Weekly News Round-Up 01/19/15-01/23/15: State of Disunion

A happy belated MLK Day to American readers! (MLK Day was marked by protests over the tragic and unnecessary murders of black men all over the country by police officers. There will also be no civil rights charges for former officer Darren Wilson.) This week the King of the House of Saud is dead, Yemen’s government has been toppled by Houthi rebels, Congress is courting conservative Israeli PM Netanyahu to the most extreme objections of the White House, India is preparing for Obama, Pakistan has no fuel, Japan is racing the clock (more or less — it officially ran out today) to save the lives of two of its militant-held hostages, and France’s Jewish and Muslim communities are struggling to balance identity politics with nationalism – for very different reasons. Quite the week. 

 

Sutents protesting the loss of their playground push down a fence erected around their school's playground in Nairobi, Kenya on Jan. 19. Police were seen firing at least three canisters of tear gas just outside the Langata Primary School as several hundred tried to knock down a wall surrounding the playground in protest at what they called an illegal "land grab" to turn it into a car park.
Sutents protesting the loss of their playground push down a fence erected around their school’s playground in Nairobi, Kenya on Jan. 19. Police were seen firing at least three canisters of tear gas just outside the Langata Primary School as several hundred tried to knock down a wall surrounding the playground in protest at what they called an illegal “land grab” to turn it into a car park.
Thousands march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge along with members of the cast of the movie "Selma" in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, King led thousands of nonviolent protesters on a march through Selma to the state capitol in a historic civil rights demonstration.
Thousands march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge along with members of the cast of the movie “Selma” in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, King led thousands of nonviolent protesters on a march through Selma to the state capitol in a historic civil rights demonstration.
Mourners gather around a coffin bearing Artiam, 4, who was killed in a Ukrainian army artillery strike, during his funeral in Kuivisevsky district on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Jan. 20. At least three civilians were killed in shelling Tuesday in eastern Ukraine as fighting continued between government and rebel forces in the separatist-held city of Donetsk.
Mourners gather around a coffin bearing Artiam, 4, who was killed in a Ukrainian army artillery strike, during his funeral in Kuivisevsky district on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Jan. 20. At least three civilians were killed in shelling Tuesday in eastern Ukraine as fighting continued between government and rebel forces in the separatist-held city of Donetsk.
A Nepalese opposition politician lifts a chair during a brawl in Nepal's parliament in Kathmandu on Jan. 20. Opposition parties staged a general strike to shut down Nepal on Tuesday as opposition politicians threw chairs and attacked the parliamentary speaker in a bid to block the government from pushing through a draft of a new constitution.
A Nepalese opposition politician lifts a chair during a brawl in Nepal’s parliament in Kathmandu on Jan. 20. Opposition parties staged a general strike to shut down Nepal on Tuesday as opposition politicians threw chairs and attacked the parliamentary speaker in a bid to block the government from pushing through a draft of a new constitution.
Kashmiri Muslim villagers carry the body of Ishfaq Ahmed Malik, a suspected local militant, during his funeral procession in Arwani, south of Srinagar, India, on Jan. 16. Indian soldiers and police killed five suspected rebels during a fierce gun battle Thursday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said.
Kashmiri Muslim villagers carry the body of Ishfaq Ahmed Malik, a suspected local militant, during his funeral procession in Arwani, south of Srinagar, India, on Jan. 16. Indian soldiers and police killed five suspected rebels during a fierce gun battle Thursday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • Democracy grows in Sri Lanka.
  • There’s been some chair-throwing in Nepal‘s government.
  • Authorities in Bangladesh have detained as many as 7,000 protesters following uprisings.
  • Pakistan has denied reports that it was specifically warned regarding terrorist attacks during President Obama’s upcoming trip to India.
  • The US has no confirmation that Pakistan has effectively banned two terrorist groups.
  • A recruiter for Daesh/ISIS has been arrested in Lahore.
  • Conservatives aren’t pleased with opposition leader Imran Khan’s new wife.
  • Pakistan has been hit by a severe fuel shortage leading to lines at gas stations and fights breaking out, as well as heightened criticism of the government.
  • Afghanistan‘s new leader has officially introduced his cabinet choices.
  • In 2016 India will surpass China to be the fastest-growing economy in the world.

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • As of Monday, separatists in the Ukraine had renewed attacks on the airport as tensions between pro-Russian groups and nationalists continued.
  • From amateurs to jihadis: Two brothers plotted a massacre in France.
  • The future of France’s Jewish community.
  • The Germans and gay rights.
  • The leader of Germany’s anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement has been forced to step down after a picturing featuring him emmulating Adolf Hitler appeared.
  • Turkey’spink prison‘.
  • Cut out of Davos? Women.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

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