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newsmongering 04/23 (we’re back!)

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> …at least for the moment. We’re in finals season now, folks (although my French final is actually over and done, and it’s weird to consider that I won’t be having to deal with French for a few months. Although I probably will anyway, because I’m masochistic like that).

> Also, apparently pig hunting season opens in Arkansas this weekend? This country. I love it.

> Anyway, the laptop was Very Out of Commission for a bit, and one of my profs has been encouraging me to take a break from News for a bit. So I did. It was nice. I’m back.

> At least 75 protestors were killed in Syria on Friday in the bloodiest day of the uprising yet (I note we’re calling it an ‘uprising’ now, presumably an upgrade from ‘protests.’ Additionally, as in Bahrain and elsewhere (see below), the injured are often being refused admittance to hospitals. At least nine were killed “after security forces on the ground and snipers on rooftops opened fire on a crowd of thousands of mourners gathered to bury protesters killed on Friday,” where “clerics used mosque loudspeakers to appeal for doctors to help the wounded.” Tim Pawlenty has called for the US to impose economic sanctions and to publicly condemn the violence. Unfortunately, it’s an election season, and therefore I automatically discount most actions suggested by contenders. McCain is also pushing for heavier US intervention in Libya. Um. Also, Foreign Policy has a short pseudo-historical piece on Syria here; The Arabist cheerfully (and accurately) mocks it here. Honestly, the FP piece reads a bit like Bob Kaplan checked his agenda, realized he needed a thousand words on Syria, and tapped it out while watching Lawrence of Arabia. Speaking of sandal epics, The Arabist briefly discusses an Economist piece on the future of US intervention in Libya:

> Foreign Policy wants to know what happens when the Arab Spring turns to summer.

> Libyan officials are pushing for an exhibit at the Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC this summer to celebrate his Qaddafi’s “sartorial magnificence.” I am not making this up. From the email sent to the New York Times’ fashion editor Horace Silva:

Indeed many of his clothes have featured in global magazines from the hundreds of state visits and functions he has hosted over the years for world leaders. All of whom are in agreement, ahumdullillah, that our President is one of the very best dressed men of the last half century. It is not only African and Arab leaders who have been influenced by his style and substance but many western rock stars and celebrities have also been won over by the Gaddafi look: most notably Michael Jackson in the 1980’s copied the signature motif military style of our leader to great chart success on his own terms.

Meanwhile, the Central Park Zoo wants to know if they can just have Qaddafi, and never mind his wardrobe.

> Over thirty doctors and nurses have been disappeared in Bahrain following publicity of the medical establishment’s frustration with their inability to treat protestors.

> In Benghazi, Libyans gathered in support of fallen photojournalists Time Hetherington and Chris Hondros. A best-of slideshow of Hondros’ work can be found here.

> Election season has kicked off in Turkey! Good times.

> Old news, but: the US has rejected Palestine’s present plan for statehood.

> Putin has released a plan to increase Russia’s birthrate. Alas but the article doesn’t detail what the plan actually is (more vodka?). Anyway, Russia’s population has fallen 6% since the mid-1990’s.

> My God, I love the French: French riot police are on strike following the implementation of a new policy that would forbid drinking on the job, complaining that they were being “treated like children.”

While British police are strictly barred from drinking on duty, the French have traditionally been allowed 25cl of wine or a small beer with their main meal of the day.

It was normally served on an official tray and sometimes eaten in full view of the public, often outside riot-control vans.

“Our right to drink alcohol with our food is protected by the law and our members are very unhappy at being treated like children,” Mr Mangione added.

> Donald Trump described Karl Rove as “the man that ran Bush into the ground” in an interview with Fox Not Really News on Thursday. I predict a drone strike on Trump Towers any day now. (Fun fact: when I was in Istanbul, some fairly impressive buildings were under construction under the aegis of Trump Co. They were just outside the Mecidiyeköy/Şişli metro stop, and so someone had tried to name the buildings after the area, but they’d spelled it “Sisli,” without the Ş’s, making it a totally different word. “Sisli” means “foggy” in Turkish. “Foggy Towers.” Oops?)

> The next time you complain about flying in the US, consider how much worse it could be:

The most bizarrely tragic recent story to come out of Congo’s airline industry was in October 2010, when a plane crashed, killing 20 people, reportedly because of crocodile smuggled aboard. Remarkably, the reptile, which apparently caused a panic after escaping from a gym bag into the plane’s cabin, survived the crash along with just one human passenger.

> An engagement photoshoot based on Pixar’s Up. If it doesn’t put you in the emotional equivalent of a diabetic coma, you’ll love it.

> Spiegel reports on the Scandinavian sport of competitive rabbit jumping. I am not making this up.


Happy Easter!

> New Doctor Who this weekend! Yes!

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Written by whackanarwhal

April 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

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