News Round-Up 5/28/14: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou passed away this morning. If this blog had a flag, it would be at half-mast. Blessings and love to an incredible and extraordinary human. 

reuters / Family members hold hands as they mourn during the funeral of Belgium shooting victims, Israeli couple Emmanuel and Miriam Riva, at Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv
reuters / Family members hold hands as they mourn during the funeral of Belgium shooting victims, Israeli couple Emmanuel and Miriam Riva, at Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv
reuters / A bloodstained icon of Jesus is seen among blood soaked shattered glass atop a wrecked truck near the Donetsk airport
reuters / A bloodstained icon of Jesus is seen among blood soaked shattered glass atop a wrecked truck near the Donetsk airport

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

“Honor killings in Pakistan are often mistakenly described as the product of Islamic law. Some reports on Tuesday described Ms. Parveen as the victim of a stoning — an image that conjures up images of Taliban-era executions of women accused of adultery — because she had been beaten to death with bricks.

But such killings more frequently stem from tribal traditions or deep-rooted cultural norms. The independent Human Rights Commission reported that 869 women were stabbed, shot, beaten or burned to death in honor killings in Pakistan in 2013, usually at the hands of close family. The attacks have a variety of names in different languages, but are usually referred to as “black work,” a reference to the culturally unacceptable practice of marrying without familial consent.

In some cases, the killings are sanctioned by tribal councils or other community groups; men are also sometimes killed in such cases, but much less frequently.

As the country becomes more urbanized, and the middle class grows in size, marriages conducted through free choice are becoming more common. But for many young Pakistanis, the choice of a marriage partner is strongly influenced, if not entirely dictated, by parents.

Lawyers who defend women at risk of honor killing are routinely subjected to death threats, and the men who carry out the killings often escape imprisonment through an Islamic provision of Pakistani law that allows the perpetrator of a crime to avoid penalties by making a cash payment to the family of the victim. When honor killings take place inside a family, such a payment may not even be made.”

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • The report on Kenya‘s Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Nigeria has denied that it is holding formal talks concerning the release of a group of young women taken by the terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Americas:

  • Why Venezuela‘s “plugged in” elites hold the keys to the country’s future.
  • A harsh critic of talks between Colombia‘s government and the country’s largest rebel group has taken the lead in the country’s presidential election.
  • Everyone has thoughts on Obama’s foreign policy, “new isolationism”, etc. Related: Obama’s new anti-war foreign policy doctrine.

Oceania:

  • Is Australia‘s approach to guns something the US should be looking into?
  • The Abbott administration has ruled out the privatization of the Australia Post.
  • The Marshall Islands are on alert after a measles outbreak in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Daily Wow: Self-driving cars? (This Texan sans license is intrigued.) | More #yesall women. | Remembering Maya.

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