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?

South Asia:

Southeast, Central, & East Asia:

  • Aung San Suu Kyi is calling for a moral revolution in Burma.
  • Lessons from Cambodia following convictions of crimes against humanity.
  • Chinese president Xi Jinping is set to visit India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Tajikistan.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Back to the trenches in Kenya.
  • The tragedy of Ebola continues.
  • Peacekeepers in Somalia are accused of utilizing their connections to rape and exploit women and girls.
  • Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend  in South Africa. Okay.
  • The disabled community seems displeased with Pistorius’ excuses.
  • 5000 people have died in the CAR in the past nine months–a country where Muslims are being mass-exterminated by Christians and ethnic and religious violence is bursting.

Americas:

  • In Brazil, a new political contender has emerged.
  • A Mexican female journalist was badly beaten for penning critical stories.
  • A virus has hospitalized hundreds of kids in the Midwest and Southern states of the US.
  • The Feds threatened to fine Yahoo! an obscene amount of money for failing to comply with PRISM. You just keep winning, NSA.
  • Taking a break from domestic policy, American leader Obama outlined his plan to “degrade and destroy” IS on Wednesday night.
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) is threatening to shut down the government again. This blog is Texan in origin and definitely not pro-Cruz.
  • A new frontier for LGBTQ rights: The American South.
  • ‘Zelda’, the Dear Abby of the NSA.
  • Attempts at overturning Citizens United die, yet again.

Oceania:

  • An Australian megachurch with a beat is luring a young flock of attendees.

Weekly Wows: The great authorial hookup chart. | FiveThirtyEight has America’s best burrito. | Morality in your text messages. 

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