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Weekly News Round Up 12/15/14-12/19/14: In Darkness And In Light (I'll Ride With You)

Venezuela News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:31

As we draw near to the end of 2014, a note from the blog re travel plans — your blogger will be in Pakistan for two and a half weeks starting next week. Updates are not expected to cease entirely but they may come at odd times. As far as this week goes, it’s been a tragic one. Prayers, thoughts, and condolences with the cities of Peshawar and Sydney, the former of whom experienced a massacre and the latter of whom lost three lives at the beginning of the week. These are hard times. Elsewhere in the world, North Korea is being accused of hacking SONY, Cuba’s embargo is on its way out, and Americans don’t seem to mind that their country illegally tortured people. Meanwhile college is getting more and more expensive and millennials are suffering across the board. Despite less than happy tidings, a beautiful and light-filled Chanukkah to Jews across the world — Chag sameach! 

 

Hostages flee with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe during a standoff on Dec. 15, in Sydney, Australia. Police stormed the cafe on Monday, ending a 16-hour seiege by a gunman and self-professed sheik. The gunman was killed and two of 17 hostages suffered fatal injuries.

Hostages flee with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe during a standoff on Dec. 15, in Sydney, Australia. Police stormed the cafe on Monday, ending a 16-hour seiege by a gunman and self-professed sheik. The gunman was killed and two of 17 hostages suffered fatal injuries.

2 A young Romanian woman kisses a candle she just lit in memory of those who died during the 1989 anti-communist uprising, at the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral, in Timisoara, Romania, on Dec. 17. In December Romanians pay their respects to the 1989 activists who sparked the revolution that toppled Eastern Europe's most repressive Communist regime 25 years ago. More than 1,000 people were killed across Romania during clashes between demonstrators and forces loyal to then dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

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A young Romanian woman kisses a candle she just lit in memory of those who died during the 1989 anti-communist uprising, at the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral, in Timisoara, Romania, on Dec. 17. In December Romanians pay their respects to the 1989 activists who sparked the revolution that toppled Eastern Europe’s most repressive Communist regime 25 years ago. More than 1,000 people were killed across Romania during clashes between demonstrators and forces loyal to then dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

7 Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in a shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Dec. 16. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing 132 children and 10 teachers, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region.

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Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in a shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Dec. 16. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing 132 children and 10 teachers, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region.

 Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar Dec. 16. Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.


Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar Dec. 16. Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

Cho Hyun-ah, also known as Heather Cho, daughter of chairman of Korean Air Lines, appears in front of the media outside the offices of the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board, in Seoul on Dec. 12. Cho, 40, was an executive at South Korea's flag carrier in charge of in-flight service until she quit this week, and has been removed from all posts at affiliate companies. On Dec. 19, while at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, seated in first class on a South Korea-bound flight, she was displeased with being served macadamia nuts in a bag and not a dish. She ordered a senior crew member off the plane, forcing it to return to the gate.

Cho Hyun-ah, also known as Heather Cho, daughter of chairman of Korean Air Lines, appears in front of the media outside the offices of the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board, in Seoul on Dec. 12. Cho, 40, was an executive at South Korea’s flag carrier in charge of in-flight service until she quit this week, and has been removed from all posts at affiliate companies. On Dec. 19, while at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, seated in first class on a South Korea-bound flight, she was displeased with being served macadamia nuts in a bag and not a dish. She ordered a senior crew member off the plane, forcing it to return to the gate.

1 A Maasai warrior makes the high jump, in which athletes must touch a high line with the top of their heads, at the annual Maasai Olympics in the Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary near to Mt. Kilimanjaro, in southern Kenya on Dec. 13. Maasai men and women from the Amboseli and Tsavo region compete for medals and prizes in the event which aims for a sports competition of Maasai skills such as running, jumping, and throwing, to replace lion-hunting as the traditional warrior activity.

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A Maasai warrior makes the high jump, in which athletes must touch a high line with the top of their heads, at the annual Maasai Olympics in the Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary near to Mt. Kilimanjaro, in southern Kenya on Dec. 13. Maasai men and women from the Amboseli and Tsavo region compete for medals and prizes in the event which aims for a sports competition of Maasai skills such as running, jumping, and throwing, to replace lion-hunting as the traditional warrior activity.

Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad on Dec.13. Iraqi officials say millions of Shi'ite pilgrims from across Iraq and neighbouring countries are expected in Kerbala for Saturday's Arbain ritual, which marks the last of 40 days mourning for the death 1,300 years ago of Imam Hussein.

Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad on Dec.13. Iraqi officials say millions of Shi’ite pilgrims from across Iraq and neighbouring countries are expected in Kerbala for Saturday’s Arbain ritual, which marks the last of 40 days mourning for the death 1,300 years ago of Imam Hussein.

va Exelbirt hugs one of the remaining horses at the Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla., on Dec. 16. Ava lost the horse she rode to poisoned feed on Monday. There's nothing that can be done to save 18 poisoned horses at a Florida equestrian center, so their young riders are holding "spa days" to brush their manes and tails, paint their hooves, feed them hay and pet their noses to keep the animals comfortable in their last days.  The Florida Department of Agriculture confirmed that monensin, a type of food additive that is toxic to horses, was present in food manufacturing company Lakeland Animal Nutrition's food. Four horses at the center have died since October because of the contaminated feed, and the owners of the rest are struggling to accept the approaching deaths of the others.

va Exelbirt hugs one of the remaining horses at the Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla., on Dec. 16. Ava lost the horse she rode to poisoned feed on Monday. There’s nothing that can be done to save 18 poisoned horses at a Florida equestrian center, so their young riders are holding “spa days” to brush their manes and tails, paint their hooves, feed them hay and pet their noses to keep the animals comfortable in their last days.
The Florida Department of Agriculture confirmed that monensin, a type of food additive that is toxic to horses, was present in food manufacturing company Lakeland Animal Nutrition’s food. Four horses at the center have died since October because of the contaminated feed, and the owners of the rest are struggling to accept the approaching deaths of the others.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South & Central Asia:

  • In Afghanistan terror attacks have spiked dramatically.
  • Afghanistan is stepping up talks with Kazakhstan.
  • Can Ashraf Ghani steer a shift in AfPak relations?
  • PTI leader Imran Khan attempted to shut down the city of Lahore in Pakistan on Monday, causing many workers to stay home. Khan has been traveling the country in an effort to raise support for a new round of elections in the country. His efforts have stopped as of Wednesday in light of the tragedy mentioned below.
  • The most wide-scale tragedy this week was the Taliban-led storming of a military school in Peshawar, KP, where over 130 people, the vast majority of them children under the age of 16, were brutally murdered.
  • Pakistan has approved bail for a terrorist linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (India is outraged.)
  • In the wake of the massacre, Pakistan has lifted the ban on the death penalty and called upon Afghanistan to assist in locating Taliban top commanders. The country claimed to have killed 62 militants as of Friday morning.
  • India has banned Daesh/ISIS.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • A new article argues that it’s time to come clean about Indonesia’s anti-communist massacre in the 1960s.
  • Japan’s ruling coalition coasted to victory admist low turnout and will remain in power for the next four years.
  • A 19 year-old American marine has been charged with murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines.
  • An American man has been paraded in North Korea for denouncing the U.S.
  • Nut rage in South Korea
  • Tibet’s leader-in-exile says he may be the last to hold his title.
  • Residents in Beijing can barely breathe.
  • In Cambodia an unlicensed physician may have given over 100 people HIV with contaminated needles.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Muftah’s LGBTQ sexualities in the Middle East & North Africa series is worth checking out.
  • Washington and Europe wait to see if PM Netanyahu will stay or go as Israel’s elections approach.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Kerry met with Netanyahu to discuss Palestine’s upcoming UN bid. | A Jordanian-submitted bill outlining Palestinian demands for statehood is being submitted.
  • The true power couple of the Israeli election?
  • Israelis shot and killed a Palestinian man in a clash earlier in the week.
  • Gaza’s universities are struggling.
  • Corruption in Bahrain runs rampant.
  • Following controversy surrounding ghost soldiers, Iraq must now contend with ghost contractors following heavy rains.
  • Iraq’s new premier has his work cut out for him.
  • Syria’s LGBTQ community finds Damascus more open.
  • Kurdish forces say they are holding Mount Sinjar despite hits.
  • A mass grave found in Syria this week is believed to house the bodies of a tribe who fought Daesh/ISIS over the summer.
  • One Saudi Arabian cleric is facing backlash over his small measures of support for women.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

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