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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Assorted Stand-Outs:


South Asia:

  • Last Friday, Taliban attackers responsible for the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai were arrested in Pakistan.
  • AQIS claims its first attack.
  • 13 cases of polio surfaced in KP in one day.
  • Prime Minister Sharif is set to name a new ISI chief.
  • Inspired by Scotland, Kashmiris want a vote on independence.
  • In Swat, children are growing up militarized and traumatized.
  • Sharif acquitted of money laundering accusations, PTI’s Imran Khan perhaps in less of a happy place.
  • Amnesty International is attempting to stop Pakistan’s first civilian execution in years. As of Thursday morning the execution had been postponed.
  • Sharif may be preparing to clear the streets in Islamabad.
  • The Punjabi Taliban are reportedly ceasing attacks in Pakistan to focus on Afghanistan. The Pakistani envoy has been summoned regarding the matter.
  • An attack on NATO troops in Kabul has left several dead.
  • A female student and former journalist has been stabbed to death.
  • As of Tuesday, progress was being made in talks regarding the presidential election. By Thursday morning talks had broken down again, with Hamid Karzai calling for increased American mediation to resolve the dispute. Friday morning has good tidings: the candidates say a great deal of progress has been made.
  • In India, the issue of widows over-crowding on holy city is being raised and debated.
  • In a surprising mood for notoriously Islamophobic Modi, the leader of a country containing the world’s third-largest Muslim’s population said in an interview that Indian Muslims would not be lured by AQIS, and that they would live and die for India.
  • Hopes for Modi-Sharif talks are receding following some less than choice statements from a Pakistani official.

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Monday news on the coalition against ISIS: Turkey ambiguous, Iran out. Russia is also on the fence, leaving Obama to lean on Arab nations who are interested in preserving their own rule in the region.
  • A mole inside Assad’s regime.
  • Wednesday evening, the House voted to allow Obama to arm Syrian rebels. The Senate joined soon after, and then Congress SPED off to campaign. How very DC.
  • Continuing to debate ISIS’ name.
  • Rape: IS has found a weapon of mass destruction.
  • A group of Israeli military reservists are protesting the treatment of Palestinians, to the dismay of their government.
  • In the fight against ISIS, unshockingly Israel wants in. And they’re passing intel to the US.
  • In Syria, sometimes it’s a question of whoever saves a life.
  • Moving to protect journalists, AFP will no longer accept freelance work from within Syria.
  • In less than 24 hours, Daesh has devastated a Syrian Kurdish town. Turkish Kurds are being called upon to defend neighboring cities in the region.
  • Houthi fighters have advanced into Yemen’s capital.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola. The country will shut down for three days to slow the spread of the disease.
  • The US will commit up to 3,000 troops to fight Ebola in Western Africa.
  • In the remote forests of Guinea, several journalists and aid workers were brutally murdered by suspicious locals.
  • Five UN peacekeepers were killed by a roadside bomb in Mali.

Americas:

  • In Brazil, Marina Silva is anything but an ordinary candidate for president. A populist who has raised herself from extreme poverty and a woman of mixed race who identifies as black, she would be the first of her kind should be elected.
  • Two Afghan nationals have gone missing in Washington DC after arriving for a training program.
  • The states with the highest rates of teenage pregnancy all have something in common.
  • Both Americans and DC are tired of each other.
  • Divorcing itself from Russia, the US is building up NASA again — and SpaceX and Boeing are both involved.
  • American Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca/Mekah known as the Hajj have asked Sec. of State John Kerry for protection as attacks on Americans in the Middle East continue to build under ISIS’ reign.
  • Across America: Disparities in household income by race.

Oceania:

  • Massive anti-terror raids are being carried out in Australia, following reports that ISIS may be planning attacks.
  • The country shut down the largest terrorism plot in its history.

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