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.)
- United Airlines reportedly racially profiled (and harassed) a Muslim woman on a flight. United has since apologized.
- For the love of G-d, rich people, stop giving Harvard money.
- Caitlyn Jenner graced the cover of Vanity Fair this week. Here’s a useful guide to not misgendering transgender individuals.
- Female Viagra?
- The head of FIFA has formally resigned, shortly after winning a fifth term.
- Three feminists may have solved a monthly headache for women everywhere.
- Key components of the Patriot Act have expired thanks to (to the surprise of some) Rand Paul.
- Marin O’Malley will challenge Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for the American presidency. The winner will in turn battle the rest of the world, who will be collectively running for the Republican nomination.
- SCOTUS says you can only be convicted for making threats on social media if you mean it.
- China basically hacked everyone in the US government.
- In Arizona a large group of armed people gathered to protest Islam. One imagines that if a large crowd of Muslims gathered with guns in any location they would not be received well by the majority of the US.
- Schools in Nepal are re-opening for the first time since a devastating earthquake ripped the country apart.
- The owner of Rana Plaza, a factory in Bangladesh whose collapse killed thousands, is being charged with murder.
- Narendra Modi is officially the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.
- India has banned Nestle’s Maggi noodles following discoveries of lead in the product.
- A bus carrying ethnic Pashtuns traveling from Quetta to Karachi was attacked in Pakistan over the weekend. The mass killings took place in Mastung, and relate to the Baloch struggle for independence.
- Polio cases have dropped 70% in Pakistan this year.
- Eight out of ten of the men accused of conspiring to kill Malala Yousafzai were secretly acquitted, according to new reports.
- The pace of Pakistani executions have many human rights groups concerned.
- Afghanistan’s Women’s Affairs Minister has laid out her 100 days plan.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Burma‘s denial concerning the country’s Rohingya population continues to be alarming.
- The Burmese government has sent a ship to steer stranded migrants to shore.
- A cruise ship carrying nearly 500 people sank on the Yangtze River in China.
- South Korea test-fired a missile that could hit all of North Korea.
- The MERS virus is shutting down schools all over South Korea.
Europe & Eurasia:
- The EU is on shaky ground as Greece once again lobbies for an alteration in its debt repayment plan.
- By Thursday, however, prospects were looking up.
- Warmer weather is bringing increased fighting and tensions to Eastern Ukraine.
- Paris’ famous love locks have been cut from a popular bridge in France.
- Turkey’s election approaches, with all eyes on the AKP and President Erdogan.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The US State Department has reported that “several” Americans are being held in Yemen.
- Qatar has extended a travel ban for the “Taliban Five”, prisoners who were swapped in exchange for American POW Bowe Bergdahl.
- Jordanians are protesting a pipeline deal with Israel.
- Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak is set to be retried.
- French-owned phone company Orange is in a spat with Israel over its occupation of the Palestinian territories.
- Syrian militant group Jabhat al-Nusra is struggling to define itself.
- Love letters from Daesh/ISIS.
- At least 30 people were killed in attacks in northeastern Nigeria.
- The UN has called for an international investigation into allegations that peacekeepers in the CAR committed sexual assault.
- Sudanese dictator Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected for a five year term.
- Burundi has postponed its elections amidst rioting and protests.
- A blast at a petrol station in Ghana reportedly killed as many as 90 people.
- The Rwandan Green Party has filed suit to prevent Paul Kegame from amending the constitution to allow him to expand his term.
- The Congo may be set to divide its provinces.
- In light of allegations against FIFA, Brazil is probing the soccer/football industry.
- In Venezuela, thousands are protesting and demanding the release of imprisoned opposition leaders.
- Teachers in Mexico are striking over a proposed education overhaul.
- Potholes in Panama are tweeting their own repair requests.
- The Red Cross raised a ton of money for Haiti, that went…very few places.
- Hate crimes against women are now backed by tough legislation in Colombia.
- A Canadian report has found the forced reschooling of aboriginal children amounted to cultural genocide.
- Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died last weekend of brain cancer. His death has been met with an outpouring of grief from across the political divide.
- Every politician in the US had it rough last weekend apparently — Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in Switzerland.
- Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) is being investigated for, among other things, paying off a blackmailer who he sexually abused.
- Congress has passed the Freedom Act, overhauling key components of NSA spying.
- Carrying guns to school in Texas…
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