Weekly News Round-Up 12/01/14-12/05/14: I Can’t Breathe

Another week of racial injustice here in the United States, where a grand jury failed to indict a white police officer in the murder of an unarmed black man. Meanwhile a terrorist Al Qaeda offshoot is threatening the life of an American journalist, Hong Kong’s Umbrella protesters are slowly surrendering, the NFL have reinstated Ray Rice following documented domestic assault against his wife, both Japan and Israel will likely see snap elections soon, and violence has resurfaced in Chechnya. Welcome to December, all. 

A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a "die-in" during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict a white police officer who used a chokehold on an unarmed black man who died as police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes. The grand jury in the city's borough of Staten Island decided against criminal charges for New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. The deadly encounter on July 17 was captured on a video that quickly spread over the Internet and helped fuel debates about how U.S. police use force, particularly against minorities.
A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a “die-in” during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on Dec. 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict a white police officer who used a chokehold on an unarmed black man who died as police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes. The grand jury in the city’s borough of Staten Island decided against criminal charges for New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. The deadly encounter on July 17 was captured on a video that quickly spread over the Internet and helped fuel debates about how U.S. police use force, particularly against minorities.
Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., on Nov. 25.
Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., on Nov. 25.
A small owl yawns as it sits in the snow in Ansung City, South Korea, on Dec. 4.
A small owl yawns as it sits in the snow in Ansung City, South Korea, on Dec. 4.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters as he returns to Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Nov. 29. An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power. The court also cleared Mubarak and a former oil minister of graft charges related to gas exports to Israel.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters as he returns to Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Nov. 29. An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power. The court also cleared Mubarak and a former oil minister of graft charges related to gas exports to Israel.
A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province, on Nov. 29. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300.
A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province, on Nov. 29. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300.
Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 22 miles north of Srinagar, India, on Dec. 3. Thousands took part in the funeral procession of Shafi who was killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in central India on Monday.
Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 22 miles north of Srinagar, India, on Dec. 3. Thousands took part in the funeral procession of Shafi who was killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in central India on Monday.
0 A butcher holding his blade stands among sacrificed buffalos inside an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the Gadhimai Mela festival held in Bariyapur on Nov. 28. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise.
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A butcher holding his blade stands among sacrificed buffalos inside an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the Gadhimai Mela festival held in Bariyapur on Nov. 28. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world’s largest such exercise.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • A land swap between India and Bangladesh aims to curb undocumented immigration.
  • Bhopal gas leak victims are demanding justice.
  • India’s first Yoga Minister plans to retrieve and reclaim yoga from the West.
  • Remarks targeting India’s minorities have rattled PM Modi’s party in recent weeks.
  • India is rushing water to a desperate and struggling Maldives.
  • Bombings have been occurring more and more rapidly in Afghanistan.
  • Ghani asks for endorsements in London.
  • Amidst a sea of attacks, international aid agencies are pulling out of the country, specifically from Kabul.
  • Imran Khan’s threats of shutting down the government have done little to phase Pakistan.
  • The Pakistani Taliban have been driven into the hills.
  • The blasphemy case against a “disco mullah.”
  • One man is challenging Pakistan’s sex taboos.

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • Turkey and the US are moving closer to an agreement regarding a buffer zone in Syria.
  • Eyeing Russia, Nordic and Baltic countries are increasing their NATO cooperation.
  • In Chechnya, devastation following an attack in Grozny.
  • Russia is headed towards a recession.
  • A young German girl died preventing street harassment.
  • In Germany, joining militant groups means doing time.
  • Europe wins out over Russia in Moldova‘s elections.
  • The death of Turkey’s EU bid?
  • Taking Erdogan’s sexism seriously.
  • Azerbaijan and Afghanistan are moving towards cooperation.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • A Boko Haram raid in Nigeria left scores of people dead.
  • Tanzania‘s prime minister is under pressure to resign following allegations of corruption.
  • Scores were killed by al-Shabab in an early morning Tuesday attack in Kenya.

Americas:

  • The race to replace Uruguay‘s popular leftist president may be over.
  • Marches continue in Mexico.
  • How state oil company Petrobas toppled Brazil.
  • Unaccompanied immigrant minors sit and wait, fearing deportation, even as others come out from the shadows.
  • More Americans turned out for Black Friday than for the 2014 midterm elections.
  • American cops may now be wearing body cameras.
  • The next Secretary of Defense.
  • Texas is suing over Obama’s recent executive order on immigration.
  • Mass resignations at The New Republic this week…

Oceania & Beyond:

  • We should maybe be worried about Antarctica.
  • Australia’s parliament is backing migrant reforms.

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