Stories of the Week
Venezuela meltdown. Is Venezuela headed for collapse? A lot of people seem to think so. Food scarcity, a lack of electricity, and political tensions have all led the country to the brink. Last Friday, the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, declared a state of emergency. The public health problem in Venezuela is also pretty severe, and is only exacerbating its woes.
Sri Lanka flooding. Floods and landslides hit Sri Lanka hard this week, burying numerous people and killing over a dozen people. Tens of thousands of people have fled impacted areas, and authorities have been working to counter the crisis. Around 200 families were presumed missing as of this publishing, with access cut off to many rural areas.
EgyptAir flight goes down. On Thursday a flight from Paris to Cairo suddenly fell off communication radars. It is believed to have crashed with 66 people aboard, and speculation regarding the presumed crash abounds. While it is unclear if the flight faced technical difficulties or something more sinister, Egypt has been quick to caution that travel to the country is still safe. Update: the plane's debris has been spotted and confirmed, then retracted, then confirmed again, to be near Greece in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Anti-LGBTQ views are a fun global norm, heteronormativity prevails, etc.
- New York's mass graves.
- Concepts with which men have asked me if I am familiar: a spreadsheet.
- Love in the time of Zika.
- As we mourn the loss of The Toast, let us celebrate Nicole Chung's great interview on interracial relationships.
- Successful penis transplant!
- The MOVE bombing.
- Romania's poison cave is fascinating and super dangerous...for humans.
- For the low-income students in the Ivy League, a full ride isn't everything they dreamed of.
- Facebook's saga with conservative news continues.
- Transgender Indians are still struggling to achieve parity with their cisgender peers.
- Madhesis in Nepal have resumed their protests against the country's new constitution.
- Arrests have been made in Bangladesh following the killing of two gay campaigners.
- Shahbaz Taseer, the son of assassinated former governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer, has broken his silence on his time in captivity, sharing that he was tortured.
- Several Hindu Pakistani families have found refuge in Delhi, India.
- The disturbing pattern emerging surrounding the murders of independent Indian journalists.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The new president of the Philippines may reinstate the death penalty.
- The US is easing its sanctions on Burma.
- Even the Chinese government is a bit over Mao-worship.
- US-North Korea relations could be interesting should Donald Trump become president of the former.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Protesters in Poland are calling for a near total ban on abortion.
- Could Afghan refugees turn Germany into a cricketing power?
- So apparently Russia hardcore doped its athletes during the last Olympics.
- The EU wants to use the German global development agency to provide training, detention camps, and equipment to (drumroll) the government of Sudan, which is led by a war criminal. This is potentially the worst aid project ever.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The Islamic State continued to strike in Iraq, killing numerous people in several coordinated attacks.
- Egypt has sentenced 152 people to prison for protesting the country's recent gift (islands) to Saudi Arabia.
- Speaking of Saudi -- the American families of 9/11 victims may be set to sue the Gulf giant. Vox argues this could backfire in that it could open the US up to lawsuits from, say, the families of drone strike victims in countries like Yemen.
- Iran is cracking down on 'un-Islamic acts' including models posting pictures sans headscarves to Instagram.
- The US and other world powers want to arm the Libyan government.
- Queer activists in Lebanon staged a sit-in over the country's discriminatory laws.
- Israel is hiring Jordanians for service work.
- Tanzania says it has purged over 10,000 ghost workers from its payroll following an audit.
- A girl kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria two years ago has been rescued by the Nigerian army.
- President Danilo Medina easily won a second term as president in the Dominican Republic.
- Authorities seized what is being called the biggest cocaine haul in Colombia's history.
- The deaths of immigrants in detention are exposing Canada's weak spots when it comes to immigration.
- Residents in Alberta are still fleeing the oil sands around Fort McMurray, which have been ablaze for the past week.
- Mexico's president has called for enshrining same-sex marriage in the constitution.
- A torture report might have been 'mistakenly' erased by the CIA.
- Bernie Sanders supporters in Nevada have gone way too far.
- The US Supreme Court sent a series of cases involving the right of religious nonprofits to deny their employees birth control coverage.
- In case you were waiting, here's Donald Trump's would-be Supreme Court nominees.
- American overtime!
- Tensions surrounding refugees in Australia are building, with calls to close the island detention centers on Nauru and Manus growing from activists. Adding fuel to the fire -- Immigration Minister Peter Dutton labeling refugees "illiterate."
Quote of the Week:
"Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68." - Mary Anne Noland Obituary, Richmond Times-Dispatch