Weekly News Round-Up 11/24/14-11/28/14: Somewhere In Between Thanks & Rage

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all the Americans out there! This blog isn’t really an observer but is thankful for everyone who follows, consumes, enjoys, and disputes the Blues.  It was a week of mixed and violent emotions — the Ferguson decision’s release has sparked national and international outrage, and several areas are in the midst of extreme struggle, not least of all Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Still, Iranian nuclear talks have yet to stall altogether and international cooperation is excelling in many areas. As we inch closer to 2015, the world becomes a place of infinite highs and lows. Bonus: A surprising history of Turkey (the country and the bird) in America.

 

A protester stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up during a demonstration on Nov. 24 in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
A protester stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up during a demonstration on Nov. 24 in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
A demonstrator walks down the street after getting tear gas in her face in Ferguson, Mo., on Nov. 24.
A demonstrator walks down the street after getting tear gas in her face in Ferguson, Mo., on Nov. 24.
Snow covers a field near Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 21. A three-day onslaught dumped seven feet of snow on the Buffalo area.
Snow covers a field near Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 21. A three-day onslaught dumped seven feet of snow on the Buffalo area.
Police officers shout at protesters in an occupied area of Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on Nov. 25. An attempt by Hong Kong authorities to clear a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in the Mong Kok district spiraled into chaos Tuesday as hundreds more protesters flooded the crowded neighborhood, a flashpoint for earlier violent clashes with police and angry mobs. A total of 80 people were arrested, police said.
Police officers shout at protesters in an occupied area of Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district on Nov. 25. An attempt by Hong Kong authorities to clear a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in the Mong Kok district spiraled into chaos Tuesday as hundreds more protesters flooded the crowded neighborhood, a flashpoint for earlier violent clashes with police and angry mobs. A total of 80 people were arrested, police said.
A Hindu devotee prays on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, on Nov. 21. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of Hinduism's important centers.
A Hindu devotee prays on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, on Nov. 21. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of Hinduism’s important centers.

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Weekly News Round-Up 11/17/14-11/21/14: On The Brink

It has been QUITE THE WEEK. Keystone XL is briefly dead in the US and immigration reform is a go, Democrats and Republicans have gone to war, Ferguson MO is in a state of emergency, China and Thailand aren’t digging the Hunger Games, Russia’s playing nice with no one, Israel and Palestine are on the brink of holy war, terrorism abounds in MENA and South Asia, and Mexico is on fire. It looks like 2014 is going out with a bang. Stay safe wherever in the world you live, friends.

Storm clouds and snow blow off Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York, on Nov. 18, 2014. An autumn blizzard dumped a year's worth of snow in three days on western New York.
Storm clouds and snow blow off Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York, on Nov. 18, 2014. An autumn blizzard dumped a year’s worth of snow in three days on western New York.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews look at bullet holes in the window of a synagogue in Jerusalem on Nov. 19. The previous day two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers attacked Jews praying inside. Four rabbis and a policeman were killed in the attack.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews look at bullet holes in the window of a synagogue in Jerusalem on Nov. 19. The previous day two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers attacked Jews praying inside. Four rabbis and a policeman were killed in the attack.
Floodwaters caused by heavy rains surround a farm near the village of Magadino in Ticino, Switzerland, on Nov. 16.
Floodwaters caused by heavy rains surround a farm near the village of Magadino in Ticino, Switzerland, on Nov. 16.
Health workers wearing protective equipment dance as they try to cheer up an Ebola patient at the Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on Nov. 15. Ebola-hit Sierra Leone faces social and economic disaster as gains made since the country's ruinous civil war are wiped out by the epidemic, according to a study released on Thursday.
Health workers wearing protective equipment dance as they try to cheer up an Ebola patient at the Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on Nov. 15. Ebola-hit Sierra Leone faces social and economic disaster as gains made since the country’s ruinous civil war are wiped out by the epidemic, according to a study released on Thursday.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walk back to her home following the conclusion of their joint news conference in Yangon, Myanmar on Nov. 14.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walk back to her home following the conclusion of their joint news conference in Yangon, Myanmar on Nov. 14.

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New issue of Migration Studies with symposium on the impacts of irregular status

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The new issue 2(3) of Migration Studies is out. It contains a short symposium on the impacts of irregular status with contributions by Elzbieta Gozdziak, Janina Sohn, Daniela Borodak and Ariene Tichit. Using ethnographic methods, Gozdziak examines how irregular immigration status affects the educational opportunities of children in the US, concluding that ‘the kind of assistance and support Latino students need will not come solely from immigration reform and policy changes, but rather paradigm shifts in our attitudes toward and programs for Latino children and their families as well as policies aimed at alleviating poverty of immigrant families’ (Gozdziak, 2014, pp. 392–414). The nexus immigration status and educational attainments is the focus also of Söhn’s article (2014). Borodak and Tichit explore the impact of status on migration projects and conclude that, while ‘the total duration of migration to a foreign country is the…

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On the Consumption of Protest Art in Real Time

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Today’s New York Times carries a story describing efforts by “preservationists, historians and art lovers” to capture and share art produced by the ongoing occupations in Hong Kong:

Because most of the art is still on the streets, the archiving is largely digital. Some digital renditions and objects are already running alongside the “Disobedient Objects” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The Umbrella Movement Visual Archives and Research Collective, led partly by academics, is creating open-data platforms and Google maps to mark the locations of art pieces.

A new group—Umbrella Movement Art Preservation, or UMAP—has “rescue team members” on the ground, armed with cellphones and ready to mobilize volunteers to evacuate art on short notice. They have received offers of help from sympathetic truck drivers and about a dozen private galleries…

“It is all installation art,” said Mr. Wong of UMAP.

This process strikes me as unavoidably exploitative. The…

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Weekly News Round-Up 11/10/14-11/14/14: Saving Graces

In the US, Tuesday was Veteran’s Day. Here’s all the ways Americans fail veterans.

A scaffold carrying two workers is stuck 68 floors above ground at 1 World Trade Center on Nov. 12, 2014, in New York City. Two window washers were left dangling from the nation's tallest skyscraper when a cable suddenly developed slack. The workers held on to the teetering platform for two agonizing hours until firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pulled the men to safety.
A scaffold carrying two workers is stuck 68 floors above ground at 1 World Trade Center on Nov. 12, 2014, in New York City. Two window washers were left dangling from the nation’s tallest skyscraper when a cable suddenly developed slack. The workers held on to the teetering platform for two agonizing hours until firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pulled the men to safety.
Kurds in the Turkish village of Caykara stand in line during a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani, on the Turkey-Syria border, on Nov. 11. Hundreds of volunteers, predominantly Kurdish Turks, keep watch on the border with Syria, looking out for potential ISIS fighters attempting to cross into Kobani. The Syrian city has been besieged since mid-September by ISIS and defended by Kurdish Syrian fighters known as the People's Protection Units.
Kurds in the Turkish village of Caykara stand in line during a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani, on the Turkey-Syria border, on Nov. 11. Hundreds of volunteers, predominantly Kurdish Turks, keep watch on the border with Syria, looking out for potential ISIS fighters attempting to cross into Kobani. The Syrian city has been besieged since mid-September by ISIS and defended by Kurdish Syrian fighters known as the People’s Protection Units.
Sue Papaleo, of Lincoln, Calif., mourns for her ex-husband Craig Papaleo, a Vietnam War veteran, during Veterans Day on Tuesday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Papaleo, a former Marine, passed away on Jan. 30, 2014, at the age of 63 due to dramatic exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam War.
Sue Papaleo, of Lincoln, Calif., mourns for her ex-husband Craig Papaleo, a Vietnam War veteran, during Veterans Day on Tuesday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Papaleo, a former Marine, passed away on Jan. 30, 2014, at the age of 63 due to dramatic exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam War.
Omar Outten straightens the cuffs on his pants as he waits to see his daughter at the Federal Detention Center Miami, on Nov. 4. The federal prison system hosted the first Daddy Daughter dance, a social event for inmates and their daughters. Prison officials support the dance as a way to help inmates engage with their families and to prepare the inmates for their eventual release from prison.
Omar Outten straightens the cuffs on his pants as he waits to see his daughter at the Federal Detention Center Miami, on Nov. 4. The federal prison system hosted the first Daddy Daughter dance, a social event for inmates and their daughters. Prison officials support the dance as a way to help inmates engage with their families and to prepare the inmates for their eventual release from prison.
Molly Pederson, right, and daughter Laura Patkotak take a selfie as a bowhead whale caught by Alaska Native subsistence hunters from their family is brought ashore in Barrow, Alaska, on Oct. 7. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help butcher the catch.
Molly Pederson, right, and daughter Laura Patkotak take a selfie as a bowhead whale caught by Alaska Native subsistence hunters from their family is brought ashore in Barrow, Alaska, on Oct. 7. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help butcher the catch.
Visitors view the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation at the Tower of London on Nov. 7, in London, England. The installation by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper used 888,246 ceramic poppies - one for each of the commonwealth servicemen and women killed in World War I.
Visitors view the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation at the Tower of London on Nov. 7, in London, England. The installation by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper used 888,246 ceramic poppies – one for each of the commonwealth servicemen and women killed in World War I.
The European Space Agency's Philae lander sent back its first image Nov. 13 after safely landing on the surface of a comet, marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission. One of the lander's three feet can be seen at lower left in the picture above. The Philae lander, launched from the Rosetta probe, is a mini laboratory that will gather data on the comet.
The European Space Agency’s Philae lander sent back its first image Nov. 13 after safely landing on the surface of a comet, marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen at lower left in the picture above. The Philae lander, launched from the Rosetta probe, is a mini laboratory that will gather data on the comet.

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Weekly News Round-Up 11/3/14-11/7/14: It’s A Bad Week To Be A Liberal

Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Oct. 30. Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.
Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Oct. 30. Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso’s presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.
Smoke rises as Egyptian forces demolish homes as part of a military operation near the border with the Gaza Strip in Rafah, Egypt, on Nov. 4. Egyptian authorities evacuated 802 houses belonging to 1,165 families to seal off smugglers' tunnels and tried to crush a militant insurgency in northern Sinai.
Smoke rises as Egyptian forces demolish homes as part of a military operation near the border with the Gaza Strip in Rafah, Egypt, on Nov. 4. Egyptian authorities evacuated 802 houses belonging to 1,165 families to seal off smugglers’ tunnels and tried to crush a militant insurgency in northern Sinai.
A Shiite Muslim has his child gashed with a knife during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashoura in Mumbai, on Nov. 3. Ashoura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in the seventh century battle of Kerbala.
A Shiite Muslim has his child gashed with a knife during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashoura in Mumbai, on Nov. 3. Ashoura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in the seventh century battle of Kerbala.
A woman mourns during a joint memorial service for South African athletes, national soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa, female professional boxer Phindile Mwelase and Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, in Johannesburg, on Oct. 30. Meyiwa, 27, was killed on Sunday night while confronting two intruders at the home of his girlfriend. Mwelase, 31, died on Saturday following a knockout punch two weeks ago that put her in a coma. Former world 800 metre champion Mulaudzi, 34, was killed in a car crash on Friday.
A woman mourns during a joint memorial service for South African athletes, national soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa, female professional boxer Phindile Mwelase and Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, in Johannesburg, on Oct. 30. Meyiwa, 27, was killed on Sunday night while confronting two intruders at the home of his girlfriend. Mwelase, 31, died on Saturday following a knockout punch two weeks ago that put her in a coma. Former world 800 metre champion Mulaudzi, 34, was killed in a car crash on Friday.

 

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Breaking: Republicans Take Control Of Senate For First Time In 8 Years

According to WaPo and everyone:

Republicans won control of the Senate Tuesday evening as GOP candidates across the country swept to victory in crucial midterm elections, reflecting widespread unease about the nation’s direction and the electorate’s disenchantment with President Obama.

The GOP took control of Democratic held seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, giving the party seven additional senators. It had needed six to control the chamber for the first time since 2007.

The rapid-fire victories represented a repudiation of the president, who rode into office on a mantle of change in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 but whose second term has bogged down in a problems ranging from crises abroad to the arrival of Ebola in the United States. Throughout the hard-fought the campaign, Obama was a target of Republican candidates and in the end was reduced to campaigning only in secure Democratic bastions.