News Round-Up 4/8/14: Equal Pay Day, The Indian Election Is A Soap Opera, & Quebec Is Still Canadian

Today is Equal Pay Day, marking the number of days women have left to go before they earn as much as men in this country. Of note, Hispanic, African-America, and Native-American women (+ presumably all women of color) all earn even less than white women. Happy oppression commemoration day! 

 

flickr / jedalani / quebec, canada
flickr / jedalani / quebec, canada

 

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Eurasia & Europe:

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Sec. of State John Kerry says the state of flux the Israel-Palestine peace talks are currently in is Israel’s fault. Haaretz says America is officially irrelevant to Middle East peacemaking.
  • The Syrian rebels have a new missile launcher. Additionally, Syrians are mourning the slain Dutch ‘Father of Homs’ — he had refused to leave the city while Christians remained, and was killed yesterday by a gunman who appears to have specifically targeted him. The UN has condemned the killing. In the U.S., the State Department and the Pentagon are going head to head on what to do about Syria. Meanwhile, Hezbollah’s role in Syria can be assessed and broken down here.
  • An Egyptian court has jailed four men for “homosexual acts”.
  • Iran hopes nuclear deal-drafting can begin my mid-May; talks resumed today.
  • No one wants Saudi Arabia to have nukes. Meanwhile the U.S. has an uphill battle ahead when it comes to its strategy re: Gulf States.
  • Oil prices are now dropping, due to a deal brokered between Libyan authorities and a rebel group that had blockaded four oil terminals in the eastern part of the country.
  • Palestinian refugees in Lebanon show Syrian refugees the ropes.
  • Polio has now spread from Syria to Iraq.

Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:

Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:

Americas:

  • A U.S. citizen and USAID subcontractor being held prisoner in Cuba is going on hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. The announcement comes on the heels of a scandal over USAID’s failed attempt to make inroads in Cuba via social media.
  • A hefty leftist victory in Costa Rica comes as no surprise.
  • On the hunt for survival: Canada‘s Inuits struggle to stay alive.
  • In Quebec, a victory for the Liberal Party and a rejection of the province’s separatist movement, via NYT. The Parti Québécois had called a snap election in an attempt to grab power, but were thwarted in their efforts by the LP, who scored a hefty victory.
  • Where is it harder for U.S. veterans to get jobs? Apparently Capitol Hill, for starters.
  • The Pentagon and House Republicans are having an unusual fight over gun control.
  • The U.S.’s NATO reliance on Europe is ‘wishful thinking’, via Defense One.
  • Acceptance ratings at leading universities has now hit an all-time low. Joyous day.

Oceania:

Daily Wow: The Department of Labor on Equal Pay Day.

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