Each week, Harper’s publishes a weekly review of what’s happening around the world with links to the original source.
What I’m always interested in is the stuff that isn’t widely covered, for example, these in this past week’s Review:
! In Afghanistan, suicide bombers attacked the defense ministry and spectators at a game of buzkashi, a sport played on horseback using a headless goat carcass.
! In Egypt, where the attorney general’s office was encouraging the practice of citizen’s arrests, soccer fans set fire to a police social club, a fast-food franchise, and the headquarters of the national soccer federation in protest of death sentences that were upheld for 21 rioters involved in a 2012 stadium riot that killed more than 70 people.
! Archaeologists in England uncovered a mass grave thought to contain the corpses of fourteenth-century Plague victims.
! In Tshwane, South Africa, eight-year-old Sanele Masilela was ritually wedded to 61-year-old Helen Shabangum.
! in Amsterdam 70-year-old twins Louise and Martine Fokkens retired from prostitution. “It is very different now,” said Louise. “No sense of community these days.”
! Faced with a shortage of swordsmen, Saudi Arabia was considering replacing beheadings with executions by firing squads.
It all makes you wonder, doesn’t it?