News Round-Up 5/19/14: Brown v. The Board Of Education Turns 60 & Modi Is Major

Happy Monday! If Monday can be happy, that is. Enjoyed New America’s annual conference, as well as all the Hillary time. She was on point. Missed a lot over the past few days, including but not limited to the firing of NYT’s first female executive editor amidst a storm of controversy re: sexism, Narendra Modi’s (Notorious Narendra)  sweeping of India’s election and the BJP’s new reign over one of the globe’s growing powers, AND the fact that AT&T is set to buy DirectTv for $48.5 billion. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education

General blog notes: All of Sub-Saharan Africa is now in one category, for ease and geographic accuracy. 

reuters / Free Syrian Army fighters fire a self-made rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Bustan al-Basha district in Aleppo
reuters / Free Syrian Army fighters fire a self-made rocket towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Bustan al-Basha district in Aleppo

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • It appears that North Korea‘s leader did not in fact execute his ex-girlfriend.
  • President Park of South Korea wants to disband the coast guard over the country’s tragic ferry sinking.
  • Vietnam and China are seeing escalating tension regarding territorial conflicts.
  • The Defense Minister of Laos was tragically killed along with his wife in a plane crash this past week.
  • Preventing the next genocide: More people than one think “we” should be intervening before Burma‘s Muslims are slaughtered on an even more massive scale. Related: Growing up racist in Burma.

Eurasia & Europe:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

  • Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Australia on Sunday. Their qualm? Budget cuts. Austerity has not been popular and the country’s conservative government is taking some heat.
  • The winner of a beauty pageant in New Zealand, who is of Indian descent, was told that her crown was meant for “another Indian girl” and that the mistake was understandable because the two contestants “looked similar.” She is understandably suing for blatant racism and sheer stupidity.

Daily Wow: “Not all men”, explained by Vox.

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