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.
- As noted above, this was quite the week at the SCOTUS. Decisions were rounded out this morning when the Court ruled same-sex marriage a constitutional right, which will have a profound impact for immigrant families, as well as for families seeking health and housing benefits.
- We may be on the verge of a sixth mass-extinction.
- Everyone Is Running For The American Presidency 2k15 Updates: Bobby Jindal, conservative Christian and Louisiana heavyweight, is running. He is a proponent of the “Muslim no-go zones” myth.
- Taylor Swift v. Apple.
- In addition to hating African Americans, white supremacist and terrorist Dylann Roof also hated Jews and Hispanics. Charming.
- Barack Obama used the N-word and everyone’s up in arms.
- He also silenced a transgender activist who was heckling him during an LGBTQ session touting his administration’s accomplishments, few of which have truly helped transgender persons.
- The families of American hostages taken by militants received lukewarm comfort this week from the Obama administration.
- Boston Marathon bombder Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. He apologized for his actions in court on Wednesday.
- Rape on the night shift.
- Anti-vaxxers had a bad week.
- White people will be a minority in the US by 2045. Better start being nice to your neighbors, white people.
- Nearly 100 people have died from drinking contaminated liquor in India.
- The Taliban launched a full-scale massive attack on the Afghan parliament this weekend.
- An Afghan soldier who killed six out of seven insurgents during the attack has been given a new home and promoted.
- Two provinces in Afghanistan have fallen to the Taliban in the past two weeks.
- A Dutch foreign aid worker was kidnapped by gunmen early in the morning from her car in Kabul.
- A brutal heatwave in Pakistan’s Sindh province has left over eight hundred people dead. The numbers have been rising all week.
- Pakistan has reversed its controversial decision on NGO Save The Children.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A group of influential Buddhist monks in Burma are seeking to ban Muslim schoolgirls from wearing head scarves.
- China blocked India’s efforts at the UN to seek an explanation regarding the release of a terrorist in Pakistan. The move comes as China and India slowly work to define their relationship in the context of their somewhat divisive border.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Greece offered 11th hour concessions to creditors as default and an exit from the Eurozone looms large. They were shot down by Athens’ government, leading to a stalemate.
- The EU has extended sanctions against Russia through 2016.
- Tension between Turkey and its Kurds is once again escalating.
- Spying allegations are causing a feud to grow between France and the US.
- A Friday morning attack near Lyon concluded with an explosion and a decapitation.
- The Netherlands will be massively scaling back on its greenhouse gas emissions in a revolutionary move.
- A hike in energy costs has led to an outpouring of protests in Armenia.
Middle East & North Africa:
- A UN report says both Israel and Palestine committed war crimes during last summer’s Gaza war.
- Israel’s Druze residents are increasingly angry over activity on the Israeli-Syrian border.
- Daesh/ISIS are back and charming as ever with a new execution video of around 15 men accused of being spies.
- ISIS/Daesh is also believed to have mined the ruins of Palmyra, an ancient Syrian city.
- The group has additionally launched a new assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani.
- Wikileaks dumped a mass of Saudi documents this week, to the delight of hackers everywhere.
- Iran’s Supreme Leader got tough on nuclear negotiations earlier this week.
- A bombing in Kuwait came during the holy month of Ramadan, when many are praying and fasting. The attack has been claimed by Daesh/ISIS.
- Violence in Burundi continues to rage ahead of parliamentary elections.
- Will Rwanda‘s president, Paul Kegame, give up leadership? Many are wondering.
- Over two dozen people have died from a cholera outbreak in South Sudan.
- Chile’s capital Santiago has declared a smog emergency.
- Violence in El Salvador is nearing a return to its civil war levels.
- Human Rights Watch says Colombia slaughtered thousands of civilians in an attempt to pass them off as FARC rebels and signal a victory for their side.
- In Alberta, Canada the demand for minimum income is increasing.
- A trade deal thought to be dead in the water has been revived by the US Senate.
- The fight to take down the Confederate flag is raging throughout the southern US.
- Americans are far more likely to be killed by non-Muslim extremists than by Muslim extremists.
- An historically black church was set on fire in North Carolina, in what was likely a hate crime.
- Australia is setting up a law to strip dual nationals of citizenship should they be convicted of terrorism.