Links to Start Your Week 1/11/15


France’s Primer Minister Manual Valls has said that the country is at war with radical Islam in the wake of this week’s terrorist attack.

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack, there have been at least 15 attacks against Muslim targets in France.


Sri Lanka has elected a new government. The transfer has so far been peaceful, to the surprise of many observers.

Middle East

A blogger in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to public flogging.

Latin America

10 municipalities in Honduras have voted to keep their communities free of all mining. “Only a few people benefit from mining, but the harms are born by all the communities and future generations,” one of the organizers behind the bans said.


Access to water resources is increasingly becoming a contributing factor for conflict around the world, particularly in the Middle East.

Adapting agriculture to climate change must include strengthening land rights, particularly for women and conserving biodiversity.

LA is considering ways to capture and use its rainwater to deal with water shortages.

Civil Liberties/Police Violence

The LAPD has ordered body cameras that will automatically start recording when an officer uses his or her Taser.

Human Rights

Charges and the sentence against a Guantanamo prisoner tried by military commission have been dismissed, while a terrorist suspect tried in a civilian federal court received a life sentence.


Vice has put together a list of the 10 things scaring Americans the most this week. Terrorism ranks at number one, just above police and people protesting police brutality (an interesting combination.)

The FBI has released a sketch of the suspect they are looking for in connection with the bombing of a NAACP office. (Also, in case you didn’t hear, because it has gotten very little coverage, someone bombed a NAACP office.) The sketch is not the most helpful looking…Also, the FBI is not calling this terrorism or a hate crime.

The common law wife of one of the suspects in the Paris shooting attack has reportedly traveled through Turkey to Syria.

A gunman went on a shooting spree in Idaho, killing three. The suspect is named John Lee.


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