Sisters and brothers, cats and kittens, my loves, my loves, my loves. Welcome back! Oh, a bonjour here, a bienvenue there. Hola and hello, Dolly. Rejoice: we are back for the news. Here we are again, returning for another week of the low-down, the down-low, and the plain old down and dirty. So put on your big girl shoes, and pop a pill, because this here is about to get real.
On Tuesday, Obama stated to the press that that he “still wants to close the military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” and that he’s renewing efforts to work with Congress to shut it down. His comments came in the midst of an ongoing hunger strike, which includes 100 of the 166 detainees who are still being held at the naval base, according to the military. (Huffington Post)
Obama also stated that his administration will have to “rethink the range of options” available to Washington if chemical weapons have been used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, detailing how the Pentagon and other security agencies had been told to make preparations for possible action if the “red line” of chemical weapon use had indeed been crossed. (Al Jazeera)
A young girl who was raped in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has died. The girl, who was reportedly four or five years old, suffered cardiac arrest and died late on Monday at a hospital in Nagpur city in neighbouring Maharashtra state, where she was being treated for injuries after being attacked by two men on April 18. (Al Jazeera)
A Pakistani court has imposed a lifetime ban on former president Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections, the latest blow since he returned from exile to make a political comeback. (Al Jazeera)
Think sequestration is bad? Well…it’s worse. “State and local beneficiaries began grappling with $85.4 billion in cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Some programs have been spared – Congress voted to restore tuition assistance for members of the armed services and, just last week, restored funding to the Federal Aviation Administration to forestall flight-delaying furloughs. But for the most part, the cuts have remained intact. Six weeks in, we took a look at how sequestration is has impacted 50 states, from canceled festivals to shuttered Head Start programs to massive layoffs.” (Mother Jones)
A camera outside of the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan caught footage of Monday’s horrific crash of a civilian cargo plane. Be warned if you click on the link at being horrified by planes forever. (Wired)
Professional asshole, George Zimmerman, told a court in Florida on Tuesday he would wait until his June trial to argue that he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed the unarmed Trayvon Martin last year. At Tuesday’s hearing, Zimmerman waived his right to a pretrial hearing to address the issue of immunity, and defense attorney Mark O’Mara said he could still file a standard motion for acquittal on grounds of self-defense after the evidence is presented at trial and before the case goes to a jury. (Reuters)
So until the next time we reconvene for what seems to be the world coming off its rocker, remember kittens: treat each other well, because most folks don’t seem interested in doing so. See the news above. So until next week, be nice to one another – you won’t regret it.