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)

 

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

54 migrants rescued at sea have been repatriated to Haiti (Coast Guard News)
54 migrants rescued at sea have been repatriated to Haiti (Coast Guard News)

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

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  • A Moroccan magazine has withdrawn its latest issue after asking the question “should homosexuals be burned?”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.
Street art in Tel Aviv, Israel (Kelly Kline)
Street art in Tel Aviv, Israel (Kelly Kline)

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

  • 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.
Solidarity for sexual diversity in Mexico (Jesus M. Hernandez)
Solidarity for sexual diversity in Mexico (Jesus M. Hernandez)

 

Weekly Wow: Hats off to Dave Grohl. | Philae returns! | Fear polar bears. | DC is a cool place. | A very queer Ramadan.

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