Weekly News Round-Up 6/22/15-6/26/15: #SCOTUSCare, #SCOTUSMarriage

A happy SCOTUS week to all DC (and American) residents! This blog will show some partisanship in its support for this week’s decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, and housing discrimination — well done, justices! Elsewhere a devastating heatwave has killed over a thousand people in Pakistan’s Sindh region, Greece may be forced to exit the Eurozone, Israel and Hamas are both guilty of war crimes, and Iran’s Supreme Leader has thrown a hitch in nuclear talks. This morning also brought the tragic news that terror attacks across three continents left scores dead — thoughts with those in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia.

A billboard on the road in Tehran (Chris-45).
A billboard on the road in Tehran (Chris-45 | Flickr).

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Weekly News Round-Up 6/15/15-6/19/15: Charleston Tragedy

All this blog’s thoughts with the people of Charleston after a horrifying massacre this week. A more uplifting Ramadan/Ramzan mubarak to all this blog’s Muslim followers! This week brings us floods in Georgia (the nation), the mass deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic, and a bizarre saga involving an American white woman attempting to pass herself off as black. These are strange times we live in.

 

Posters commemorate the dead in Charleston, South Carolina (Stephen Melkisethian)
Posters commemorate the dead in a DC vigil for those killed in Charleston, South Carolina (Stephen Melkisethian)

 

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Weekly News Round-Up 6/8/15-6/12/15: A Bro With No Ho (Prison Break)

Happy boiling Friday from the District — we are in a bit of a heat wave here. Also a wave of Republicans trying to out-shout each other — Lindsey Graham wasn’t having the best week, courtesy of Senator Mark Kirk. (Sorry, bro.)  Meanwhile Chinese hackers have reportedly obtained numerous American social security numbers, a prison break in New York has the state on watch, Turkey’s AKP has been royally trounced, Greece is still duking it out over its debt, and being black in America is even worse than we all originally thought. Everyone stay cool this weekend, regardless of your location (Australia and the general deep Southern hemisphere excluded.)

Children walk outside the Heydar Aliyev Center, ahead of the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 11.
Children walk outside the Heydar Aliyev Center, ahead of the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 11.

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Turkish soldiers help a Syrian woman to cross into Turkey from the borderline in Akcakale district of Sanliurfa on June 10.
Turkish soldiers help a Syrian woman to cross into Turkey from the borderline in Akcakale district of Sanliurfa on June 10.

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Weekly News Round-Up 6/1/15-6/5/15: Let It Rain

Greetings from shockingly chilly and misty DC — we anticipate swamp-like conditions will return shortly. This week has been predominately brought to you by Islamophobia from a range of sources, as well as additional candidates for the American presidential election. Elsewhere the Rohingya are still facing severe persecution in Burma, Greece and the EU are duking it out over the former’s debt crisis, and the FIFA scandal has engulfed countries across the world. Cheers to the weekend. (For some happy news, here’s the monsoon rains finally bringing some relief to stranded Rohingya refugees.)

 

 Hope, a four-year old female rhino that survived a horrific poaching attack thanks to dramatic medical intervention, recovers at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa on May 26. Poachers darted Hope with tranquillizers and hacked off her horn, leaving her for dead. After the attack, Hope was transferred to Shamwari Game Reserve where surgery was performed to fit the protective plate that covers the wound.  Hope is being cared for by Saving the Survivors, an organization which works to save rhino that have been victims of poaching attacks.
Hope, a four-year old female rhino that survived a horrific poaching attack thanks to dramatic medical intervention, recovers at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa on May 26. Poachers darted Hope with tranquillizers and hacked off her horn, leaving her for dead. After the attack, Hope was transferred to Shamwari Game Reserve where surgery was performed to fit the protective plate that covers the wound.
Hope is being cared for by Saving the Survivors, an organization which works to save rhino that have been victims of poaching attacks.

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 Roberto Salas, left, and Lewis Sternhagen check a flooded car on the frontage road near the Willow Waterhole Bayou on May 26 in Houston.  Officials have been closely watching rising rivers and creeks in Texas after heavy rains last weekend. At least 23 people have died in flooding across the state this week.
Roberto Salas, left, and Lewis Sternhagen check a flooded car on the frontage road near the Willow Waterhole Bayou on May 26 in Houston.
Officials have been closely watching rising rivers and creeks in Texas after heavy rains last weekend. At least 23 people have died in flooding across the state this week.

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