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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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • Gunmen killed four polio workers in Pakistan earlier this week.
  • Pakistan has the fastest-growing nuclear program in the world.
  • A suicide bombing in Afghanistan killed around 50 people at a volleyball tournament.
  • US President Obama has been specially invited to be the first US president to attend India‘s Republic Day parade.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Police in Hong Kong have made gains in retaking protestor strongholds.
  • 18 year-old Joshua Wong, one of the leading faces of the protest movement, has been ordered to stay clear of protest areas.
  • Democracy in Thailand won’t return for quite some time, according to one expert.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Baghdadi vs. Zawahri.
  • Hezbollah arrives in Iraq.
  • Iraqi forces are retaking towns from Daesh/ISIS militants.
  • Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei had some harsh words for the West regarding the country’s nuclear talks.
  • Lebanese officials are suing the state.
  • Debating the constitutionality of Sisi’s deportation law in Egypt.
  • Egypt’s authoritarian crackdown has sparked the suicide of youth activist Zainab al-Mahdi. (The topic is trending under مهدي_زينب# ).
  • Egypt is debating health care reform.
  • A proposed nationality bill in Israel is causing extreme controversy. | The politics of security officials in Israel is fascinating.
  • Relations between Israel and Jordan are suffering.
  • A raid in Yemen freed eight hostages, but another five are still held, including an American journalist.
  • Tunisia voted for its president this past week, in an election widely viewed as democratic and fair.  | The country’s youth aren’t necessarily turning out to vote.
  • Human rights abuses are leaving 1/3 of Libyans with mental health problems.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Two suicide bombers have killed dozens in Nigeria.
  • Sudan has put pressure on the UN Darfur peacekeeping mission, asking the organization to close its headquarters in Khartoum.
  • A horrifying massacre on a bus in Kenya left over 20 people dead. The government retaliated by killing over 100 militants. (One man survived the massacre.)
  • In Madagascar, 40 people have died of the plague.
  • Burkina Faso’s democracy protests could fail if people become complacent.
  • Ebola is still raging in Sierra Leone.

Americas:

  • The terrors facing Central American beauty queens.
  • A giant of Mexican leftist politics has resigned from the party he helped to found.
  • Following a stint in the hospital, Argentina‘s president has made a public appearance.
  • In Chile, two men who tortured the father of current President Bachelet to death under Pinochet have been imprisoned.
  • The Canadian government was attacked by hackers mid-week.
  • Canada’s new immigrant investor plan.
  • Secretary of Defense Hagel has stepped down amidst pressure from the White House. The frontrunner to replace Hagel removed herself mid-week, leaving little indicator as to who a successor might be.
  • A new court case on Facebook could yield ringing ramifications.
  • Same-sex marriage is coming to Mississippi and Arkansas.
  • Restrictions on ozone emissions are set to be announced.

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