News Round-Up 4/30/14: Executions Gone Wrong & Everyone Discusses Piketty

reuters / vigil in south korea
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News Round-Up 4/29/14: Discussing Racism & The Cost Of Obamacare

It’s a soggy Tuesday here in the District. May you find consolation in a warm beverage and the company of your fellow DMVers. Or happy hour, because ya know. (Or you can just enjoy this runaway toilet.)

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reuters / a displaced rohingya woman holds her twins in her lap

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Sans Papiers: The Social and Economic Lives of Young Undocumented Migrants

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Sans Papiers by Alice Bloch, Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter is finally in production – and with a new cover. It can be ordered on Pluto website for £19.50. The new cover is so new that it’s not yet on the website. So this is a bit of a premiere!

Sans Papiers, cover. Sans Papiers, cover.

Book synopsis from the back cover:

“Undocumented migration is a significant and much debated global phenomenon, yet little is known about the reality of the lives of those involved. This book combines theoretical and policy debates with an in-depth exploration of the lived experiences of undocumented migrants in the UK from Zimbabwe, China, Brazil, Ukraine and Turkish Kurdistan.
Built around their voices, the book provides a unique account of migratory processes, gendered experiences and migrant aspirations, exploring the challenges and contradictions of being a young undocumented migrant”

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Armenian genocide: Turkey has lost the battle of truth (By Cengiz Aktar)

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“In actuality, how Turks and Armenians, as the owners of this common history, can together, through dialogue and empathy, reach a just memory of the tragic events of 1915, which occurred during the great human sufferings of World War I, is already being examined thoroughly and in all its dimensions. In this context, our proposal to establish a Joint Historical Commission, also reflected in the Turkish-Armenian Protocols, remains on the agenda.”

The quotation is from the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s press release regarding the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s recent resolution on the Armenian genocide. In the wake of its centenary, this is the uttermost point reached by the Turkish state in the perception of the annihilation of the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian citizens: A “just memory” and a “joint historical commission”. The just memory is a euphemism to recall revenge killings of Muslims in some areas by Armenian avengers once their…

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News Round-Up 4/28/14: Memory, Power, & The News

Today is Yom HaShoah (יום השואה). A moment of silence for all those lost, particularly from the Jewish and Roma communities. Never forget.

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  • Yom HaShoah: Behind every name, a story.
  • Palestinian leader Abbas has issued a tragically underreported statement regarding the Holocaust. Via NYT: “President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority issued a formal statement on Sunday calling the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era” and expressing sympathy with victims’ families. The statement, which grew out of a meeting a week ago between Mr. Abbas and an American rabbi who promotes understanding between Muslims and Jews, is the first such offering of condolences by the Palestinian leader.”
  • Hundreds of Montgomery County students marched through Rockville this weekend to draw awareness to the “achievement gap” which has left African-American and Hispanic-American students trailing their white and Asian-American counterparts. Via WaPo:

“This is truly a historical moment,” said Jorge Sanchez, 17, one of the organizers, addressing a cheering crowd of more than 400, after a 1.1-mile procession on a sunlit afternoon. Passing cars honked in support. Students chanted and waved handmade posters, and most wore black T-shirts reading “United Are We.”

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News Round-Up 4/25/14: A Week Of Wonks, Wars, & Woes

Happy Friday! We in the District are slated for showers later today and a nice weekend overall. Margarita Madness is tomorrow, so everyone prepare yourselves. Side note, if anyone is a Sub-Saharan, Southern, Western, or Eastern Africa enthusiast and interested in sending me articles, please feel free. The same goes for Oceania. Unfortunately my usual daily reads are lacking on that front and any boost would help!

 

reuters / a family member with a missing relative aboard the south korean ferry grieves
reuters / a family member with a missing relative aboard the south korean ferry grieves

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News Round-Up 4/24/14: Net Neutrality Returns & Fatah Makes Nice With Hamas

Homestretch, homestretch, homestretch. Tomorrow is Friday, all! 

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reuters / workers clear away graffiti over the star of david in krakow, poland

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The War in Syria: Manifestation of Regional and Global Transformations (By Madeleine Mezagopian)

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The War in Syria: Manifestation of Regional and Global Transformations

 

To detect the regional and global implications of the more than two years of violent developments in Syria warrants an accurate definition of these developments. Borrowing the classifications of conflicts by relevant scholars (Harbom, 2004; Stewart & Brow, 2007; Pettersson & Themner, 2009), a definition of the war in Syria can be formulated as follows:

 

With number of deaths exceeding 1000 and involving arms on both sides, the armed conflict in Syria represents a war between parties with incompatibility over the political system. Further the war is

–          Intra-state war

–          Moved from being one-sided violence to conflict between organized parties: state and non-state actors

–          Secondary non-warring support extended by neighbouring and super power states

–          Revolutionary War

–          War for autonomy (Kurds and dismantling of Syria)

–          War to gain supremacy by Islam Fundamentalists

–          War…

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News Round-Up 4/23/14: A Humorless Hump Day

A resident gestures during a protest against the death of a man in Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, in the Copacabana neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro
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News Round-Up 4/22/14: Affirmative Action & Isms

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  • In a 6-2 vote (Justice Kagan was forced to recuse herself) the SCOTUS determined that states could overturn affirmative action. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor were the dissenters. More @ NYT.
  • The Shifting Middle East.
  • More SCOTUS: Still no appeal for Guantanamo inmates.
  • Texas news: CNN on LVP, the Lt. Gov. candidate who could turn Texas purple.
  • Pull-out from below under Middle East: Iraq’s al-Maliki is considering running for another term, and the New Yorker has a fascinating article up on his tenure in office, as well as the current state of the nation.
  • Haaretz: Jewish bodies, sexism, and modesty.
  • Everyone’s pretty upset about that NYT op-ed that essentially said racist and antisemitic attacks were on the rise because of veterans.
  • What satellites at night can show us about the earth’s poverty.
  • This is so problematic I cannot even. (Spoilers for HBO show Game of Thrones, as well as discussion of sexual assault.)

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