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!
- New approach for Democrats to win in the upcoming election season: Equal pay for women. Because apparently that’s more of a trendy topic and less of an ongoing national failure. Obama signed an executive order this morning.
- A South Carolina Republican Senator has successfully managed to shut down the one-woman satirical play “How To Be A Lesbian In 10 Days Or Less” after he became concerned that it was recruiting lesbians.
- Russia has reportedly approached India to create a supercomputer to rival China. Not a joke.
- Over @ brand-spanking new Vox, Mr. Yglesias has some advice for the U.S. re: youth unemployment — look to Germany?
- April is going to be the worst month ever.
- Veet’s new ad campaign would like the ladies to know that body hair will literally turn you into a man.
- Now that Mozilla’s homophobic CEO is gone, conservatives are saying #Nozilla.
- A Woman’s War: The Rise and Fall of Afghanistan‘s Female Warlord, via AJ.
- A roadside bomb has killed 13 people in Kandahar province, following a relatively quiet election. Meanwhile the tallying of votes has begun, and it looks to be a showdown between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.
- An explosion on the Jaffar express, headed from Quetta to Rawalpindi in Pakistan, killed 12 people and injured an additional 40. Meanwhile, in an offensive against separatists yesterday, Pakistani forces killed 30 separatists in Baluchistan.
- The first female police member was appointed as Station House Officer (SHO) in Karachi.
- The Pakistani baby boy charged with attempted murder may have gone into hiding…
- The best summary of the Indian election ever, brought to us by BuzzFeed. In the first phase of the Indian election, Lok Sabha saw high turnout, with Assam garnering 74% turnout and Tripura West with 85%. Although the Congress Party has traditionally done well in the area, it seems like the BJP may be looking at leading a coalition government when all is said and done.
- An open letter to the people of India on Kashmir.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The UN is finally raising the alarm regarding wide-scale atrocities against ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Burma.
- The search for Malaysian flight 370 continues, despite dwindling hope.
- China is going to get into it with the U.S. over those islands everyone wants right now.
- In Indonesia, which has the distinction of holding the world’s greatest Muslim population (Pakistan is second), political Islam is failing to bring voters to the polls.
Eurasia & Europe:
- AJ Opinion: The Roma are the most marginalized minority group in Europe.
- Ukrainian police are moving against pro-Russian protesters as the country’s descent into Cold War-era madness continues. Meanwhile, Jews are fleeing the Ukraine, but many say Russia is exaggerating claims that Ukraine’s far-right nationalists are the cause.
- In Hungary, Islamophobia and Antisemitism appear to be driving the ballot box.
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:
- The Twa: Remembering the OTHER ethnic group slaughtered in Rwanda.
- The Ebola epidemic has now killed 111 people as it spreads throughout West Africa, in a dangerous and deadly sweep that has the WHO absolutely terrified.
- In Somalia 2 UN advisers were shot and killed by a security guard — an investigation is underway.
- A panel has found that eight civilians who were killed in 2013 in Nigeria died unnecessarily and were not in fact Boko Haram terrorists.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- In a big direction switch, USAID is bringing business and technology back into the fight against poverty in places like South Africa.
- 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.
- Australia has reached a trade deal with Japan in a pact that spells deepening ties for the two countries.