Weekly News Round-Up 4/20/15-4/24/15: Hyde Your Wife, Hyde Your Kids

Happy birthday to the Hubble telescope! May you continue to see things bright and dark alike. Meanwhile, everything is hot and cold here in the District, as well as across the world. This applies to weather, politics, and the overall spring season.

Lightning bolts shoot through a high column of ash and lava spewing from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile on April 23.
Lightning bolts shoot through a high column of ash and lava spewing from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile on April 23.
Migrants, who were trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes on April 20.  Hundreds of migrants have been lost at sea in the past weeks as more and more refugees flee conflicts in Libya and Syria and attempt to reach Europe.
Migrants, who were trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes on April 20.
Hundreds of migrants have been lost at sea in the past weeks as more and more refugees flee conflicts in Libya and Syria and attempt to reach Europe.
Locals console a shocked mother whose child was found under the debris of a collapsed residential building in New Delhi on April 22. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-story building collapsed following a cooking gas cylinder explosion.
Locals console a shocked mother whose child was found under the debris of a collapsed residential building in New Delhi on April 22. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-story building collapsed following a cooking gas cylinder explosion.
Smoke rises during an air strike on an army weapons depot on a mountain overlooking Yemen's capital Sanaa on April 20.
Smoke rises during an air strike on an army weapons depot on a mountain overlooking Yemen’s capital Sanaa on April 20.
Heather Louis Mack holds her baby daughter as she waits for her verdict in the trial over the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese Mack, at the Denpasar district court in Bali, Indonesia, on April 21.  Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were found guilty of killing the 62-year-old Illinois woman and stuffing her body in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.
Heather Louis Mack holds her baby daughter as she waits for her verdict in the trial over the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese Mack, at the Denpasar district court in Bali, Indonesia, on April 21.
Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were found guilty of killing the 62-year-old Illinois woman and stuffing her body in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.
Mainasi Issa, a 23-year-old Malawian albino woman, carries her two-year-old daughter Djiamila Jafali as she poses outside her hut in the traditional authority area of Nkole, Machinga district, on April 17. Six albinos have been killed in the poor southern African nation since December, according to the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi.
Mainasi Issa, a 23-year-old Malawian albino woman, carries her two-year-old daughter Djiamila Jafali as she poses outside her hut in the traditional authority area of Nkole, Machinga district, on April 17. Six albinos have been killed in the poor southern African nation since December, according to the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi.
An Israeli girl picks Ranunculus flowers from a cultivated field in the Kibbutz of Nir Yitzhak, located along the Israeli-Gaza Strip border on April 20.
An Israeli girl picks Ranunculus flowers from a cultivated field in the Kibbutz of Nir Yitzhak, located along the Israeli-Gaza Strip border on April 20.
Hundreds of angry demonstrators march from Baltimore City Hall to the Western District police station to protest against police brutality and the death of Freddie Gray on April 23 in Baltimore. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade on April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.
Hundreds of angry demonstrators march from Baltimore City Hall to the Western District police station to protest against police brutality and the death of Freddie Gray on April 23 in Baltimore. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade on April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore’s west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

I would rather die in Afghanistan with my pride intact than live here in poverty and shame,” he said. “At least in Afghanistan, the grave is free. Here, they make you pay for it.

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Weekly News Round-Up 4/13/15-4/17/15: A Spade Is A Spade

Happy belated Bengali new year! (Or Nepali, etc — many parts of South Asia celebrating this week — festivities abounded.) This week has brought shifts and thaws, some (completely expected) announcements in the US’ presidential race (which mind you won’t be for another year), increasing chaos in Yemen and Syria, sad milestones in Nigeria, and some drama between Armenia, Turkey, the Vatican, and anyone else who voiced an opinion on the Armenian genocide including but not limited to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

 

Colored powder covers the face of a man during the Bisket Jatra Festival on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 15. The festival marks the Nepali new year.
Colored powder covers the face of a man during the Bisket Jatra Festival on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 15. The festival marks the Nepali new year.
Passerby Jason Warnock, 29, rescues 23-year-old Mathew Sitko from his SUV after it left the road and was stopped by a chain link fence just short of a 30-foot vertical drop in Lewiston, Idaho, on April 15.
Passerby Jason Warnock, 29, rescues 23-year-old Mathew Sitko from his SUV after it left the road and was stopped by a chain link fence just short of a 30-foot vertical drop in Lewiston, Idaho, on April 15.
A relative of a victim of the Sewol ferry disaster holds a flower as he stands on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo on April 15. Relatives visited the site on the first anniversary of the disaster which killed 304 people, mostly high school students.
A relative of a victim of the Sewol ferry disaster holds a flower as he stands on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea’s southern island of Jindo on April 15. Relatives visited the site on the first anniversary of the disaster which killed 304 people, mostly high school students.
Syrian emergency services personnel try to pull a woman out from under the rubble of a building following a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on the rebel held Bustan al-Qasr district in the east of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 13. The Syrian civil war has killed at least 220,000 people and displaced 11 million, according to the U.N.
Syrian emergency services personnel try to pull a woman out from under the rubble of a building following a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on the rebel held Bustan al-Qasr district in the east of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 13.
The Syrian civil war has killed at least 220,000 people and displaced 11 million, according to the U.N.
Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral on April 11 in Summerville, S.C. Scott was shot to death by a white police officer. A video taken by a witness showed the officer firing eight shots at Scott's back as he was running away. Scott was apparently unarmed.
Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral on April 11 in Summerville, S.C.
Scott was shot to death by a white police officer. A video taken by a witness showed the officer firing eight shots at Scott’s back as he was running away. Scott was apparently unarmed.
Students take an examination on an open-air playground at a high school in Yichuan, in China's Shaanxi province on April 11. More than 1,700 freshmen students took part in the exam, which was the first attempt by the school to administer it outside.
Students take an examination on an open-air playground at a high school in Yichuan, in China’s Shaanxi province on April 11. More than 1,700 freshmen students took part in the exam, which was the first attempt by the school to administer it outside.
Heidi Pham of Minneapolis walks along the Tidal Basin on April 11 in Washington, D.C., as the city's cherry trees neared their peak bloom.
Heidi Pham of Minneapolis walks along the Tidal Basin on April 11 in Washington, D.C., as the city’s cherry trees neared their peak bloom.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

  • Breaking News: New Star Wars trailer!
  • Hillary Clinton is (shockingly) running for the American presidency.
  • So is Marco Rubio.
  • Hillary Clinton loves Elizabeth Warren.
  • Google has been accused of violating anti-trust laws by the EU.
  • Personal plug of the week: Your blogger wrote about Hungary’s Jobbik party and its insincere efforts to shift away from Neo-Nazi policies.
  • One transmedia artist is critically examining caste discrimination and sexual violence in India, and it’s awesome.
  • This week we all learned what a gyrocopter is.
  • #ToTheGirls.
  • Between Kansas and Indiana, maybe people will finally lay off the South.
  • What does informed consent mean in a field experiment?
  • A woman on the American $20 bill? It could happen.
  • Opinion: Calling on the American president to finally label the Armenian genocide a genocide.

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Weekly News Round-Up 4/6/15-4/10/15: If You See Something, Film Something

Chag sameach to all the Jews out there and a happy belated Easter to any and all Christian followers! This week has Rand Paul joining local celebrity Ted Cruz in the running for the American presidency, so there’s that… Additionally Yemen is descending into chaos, the Tsarnaev trial’s drama continues, an Iran nuclear deal is still being hashed out, and Turkey is taking its aggression out on social media again. Elsewhere, the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice: a white police officer who murdered a black man was filmed by a man passing by, and stands accused of murder. April, come she will.

 

Magnolia blossoms blow in the breeze on the South Lawn of the White House on April 8, 2015, as Marine One carries President Barack Obama to Andrews Air Force Base for the start of a trip to Jamaica and Panama.
Magnolia blossoms blow in the breeze on the South Lawn of the White House on April 8, 2015, as Marine One carries President Barack Obama to Andrews Air Force Base for the start of a trip to Jamaica and Panama.
A young Israeli settler snorkels as sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd drink water from a spring near the near the West Bank town of Jericho on April 8. Many Israeli families taking advantage of the Passover holiday were having fun in the water.
A young Israeli settler snorkels as sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd drink water from a spring near the near the West Bank town of Jericho on April 8. Many Israeli families taking advantage of the Passover holiday were having fun in the water.
Indians watch a lunar eclipse from the banks of River Kuakhai on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, on April 4.  During a lunar eclipse, Earth comes between the sun and the moon. But even during the total phase of a lunar eclipse, Earth's atmosphere refracts enough sunlight to throw a reddish glow onto the full moon's surface.
Indians watch a lunar eclipse from the banks of River Kuakhai on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, on April 4.
During a lunar eclipse, Earth comes between the sun and the moon. But even during the total phase of a lunar eclipse, Earth’s atmosphere refracts enough sunlight to throw a reddish glow onto the full moon’s surface.
Walter Scott runs from North Charleston police officer Michael Slager on April 4 in a video shot by a bystander. Slager was fired and charged with murder after the video showed the officer shooting Scott in the back.
Walter Scott runs from North Charleston police officer Michael Slager on April 4 in a video shot by a bystander. Slager was fired and charged with murder after the video showed the officer shooting Scott in the back.
A Serbian Christian Orthodox priest baptizes a pilgrim in the water of the Jordan River on April 7 at the baptismal site of Kasser el-Yahud. Hundreds of pilgrims took a ritual dip in the river, near the West Bank city of Jericho, as part of their Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
A Serbian Christian Orthodox priest baptizes a pilgrim in the water of the Jordan River on April 7 at the baptismal site of Kasser el-Yahud. Hundreds of pilgrims took a ritual dip in the river, near the West Bank city of Jericho, as part of their Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Family members wait to view the bodies of their loved ones killed in an attack on Garissa University College at a mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 8. Islamist extremists killed 148 people in the attack.
Family members wait to view the bodies of their loved ones killed in an attack on Garissa University College at a mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 8. Islamist extremists killed 148 people in the attack.
A hand is uncovered as Iraqi forensic teams recovered bodies from a mass grave in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit on April 6. Iraqi forensic teams began excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq.
A hand is uncovered as Iraqi forensic teams recovered bodies from a mass grave in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit on April 6. Iraqi forensic teams began excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq.
A boy flies a kite during the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, an annual public picnic day on the 13th day of the Iranian new year, at the Pardisan Park in Tehran on April 2. Iranians flocked to parks to mark the ancient festival, a legacy from the pre-Islamic era. It is believed to be unlucky to stay indoors on Sizdeh Bedar. Unlike other countries in the Middle East, Iranians follow the Persian solar year, which begins on the first day spring. On March 21 this year, Iran began the year 1394.
A boy flies a kite during the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, an annual public picnic day on the 13th day of the Iranian new year, at the Pardisan Park in Tehran on April 2. Iranians flocked to parks to mark the ancient festival, a legacy from the pre-Islamic era. It is believed to be unlucky to stay indoors on Sizdeh Bedar. Unlike other countries in the Middle East, Iranians follow the Persian solar year, which begins on the first day spring. On March 21 this year, Iran began the year 1394.
A woman enjoys the sun on the banks of the Yenisei River as the temperature reached about 55 degrees Fahrenheit outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on April 6.
A woman enjoys the sun on the banks of the Yenisei River as the temperature reached about 55 degrees Fahrenheit outside Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on April 6.

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Assorted Stand-Outs

  • In pictures: India has pulled out Indian, Pakistani, and American nationals from Yemen.
  • One man’s video managed to prove the guilt of a white police officer who brutally murdered a black man.
  • Autocratic elections have surprising benefits.
  • Social media helps dictators as well as protesters.
  • Rolling Stone has retracted its December 2014 UVA story regarding the rape of a female student on the campus grounds. All you really need to know is 1) this is on the magazine, not their source, and 2) rape allegations are almost NEVER false.
  • One of the most famous art forgers of all time will face no prison time — he technically committed no crime, as he donated all his forgeries.
  • It would appear Rand Paul is running for the American presidency.
  • An in-depth look at the Houthi insurgency in Yemen is at your fingertips. Bonus: Your blogger wrote on why Pakistan should probably avoid Yemen.
  • The decline of affirmative action is wrecking black enrollment in Florida.
  • The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is wrapping up.

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Weekly News Round-Up 3/30/15-4/3/15: Let’s Make A Deal

Millennials of the District, there is hope for us. Moreover there may be hope for mankind, as the Iran talks seem to have finally reached a breakthrough. This will do worlds to ease the economic burden many Iranians have faced under crushing sanctions, while also going a long way towards improving Iranian-American relations. In more depressing news, a university in Kenya saw a tragic assault by militant group al-Shabab late this week, leaving around 150 people dead. Meanwhile in Yemen….the entire Middle East and a contingent from South Asia and Africa have arrived. It’s getting packed in the Peninsula.

 

Girls take part in a Palm Sunday procession during Mass at the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna in Tenerife, Canary Islands, on March 29. Palm Sunday is celebrated the week before Easter and commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Girls take part in a Palm Sunday procession during Mass at the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna in Tenerife, Canary Islands, on March 29. Palm Sunday is celebrated the week before Easter and commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Kurdish fighters rest in a house on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 30. Kurdish and allied forces drove out ISIS fighters on Jan. 26.
Kurdish fighters rest in a house on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 30. Kurdish and allied forces drove out ISIS fighters on Jan. 26.
Search and rescue workers collect debris at the crash site of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in the French Alps on March 31. The flight carrying 144 passengers and six crew members from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, crashed on March 24.
Search and rescue workers collect debris at the crash site of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in the French Alps on March 31. The flight carrying 144 passengers and six crew members from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, crashed on March 24.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured images of Super Typhoon Maysak 200 miles above Earth from the International Space Station on March 31.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured images of Super Typhoon Maysak 200 miles above Earth from the International Space Station on March 31.
A Syrian boy carries his belongings through a neighborhood in Aleppo that anti-government activists say was hit by a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on April 2.
A Syrian boy carries his belongings through a neighborhood in Aleppo that anti-government activists say was hit by a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on April 2.
Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his anticipated victory in Kano, Nigeria, on March 31. President Goodluck Jonathan soon conceded defeat, paving the way for a peaceful transfer of power in Africa's richest and most populous nation.
Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his anticipated victory in Kano, Nigeria, on March 31. President Goodluck Jonathan soon conceded defeat, paving the way for a peaceful transfer of power in Africa’s richest and most populous nation.
Two girls write in a notebook scavenged from a garbage dump in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 1. Thousands of children pick recyclable items from waste dumping points to earn living for their poor families.
Two girls write in a notebook scavenged from a garbage dump in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 1. Thousands of children pick recyclable items from waste dumping points to earn living for their poor families.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

  • Joy in Tehran dominated headlines on Thursday.
  • How English ruined Indian literature.
  • Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart leading the Daily Show. This is cool because Noah is a person of color, international, and has a fascinating background. This is less cool because he’s made some sexist and anti-Semitic remarks.
  • In overdue news, the American FBI will now be monitoring hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arabs within the country.
  • Ben Bernanke, blogger.
  • Fair trade is just as important as organic, if not more so.
  • A minimum wage worker was fired from her job after speaking to the Washington Post about the minimum wage.
  • Senator Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran reads less forcefully in Farsi.
  • AirBnB: Cuba.
  • A woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for feticide could be the beginning of a terrible trajectory for women.
  • Everyone is really obsessed with Andreas Lubitz, the German co-pilot who may have intentionally drove a plan into the Alps, thereby killing everyone on board. Of note: If this man were not white, we would be calling him a terrorist, as opposed to mentally ill. Also of note: Mental illness needs to be de-stigmatized and depression does not make you a mass-murderer.
  • Ellen Pao appears to have lost a landmark sexual discrimination suit against her former employers. This is probably not good as it appears they were definitely sexist.

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