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Once again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who are celebrating this weekend!

I hope you had a great week and an even greater weekend!

Here’s what I have in store for you today:

On world affairs:

UN chemical weapons chief: time is running out to get to the scene of the crime in Syria

Amidst controversial claims whether chemical weapons usage occured and by which side in Syria, here is a deeper look at the personnel of the UN inspection team.

Israel’s Three Gambles

I left out this issue altogether last week, because all the articles I read then were kind of blury, with more questions than answers. I can’t say I have read any really informative articles since then, but this is a good one.

3 Signs That Syria Has Exploded Beyond Its Borders

“Syria is not Libya, it will not implode, it will explode beyond its borders.” Based on this quote from Kofi Annan, Mark Leon Goldberg paints the current picture of the Syrian crisis.

UN Applauds US-Russia Syria plan; skeptics see delaying tactic

And one more on this same topic. For me, I must be one of those “skeptics” in the title, I don’t consider any of these talks a major (or even minor) development in the Syrian crisis, I wish they would finally do more.

On the legal side:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Probably Won’t Get the Death Penalty

Here’s why the author thinks he won’t with examples of similar cases.

Boston Bombings: Local Police and Counterterrorism Intelligence

Should local police be warned about alleged terrorism threats? Should Boston Police have been warned about Tsarnaev on FBI’s list? What would have been different if they were? And here you can see furher development of this story in form of answers to the original post and an FBI statement. That’s what I love about this site, I have to add. Stories develop, sometimes in a matter of hours.

American Immigration Reform May Finally Help ‘Stateless’ People

Statelessness may not be a category in American immigration law, but it most definitely is in international law. The article provides insight to how this interesting question is dealt with in the US.

Rios Montt convicted of genocide and war crimes; 80 year sentence

I haven’t featured this Guatemalan trial before, although IntLawGrrls posted great reports of it all along (a previous post is linked in the above one). This is not the end of the case, just the first verdict that is going to be appealed, but interesting still.

Disturbing statistics of the week:

Where newborns die on their first day

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UN Dispatch featured this story as Map of the Day on Tuesday. It’s from Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report. What is the most disturbing is that there are more Western, developed countries on the first half of the list than you would imagine. It’s really worth to take a look.

Inspiration of the week:

I have to admit, I love all these commencement addresses. When I need instant inspiration I either turn to TED videos or these. Here’s one of my all time favorites from J.K. Rowling, on the off chance you haven’t seen it before, but it doesn’t hurt rewatching from time to time too.

In Hungary, high school grads are over the first week of final exams now, so high school graduations are over, and commencements are only held towards the end of June. But this is for all those guys around the world, whether you already had your Commencement or still ahead of it. Good luck and don’t forget: the best is yet to come! 🙂

I have to add, it was hard to choose just one favorite, so if you liked this, and want to watch more, my other favorites include Aaron Sorkin’s, Neil Gaiman’s and one of Sheryl Sandberg’s, to name just a few.

Music of the week:

And hopefully weeks to come, that is, the whole summer. Can’t wait for the new album out this summer, this song was so worth the wait! Please don’t stop streaming it, buying it, requesting it, we want this to be Mariah’s 19th #1! 🙂

 Have a great Sunday, people!

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