Qatar’s 2022 World Cup: A Human Rights Nightmare

Our love of soccer is growing, but it comes at a high human cost.
 

Though they said there is nothing to indicate Russia was directly involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, U.S. intelligence officials believe that the separatists in Ukraine responsible may have been trained by Russia. Last week, a commercial airliner carrying 298 people was downed by a missile near a conflict-plagued area of the Ukrainian and Russian border. According to intelligence evidence, the commercial flight was mistaken for a Ukrainian military plane, and was targeted by the pro-Russia militants.

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told CNN, “We do think President Putin and the Russian government bears responsibility for the support they’ve given the separatists… We’re going to continue to pull the thread on this case to determine exactly who do we believe fired that missile.” In response, the U.S. and EU have placed new sanctions on Russia, mostly aimed at restricting Russian officials and business leaders ... Discuss

 

With mountains of sad news pouring in from all over the globe this week, the Internet has collectively rejoiced at the appearance of an old man whose carefree attitude and and cane-free style reminds us that the world is not yet devoid of happiness. Nothing has been confirmed about this gentleman's identity, but he can confirm that his heart is great and his feet are sure. Thank you, sir, for providing us all with the inspiration to dance another day ... Discuss

 

Officials in Gaza say that 512 Palestinians have died in the two-week Israeli offensive in the region. Twenty Israelis—including 13 soldiers that were killed on Sunday—are also dead in the latest surge of violence. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are both headed to Cairo as diplomats and leaders around the world continue to push for a cease-fire agreement. In a statement, a state department spokeswoman said Sunday night that the U.S. is "deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life.”

Earlier on Sunday, Kerry was caught in a “hot-mic” incident as he was recorded commenting on civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip, saying, "It's a hell of a pinpoint operation.” He later clarified on the record in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, adding, “It's tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that, you know, anybody does with respect to young children and civilians. But, war is tough, and I said that publicly and I'll say it again. We defend Israel's right to do what it is doing in order to get at those tunnels. Israel has accepted a unilateral cease-fire. It's accepted the Egyptian plan which we also support" ... Discuss

 

Tragic details are slowly coming in about the horrific attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard. Many questions remain, including why the aircraft was flying over a war zone. "The usual flight route was earlier declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation," Malaysia Airlines said in a statement. "International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions." The plane was struck down from an altitude of about 33,000 feet—far beyond the range of most weapons rebels in the area were thought to possess.

The question of responsibility looms large. Russia was quick to blame Ukraine itself, with President Vladimir Putin saying, "This tragedy wouldn't have happened if there had been peace on this territory, if the military actions hadn't been restarted in southeast Ukraine." However, rebels are denying any involvement. Today in a statement confirming that one American was aboard flight MH17, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has "increasing confidence" that the missile was fired by pro-Russia separatists in the area, whose violence is "facilitated in large part because of Russian support" ... Discuss

 

An astounding 300 million tons of produce is simply thrown away every year. As this video shows, a supermarket chain in France has figured out a solution to the problem of wasted food with their “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” campaign. The chain asked its suppliers to sell them disfigured pieces of fruit and veggies that would otherwise be trashed, and sold them at a 30% discount. The campaign was a massive success—not only did it raise awareness about the world’s food waste problem, but they completely sold out of the ugly produce in just a few days ... Discuss