Weekly News Round-Up 7/14/14-7/20/14: A Sad Week

Tragic week on  global scale. Nearly 300 people died needlessly following violence in Ukrainian airspace and both Israel and Palestine will pay heavy price for the thoughtless and selfish actions of their leaders and extremists. Meanwhile thousands of children at the Texas border are being denied their human rights, millennials continue to take the flack for the irresponsibility of generations past, neither Congress nor the Obama Administration can be bothered to even attempt to perform the duties for which they are paid, and both AIDS and Ebola are killing far too many. But, a silver lining — pop culture may finally be opening its doors to better reflect the global population, and human rights activists across the world are commendable, as always. Have a safe and happy Friday, everyone. And a belated Happy Bastille Day to all my Frenchmen/women/people!

Fireworks explode around the Eiffel Tower during Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 2014 in Paris. The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille fortress and prison on July 14, 1789
Fireworks explode around the Eiffel Tower during Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 2014 in Paris. The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille fortress and prison on July 14, 1789
Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina walks past celebrating German players after the FIFA World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup and first in 24 years.
Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina walks past celebrating German players after the FIFA World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup and first in 24 years.
Wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines jet lies in a field near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17. Flight 17 had 295 people on board when it crashed en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines jet lies in a field near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17. Flight 17 had 295 people on board when it crashed en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Six rockets are launched from Gaza City into Israel by militants with Hamas on July 13. Since July 8, Hamas has fired more than 1,300 rockets reaching Israel's economic and cultural heartland, while Israel has carried out nearly 2,000 airstrikes.  Israeli strikes have killed more than 230 Palestinians, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said. According to officials, one Israeli has been killed and several wounded in rocket attacks.
Six rockets are launched from Gaza City into Israel by militants with Hamas on July 13. Since July 8, Hamas has fired more than 1,300 rockets reaching Israel’s economic and cultural heartland, while Israel has carried out nearly 2,000 airstrikes.
Israeli strikes have killed more than 230 Palestinians, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said. According to officials, one Israeli has been killed and several wounded in rocket attacks.
A Palestinian man cries as he holds the dead body of his younger brother in the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 16. His brother was one of four boys from the Bakr family killed in what appeared to be Israeli naval shelling near Gaza City as they played football on a beach.
A Palestinian man cries as he holds the dead body of his younger brother in the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 16. His brother was one of four boys from the Bakr family killed in what appeared to be Israeli naval shelling near Gaza City as they played football on a beach.

Photography – NBC News

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Israel-Palestine update: Many of the statistics below are somewhat outdated. As of Thursday morning, following a five-hour humanitarian truce, Israel invaded Gaza.Abbas has called on the country to cease the invasion and the UN Security Council is set to meet to discuss the issue.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

Weekly Wows: How history’s most brilliant people scheduled their days. | Mic says this is the most powerful political image of the year

Advertisements

Comments Are Closed

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s