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.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

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.

South Asia:

The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, on May 10. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America.
The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night in Pucon town, Chile, on May 10. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active in South America.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Nearly 600 people, the bulk of them Burmese Rohingya Muslims, were rescued from a ship off the coast of Indonesia.
  • Indonesia’s virginity tests for female military recruits are attracting outrage.
  • Thousands more are still trapped at sea, having failed in their efforts to reach Malaysia.
  • North Korea‘s defense minister has been executed for disloyalty.
  • A fire at a slipper factory killed dozens of people in the Philippines.
  • Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis.
  • China plans for video surveillance to cover all public spaces by 2020.
Sailboats are surrounded by pollen covering Lake Starnberg in Germany on May 8.
Sailboats are surrounded by pollen covering Lake Starnberg in Germany on May 8.

Europe & Eurasia:

A young woman sits at a grave in the Turkish town of Soma on May 13. Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the Soma mine disaster when 301 workers were killed after an explosion.
A young woman sits at a grave in the Turkish town of Soma on May 13. Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the Soma mine disaster when 301 workers were killed after an explosion.

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Saudi Arabia will not attend a series of key meetings at Camp David in the US.
  • Yemen’s Houthi rebels accepted a five-day ceasefire proposal earlier this week. Aid efforts began in earnest mid-week, as workers rushed frantically to assist Yemenis who have been cut off from humanitarian aid by Saudi strikes.
  • A new law in Tunisia restricting freedom of speech towards the military has some people concerned.
  • A reporter for Al Jazeera who was imprisoned in Egypt following accusations of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood is suing his former employer.
  • Daesh/ISIS has reached the gates of an ancient Syrian city and UNESCO is rightfully having a panic attack.
  • A new report says human rights under Palestinian rule in the Occupied Territories have significantly worsened.
  • An appeals court upheld charges against Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who criticized the government on social media.
Shiite pilgrims carry a mock coffin during a symbolic funeral commemorating the death of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim at the shrine where he is buried in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district on May 14. Every year, thousands of pilgrims gather on the anniversary of the death of al-Kadhim, a revered Shiite figure who was imprisoned for four years and poisoned by then-ruler Harun al-Rashid in 795 AD.
Shiite pilgrims carry a mock coffin during a symbolic funeral commemorating the death of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim at the shrine where he is buried in Baghdad’s Kadhimiya district on May 14. Every year, thousands of pilgrims gather on the anniversary of the death of al-Kadhim, a revered Shiite figure who was imprisoned for four years and poisoned by then-ruler Harun al-Rashid in 795 AD.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

A policeman tries to protect a female police officer accused of shooting a protester in the Buterere neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 12. Protesters opposed to the president's decision to run for a third term chased, beat and stoned the woman, who was later handed back to the police.
A policeman tries to protect a female police officer accused of shooting a protester in the Buterere neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 12. Protesters opposed to the president’s decision to run for a third term chased, beat and stoned the woman, who was later handed back to the police.

Americas:

A Nepalese family sleeps sheltered by plastic sheets in an open space after an earthquake hit the region earlier in the day, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 12. A new earthquake Tuesday spread more fear and misery in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that left thousands dead.
A Nepalese family sleeps sheltered by plastic sheets in an open space after an earthquake hit the region earlier in the day, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 12. A new earthquake Tuesday spread more fear and misery in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that left thousands dead.

Oceania:

  • Australia is threatening to kill actor Johnny Depp’s dogs, claiming he didn’t properly vaccinate them before entering the country.
A photo shot from a Philippine military plane shows the alleged ongoing land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines on May 11.  China's rapid creation of artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chain of the South China Sea is setting off alarm bells across the Philippines, a country with one of the weakest navies in the region.
A photo shot from a Philippine military plane shows the alleged ongoing land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines on May 11.
China’s rapid creation of artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chain of the South China Sea is setting off alarm bells across the Philippines, a country with one of the weakest navies in the region.

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