News Round-Up 5/22/14: The VA Scandal & Thailand’s Coup

reuters / Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok
reuters / Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand’s army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok
reuters / A migrant plays with a child as they arrive on the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio, at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta
reuters / A migrant plays with a child as they arrive on the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio, at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta

Assorted Stand-Outs:

  • Pending: Will Nawaz Sharif be in attendance at the swearing-in of Mr. Modi? I’ll be checking my news updates tonight and so will everyone else who cares about South Asia. Sources in Islamabad say he wants to, and is merely consulting the correct channels to see if the move is advisable. WE WILL SEE.
  • Russia and China helpfully shut down a Syrian ICC referral this morning. Thank you not, Russia and China.
  • America’s fastest-growing cities are in Texas, the South and Southwest, and…Maryland.
  • The VA scandal timeline. 
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes, the female left’s response to Mitch McConnell, the male right’s response to sanity.
  • DC’s adoption laws are drawing lesbians here. Mhm.
  • A Democratic senator says many people oppose Obamacare because racism. Presented without comment but with the note that this blog supports Obamacare and arches an eyebrow at certain elements of rhetoric used against it.
  • The New Fed.
  • Wyoming’s lethal drugs are in short supply, so it’s considering firing squad. I hope this will be the end of Americans referring to practices in other nations as “barbaric.”
  • Uncovered government papers show efforts made in the past to boot LGBTQ individuals from jobs.

South Asia:

Women have been a part of Pakistan’s armed forces since its inception. Most of the women in Pakistan’s armed forces have been restricted to technical or operations jobs. In the early 1940s, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan started the Pakistan Women Naval Research and Women National Guard where exclusive courses for women were taught.

Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan was ranked as a brigadier back then, but Pakistan did not see any other woman at that position for a long time after that. Though the 1971 Indo-Pak war did see women actively participating on the battlefield, it was only in the year 2002 when Shahida Malik became the first woman major-general in the Pakistan armed forces. 

Shahida Malik became the first woman in the history of Muslim world to hold the position of a major-general as well as the first general officer commanding in the Pakistan Army Medical Corps. Major-General Shahida Badshah is another woman from Pakistan who became the first female colonel-commandant of the Army Medical College.

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • 11 people are dead at a Ukrainian checkpoint following a clash with pro-Russian rebels.
  • Families of children abducted by the PKK in Turkey are demanding their release.
  • The fallout from Turkey’s Soma mine disaster just keeps coming.
  • German leaders are anticipating Turkish leader Erdogan’s visit with trepidation following criticisms levied at the controversial leader’s administration in the wake of wide-scale crackdowns.
  • The Irish left is increasingly pro-Palestine, despite initial support for Israel after its struggle with the British.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • In update one million, the US has sent 80 troops to Chad to attempt to locate the kidnapped Nigerian children.
  • Deborah Peter, a native of the town from which the children were taken, is testifying about her own experiences with Boko Haram.

Americas:

Oceania:

Daily Wow: Very cute child reacts to same-sex marriage. 

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