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His name was Dwight. Remembering Shah Marai. The Chinese seniors struggling not to grow old alone. When will Austin City Limits center women? The Black women changing the romance novel industry. Men are so bad we cannot have a Nobel Prize in literature this year. Time's up for Junot Diaz. What the actual hell.

Seattle, Washington. © E.A. Crunden

Seattle, Washington. © E.A. Crunden


Scott Pruitt is facing at least 10 federal ethics investigations and the "condo" scandal is still escalating. The former oil spokesman credited with starting the "Lock her up" chat at the July 2016 Republican National Convention is being eyed for a key EPA role. Doctors attempting to treat anti-pipeline protestors in Virginia were "shocked" at the lack of access they encountered -- one told me an official repeatedly referred to the protestors as "criminals" and the space as a "crime scene." U.S. Muslims overwhelmingly reject violence despite rising Islamophobia. Developing countries will suffer more from climate change -- but Western polluters aren't stepping up to fill the climate funding gap. FEMA didn't mention climate change in its 2018-2022 strategic plan and lawmakers want answers.


Around the Globe

Africa. Violence in Mali claims more lives. A new constitution for Chad. Morocco has severed ties with Iran over the occupied Western Sahara. In other Morocco news. Black rhinos return to Chad. South African miners died after an earthquake sparked a cave collapse. 

Americas. Central Americans attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border met with resistance from border patrol. Canada and Mexico avoided tariffs again. The Dominican Republic ditched Taiwan for China. Brazil disagrees that it has a trade deal with the U.S.

Asia. In Thailand, protests continue over building developments in a forest. More Palestinians died at the hands of Israeli soldiers amid ongoing protests in Gaza. Much ado about Bibi still hating Iran. Palestinian leader Abbas apologized for anti-Semitic remarks. A brutal week for Afghans, especially Afghan journalists.  India says all of its villages now have access to electricity.

Europe. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigned following an immigration scandal (Sajid Javid is in.) Armenia's protests continue. The Basque separatist ETA is disarming


Green Is A Thing

A shakeup coming to the National Parks Service? More than 100 people have died amid dust storms in northern India. North Carolina is launching an environmental justice advisory board. West Virginia's never-ending pain. In Virginia, war over two planned pipelines is having results -- the Department of Environmental Quality will take more public comments over the Mountain Valley Pipeline specifically. Hawaiian volcano! A Chinese dam threatens orangutans. 


Spoken & Written

“My favorite meat is hot dog, by the way. That is my favorite meat." -- Mitt Romney



Drink a lot of water. The world is warming. | Take some chances! I just said yes to a reporting trip and I am very nervous but at a certain age you just kind of have to do these things I think?