Weekly News Round-Up 10/27/14-10/31/14: Everything Is A Bit Bleak

U.S. Marines prepare to board a plane at the end of operations for combat troops in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Oct. 26, 2014.  On Sunday the Marines turned over to Afghan authorities the keys to Camp Leatherneck, the sprawling base in Helmand from which the Marines surged against the Taliban in 2009. They depart as the U.S. prepares to complete its combat mission in December and transition to a NATO-organized follow-on mission, called Resolute Support, to train and advise Afghan forces.
U.S. Marines prepare to board a plane at the end of operations for combat troops in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Oct. 26, 2014.
On Sunday the Marines turned over to Afghan authorities the keys to Camp Leatherneck, the sprawling base in Helmand from which the Marines surged against the Taliban in 2009. They depart as the U.S. prepares to complete its combat mission in December and transition to a NATO-organized follow-on mission, called Resolute Support, to train and advise Afghan forces.
An ISIS militant remains standing following an airstrike on Tilsehir hill near the Syrian town of Kobani on Oct. 23, as seen from Yumurtalik, a village on the Turkish side of the border.
An ISIS militant remains standing following an airstrike on Tilsehir hill near the Syrian town of Kobani on Oct. 23, as seen from Yumurtalik, a village on the Turkish side of the border.
Tens of thousands of protesters march accross the Elisabeth Bridge during a rally against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015, in Budapest on Oct. 28.  The rally, the second in three days objecting to the scheme, was also a sign of growing discontent among mostly younger citizens against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies centralizing power and increasing the role of the state to the detriment of private enterprise.
Tens of thousands of protesters march accross the Elisabeth Bridge during a rally against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015, in Budapest on Oct. 28.
The rally, the second in three days objecting to the scheme, was also a sign of growing discontent among mostly younger citizens against Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s policies centralizing power and increasing the role of the state to the detriment of private enterprise.
Construction crews try to divert lava from Mt. Kilauea from a home in Pahoa, Hawaii, on Oct. 29. A slow-moving river of molten lava from the Kilauea volcano crept towards residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday, threatening dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.
Construction crews try to divert lava from Mt. Kilauea from a home in Pahoa, Hawaii, on Oct. 29. A slow-moving river of molten lava from the Kilauea volcano crept towards residential and farm property on Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday, threatening dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.
An unmanned rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station explodes just seconds after launching from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28. It is unclear what caused Orbital Science's two-stage Antares rocket to burst into flames. The company's Cygnus capsule and more than 5,000 pounds of cargo were destroyed, but NASA said no one was injured.
An unmanned rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station explodes just seconds after launching from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28. It is unclear what caused Orbital Science’s two-stage Antares rocket to burst into flames. The company’s Cygnus capsule and more than 5,000 pounds of cargo were destroyed, but NASA said no one was injured.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 23 near a memorial of flowers and flags. Canadians mourned the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Ottawa. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 23 near a memorial of flowers and flags. Canadians mourned the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Ottawa. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.
Dionisia Huamani Quispe and Eusebia Palomino Arome watch as forensic anthropologists arrange a coffin with the remains of their relatives, slain three decades ago during the country's dirty war, at a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, on Oct. 26.  Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday’s handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2,925 sets of remains.
Dionisia Huamani Quispe and Eusebia Palomino Arome watch as forensic anthropologists arrange a coffin with the remains of their relatives, slain three decades ago during the country’s dirty war, at a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, on Oct. 26.
Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday’s handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2,925 sets of remains.
 North Korean bride and groom pose for a photograph at the Moranbong hill where they went to take wedding pictures, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 25. The couple, Ri Ok Ran, 28, and Kang Sung Jin, 32, were married Saturday after dating for about two years.
North Korean bride and groom pose for a photograph at the Moranbong hill where they went to take wedding pictures, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 25. The couple, Ri Ok Ran, 28, and Kang Sung Jin, 32, were married Saturday after dating for about two years.

 

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CMRB Event: On The Making of a National Tragedy: The Transformation of the Meaning of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada

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The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is pleased to announce the following seminar:

On The Making of a National Tragedy: The Transformation of the Meaning of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada

This seminar will take place in EB 1.04, Docklands Campus, UEL, E16 2RD

http://www.uel.ac.uk/about/campuses/docklands/

Monday 27th October 2014, 4–6pm

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at

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Abstract: The Indian residential school system has become the pre-eminent symbol of the historic maltreatment of Aboriginal peoples of Canada, triggering, among other measures, numerous official apologies from political and religious leaders, the largest compensation payment in Canadian history, and the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. However, the current representation of the school system as a terrible tragedy is in sharp contrast from the way in which it was formerly represented by its…

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An Uncomfortable Look in the Mirror: Canada in the World, Before and After the Ottawa Shootings

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Ottawa. (Photo: Creative Commons / Endlisnis) Ottawa. (Photo: Creative Commons / Endlisnis)

Amongst many Canadians, a popular response to the shootings in Ottawa that claimed the life of Nathan Cirillo earlier this week has been: “This doesn’t happen here… This is Canada.” And that’s true enough. Political violence of the sort we witnessed this week rarely touches Canadian lives. Ottawa is one of those curiously apolitically political cities – a place where the majority of the workforce works directly or indirectly for the government but a community where global politics rarely penetrates every day life. But the Ottawa shootings should bring into relief the need for the Canadian government and Canadians at large to look themselves in the mirror and ask a simple yet tough question: why did this happen?

The easiest answer, and one that has already been proffered by a host of observers, is that a single, crazed lunatic who hated Canadian values went on…

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Weekly News Round-Up 10/20/14-10/24/14: Even Canada Isn’t Safe

Happy Diwali to everyone observing!

A local Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 17. Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrators attempted to take back a protest camp in a densely populated suburb that had been partially cleared by police earlier in the day.
A local Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 17. Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrators attempted to take back a protest camp in a densely populated suburb that had been partially cleared by police earlier in the day.
Indian widows abandoned by their families wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan on Oct. 21. Until recently, the widows were kept hidden from society and all but forbidden to celebrate. But that is now changing, and local residents cheered the women on as they passed through the streets of the temple-filled town, many proudly wearing brand new saris gifted by a local organization.
Indian widows abandoned by their families wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan on Oct. 21. Until recently, the widows were kept hidden from society and all but forbidden to celebrate. But that is now changing, and local residents cheered the women on as they passed through the streets of the temple-filled town, many proudly wearing brand new saris gifted by a local organization.
New Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves to the crowd as he travels to the Presidential Palace by carriage after his inauguration on Oct. 20, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto.
New Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves to the crowd as he travels to the Presidential Palace by carriage after his inauguration on Oct. 20, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto.
A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross from Morocco into Spain's north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22.  Tens of thousands of migrants try to force their way into Europe every year, but nowhere is this constant struggle more dramatic than the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, which offer the only land route between the world's richest and poorest continents.
A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross from Morocco into Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22.
Tens of thousands of migrants try to force their way into Europe every year, but nowhere is this constant struggle more dramatic than the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, which offer the only land route between the world’s richest and poorest continents.
Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa on Oct. 16. Using dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will perform at twenty schools in Soweto.
Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa on Oct. 16. Using dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will perform at twenty schools in Soweto.

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Weekly News Round-Up 10/13/14-10/17/14: We Are Less Than Exceptional

 

An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinians against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on Oct. 14.  The 35-acre site has long been a flashpoint because it is considered holy by both Muslims and Jews.
An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinians against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City on Oct. 14.
The 35-acre site has long been a flashpoint because it is considered holy by both Muslims and Jews.
Inside an abandoned movie theater in a working-class section of Havana, a girl performs with hoops at a circus school. The circus is a lucrative career path and a rare opportunity for Cubans to make real money on the communist-led island. This photo was taken on Sept. 26, but was released to NBC News on Oct. 10.
Inside an abandoned movie theater in a working-class section of Havana, a girl performs with hoops at a circus school. The circus is a lucrative career path and a rare opportunity for Cubans to make real money on the communist-led island.
This photo was taken on Sept. 26, but was released to NBC News on Oct. 10.
Ten-year-old Macy Friday looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton during a campaign event for Sen. Mark Udall in Denver's Union Station on Oct. 13.
Ten-year-old Macy Friday looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton during a campaign event for Sen. Mark Udall in Denver’s Union Station on Oct. 13.
Ebola burial team members take away the body of Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on Oct. 10 in Monrovia, Liberia, as her sister crawls towards her. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home on her way to a treatment center earlier in the morning, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is an important tradition in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members.
Ebola burial team members take away the body of Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on Oct. 10 in Monrovia, Liberia, as her sister crawls towards her. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home on her way to a treatment center earlier in the morning, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is an important tradition in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members.
Christian pilgrims from Brazil embrace after they were baptized in the water of the Jordan River at the Yardenit site near the northern Israeli city of Tiberias on Oct. 15. Yardenit is one of the sites along the Jordan River where some believe Jesus was baptized.
Christian pilgrims from Brazil embrace after they were baptized in the water of the Jordan River at the Yardenit site near the northern Israeli city of Tiberias on Oct. 15. Yardenit is one of the sites along the Jordan River where some believe Jesus was baptized.
Cornel West is knocked over during a scuffle outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo., Oct. 13.  Hundreds of protesters committed acts of civil disobedience throughout Ferguson, as they launched several days of demonstrations over the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer.
Cornel West is knocked over during a scuffle outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo., Oct. 13.
Hundreds of protesters committed acts of civil disobedience throughout Ferguson, as they launched several days of demonstrations over the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer.
Members of "El Sistema" (The System) play harps outside the operating room where a woman is giving birth at a maternity hospital in Caracas.  In a nation awash with guns and with one of the world's highest murder rates, "The System" has for decades sought to counteract poor children's exposure to violence with the gentle and inspiring influence of classical music.
Members of “El Sistema” (The System) play harps outside the operating room where a woman is giving birth at a maternity hospital in Caracas.
In a nation awash with guns and with one of the world’s highest murder rates, “The System” has for decades sought to counteract poor children’s exposure to violence with the gentle and inspiring influence of classical music.

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Weekly News Round-Up 10/6/14-10/10/14: A World In Chaos

Next Monday will be Columbus Day in the U.S. One city has taken the step of renaming the holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

 

People walk through a tunnel on the main road in the occupied areas of Central, Hong Kong, on Oct. 9. Talks between the Hong Kong government and student leaders of the democracy protest that has blocked main roads in the Asian financial hub for nearly two weeks were canceled because they're unlikely to be constructive, a senior government official said Thursday.
People walk through a tunnel on the main road in the occupied areas of Central, Hong Kong, on Oct. 9. Talks between the Hong Kong government and student leaders of the democracy protest that has blocked main roads in the Asian financial hub for nearly two weeks were canceled because they’re unlikely to be constructive, a senior government official said Thursday.
Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators protesting Islamic State militants in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 7. Airstrikes hit three groups of Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators protesting Islamic State militants in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 7. Airstrikes hit three groups of Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A Liberian Ministry of Health worker, dressed in an anti-contamination suit, speaks to Banu, 4, in a holding center for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 3. He had arrived there with his sick mother and two siblings to be tested for Ebola after his father died of the disease a week before. Patients there are tested for Ebola and if the results are positive, are sent to an Ebola treatment unit. The epidemic has killed more than 3,300 people in West Africa according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
A Liberian Ministry of Health worker, dressed in an anti-contamination suit, speaks to Banu, 4, in a holding center for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 3. He had arrived there with his sick mother and two siblings to be tested for Ebola after his father died of the disease a week before. Patients there are tested for Ebola and if the results are positive, are sent to an Ebola treatment unit. The epidemic has killed more than 3,300 people in West Africa according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
An Ultra-Orthodox man whips a Jewish man with a leather strap as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony just hours before the start of Yom Kippur at a synagogue in Beit Shemesh, Israel, on Oct. 3. The Jewish state comes to a complete halt for the Day of Atonement - a period of fasting, reflection and prayers on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
An Ultra-Orthodox man whips a Jewish man with a leather strap as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony just hours before the start of Yom Kippur at a synagogue in Beit Shemesh, Israel, on Oct. 3. The Jewish state comes to a complete halt for the Day of Atonement – a period of fasting, reflection and prayers on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey on Oct. 2. Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting to prevent the besieged border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, from falling to the Islamic State fighters.
Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey on Oct. 2. Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting to prevent the besieged border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, from falling to the Islamic State fighters.

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Weekly News Round-Up 9/29/14-10/3/14: Atonement

Erev Yom Kippur approaches, for all of the observing Jewish followers of this blog. An easy fast to all of you. And a wonderful Eid next week to all observing as well!

Firefighters and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at a cabin near the peak of Mount Ontake as plumes of smoke billow in central Japan, on Sept. 28, 2014. At least 30 people were killed during the erupttion with the death toll set to hit 47 after 12 more bodies were discovered on the slopes of the volcano.
Firefighters and members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at a cabin near the peak of Mount Ontake as plumes of smoke billow in central Japan, on Sept. 28, 2014. At least 30 people were killed during the erupttion with the death toll set to hit 47 after 12 more bodies were discovered on the slopes of the volcano.
Riot police fire pepper spray into a crowd as thousands of protesters surround the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Sept. 28. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters demonstrating in Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city.
Riot police fire pepper spray into a crowd as thousands of protesters surround the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Sept. 28. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters demonstrating in Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city.
A Syrian Kurdish woman cries as she holds her baby in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey on Oct. 1.
A Syrian Kurdish woman cries as she holds her baby in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey on Oct. 1.
Thousands of walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska on Sept. 23. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers, according to NOAA. An estimated 35,000 total walruses were spotted Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, Alaska.
Thousands of walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska on Sept. 23. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers, according to NOAA. An estimated 35,000 total walruses were spotted Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, Alaska.
Nowa Paye, 9, is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 30. Three members of District 13 ambulance service traveled to the village to pickup six suspected Ebola sufferers that had been quarantined by villagers. Aid donations are still inadequate, as the international community tries to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the disease which has hit Liberia the hardest.
Nowa Paye, 9, is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 30. Three members of District 13 ambulance service traveled to the village to pickup six suspected Ebola sufferers that had been quarantined by villagers. Aid donations are still inadequate, as the international community tries to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the disease which has hit Liberia the hardest.

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