A snowy/”wintery mix” of a day for those of us in the District, stay warm and dry my little politicos. Today marks the 80th birthday of Gloria Steinem, one of Smith College’s finer alumna, as well as the day luckier and more enthusiastic souls are congregating at the Supreme Court on behalf of what really should be a woman’s G-d-given right to birth control and her own business. To those out in the snow, you are all champions worthy of riches beyond measure, give ’em hell, etc.
- Everything is Gloria and nothing hurts: Gail Collins has a piece, and K-Mac, the illustrious leader of Smith College: Lesbian Breeding Ground (also my alma mater and one true love), has one as well.
- Everyone is at the SCOTUS today. WaPo has Sandra Fluke on the damaging consequences that could arise from the SCOTUS decision, liveblog is here, more on anti-choice ignorance and Hobby Lobby here. The female Supreme Court justices also have made themselves clear. Justice Kennedy is probably going to doom things regardless.
- 21 things millennials should know about the clitoris. Which is amazing.
- Russia is out of the G8, which is likely to have a greater impact than we can know at present.
- Middle school girls are protesting a sexist dress code in Illinois, proving that once again young women are by far the most forward-thinking people in this country when they see fit.
- Mysterious Missing Plane updates: The groundbreaking number-crunching that is helping some of the world’s greatest and surprisingly inefficient powers track down the plane. Also, the Navy’s black box locator could be useless.
- Texas moment: A massive oil spill has rocked Galveston that could leave the region spinning for decades. The spill’s economic and ecological effects will be horrific.
- Second Texas moment: Wendy Davis is great.
- The Days of Saffron and Roses.
- The WHO says pollution kills 7 million people a year.
- The Taliban has attacked an Afghan election office, killing two. The incident was near a presidential candidate’s home.
- The IEC admits that election insecurity could be a major threat to the election itself.
- Another Taliban attack occurred in Kunar province, killing at least three security guards.
- TOLO: MPs say Karzai needs to reassess policy towards insurgents. Meanwhile the U.S. is not pleased by Karzai’s Crimea comments.
- Afghan MPs have also approved Qanuni as first vice president.
- Afghanistan’s first and only astronaut returns home.
- Pakistan has issued a scathing response to Afghan claims that its neighbor played a role in the Serena attack. Islamabad further noted that the insinuation was “highly disturbing” and a war of words seems likely.
- OSL’s son in law’s trial is headed to jury.
- PM Nawaz Sharif and Sec. of State John Kerry met to discuss the joint fight against terrorism in the Hague.
- U.S. aid has also been sought by Sharif in ongoing dialogue with India.
- Pakistanis are rallying to save a Hindu temple.
- Tehseen Akhtar, the alleged head of Indian Mujahideen (a terror group), has been arrested.
- India and the rest of the BRIC countries have banded together to oppose the ban on Putin’s G20 attendance.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The Arab summit is meeting amidst tensions and suspicions, many of them involving the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar. Saudi Arabia has called for an SNC (Syrian National Opposition) seat at the summit.
Israel & Palestine
- An open letter to the solider who shot and killed a 14 year old Palestinian boy.
- The Israeli finance minister is threatening to file charges against Foreign Ministry staff whose strike has had global implications.
- UN Sec. General Ban-Ki Moon is thoroughly displeased with the Syrian government, citing the government’s non-compliance as a key factor in the current stalled peace talks and ongoing civil war. However he did make a point of calling out both sides for their contributions to the disaster.
- More clashes near Syria’s border with Turkey.
- Syrians in exile and their determination to return home.
- As al-Sisi’s candidacy looks more and more like an inevitable future, Egyptians could be looking at a future far darker than the past they escaped.
- A day after sentencing 529 people to death, Egypt is putting 683 people on trial.
- Egypt’s Al Jazeera trial will resume March 31st.
- FA: How the Jaafari Personal Status Law could set Iraqi women back decades.
- The Cairo Review: Letter from Iraq.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Opinion: Europe doesn’t need the U.S.’s fracked natural gas.
- The G7 is very, very, very displeased with Moscow.
- The Ukraine is very concerned about Russia.
- The zoo that infamously killed Marius the giraffe has now killed four lions. Okay then.
- President Obama is finally taking his first steps towards countering Uganda’s damning and dangerous anti-LGBTQ law.
- Venezuela has moved to ease currency curbs at a time when the country itself is in turmoil.
- Furious and heartbroken Chinese families have gathered at the Malaysian embassy in Beijing following confirmation of the almost guaranteed deaths aboard the Malaysian missing plane.
- Taiwanese police are breaking up riots over a trade deal.
- The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will sign a final peace agreement this Thursday.
- Obama is set to call for an end to the NSA’s mass collection of phone data.
- Undocumented immigrants have come together to block an Alabama detention facility.
- Some Christian schools in the U.S. apparently have no place for tomboys.
- Dig at Austin (the greatest city in the US) aside, here’s 10 reasons why DC is the greatest city in America for young people today.
- TP on how we save millions by giving the homeless a place to live.
- ABC Family has dropped the show Alice in Arabia, which was set to be every bit as offensive as it sounds.
- Liberalism might be good for your health.
- AJ: Trickle up economics?
- The economic truth about the ‘model minority’.
- A tale of two torture reports.