Weekly News Round-Up 7/7/14-7/11/14: No Human Being Is Illegal & Spies Will Spy

Happy return from a long weekend, Americans! (Non-Americans, this blog hopes your weekend was lovely as well.) Highlights of the week: Everyone’s picking on Hillary who mostly just wants to talk Piketty, ISIS has moved in to stay, this blog’s home state of Texas is struggling under the weight of thousands of undocumented and unrepresented children, Americans are giving up on America, Germany is so over America, and China’s been hacking America. Meanwhile Israel and Palestine are about to kill each other. By which this blog means, Hamas did a bad and Israel’s about to obliterate a stateless nation over it. (This blog has no stance on the issue but is pro-peace and anti-bullsh**.) Cheers.(Endorsed: Ha’aretz’s cautionary editorial.)

 

nbcnews / Muslim youths pray atop motorcycle taxis during the fasting month of Ramadan in front of Al-Satie Mosque in Baseco, Tondo city, Philippines, on July 4.
nbcnews / Muslim youths pray atop motorcycle taxis during the fasting month of Ramadan in front of Al-Satie Mosque in Baseco, Tondo city, Philippines, on July 4.
nbcnews / Fernandinho of Brazil reacts after a goal was scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 8.  Host country Brazil’s dreams were cut short by a shocking 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany on Tuesday.
nbcnews / Fernandinho of Brazil reacts after a goal was scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 8.
Host country Brazil’s dreams were cut short by a shocking 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany on Tuesday.
nbcnews / Israeli missiles hit smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on July 9. The Israeli army on Wednesday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing more than a dozen of people on the second day of a military operation it says is aimed at quenching rocket fire against Israel.
nbcnews / Israeli missiles hit smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on July 9. The Israeli army on Wednesday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing more than a dozen of people on the second day of a military operation it says is aimed at quenching rocket fire against Israel.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Malaysia‘s LGBTQ community is struggling to find a way out of the closet.
  • FP analyzes the rise of Burma‘s Buddhist ultra nationalist militia.
  • Preparing for Indonesia‘s upcoming presidential elections? IFES has all you need.
  • Chinese cyberspies have been hacking US Middle East experts at various top think tanks.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

  • Australia‘s immigration minister is under fire for declining to meet with Tamil groups this week. Despite an influx of refugees from Sri Lanka who claim ethnic persecution, the continent country has been unmoved by pleas from Tamils.
  • China may be driving Australia away with its heavy-handed behavior.

Weekly Wows: An elephant sheds tears of joy following decades in captivity. | The TSA’s Instagram feed

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