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.)

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

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Eurasia & Europe:

  • In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russia separatists are causing disarray. The EU has also imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia amidst debate that it is failing to carry its weight (the US has been repeatedly calling for harsher sanctions against the eastern power). WonkBlog thinks the sanctions are in vain. Also, the euro has benefited from the crisis.
  • Still, Russia promises it won’t invade the Ukraine.
  • Turkey‘s Erdogan wants the US to extradite his rival, whom he has accused of attempting to topple the government.
  • FP takes issue with NYT’s Ukraine and Moldova approach.
  • The Macedonian opposition is continuing to reject the results of the country’s election.
  • A spectacle to be seen: Thousands in attendance for a dual canonization in Vatican City, via AJ.

Middle East & North Africa:

  • US Sec. of State John Kerry epically walked back his remarks that Israel could become an “apartheid state” should it continue down its current path. In the statement he noted that American support for a two-state solution ensuring peace for both Israel and Palestine was a top priority. Despite his comments, the deadline for peace talks has now expired without movement, and Israel has set a settlement-building record.
  • Nearly 50 people were killed in Iraq following attacks on early voting stations. Al-Maliki is expected to win a third term in the upcoming election.
  • Infographic: Iraq’s electoral system.
  • Israel v. Palestine and the Navajo Nation?
  • In Syria, at least 51 people died in an area controlled by the Syrian government on Tuesday. In the city of Homs, more casualties were reported as well.
  • Brookings has a piece on growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and the Obama administration.
  • A suicide bomber has killed two people in Libya.
  • Yemen has called for economic assistance and aid.
  • Al Jazeera, which is Qatari-owned, is suing Egypt over its crackdown on journalists.
  • Opinion: Political executions in Egypt.
  • Lebanese presidential candidates, considered. (Via Jadaliyya.)

Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:

  • The UN is concerned about human rights violations in South Sudan, which has been in chaotic flux for the past few years.
  • At least 22 people were killed in an attack on a town in the Central African Republic, including 15 tribal chiefs.
  • In Ethiopia, bloggers and journalists alike are being detained, the latest move in the country’s systematic crackdown on opposition voices and opinions that stray from government-enforced standards.
  • Senegal‘s ex-president, Wade, has returned from exile.

Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:

  • WaPo: Ending the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
  • A challenger of Zimbabwe‘s Tsvangirai has been expelled from the country, spurring further controversy.

Americas:

  • Even more reasons to protest in Venezuela: The school system.
  • The IOC says the Brazilian Olympics prep has been the ‘worst ever.’
  • In the South and Midwest of the US, deaths are piling up from the weekend’s tornado blitz.
  • The SCOTUS is weighing the future of cell phone privacy…
  • The US postal service is in trouble as its executives near retirement age.
  • Immigration advocates are angry at Obama. Meanwhile, the GOP’s choice seems to be between reform or mass deportations.
  • The US Justice Department is set to study arrest data in order to probe at the potential for racial bias.

Oceania:

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