough to combat numerous racist campus incidents. And the end result: Wolfe announced he would resign just this morning. It was enough to prompt the state's governor to issue a statement. "The Ferguson effect hits Mizzou," Edwin Rios with Mother Jones describes it.
Another "do not miss" includes Zak Stone's account of living and dying on Airbnb, in which he recounts how his father's death was caused by a dearth of safety precautions and a failure to regulate. "So proud of my boo @_zs. He reported the f**k out of this personal, harrowing story on his dad's death in an Airbnb," praises Fusion's Nona Willis Aronowitz. Plus, Washington Post's Jerry Markon uncovers that a decade into a project to digitize U.S. immigration forms, only one is online so far. "Honestly, I could have put a form online in under 10 years and for only $750 million," shrugs The Fix's Philip Bump. Elsewhere, NYT's Ian Urbina investigates Filipino villagers tricked and indebted on land, then abused or abandoned at sea. "The insane and brutal death of a Filipino seafarer--another fantastic @ian_urbina story about the outlaw ocean," colleague Noam Scheiber describes it. And in other chronicles concerning souls adrift at sea, Jonathan Franklin tells the story of the man who vanished for 14 months (currently trending at 88,000+ shares)!