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.
- Everyone Is Running For the American Presidency 2k15 Updates: Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have now joined us.
- Rich Californians are super mad about water rationing.
- Rachel Dolezal, a woman accused of posing as black, stepped down as president of Spokane’s NAACP branch this week.
- Uber drivers are independent employees, not contractors. Sorry Uber.
- Americans: We may be getting a woman on the $10 bill.
- Lester Holt is set to become the first black solo news anchor in the US.
- Vagina beauty pageants?
- India has annulled its pre-medical examinations.
- Pakistan’s decision to shutter NGO Save the Children has been reversed.
- Two Pakistani men who say they got married as a joke are now facing prison time.
- Pakistan has suspended the death penalty for Ramadan.
- ISIS/Daesh has been warned by the Taliban to stay out of Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan has its first-ever female Supreme Court nominee.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A North Korean teenaged soldier braved the DMZ to defect to South Korea.
- Hong Kong‘s protests have begun anew.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Floods set zoo animals loose in Georgia. A white tiger killed a man, and was promptly shot.
- Greece inched a step closer to leaving the Eurozone on Monday, as its debt talks collapsed.
- In Geneva, a fistfight broke out over Yemeni peace talks.
- Pope Francis: policy wonk.
- Kosovo’s former premier has detained by Slovenia, reportedly at the behest of Serbia.
Middle East & North Africa:
- An American airstrike in Libya killed the architect of an attack in Algeria.
- An Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) deputy has been killed in Yemen.
- A Moroccan magazine has withdrawn its latest issue after asking the question “should homosexuals be burned?”
- The death sentence of former Egyptian president Mohamad Morsi has been upheld.
- The Palestinian unity government of Fatah and Hamas is set to dissolve.
- Jewish extremists targeted a Christian relic in Israel this week, burning and severely damaging an ancient church.
- Israelis Druze are afraid for family members in neighboring Syria, where Druze are being targeted.
- Sudanese leader Bashar al-Assad, wanted for crimes against humanity, quickly left a South African-hosted African Union conference as authorities weighed arresting him.
- A bombing in Chad killed around 30 people.
- Madagascar’s legislature threw out the impeachment of its president, prompting France to call for peaceful solutions.
- Rebel militias in Mali are nearing a peace deal.
- Mexico’s supreme court legalized same-sex marriage with barely a noise.
- Here’s a profile on Venezuela‘s most prominent political prisoner.
- Thousands of Haitians scrambled this week to gain permanent residency in the Dominican Republic before being deported.
- Nine people were killed at an historic black church in South Carolina in what many are calling a hate crime. Suspect (and white supremacist) Dylann Storm Roof was arrested a day after the killings. South Carolina’s confederate flag (which flies in front of its capital) is not at half-mast in deference to the victims, another point of contention.
- A man in Dallas opened fire on police headquarters last weekend.