Happy Friday! Blog will be on vacation Saturday/Sunday and will return Monday full of exciting things. By which I mean, we ideally will know just what exactly happened to that plane by then… Also. It’s Pi Day.
Last minute edit: Immigrant detainees on hunger strike in Washington are being threatened with force-feeding.
- Mysterious Missing Plane updates: A satellite firm says its data could help find the plane, and data suggests the plane was flown deliberately off course. CNN has some background on the pilots of the plane. Also India is now involved.
- In order to boost the economy, we need to spread the wealth.
- Medicine is just for those who can afford it, says Manica Balasegaram at Al Jazeera.
- Linguistics, history, and international law are all together here.
- Ties reminiscent of an older era in Harlem, following a deadly explosion.
- First they came for the art.
- Girls taking the lead, via AJ.
- Obama is set to order a review of deportation policies, seeing as they’re soul-crushing and severely harm families.
- 50,000 activists are demanding sexual assault reform at Dartmouth, where a ‘rape guide’ may have led to the assault of a student.
Israel & Palestine
- Violence in Gaza continues to flare, will probably end well, no issues here, etc.
- A former Egyptian called the idea of free elections a ‘farce‘ and then walked it back faster than you can say freedom of speech.
- How tensions within the GCC could help Iran.
- Members of a wedding party were killed in a blast in Anbar Province.
- A ‘SARS-like virus’ has killed a man. Ruh roh.
- Syrian mediator at the UN talks says elections would spell disaster. Meanwhile, the Syrian parliament has approved a new election law.
- Blasphemy laws: YouTube ban equated with stopping blasphemy; meanwhile, the use of blasphemy laws is on the rise, especially in Pakistan, where 97% of the population are Muslim.
- 11 killed, 42 injured in Quetta blast. (Tribune) In Peshawar, another explosion killed an additional 8 people.
- In Punjab, a rape victim who set herself on fire following the release of her rapist (on bail) has succumbed to her injuries.
- Via Dawn: A debunking of the supposed Islamic sanctioning of child marriage.
- At long last, Canada’s military involvement in the war comes to a close.
- The Taliban are attacking poll campaign offices with grenades.
A girl was tonsured and paraded through her village for speaking to a male friend.
- Women in Peru continue their long fight for justice over a series of forced sterilizations carried out half a century ago.
- Sec. of State Kerry’s meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov appears to have gone poorly — the latter noted that their two countries shared ‘no common vision’ and denied allegations that Russia intends to invade the Ukraine despite a heavy troop build-up on the border.
- The United States, Russia, and economic sanctions. (FP) Meanwhile, are Russian-U.S. cybersecurity talks in jeopardy?
- Vladimir Golstein: The problems inherent within the Putin-Hitler comparisons.
- NYT Opinion on fixing the country’s economy.
- Meanwhile, the Russians are building up troops on the border…
- Crimean Tatars live in fear:
A Turkic Muslim minority with deep roots on the Black Sea peninsula, the Crimean Tatars see themselves as a native population, though they have had to struggle to maintain their place in their homeland. Under the Soviets, the Tatars lived through collectivization, Stalin’s purges, World War II and, in 1944, a brutal ethnic cleansing that sent nearly 200,000 into exile in the Gulag and Central Asia, unfairly accused of collaboration with the Nazis. Nearly half are believed to have died.
- In Moldova, a sign of things to come in the Ukraine?
- The small West African country has announced it will abandon English as a ‘colonial relic‘ in favor of its native languages.
- Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, Sierra Leone’s ‘peacemaker president’ has died.
- A French airstrike has killed a Mali rebel commander.
- The United States is prepared to let BP back into Gulf Waters.
- A Tantamount inmate has penned a compelling letter.
- The complicated and intersectional reasons why black women are so much more likely to die of cancer.
- Mark Zuckerberg apparently complained to Obama about privacy….?
- In addition to hiring a total lack of diversity to power his new project, Ezra Klein also hired a gay man who hates other queer people, so that’s nice.