Weekly News Round-Up 9/22/14-9/26/14: Milk & Honey

Shana tovah and a happy near year to all the Jews observing Rosh Hashanah this week! Chag sameach!

 

Eric Gweah, 25, weeps as he watches members of a Red Cross burial team carry the body of his father, Ofori, a suspected Ebola victim who was turned away from treatment centers for lack of beds in Monrovia, Liberia. “The only thing the government can do is come for bodies,” he said. “They are killing us.”
Eric Gweah, 25, weeps as he watches members of a Red Cross burial team carry the body of his father, Ofori, a suspected Ebola victim who was turned away from treatment centers for lack of beds in Monrovia, Liberia. “The only thing the government can do is come for bodies,” he said. “They are killing us.”
Nicole Tashly, 2, lies on the ground holding a white rose to remember her father on Sept. 21, her father Paul Muriithi Muriuki died in the Westgate Mall attack a year ago. Families gathered at the Amani Garden memorial site in Nairobi's Karura Forest on Sunday to mark one year since gunmen stormed the upscale Westgate Mall in the Kenyan captial, killing at least 67 people. A memorial plaque with the names of the victims was unveiled at the popular forest on the edge of the city.
Nicole Tashly, 2, lies on the ground holding a white rose to remember her father on Sept. 21, her father Paul Muriithi Muriuki died in the Westgate Mall attack a year ago. Families gathered at the Amani Garden memorial site in Nairobi’s Karura Forest on Sunday to mark one year since gunmen stormed the upscale Westgate Mall in the Kenyan captial, killing at least 67 people. A memorial plaque with the names of the victims was unveiled at the popular forest on the edge of the city.
A Kurdish woman runs away from a water cannon near the Syrian border after Turkish authorities temporarily closed the border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Turkey's Sanliurfa province on Sept. 22. Turkey said that some 130,000 people had flooded across its border from Syria as Kurdish fighters battled ISIS militants trying to capture a strategic town.
A Kurdish woman runs away from a water cannon near the Syrian border after Turkish authorities temporarily closed the border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province on Sept. 22. Turkey said that some 130,000 people had flooded across its border from Syria as Kurdish fighters battled ISIS militants trying to capture a strategic town.
Turkish soldiers stand guard as a Syrian refugee boy carries his belongings at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Sept. 20. Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria.
Turkish soldiers stand guard as a Syrian refugee boy carries his belongings at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Sept. 20. Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria.

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Eric Holder To Resign As Attorney General Of The United States

In news this blog finds both surprising and upsetting, Eric Holder, an effective champion of civil rights while working under the Obama Administration, will be resigning his position as Attorney General. Via NPR:

Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.

 

Weekly News Round-Up 9/15/14-9/19/14: Defeating Daesh

Update on wording: This blog is still struggling to locate an acronym appropriate for the group referring to itself as the Islamic State and referred to by various governments as ISIS, ISIL, QSIS, and etc. The French government has recently made the move towards referring to the group as Daesh. Though all acronyms are utilized in the below depending on article referenced, it is likely that this blog will opt to use the most offensive title possible for the group, as this blog is very opposed to its existence.

A Honduran immigrant entertains a child in front of a map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented Central American immigrants on September 14, in Tenosique, Mexico.  Many immigrants risk riding on top of "La Bestia" or The Beast, a freight train which passes through Tenosique in Mexico's southern state of Tabasco. The number of immigrants making the perilous trek has diminished since spring because of Mexican and U.S. law enforcement operations attempting to stem the flow.
A Honduran immigrant entertains a child in front of a map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented Central American immigrants on September 14, in Tenosique, Mexico.
Many immigrants risk riding on top of “La Bestia” or The Beast, a freight train which passes through Tenosique in Mexico’s southern state of Tabasco. The number of immigrants making the perilous trek has diminished since spring because of Mexican and U.S. law enforcement operations attempting to stem the flow.
A  Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards the Islamic State controlled Zummar near Mosul on Sept. 15.
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards the Islamic State controlled Zummar near Mosul on Sept. 15.
Paige Goodwin of Galloway, N.J., protects herself from the rain while waiting for the start of the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk on Sept. 13.
Paige Goodwin of Galloway, N.J., protects herself from the rain while waiting for the start of the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk on Sept. 13.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES DECLARES HILLARY CLINTON AS TV’S LATEST MUSE

The Chic Incumbent

NYT Hillary Clinton Muse

Presidential elections will be here before we know it. Signs of 2016 lurk all around us: Robin Givhan returning back home to The Washington Post, former press secretary and now SKD Knickerbocker Vice President, Audrey Gelman being dubbed as a contributor for Marie Claire  and Tim Gunn’s partnership with POLITICO Magazine’s “Campaign (Un)Chic.” Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times further supports this claim by pinpointing the recent surge in television characters inspired by former Secretary of State and anticipated presidential contender, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Stanley states:

“Five years ago, the only successful television drama about a woman in politics was ‘The Good Wife,’ on CBS, and that was about the blindsided wife of a philandering governor. A few years before, ABC tried to make a go with Geena Davis as the first female president in ‘Commander in Chief.’ That show fizzled and was cancelled.

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Weekly News Round-Up 9/8/14-9/12-18: You Can Never Go Home

 

An Indian tourist cries as she is airlifted into a chopper in Srinagar, India, on Sept. 9. The death toll from floods in Pakistan and India surpassed 400 on Wednesday and have put more than half a million people in peril and rendered thousands homeless in the two neighboring states. The tourist was stranded on the terrace of a five-story hotel in central Srinagar.
An Indian tourist cries as she is airlifted into a chopper in Srinagar, India, on Sept. 9. The death toll from floods in Pakistan and India surpassed 400 on Wednesday and have put more than half a million people in peril and rendered thousands homeless in the two neighboring states. The tourist was stranded on the terrace of a five-story hotel in central Srinagar.
A pilgrim wearing a flamenco outfit stands during a pilgrimage in Alajar, southwest Spain, on Sept. 8. Every year, devotees converge at the Arias Montano crag to pay homage to the Reina de Los Angeles during an annual pilgrimage which combines religious fervor and festive color.
A pilgrim wearing a flamenco outfit stands during a pilgrimage in Alajar, southwest Spain, on Sept. 8. Every year, devotees converge at the Arias Montano crag to pay homage to the Reina de Los Angeles during an annual pilgrimage which combines religious fervor and festive color.
A group of investigators gather under a light near a crime scene in Camden, Ala. on Sept. 9. Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is suspected of killing his five children in South Carolina and leaving their bodies in a rural area near Camden.
A group of investigators gather under a light near a crime scene in Camden, Ala. on Sept. 9. Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is suspected of killing his five children in South Carolina and leaving their bodies in a rural area near Camden.
Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 5. Ebola — the reality and the hysteria over it — is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.
Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 5. Ebola — the reality and the hysteria over it — is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.
The Tribute in Light shines behind buildings adjacent to the 1 World Trade Center and a reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial, on Sept. 8, in New York. The tribute, an art installation of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, is a remembrance of the of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The Tribute in Light shines behind buildings adjacent to the 1 World Trade Center and a reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial, on Sept. 8, in New York. The tribute, an art installation of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, is a remembrance of the of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

  • The anniversary of 9/11/2001 was this week.  | Mic has a range of heartbreaking posts from Muslim-Americans, who have in many ways born the two-pronged weight of American racism and Islamophobia in the years following the attack. | What that day looked like (and felt like) for the only American not on Earth to experience it.
  • Texas textbooks tout Christian heritage. Your blogger hails from Texas, is Jewish in faith and practice, has thoughts about this.
  • Texas is also still trying to close all of its abortion clinics.
  • Ray Rice has been let go from his team. All that really matters is that he’s a perpetrator of violence against women and that the woman who married him and has suffered his abuse is being held accountable by the masses, which speaks to victim blaming, as well as to the value society places on the lives of black women. | #WhyIStayed. | The NFL knew.
  • A PBS documentary available now reveals the sacrifices made by Muslims to save the lives of Jews and others persecuted by Adolf Hitler during WWII.
  • Islamic, yet integrated — The Economist argues that today’s Muslims outside of the Muslim World are better off in the United States than in Europe.
  • Wendy Davis (this blog is a fan) has made national news by disclosing the stories of her own two abortions. ThinkProgress reminds us these are “good” abortions, and continue to highlight what we can and can’t talk about as a society.
  • American adulthood is dead.
  • DC think tanks have apparently been less than up front about their funding and their stances. Oof.
  • The new UN Human Rights Commissioner has warned that ISIS is attempting to create a “house of blood.” He is the first Muslim to hold the position. | Americans want IS gone, and are willing to involve their country. | In a speech Wednesday night, the president implied that is in the works.
  • Colleges that invest in poor and middle-class students. This blog is proud to have its roots in Smith College, a fine institution where your blogger received a great deal of financial assistance.
  • Judith Butler, known philosopher of confusion, has given an interview discussing Israel and philosophy.
  • Apple has unveiled its new line of iPhones, and apparently a financial system? On that note, PayPal has embraced Bitcoin.
  • Etsy bans the team with the bad name that is really inappropriate.
  • Humanitarianism is broken. Can it be fixed?

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Weekly News Round-Up 9/1/14-9/5/14: Revenge & Remorse

This has been a hard week for this blog’s personal life (at times the blues of long distance romance sadly eclipse the blues of the news, at least for the individual) but regardless, a happy belated Labor Day to those who had the day off (and to those who labored without relief as well). As we approach fall, let’s all hope that DC’s heat gives way to cooler weather and that those outside of the District find similar relief…

The Tungurahua volcano erupts in Baños, Ecuador, on Aug. 31. The volcano remains in "high activity" according to authorities.
The Tungurahua volcano erupts in Baños, Ecuador, on Aug. 31. The volcano remains in “high activity” according to authorities.
Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, on Aug. 28. K-9 Kye, a three-year-old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect.
Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, on Aug. 28. K-9 Kye, a three-year-old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect.
People help remove dead fish from Cajititlan Lake in Tlajomulco, Mexico on Aug. 31. Close to 50 tons of fish have died over the last six days from unknown causes.
People help remove dead fish from Cajititlan Lake in Tlajomulco, Mexico on Aug. 31. Close to 50 tons of fish have died over the last six days from unknown causes.
Malaysia Airlines pilots cry during a ceremony to hand over the ashes of pilot Eugene Choo of Flight MH17, at his home in Seremban, Malaysia, on Sept. 2. The flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July.
Malaysia Airlines pilots cry during a ceremony to hand over the ashes of pilot Eugene Choo of Flight MH17, at his home in Seremban, Malaysia, on Sept. 2. The flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

  • Continuing to be the worst people in the world, the Islamic State executed journalist Steven Sotloff at an undisclosed time in recent history, and leaked a video of it. Thoughts and prayers with Sotloff’s friends and families, and with journalists risking their lives everywhere.
  • Sotloff had dual citizenship with Israel. His faith was kept under wraps by the press in order to prevent ultimate harm from coming to the journalist. He reportedly pretended to be sick in 2013 in order to fast for the height of the Jewish holy days, Yom Kippur.
  • In Texas and Louisiana, southern abortion advocates are fighting back.
  • However, Louisiana is also hindering marriage equality. (Other states are not.)
  • BP may be fined up to $18 billion for its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This blog hails from the Gulf region and feels strongly that $18 billion will never compensate for the lives, livelihood, and overall damage lost and done to the region.
  • Mic says 2014 was the worst summer ever.
  • Holder: NYT journalist will not do jail time.
  • The DOJ will be launching a probe into the Ferguson case.
  • The government cares a lot about lesbian obesity.
  • For the murder of Renisha McBride (an unarmed 19 year old African-American woman), her killer will do a minimum of 17 years in prison.
  • Hillary was surprisingly bold on Ferguson.
  • Britain’s Cameron and the US’ Obama have penned an op-ed.
  • This Columbia student and sexual assault survivor means business.
  • Against “Against”.

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