Weekly Review — March 19, 2013, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Saluting the Town (Weekly)Following two days of deliberation by a conclave of 115 cardinals, white smoke emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signaling the election of the 266th leader of the Catholic church, Argentine priest Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who will be the first Pope Francis. The Vatican fed the cardinals simple meals of soup, spaghetti, and boiled vegetables to discourage them from prolonging their decision. “After the third day,” one had said, “they’ll give us dry bread and water.” More than a thousand Catholics gathered to celebrate in Buenos Aires, where Bergoglio was being called a “slum pope.” “When I saw the news . . . I began screaming with joy,” said a cocaine addict. “And look, I’m still trembling.” Children cried out the new pope’s name when he appeared in the streets of the Vatican. “Are you a good boy?” Francis asked a child, patting him on the head. “Are you sure?” he added as the boy nodded.[1][2][3][4][5] A squirrel monkey named Madonna gave birth at a Virginia zoo, and a cloud angel was spotted over Florida.[6][7] Venezuelan officials canceled plans to embalm Hugo Chávez for permanent public display, and Iranian clerics chastised Mahmoud Ahmedinejad for touching Chávez’s mother at the funeral.[8][9] The head of a Danish news program apologized for using an illustration from the video game Assassin’s Creed as a backdrop to a story about Syria, where small groups of protesters gathered on the second anniversary of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. “They were nice days,” said a teenager from suburban Damascus of the rebellion’s early protests. “Now there are no protests and no school,” she added. “Just shelling.”[10][11]

In Basra, nine people were killed and 24 wounded in separate car bombings at an outdoor market and a tax-department parking lot; and in Baghdad, 24 were killed and more than 50 wounded in a coordinated attack on the justice ministry involving three car bombs, at least two suicide attackers, and gunmen dressed as police officers.[12][13][14] 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; a police officer killed two U.S. soldiers and two of his fellow officers in Wardak Province; and Afghan president Hamid Karzai implied that U.S. forces were colluding with the Taliban. “We’re at a rough point in the relationship,” wrote International Security Assistance Force commander Joseph Dunford Jr. “I am perfectly capable,” said Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), “of pulling the plug on Afghanistan.”[15][16][17][18][19] 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.[20][21] A suspect in a gang rape that resulted in the death of a New Delhi woman hanged himself in prison; six men were arrested for the gang rape of a Swiss woman in the tent she was camping in with her husband on a cycling tour through the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh; and two Ohio high school football players were convicted of raping a drunk, unconscious classmate, then distributing naked pictures of her. “No pictures should have been sent around, let alone ever taken,” said one of the boys in his apology to the girl and her family. “My life is over,” said the other.[22][23][24]

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

Archaeologists in England uncovered a mass grave thought to contain the corpses of fourteenth-century Plague victims, and in China, where Xi Jinping was named president, a total of 8,965 pig carcasses had been dredged from the Huangpu River. “This river’s color is about the same as excrement,” said microblogger Yuzhou Duelist. “Even if there weren’t dead pigs you couldn’t drink it.”[25][26][27][28] The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators named as its product of the year a microwaveable bacon package made for Spanish company Embotits Espina.[29] In Tshwane, South Africa, eight-year-old Sanele Masilela was ritually wedded to 61-year-old Helen Shabangum, and 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.”[30][31][32] A Maryland man died of rabies contracted from a transplanted kidney.[33] Residents of Bridgewater, New Jersey, were stringing up dead vultures to scare away live vultures.[34] Faced with a shortage of swordsmen, Saudi Arabia was considering replacing beheadings with executions by firing squads.[35] Russia postponed its first posthumous trial, and Ieng Sary, a co-founder of the Khmer Rouge, died before the conclusion of his trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.[36][37] At the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Mitt Romney apologized for not being president; Sarah Palin joked about pairing her “rack” with her husband’s rifle; and an African-American host of a panel called “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You’re Not One?” lauded Frederick Douglass for having forgiven his slavemasters. “For giving him shelter?” shouted an audience member who claimed to be a direct descendant of Jefferson Davis. “And food for all those years?”[38][39][40][41]


Sign up and get the Weekly Review delivered to your inbox every Tuesday morning.

Share
Single Page

More from Ryann Liebenthal:

From the July 2015 issue

Bleakness Stakes

Weekly Review May 19, 2015, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

An Amtrak train derails, a Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death, and an African-American boy who was maced at an anti–police-brutality protest is grateful he wasn’t shot

Weekly Review February 17, 2015, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

A Muslim family is killed over a parking space in North Carolina, Netflix launches in Cuba, and an Indian woman who is 95 percent genetically male gives birth to twins

Get access to 165 years of
Harper’s for only $45.99

United States Canada

CATEGORIES

THE CURRENT ISSUE

August 2016

Don the Realtor

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Atlas Aggregated

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Origins of Speech

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Four in Verse

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A Sigh and a Salute

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Four in Prose

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Post
Martin Amis on the rise of Trump, Tom Wolfe on the origins of speech, Art Spiegelman on Si Lewen, fiction by Diane Williams, and more

In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.

Illustration by Darrel Rees
Article
Don the Realtor·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"If you have ever wondered what it’s like, being a young and avaricious teetotal German-American philistine on the make in Manhattan, then your curiosity will be quenched by The Art of the Deal."
Photograph (detail) © Polly Borland/Exclusive by Getty Images
Article
The Origins of Speech·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"To Chomsky...every child’s language organ could use the 'deep structure,' 'universal grammar,' and 'language acquisition device' he was born with to express what he had to say, no matter whether it came out of his mouth in English or Urdu or Nagamese."
Illustration (detail) by Darrel Rees. Source photograph © Miroslav Dakov/Alamy Live News
Article
A Sigh and a Salute·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"Si told me that various paintings had spoken to him, but he wished they had been hung closer together 'so they could talk to each other.' This observation planted a seed that would come to fruition years later in his mature work."
Artwork (detail) by Si Lewen
Article
El Bloqueo·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"Amid the festivities and the flood of celebrities, it would be easy for Americans to miss that the central plank of the long-standing cold war against Cuba — the economic embargo — remains very much alive and well."
Photograph (detail) by Rose Marie Cromwell

Estimated temperature of Hell, according to two Spanish physicists ‘ interpretation of the Bible:

832°F

The ecosystems around Chernobyl, Ukraine, are now healthier than they were before the nuclear disaster, though radiation levels are still too high for human habitation.

A TSA agent in Seattle was arrested for taking up-skirt photos of women in the airport, a Maryland police officer was arrested for taking up-skirt photos of an off-duty colleague, and the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that taking up-skirt photos is legal in the state.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Mississippi Drift

By

Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'

Subscribe Today