A few stories and essays stood out this week, providing insight on recent news events, such as the tragic migrant slayings near the Texas border in Mexico, or shedding light on the little-known, as did a standout NPR piece on a new book that analyzes the onetime iconic film character Charlie Chan through the lens of the cultural and racial politics of his era. If you haven't read these yet, enjoy.
Hector Tobar: Immigrant slayings in Mexico: Where's the outrage? - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)
People-Smuggling: No safe passage (The Economist)