Drones may soon claim the life of one more Americans. Reports have surfaced that the Obama administration is debating whether or not to kill Abdullah al-Shami, a prominent al-Qaeda leader born in the United States and raised in the Middle East. After the death of Anwar al-Awlaki, Samer Khan and sixteen year old Abdurrahman al-Awlaki, all of whom were Americans killed by drone strikes, news of yet another American citizen in the crosshairs of our hellfire missiles has barely registered in the media. It’s hard to tell why this news has not prompted a public outcry.
Two years ago, prospects for peace between El Salvador’s gangs seemed good. In May 2012, MS-13 and MS-18 agreed to a peace pact brokered by religious leaders and the government. It represented something of a watershed moment in the country’s politics.
For a genre that’s been around for barely more than half a century, young adult literature has exploded in popularity, resulting in a multitude of diverse books that cater to the adolescent experience in its many forms.
So why are so few of these diverse books acknowledged?