Fans of Serial season one, rejoice! Soon, you'll be able to tune in to the Investigation Discovery network (which is confusingly not the Discovery Channel) to learn more about Adnan Syed's case. "Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty" will air on June 14 at 9 p.m. Syed was convicted for the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee and has maintained his innocence from the beginning.
Serial introduced the world to Syed's story and led many people to question his conviction. Currently, the Maryland courts are deciding whether Syed will be given a retrial based on new evidence. The new special will include an interview with Justin Brown, Syed's current defense lawyer, Douglas Colbert, Adnan's original bail lawyer, among others.
Sadly, Sarah Koenig won't be part of the special. Discuss
Last week, Donovan Livingston delivered what Harvard Graduate School of Education has called, “One of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!” Using a spoken word poem, the master’s degree recipient addresses the power of education, overcoming injustice and correcting problems within the education system itself.
Since he first delivered the speech, it’s garnered millions of views online.
Livingston explained to NPR that choosing poetry as a means of delivering his speech came naturally.
I believe poetry is the best mechanism of communication I could have possible thought of. I have been doing spoken word poetry for the past 10 or 11 years, and it's been a huge part of my identity. And a spoken word piece was the best way to do my voice justice.”
The death toll among migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea has climbed past 1,000 in the last eight days alone. Though, that number could even be higher. The latest report from the International Organization for Migration is even worse than U.N. report released on Sunday that found that at least 700 drownings occurred since last week. In a statement, the IOM said,
The past eight days marks one of the deadliest periods yet in the migration crisis, which is now in its fourth year.
According to the U.N.’s human rights arm, in the first months of 2016 alone, at least 2,510 have died attempting to make the voyage to Europe from countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Many are still fleeing violence, the rise of ISIS, instability and poverty throughout the region.
Smugglers are using dangerously constructed boats, overcrowding them with migrants desperate to the cross the Mediterranean in an effort to get to Europe. Discuss
Israel may be considering revisiting peace talks with Arab leaders. In a statement this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to a recent call from Egypt’s president to resume peace talks with a seemingly hopeful tone. The possible new talks would involve the proposed 2002 peace initiative: As The Daily Beast explains, Israel would receive formal diplomatic recognition from Arab nations, and the Palestinians would receive statehood. Netanyahu said,
The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians. We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002 but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples … To this end, we welcome the recent speech by Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi and his offer to help advance peace and security in the region.
His statement comes as international leaders from 20 nations, including the U.S., will meet in France on June 3 to discuss peace in the area. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are not attending.
Tensions in the region remain extremely high. In recent months dozens of Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians—mostly in knife attacks—and Israeli security forces have killed nearly 200 Palestinians. Some of them were killed in clashes with police, though, according to Reuters, Israel says that at least 134 of them were preparing for attacks. Discuss
Some zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden decided it would be a good idea to strap a GoPro camera on top of a cheetah, to see if they could capture some footage from the perspective of the world’s fastest cat. And you know what? They were totally right, because (spoiler alert) the footage is both terrifying and awesome.
Sure, it’s a little shaky. But, how often do you get to see what it would look like to ride on top of a giant cat running 60 MPH. Discuss