Happy Friday to all. The heat may be brutal in DC, but it’s far, far worse in India where over 1800 people have died from temperatures soaring over 50 C/122 F. In Iraq, soldiers are struggling to retake ground lost to militants, amidst propaganda wars between Iran and the US. FIFA, the international soccer/football association, is having a really bad week, while Ireland is not — an overwhelming majority voted to legalize same-sex marriage this past weekend. Meanwhile everyone you’ve ever heard of wants to be the Republican president of the US. Happy weekend y’all!
From Slate: “This is the time we live in: Thousands of people have signed a petition to unseat a woman they’ve never heard of from a position they don’t understand at a school they’ve never visited over a tweet they’ve never seen.”
A busy and hectic week here on your blog’s end. The news are pretty bluesy — an ancient city in Syria has fallen to Daesh/ISIS (UNESCO is having a panic attack), sexual assault survivors are being forced to carry their dorm mattresses to graduation to hold Ivy League universities accountable, thousands of Rohingya migrants have nowhere to go, and former Egyptian president Morsi has been sentenced to death. Hardly chipper news to what is, for Americans, the start of Memorial Day weekend. However, six police officers have been sentenced in the murder of Freddie Gray, so all is not lost.
Using Pakistan as an example, several writers are arguing that introducing student governments in schools will promote democracy.
Happy belated Mother’s Day to all those who serve in a maternal capacity for the beings in their lives! This week has been a bit rough in the US, where liberals have risen up en masse against various policies forwarded by President Obama. Elsewhere, Burundi is experiencing upheaval over its president’s attempted third term in office, a horrific terror attack in Pakistan killed nearly fifty people, Macedonia is seeing renewed clashes from its Albanian-speaking minority, and another Bangladeshi secular blogger has been murdered. Also, Seymour Hersh has started quite the controversy.
Jeffrey Sterling, who leaked classified information to reporter James Risen, will go to prison for 3+ years. While the bulk of the trial’s publicity centered on Risen, it is Sterling who blew the whistle and Sterling who will do jail time.
Tom Brady has been suspended from playing for the Patriots for four games over #Deflategate. That’s more than Ray Rice, because the NFL cares more about deflating balls than beating your spouse.
Tuesday was World Press Freedom Day! Free the press, love on the press, respect the press, hold the press accountable! In other news everyone and their pet monkey is running for the Republican nomination for president in the US, and Britain had quite the election roller coaster this week. Israel’s Netanyahu narrowly scraped a (likely doomed) coalition government together, while the US Holocaust Museum issued a dire warning regarding the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. Nepal continues to struggle in the wake of a tragic earthquake, and Saudi Arabia is essentially murdering Yemeni civilians unable to access aid. Back to the US for a moment — District residents, we will be able to fly round-trip to Cuba for under a thousand dollars come December. With that, a good weekend to all!
American presidential race updates: Ben Carson is in, as is Carly Fiorina. Both will seek the Republican nomination.
WaPo has an intensive look up at their site offering an analysis of police officers held accountable for the numerous murders committed in the US. | Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Maryland, is charging six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Among the charges: ‘depraved-heart murder.’
All this blog’s thoughts and prayers with Nepal this week. Some ways you can help are here. Meanwhile in the District’s neighbor Baltimore times are hard as well – #BaltimoreUprisings is a good place to go for up-to-date social media news regarding the situation. News is pretty widespread this round-up. The American SCOTUS heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage this week and it seems once again Justice Kennedy will be the swing vote come June. In Pakistan, the men responsible for Malala Yousafzai’s shooting will face life in prison. Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to face off over Yemen. In news unrelated to global politics, this blog is slowly getting a beauty makeover. Changes will be phased in over time — feel free to chime in with feedback — we live to serve!
Forgiveness knows no bounds: an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor hugged a former Nazi guard at his trial.
Bernie Saunders (I-VT) will be joining the American presidential election. He is the only Socialist in the American Senate, and he is the least likely of any potential Democratic candidates to win the presidency. Hillary Clinton acknowledged his announcement with a friendly Tweet.
Forty years after the fall of Saigon, the children American soldiers left behind are looking for their fathers.
Hillary Clinton, admitted member of the status quo, gave a shockingly progressive and thoughtful speech on crime, justice, reform, and mental health at Columbia University. (Though much of it involved trampling on the legacy of former President Clinton, who was quite famous for his tough on crime stance.)
A multi-million dollar spacecraft was intentionally rammed into Mercury this week. RIP Messenger.
The American Psychological Association essentially helped the American government torture people.