Stories of the Week
What a weekend. On Saturday, a bomb went off in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City's Manhattan borough. Thankfully, no one was killed, though 29 people were injured. (New Yorkers, for their part, were New Yorkers.) A second bomb was located near the spot, packed with shrapnel--indicating it was meant to induce maximum damage. Over in New Jersey, a backpack was found with five suspicious devices, one of which exploded while a bomb team was dismantling it (no one was injured.) That wasn't all for the weekend--in Minnesota, a man attacked shoppers at a mall with a knife, wounding multiple people before he was shit and killed.
The fallout? The Islamic State took responsibility for the Minnesota stabbing, which was carried out by a Somali-American man. In New Jersey, a man born in Afghanistan and a naturalized American citizen, was arrested in connection with the New York and New Jersey bombings. It should go without saying that neither of these men are a reflection on Somalia, Afghanistan, or Islam. However, a mass media alert that New Yorkers received suggesting they be on the lookout for the New York-area attacker almost definitely encouraged racial profiling.
Blood in Kashmir, angst in the Subcontinent. Militants stormed an army base in Kashmir last weekend, killing 18 Indian troops in an incident that has shaken the occupied territory and further enflamed tensions between India and Pakistan, the latter of which is hoping the attack brings international attention back to Kashmir's occupation. This isn't going so well, as India labeled Pakistan a terrorist state (or, ahem, in the "Ivy League of terrorism") at the UNGA, which met this week to discuss the refugee crisis. India, for its part, has also summoned Pakistan's high commissioner to address the incident. Rumors of war are floating, though the two countries are unlikely to truly come to blows -- as nuclear-armed enemies, armed conflict would be unfortunate for literally everyone involved.
Shot while reading a book? The killing of yet another allegedly unarmed Black man has the US once again overcome by tension. Keith Lamar Scott was shot while reportedly reading a book in Charlotte, North Carolina--a killing so horrifying it has cued protests throughout the state. Scott was also reportedly disabled, adding a deeper layer to his murder. Videos fail to confirm that he was waving a gun, as police claim. A man was shot at one of the protests -- leading cops and civilians alike to point the finger at one another. A state of emergency has been declared. Meanwhile in Tulsa, Terence Crutcher, another Black man, was also shot. He was walking, unarmed, with his hands in the air.
Trans visibility. Skittles. More Asians on screen. The opposite of a muse. Jeanette Winterson on Shakespeare & Company. The college president threatened for having biracial children. How to support Black students who are understandably traumatized and might need someone. My not-me on the news. Why do we love watching women self-destruct? Teflon is terrible. Eulogy for the living: on the closure of AfterEllen, a crucial space for queer women. Documenting coal mining fires in India. Lovely Adele speaks for so many of us. Speaking of, the toxic sexism spurring the coverage of the Brangelina split. Prejudice and names. A little boy who wants to give another boy a safe place. Geniuses.
- An effort at expanding solar power in Pakistan is hitting roadblocks following government cuts.
- Republican congressmen are moving to have the US classify Pakistan as a state sponsor of terror.
- The Maldives are slowly sliding into authoritarianism.
Southeast & East Asia:
- North Korea claims it has successfully tested a nuclear rocket.
- Apparently North Korean internet only has 28 websites--one of which is for social networking.
- Chinese immigrants in France are rising up against racism.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Russia's Duma elections failed to do much to challenge the status quo.
- Germany's far-right continues its rise.
- Is Belarus coming in from the cold?
- Latvia's president is pushing back against the purported need for an EU army.
- A fire sent refugees fleeing in Lesbos, Greece, after it ripped through their housing areas.
- The Estonian president is over Russia and uses words like "unfuckwithable."
- A Turkish man with a history of mental illness attempted to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara.
- Greenland's annual ice loss is even worse than initially thought.
Middle East & North Africa:
- An Iranian para-cyclist was killed during the Rio 2016 Paraolympic Games.
- A fragile ceasefire in Syria was damaged by a US airstrike that killed Syrian soldiers.
- Israel is refusing to register same-sex parents on their children's birth certificates.
- The US says Russian war planes were responsible for bombs dropped on a UN aid convoy in Syria.
- Hundreds of refugees drowned off the coast of Egypt when their boat capsized.
- Nigeria's president appears to have plagiarized a recent speech from Barack Obama.
- Tensions have spilled over in the Congo, where protesters clashed with opposition party members early in the week, setting fire to their headquarters. At least 17 people have died in clashes and the UN has condemned the violence.
- Sudan says it is hosting 400,000 refugees from South Sudan.
- Two Mexican priests were found dead after going missing in Poza Rica.
- Venezuelan bus drivers are protesting and demanding better work conditions. The drivers went on strike on Wednesday.
- An electrical fire caused a massive blackout in Puerto Rico.
- Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerburg and his wife Prescilla Chan are working to end disease by investing a fortune.
- Australia's former prime minister, Tony Abbott, is claiming that the country is facing a "peaceful invasion" of refugees.
- A DNA study indicates that indigenous Australians are the oldest civilization on Earth.
- A British colonial restaurant has come under fire in Australia for its questionable theme.
- A French hiker went totally nuts in New Zealand after being unable to find a lift.
- Queensland's anti-discrimination commissioner has condemned the treatment of a Somali refugee who set fire to herself after being denied basic support.
Quote of the Week:
In Bendix's commentary, originally titled "Eulogy for the Living," she suggested those who enjoy work created by and for women vote with their feet. "The last thing I will leave you with is that we need to support one another, because support from anywhere else is not guaranteed," she wrote. "Support queer women, women of color, trans women — give other deserving women your money, your eyeballs, your attention." -- Lesbian Website AfterEllen To Be Run By Straight Men
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