The News April 24-29: Make Lemonade

Stories of the Week

Lemonade. Beyonce broke the internet again, this time with a visual album centered on marriage, infidelity, Black womanhood, and everything in between. The film/album has been pretty universally well-received, once again affirming Beyonce's unique star power and broad appeal. 

The killings continue in Bangladesh. An LGBT editor in Bangladesh was hacked to death in the latest killing to plague the country's media community. His death came shortly after that of a professor, who was also murdered, reportedly because he was viewed as an atheist. The majority-Muslim country has recently suffered a spate of murders, most of which have targeted non-Muslims and involved machetes.

Acela primary. The US is pretty close to having its main presidential contenders, finally. On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump respectively raked in delegate gold, with each taking 4/5 and 5/5 races, respectively. Bernie Sanders has already begun cutting campaign staff, even as he turns to other races, while Trump may actually be in a position to cinch the number of delegates needed for the Republican nomination. Undeterred by his losses, Trump's main rival. Ted Cruz, named former candidate Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick, which is really on the latest bizarre move in a very bizarre presidential primary season. (Ted Cruz has also been compared to Lucifer this week.)

Beyonce performs (Emiana - Flickr)

Beyonce performs (Emiana - Flickr)


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Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • North Korea has said it will stop military tests only if the US stops joint exercises with South Korea.
  • A Canadian hostage was beheaded in the Philippines. The whereabouts of other hostages are currently unknown, but the head of John Risdel was found this week.
  • China is doing everything in its power to cripple foreign NGOs.

Europe & Eurasia:

  • American President Barack Obama is anti-Brexit.
  • Four civilians were killed by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
  • A suicide bombing in the Turkish city of Bursa wounded numerous people and took many as a surprise -- unlike Ankara or Istanbul, Bursa is not a run-of-the-mill target.
  • Kazakhs are protesting land privatization.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:


  • Mexico's 43 missing students likely suffered a night of terror, according to investigators.
  • Dilma Rousseff's vice president seems to be eyeing the presidency more and more, as Rousseff's tenure becomes increasingly precarious.
  • John Kasich and Ted Cruz formed a brief alliance in a bid to keep Donald Trump from acquiring the number of delegates needed to seal the Republican nomination.
  • A Bangladeshi immigrant couple were murdered in San Jose, California, in what may or may not have been a hate crime.
  • Former top Republican Dennis Hastert is officially a child molester, and officially not serving the sentence he should be serving, namely because he's serving it for bank fraud and not for molestation.
  • A 13 year-old African American boy was shot and killed in Baltimore by a police officer. The boy reportedly had a toy gun.
  • Yale will keep the name of a white supremacist attached to one of its colleges.


  • An Australian politician set a river on fire with a lighter, and blamed fracking--though there could be other explanations.
  • Papua New Guinea's supreme court has ruled that Australia's detention of asylum seekers on the island of Manus is unconstitutional. 

Quote of the Week:

"There is some precedent for having a running mate of the same gender." - Anita Dunn to MSNBC re: Hillary Clinton potentially picking a female vice president

Blue Out: Ukraine's tree tunnel.