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.

 

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • In a tragic suicide bombing on Sunday, more than 50 people were killed at the Wagah border crossing between Pakistan and India.
  • Strict security measures were in place across Pakistan during the Shia holy days of Ashura, the 9th and 10th days of Muharram. Shias are a minority in Pakistan and are frequently the target of Sunni-led attacks.
  • A Pakistani Christian couple were tortured and burned to death in a mob outside Lahore following accusations of blasphemy.
  • PM Sharif has given a six-month deadline to make Pakistan polio-free. Update: As of Thursday the PM’s spokesperson denied wide-spread reporting suggesting the aforementioned.
  • Baluchistan has been ordered to hold elections.
  • The TTP has a new spokesman after formally sacking his predecessor.
  • Afghanistan‘s first lady was quoted earlier this week as being in agreement with France’s burqa ban, a comment which she has firmly denied.
  • Ashraf Ghani’s approval rating is at 84% — quite impressive. | Ghani has promised support for women’s rights.
  • India’s Modi has made his Forbes debut.
  • More 377-related drama.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • A critical look at Burma‘s new land use legislation.
  • Burma really just wants its Muslims to leave.
  • Researchers are taking a look at a Chinese cyberespionage group.
  • Researchers in Japan have created a very creepy mouse.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Arab views on governance after uprisings.
  • Life in Raqqa under militant occupation.
  • A Palestinian spokesperson compared Israel to Daesh/ISIS. | The third intifada?
  • Will Hamas and Dahlan unite?
  • Israeli students are thrifty and nifty.
  • Israelis want anyone but Bibi.
  • A woman sentenced to a year in prison in Iran for attempting to watch a men’s volleyball match is on hunger strike.
  • The al-Nusra Front has made massive gains in Syria.
  • The worst people in the world get worse: Daesh/ISIS captured over 150 Kurdish children and tortured them. And killed 500 members of one tribe.
  • Alawites in Syria are demanding a new level of accountability from their government.
  • A bloodthirsty Shia militia may be Baghdad’s best hope.
  • Seeking a new cabinet, Yemen’s prime minister has turned to Facebook.
  • The UAE‘s strong stance against militants in neighboring countries speaks to its wider ambitions.
  • Approximately 350 journalists in Egypt have issued a statement saying they refuse to back off their criticism of the government, which means approximately 350 journalists are in deep trouble.
  • Rafah is being used as a bargaining chip in the Gaza crisis.
  • Gunmen killed multiple people in an attack in Saudi Arabia. The attacks targeted minority Shias, who were participating in events commemorating Ashura.
  • In Libya, clashes around Benghazi continued throughout the week.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

  • The US, Australia, and Japan are set to have a super private exclusive you can’t come meeting at the G20.

Weekly Wows: Humans are born copycats. 

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