The News July 3-8: We Live In A Broken World

Stories of the Week

Horror in Dhaka, Baghdad, and beyond. Last Friday, militants struck an upscale cafe in Dhaka, holding more than 30 people hostage, with 20 ultimately killed. The targets were foreigners and non-Muslim, which did not stop Muslims from being killed (including those who heroically refused to leave behind friends.) In Baghdad, suicide bombers struck a busy area before Eid, killing over 250 people and wounding many more, in an attack aimed predominately at Iraq's Shia community. The horror continued with three separate attacks in Saudi Arabia, striking at the heart of the Muslim faith. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for all attacks. 

Donald Trump and anti-Semitism. Trump, he of the GOP presidential nomination for 2016, has a number of serious problems, one of which reared its head last weekend when his campaign nabbed a white supremacist meme for itself. A meme that featured a Star of David (Magen David, the symbol used by Jews around the world), money, and Hillary Clinton (who is not, notably, Jewish.) This has understandably cued accusations of anti-Semitism, and of plagiarism; Trump seems more concerned by the latter.

Chilcot. The much-anticipated Chilcot report dropped this week, which aimed to scope out the role of the Tony Blair administration in the UK re the Iraq war. The results are pretty damning, if completely expected, and indict former American President George Bush as much as Blair. They mean very little to Iraq, however, a country where pain is a daily reality and where the recent massacre in Baghdad has overshadowed all, including the joyful celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

Alton Sterling. (And then Philando Castile.) Another Black man was murdered by the police in the US mid-week. It's being investigated by the Department of Justice; hope for justice does not spring eternal. Meanwhile, Black people in the US are exhausted and devastated. Exhaustion and devastation that hit new levels when news of the shooting of Philando Castile, another Black man, also hit the news cycle. Castile was, by all accounts, a beloved human -- something that should not have to be a reality for his life to have been valued. Meanwhile, being adored by young children and mourned in death will not save you from the media if you are Black; Castile's traffic tickets have made the rounds, because everything is actually terrible.

Update: As of this morning, five police officers were killed during a protest in Dallas, Texas last night; several others are wounded. They were shot by at least one sniper, who seems to be unconnected to the Black Lives Matter movement at large, which has condemned the attack

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Quote of the Week:

"There are no more red lines left for terrorists to cross. Sunnis, Shiites [Shias] will both remain victims unless we stand united as one." - Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister

Blue Out: Obama at night. | Pakistan celebrates Eid-Al-Fitr.