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News in Asia

Well as far as US news was concerned, it’s been a hell of week. Like literally from hell. So I don’t know about you, but I’m a little news weary. However, there were some big things that happened outside of the US-centric news cycle this week that are worthy of attention. Warning: most aren’t good.

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Sichuan province of China over the weekend. An estimated 180 people are dead and hundreds more are still missing. The earthquake hit not far from where another massive earthquake killed 70,000 people in 2008. In the midst of the devastation, there was one bright spot. A young Chinese journalist was in the middle of her WEDDING when the earthquake hit. She immediately got to work, reporting the news and interviewing witnesses still dressed in her wedding gown in the ultimate example of women getting shit done.

(Trigger warning for rape)

In more, “I hate the world” news, the rape of a young girl in India has sparked mass protests. Given the amount of media attention the issue of women’s rights and safety in India has been getting, you wonder when they will join the rest of the world in combating rape culture with everything they have? Oh wait…

A couple of news stories coming out of Pakistan this week, one of which is that former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was placed under house arrest by a court in Islamabad. He was arrested for firing judges and suspending the nation’s constitution in 2007.

Earlier in the week, a blast hit an election rally in the city of Peshawar, killing 17 people. It serves as a reminder that the Boston bombings were tragic and horrible and should not be viewed any other way, but events like the bombing in Boston happen in other places in the world on a frighteningly regular basis.

I don’t cover much news from Down Under, but I needed some brightness and a contrast to all the tragedy. This past week, the New Zealand parliament passed a bill legalizing gay marriage. The country is the first in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. In a moment that brought a cynic like me to tears, observers in the public gallery broke into a traditional Maori love song.

And because the universe has decided to give me a dearth of good news today, have some pandas from the Adelaide Zoo and their live stream “PandaCam.”

 

By Stephens

Florida girl, would-be world traveler and semi-permanent expat. Her main strategy of life is to throw out the nets and hope something useful comes back, but many times it's just an old shoe. She also really, really hates winter and people who are consistently late.

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