Weekly News Round-Up 5/25/15-5/29/15: Hot Hot Heat

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!

 

Displaced Sunnis, fleeing violence in Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 19, 2015. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront ISIS fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.
Displaced Sunnis, fleeing violence in Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 19, 2015. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront ISIS fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.

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Weekly News Round-Up 5/18/15-5/22/15: Carry That Weight

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.

 

Displaced Sunnis, fleeing violence in Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 19, 2015. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront ISIS fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.
Displaced Sunnis, fleeing violence in Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on May 19, 2015. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront ISIS fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.
A tiny figure watches an oil slick wash up on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 19. An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara.
A tiny figure watches an oil slick wash up on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 19. An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara.

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A pelican is covered in oil on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 20. Tuesday's pipeline break lasted about three hours. According to initial estimates, it spilled up to 105,000 gallons, with the majority of the oil remaining on land. Up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea, early estimates show.
A pelican is covered in oil on Refugio State Beach in Goleta, Calif., on May 20. Tuesday’s pipeline break lasted about three hours. According to initial estimates, it spilled up to 105,000 gallons, with the majority of the oil remaining on land. Up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea, early estimates show.

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Weekly News Round-Up 5/11/15-5/15/15: Shell No

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.

 

nvestigators and first responders work near the wreckage of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 on May 13, 2015. The train was heading from Washington D.C. to New York when it derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured in the crash.
nvestigators and first responders work near the wreckage of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 on May 13, 2015. The train was heading from Washington D.C. to New York when it derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured in the crash.

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Rohingya migrants retrieve food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter aboard a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe on May 14. A boat carrying members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community -- including many young children -- was found drifting in Thai waters on Thursday, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days.
Rohingya migrants retrieve food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter aboard a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe on May 14. A boat carrying members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community — including many young children — was found drifting in Thai waters on Thursday, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days.

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Weekly News Round-Up 5/4/15-5/8/15: Depraved-Heart Murder

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!

 

Ballerinas take a break during a dress rehearsal before the first official show of "Giselle" on May 6, 2015 in Johannesburg, as the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater kicks off the South African leg of the global season.
Ballerinas take a break during a dress rehearsal before the first official show of “Giselle” on May 6, 2015 in Johannesburg, as the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater kicks off the South African leg of the global season.

 

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Weekly News Round-Up 4/27/15-5/1/15: Quakes & Uprisings

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!

A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of an earthquake wait for ambulances after being evacuated at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27.  A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu on April 25 and was followed by multiple aftershocks.
A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of an earthquake wait for ambulances after being evacuated at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27.
A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu on April 25 and was followed by multiple aftershocks.

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A young protester stands in front of a line of police on April 27 following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses 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.
A young protester stands in front of a line of police on April 27 following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses 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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