One more day til Friday. One. More. Day.
Edited to add:
- Turkey’s YouTube ban has been lifted.
- Biggest coup d’etat in awhile: BuzzFeed got Mozilla’s homophobic CEO ousted.
- In my home state of Texas yesterday, Fort Hood experienced another shooting. Four are dead and sixteen are wounded. All my thoughts and prayers back home, and if nothing else comes out of this I hope that, once again, this will perhaps prompt the United States to look at how we treat mental illness, enforce gun control, and honor our veterans in this country. Rest in peace.
- Here’s an account of reporting on the situation from the White House, via WaPo.
- On that note, WaPo has an amazing feature up on unemployed veterans.
- Is Canada‘s multiculturalism in peril? Al Jazeera weighs in. Also in racial issues, Suey Park continues to be a bamf.
- In the U.S., does sprawl matter for social mobility?
- America the gentle giant?
- Movies with women make more money because duh. On that note, we have some serious problems with how we’re portraying rape survivors on television.
- BBC: The origins of lions! And, in a nod to my alma mater, I give you the Seven Sisters Stylebook.
- In Pakistan, it appears talks with the Taliban have halted and war will resume. Talks seem set to resume but without a ceasefire and with the possibility of more attacks in the very near future. In a bid to revive the talks, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly released sixteen Taliban prisoners. Gen. Musharraf, the former leader of Pakistan, survived an assassination attempt early this morning when a bomb went off shortly after his convoy approached the area.
- In Pakistani entertainment news, ‘Burka Avenger’ has won the Peabody Award.
- What if the Afghan elections actually work? At CNN, Peter Bergen is asking. Meanwhile youth hold the key to the election in a country where 60% of the population is under the age of 25, but just how much sway can they actually have as corruption and violence run wild? The U.S. State Dept. wants to make it clear, however, that the election is the product of the work of the Afghan people, and that the democratic transition is entirely theirs.
- In an apparent attempt to keep his comrades from thwarting the election, a Taliban suicide bomber killed fifteen of his own, according to TOLO. Despite threats from the Taliban, many Afghans plan on voting regardless. In some Afghan districts, however, that may mean little.
- Approximately one-fifth of India‘s election candidates are facing criminal charges. For the record, they include rape, murder, and extortion. Meanwhile, somewhere around one-third of the total money spent on the election might be ‘black’ money. Also in election news, Varun Gandhi is under fire for praising his cousin Rahul Gandhi; in typical Gandhi family mode, the praise was quickly walked back with some aid from his mother.
- The WHO and Mumbai’s Dabbawalas are joining together for World Health Day.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Finding that Malaysian plane is getting pricey: the U.S. military has spent $3.3 million on the search. Also in Malaysian news, gunmen have abducted two women from a dive resort.
- Upwards of 200 garment workers have been hospitalized in Cambodia following a mass-fainting spell.
- We can all become concerned now: North Korea has a drone program.
Europe & Eurasia:
- NATO (and the U.S. specifically) are preparing to do everything possible to keep the Ukraine energized in what could be an upcoming face-off with its neighboring giant Russia.
- In Italy, African immigrants are struggling to survive.
- Twitter remains blocked in Turkey despite all efforts to lift the ban, despite a ruling that found it to be unconstitutional. But what are Erdogan’s next moves?
- A Danish-Palestinian poet appears to have found his voice.
Middle East & North Africa:
- After a brief lull in violence in Egypt, the bombs return — killing a government official in Cairo.
- CAP has some commentary on Tunisia‘s struggle for political pluralism following the exit of Ennahda.
- Yesterday in Iraq, five army recruits were killed by a suicide bomber.
- In shocking news, Israel and Palestine are not getting along — Israel has retaliated following Abbas’ decision to join 15 international agencies by refusing to follow through on a prisoner release which remains integral to peace talks. This obviously means John Kerry’s headache is even worse than usual, and that peace talks have stalled.
- Lebanon has marked a horrifying milestone: It is now home to one million Syrian refugees. This gives the small and struggling country the distinction of having the highest number of refugees per capita of any nation in the world. The strain placed on the country is, understandably, overwhelming. More than 6.5 million people are displaced internally within Syria, and more than 2.6 million have fled. The response from the U.S. however has been incredibly disappointing. Meanwhile in Syria, the government has accused rebel forces of planning a gas attack near Damascus.
- Tensions are rising over Iran‘s UN pick.
Eastern, Western, & Central Africa:
- Uganda‘s MPs are demanding a massive pay raise.
- Following deaths from the incurable and deadly disease Ebola, Guinea‘s miners are in lockdown following 83 deaths within the country. The outbreak appears to have spread from the southeastern end of the country, near its iron ore reserves. The disease is also reported to have now reached the country’s capital city, Conakry.
- Chad is withdrawing its peacekeeping force from the Central African Republic, in yet another blow to the country’s stability.
- South Sudan will starve without help, says the UN.
- South Africa‘s President Zuma is set to skip the upcoming EU-Africa summit. It is still unclear if the move is in solidarity with a call for leaders to boycott the summit from Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, whose wife was denied a visa to attend. Meanwhile, post-colonial resentments are looming over the meeting itself.
- Colombian novelist and amazing human Gabriel García Márquez (who is 87 years old) has reportedly been hospitalized in Mexico City.
- Chile‘s massive earthquake has now sparked a tsunami.
- U.S.: Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein gained some key support in her quest to have a controversial and detailed Bush-era CIA torture report released: Independent Sen. Angus King (who caucuses with Democrats) and moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins (both of Maine) have said they will support Feinstein’s efforts.
- Ex-State Dept adviser J. Kim has been sentenced for leaking classified information to Fox News.
- The conservative news organization Breitbart insists that a filmmaker who penned a tweet calling for the mass-killing of Muslims has no lingering ties to it.
- A California bill is set to track the sterilization of female inmates.
- One U.S. Native American tribe is in a bid to reclaim its land.
- Citigroup is in trouble.