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…
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- 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”.
- Pakistani lawmakers have rallied behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif even as opposition leaders continue to urge his removal. The protests have seen many wounded and several deaths. WaPo: Could Imran Khan bring down the government?
- Protestors also stormed Pakistani state television channel stations for a time on Monday.
- A prominent academic has been released by the Pakistani Taliban.
- This blog has been hearing about this from various arenas, but stay safe Pakistanis — there’s a flood!
- Malala’s mother learns to read.
- Three more cases of polio have broken out in Pakistan’s northern provinces.
- In Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah began the week by once again threatening to withdraw from the country’s vote audit. | However, a power-sharing agreement began to unfold by Thursday. As of Friday morning, the candidates had issued a statement asserting their commitment to a unity government.
- Dozens of people died in Ghanzi earlier this week.
- Afghan police have arrested 6 men in connection with a horrific gang rape in Kabul.
- HIA is not joining IS/ISIL/ISIS/etc.
- The Modi-Abe bromance grows.
- A new movement in India aims to use public toilets to combat rape and violence against women.
- India’s Hindu nationals claim Muslim men are luring Hindu women into marriage in a “love jihad”.
- Al Qaeda has announced its Indian branch, much as Bank of America or McDonalds might do.
- In the Maldives, a movement is growing to bring a missing reporter home.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Americans detained in North Korea are asking for help.
- China has had a visit to Pakistan canceled in light of ongoing protests in Islamabad.
Europe & Eurasia:
- The Ukraine and Russia are still at it. | Monday night into Tuesday, Putin and Poroshenko had a ceasefire in place.
- Northern Ireland’s ceasefire anniversary: The occupied territory then and now.
- Scottish independence…?
- Remembering the horrifying Beslan school siege.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Friday morning update: A “core coalition” of various countries has been assembled to battle the IS.
- The US has continued its airstrike assistance in Iraq, aiding the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State.
- For the Yazidis, fleeing may mean abandoning their culture and faith. | A Yazidi girl tells the story of her capture and escape.
- IS stands accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against a range of ethnic groups. | IS back in business.
- Israel has claimed 900 acres in the West Bank of Palestine for settler development.
- If the IS comes to Israel…
- Why the death of Sotloff hits home for Jews and Israelis alike.
- Two Nepali-British activists have gone missing in Qatar after arriving to investigate the treatment of migrant workers.
- Earlier in the week, a Tunisian politician survived an assassination attempt.
- Human rights abuses in Libya abound.
- Activists in Egypt and Bahrain, sentenced for human rights work, have turned to hunger strikes.
- The US and Iran: Unlikely allies.
- An Iranian cleric has issued a fatwa against the internet. Good luck with that. (Related: Iran’s halal hyperspace.)
- The start of the week saw the US carrying out a counterterrorism strike in Somalia. The strike reportedly killed 6 members of al-Shabab.
- The Pentagon is set to open up a drone base in Niger.
- Photographers want to keep covering the CAR – but there is minimal international interest.
- Boko Haram have seized the city of Bama, Nigeria, leaving bodies strewn about the streets and 26,000 people fleeing for their lives.
- The latest American to be infected with Ebola is being flown home.
- In Venezuela’s model city, a dream sputters.
- Mexico’s president’s popularity is slipping despite legislative gains.
- Apple is under fire for celebrity nude photo leaks.
- This blog has not been following or covering the McDonnell trial. It is now over.
- Famed comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday this week.
- Millennials aren’t changing jobs, are ruining economy, etc.
- India is all set to sign a nuclear deal with Australia.
Weekly Wow: Plug for free speech and the lives of those who should never be the victims of war crimes — Donate to the Committee to Protect Journalists in Steven Sotloff’s name (or James Foley’s). | The Lebanese Ice Bucket Challenge: Burning the flag of the Islamic State.