Stories of the Week
Same-sex marriage shot down in China. A judge dealt a blow to the country's first same-sex marriage case on Wednesday. The plaintiff, Sun Wenlin, who sued for the right to marry his boyfriend, has said he will appeal. The case has attracted a great deal of attention, and thrust LGBTQ rights in China into the global spotlight.
Impeachment for Dilma Rousseff? Brazil's president is in an increasingly tough position. The country may be getting set to impeach her, and her options are limited. Accused of playing a role in Brazil's Petrobas scandal, the president has decried allegations that she took part, and pushed back on impeachment discussions. Still, the clock is ticking.
Paralysis breakthrough. A paralyzed man was able to move his hand with the assistance of a brain prosthetic. The finding is groundbreaking, and could have tremendous implications for other individuals with similar circumstances. Further testing is required, but the study that allowed for the hand movement is already being hailed as revolutionary.
- For the poor, geography always matters.
- Where the sidewalks end: women in cities without adequate sidewalks suffer disproportionately.
- The Assad Files.
- No, young Arabs do NOT want to join the Islamic State for the most part.
- This violent world - how literature helps us cope.
- Mississippi writers speak out against hate. Meanwhile, the southerners feeling the effectives of the boycott wave targeting states like North Carolina are addressing just why the boycotts are a problem.
- Giving 'dangerously close' a new meaning.
- Kitniyot no more (or yes more) for Conservative Jews on Passover.
- A fireworks show in Kerala, India, turned deadly and erupted into a fire that killed over 100 people.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in India.
- India is bracing itself for above-average monsoon rains. Southern India is also experiencing an extreme heat wave.
- A curfew was established in Kashmir following clashes between security personnel and protesters.
- An earthquake killed six people in northern Pakistan last Sunday.
- Following recent unrest, protests have been banned in Islamabad.
- The Afghan Taliban has announced its spring offensive.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Burma was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday.
- The prime minister of Singapore was verbally attacked on Facebook by his sister.
- This snake may have been the world's largest. Nice going, Malaysia.
- Tensions between China and Taiwan are escalating, this time over the abduction of several Taiwanese nationals who were deported from Kenya.
- Thailand is sending drunk drivers to work in morgues as punishment.
Europe & Eurasia:
- As new information emerges surrounding the attacks in Brussels earlier this year, fear across Europe is mounting concerning future threats.
- Macedonian police used tear gas on refugees attempting to cross the border.
- David Cameron was forced to address the Panama Papers scandal in front of Britain's parliament. His family has been involved with offshore companies, which came to light when the papers leaked.
- Iceland's pirate poet prime minister?
Middle East & North Africa:
- A second round of Syria peace talks began in Geneva at the beginning of this week.
- Russia is definitely still in Syria, despite claims the country was pulling out.
- Yemen's tentative ceasefire has been marred by spurts of violence.
- Egypt gifted Saudi Arabia with two islands, a move that has sparked ire.
- President Barack Obama recently noted in an interview that failing to prepare for what would happen in Libya following the overthrow of its dictator was one of the worst decisions of his presidency.
- Thanks to a power station shutdown, many Palestinians are living in virtual darkness.
- The Iraqi parliament is in a stalemate following a scuffle over the prime minister's proposed cabinet.
- A Somali journalist accused of helping militants kill several other reporters was executed by firing squad in Mogadishu.
- Boko Haram is increasingly relying on children to carry out suicide bombings.
- Calls to investigate the Nigerian military's reported massacre of Shiites are growing.
- Malawi has officially declared a disaster over its drought.
- An indigenous community in Canada declared a state of emergency after 11 people tried to kill themselves last weekend.
- Also on Canada's agenda: assisted suicide.
- The dark side of Brazil's coffee industry.
- Panama game still going strong -- a week after the Panama Papers leak for the ages, ramifications are still being felt. The offices of Mossack Fonseca were raided mid-week by Panamanian officials looking for evidence of money laundering, and world leaders including the leaders of Iceland and Britain remained in a tough spot with their constituents.
- Keiko Fujimori led the first round of elections in Peru.
- North Carolina is backtracking on a bill with serious implications for LGBTQ individuals.
- Paul Ryan does not want to be president, probably.
- Verizon strikes back.
- A Labor senate candidate in Australia is campaigning on the issue of indigenous incarceration, to some acclaim.
- On that note, an indigenous actor, Jack Charles, is calling for greater cultural training for taxi drivers in the country after he was yet again refused service in a seemingly racially-motivated incident. Charles wants a sit-down meeting between taxi drivers, police, and other society leaders to discuss systemic racial profiling.
- Australia and China are cautiously cultivating their trade relationship.
Quote of the Week:
From the raw, salty Gulf waters to the fishing dredges, through oystermen’s coolers to Bourbon Street’s famed oyster bars, then heaped in a 1,300-ton pile of slowly curing shells 63 miles south of New Orleans, and finally to a newly engineered reef in Biloxi Marsh, in front of Lake Pontchartrain, the shell moves slowly toward reunion with salt water and anthropogenic purpose. - Reconsider the Oyster (Arielle Milkman, The Morning News)