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Equality March in D.C. © E.A. Crunden

Equality March in D.C. © E.A. Crunden


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Africa. Kenya foiled an al-Shabab militant attack. A massive jailbreak occurred in the DRC. Leaders are worried about DRC's future as the country continues to face stops and starts. Burundian forces are allegedly targeting and killing opponents. Eight Ethiopian nationals are missing following a massive London fire. Five soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an attack on a military camp in Mali. One church is CAR is sheltering 1,500 Muslims. Djibouti has accused Eritrea of occupying disputed territory.

Americas. Protesters in Venezuela set fire to the Supreme Court. Trump is rolling back Obama's Cuba policies. Puerto Rico wants to be a state. Two attorney generals are suing the U.S. president. Officials in Flint, Michigan have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. A horrifying shooting saw several GOP members of Congress wounded and the shooter dead. Americans are going to Mexico to get dental work done because it's too expensive in the U.S. Yet more blows for U.S. LGBTQ workers. DREAMers are safe, for now -- but their parents are screwed.

Asia & Australia. U.S. behavior is baffling Syrians. More trouble for Pakistan's prime minister. An American college student held in North Korea was evacuated back home after being in an emergency coma for over a year. Heavy fighting continues on the Philippine island of Marawi, where martial law has been imposed. Australia will pay $70 million (AUS) in a case brought by detainees on Manus island. Press freedom in Japan is under threat, the U.N. has warned. Japan passed a controversial counterterrorism law.

Europe. France's president will likely have a supermajority in the National Assembly. A former military commander wanted for war crimes in Serbia won Kosovo's parliamentary election. The E.U. is taking moves to punish several Eastern European countries who have refused to take in refugees. A terrible fire in London killed at least 30 people; Muslims waking up early for Ramadan/Ramzan were able to save numerous lives.



France's new anti-establishment politics are working out well for President Emmanuel Macron. Russia is being rocked by protests yet again. Tillerson really wants frosty relations between Trump and Merkel to be read as not frosty. Confederate nostalgia nearly won Virginia's gubernatorial GOP primary. In a rare victory, Australia must pay refugees held on Manus Island AUS$70 million. Twelve of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail members have been slapped with arrest warrants. An inexperienced former event planner is going to run arguably the most important HUD region.



To make: My PIC up and made amazing tortillas recently, spurred by some recent stir craziness (between illness, a heat wave, and other factors, we've spent WAY too much time indoors.) Once a purist about tortillas, my Texan aversion to playing with the established norm has wavered significantly in the eight and a half years since I left home. Now, I'm open to creative variations. So, we had tortillas and I broiled red and green bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, and zucchini to put on them, then we added avocado and greek yogurt and cilantro and there we were, quite content at 10 PM on whatever evening of the week this was. Highly advise. 




Written & Spoken

"I’ve learned that most people are tolerant, but that is different from being accepting." - Jennifer Hutcherson, in an interracial marriage




It's Pride month in the U.S. and many other countries, which means various things. We mark Pride in June in most areas because of the Stonewall riots, which took place in June of 1969. Following years of ongoing abuse and harassment at the hands of all (with an emphasis on law enforcement, in this case), queer people, predominately (and most unforgivably forgotten) trans women of color, turned the tables on cops and staged a series of riots. They were sparked by a raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, and would later be mirrored by queer demonstrations in other areas around the country and outside of the U.S. 

In the time since, the queer community has faced other divisions -- the privileging of white queer cis men over the wider community, decisions made by some in the community to prioritize fighting for same-sex marriage over work protections and other issues of vital concern, and on and on. But Pride month is still marked by queer people all over the world (and Pride marches and parades take place in many months outside of June), making the time a powerful and important one for queer people, albeit one increasingly co-opted by those outside of the community.