A woman lights a shard of coconut as a #prayer offering at Banke Bihari Hindu #Temple in Vrindavan, #India. Here with journalist @JessicaBenko reporting on widowhood in India on a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Image and caption by Pulitzer Center grantee Amy Toensing via Instagram. Amy is in India reporting on unwanted and unprotected widows.
Following her daily work with her parents at a brick factory, Nagina Mohammed, 7, walks back to her home carrying coal over her head, that she collected to be used for heating and cooking, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Nov. 21, 2013.
[Credit : Muhammed Muheisen/AP]
Headlines for Saturday, November 2nd:
BBC: Hakimullah Mehsud Killed in American Drone Strike: Earlier this week, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban and his two body guards were killed when a missile hit their vehicle.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had pledged to talk with the Taliban to try to end its campaign of violence, which has left thousands dead in bombings and shootings across the country. (BBC, 2013)
Al Jazeera: Germany Adopts Third Gender Law: Germany has become the first country to introduce legislation allowing for babies who are born with no clear gender (or characteristics of both) to leave their gender blank until they are old enough to decide their identity for themselves.
The move is aimed at preventing parents from making a hasty decision about contoversial sex assignment surgeries for newborns, but critics say the law does not go far enough.
Lucie Veith, an intersex person from Hamburg told AFP news agency that the cosmetic genital surgeries for newborns must be forbidden altogether. (Al Jazeera, 2013)
The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he hoped a long-delayed peace conference could still be held in the next few weeks despite obstacles that have held it up for months.
The so-called Geneva 2 conference, intended to bring Syria’s warring sides to the negotiating table, has been repeatedly delayed because of disputes between world powers, divisions among the opposition and the inflexible positions of both sides. (Globe and Mail, 2013)
Headlines for Thursday, October 24th:
Australia’s new prime minister, Tony Abbott, published draft legislation to repeal the country’s carbon tax. Mr Abbott says the tax has forced up energy prices and caused job losses, and intends to replace the tax by paying farmers and industry to reduce emissions. (Economist)
Find more sources here: CBC
The African Union passed a resolution demanding that the International Criminal Court in The Hague grant immunity to African leaders while they are still in office, casting uncertainty over the trial due to start next month of Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president. He has been charged with crimes against humanity. William Ruto, his deputy, whose trial began last month, is co-operating with the court but has asked that he be allowed “sporadic absences.” (Economist)
More sources: the Guardian
The United Nations looks to end the current stalemate in regards to Iran’s nuclear program. There remains hopes that the new Iranian President, Rouhani, will be able to reconcile the past unstable history with Western states.
Then they acted surprised when violence broke out.
ALRIGHT. I have seen this post circulating a lot, and I want to clear some things up about it.
Firstly, I’m currently living in a small town not far form Rexton, and the way this is being handled by international media is a little craaaazy.
DISCLAIMER: I’m going to tell you the official story (as far as I can understand) coming from this region in regards to the situation that went down. I am not going to speculate beyond that, I was not there, so don’t take my word as law. I am human and make mistakes as well.
Firstly- the RCMP involvement in this situation was justified from a functional viewpoint. Rexton, like many towns in this part of Canada, is too small to have its own police force. So don’t take the involvement by the RCMP as some national measure to prevent this protest itself.
Secondly, the protest in question was a peaceful protest, but the RCMP intervened when it was discovered that there were weapons (including what appeared to be explosives) being concealed both WITH a small group within those protesting, and under tents and in cars. None of the confiscated weapons were illegal, but the RCMP discovered that there was intention from a small group (i’m sounding repetitive, I know) to engage in voilent activity. The protest also was causing civil disruption (see below) as to its location.
The protest was using a blockade style tactic to prevent the fracking company in question from competing their survey which they HAD received approval for from the government and obtained all required documents and permits to conduct.
Finally, I want to remind everyone that this is not an ‘Aboriginal vs RCMP’ fight- or whatever you want to call it. Some of the protesters involved were from the Elsipogtog First Nations group, but their community is working just as diligently to prevent this kind of confrontation from occurring as well.
So before this story is sensationalized too much by media outlets, here are some local sources you can rely on for accurate information:
Why Africa Is the New Terrorism Hub
Islamists are able to take advantage of porous borders, weak central governments, undertrained militaries, and flourishing drug trades.
NOVA PERIS BECOMES FIRST INDIGENOUS WOMAN IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT
Australia looks to have elected its first Indigenous female politician to federal parliament, with Nova Peris on track to win a Senate seat in the Northern Territory for the Labor Party. Peris, an Olympic gold medallist, was first on the party’s Senate ticket in the territory, and with 40% of ballots vote counted Labor had 31.51% of the vote, meaning Peris should take the second of two seats up for grabs.
The former prime minister Julia Gillard approached Peris in January to run for election, with Labor’s national executive ratifying the “captain’s pick” in a 19-2 vote.
During the election campaign Peris told Guardian Australia she had been the victim of racial abuse since her candidacy was announced.
"I’ve received a whole heap of mail and it’s been horrible. A lot of it came when I was first announced in February and then it died down again until now. There are a few keyboard warriors out there who want to throw things at me," she said.
Because we all need some sort of good news!!!
Image courtesy of CNN.
BREAKING: Tokyo Announced as the host of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.
They beat out Madrid and Istanbul earlier today for the privilege to host the international games, known for being cultural and economic stimulants their hosts.
WEEKLY CURRENT EVENTS:
- Crisis in Syria: In the coming weeks the American Congress is set to vote (and expected to approve) on a military strike against Syria. With only days until the possible decision, the European Union has concluded that Syria’s government did use gas against their citizens, they urge the US to wait until a formal UN investigation has taken place. (SEE: CBC)
- 2020 Olympics: With several years to go, the IOC is a single vote away from choosing the location of the 2020 Olympic Games. The vote will lead to the announcement of either Istanbul or Tokyo as the lucky winners. The news comes as the tricky country of Brazil is voted out of the race— but why? (SEE: BBC)
- Australian Election: After six years of consecutive Labor Party rule in Australia, the right-wing Liberal’s Tony Abbott has emerged as the country’s new Prime Minister. (SEE: National Post)
- Russian Law: “Russia has experienced an upsurge in homophobic vigilantism following the introduction of legislation outlawing “homosexual propaganda” in June, gay and lesbian groups say.” (Via The Guardian)