- Mass-stabbing today in a Pennsylvania high school. Prayers to the victims.
- Everyone is moving to Austin, Texas, my hometown. As a native I am less than pleased.
- Millenials are reshaping global politics, according to Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.
- Via Muslim Village: The story of Passover/Pesach in the Qur’an. Also topical: Manischewitz is now expanding beyond its 125-year kosher food reign.
- The politics of equal pay (i.e. it’s more than a women’s issue).
- Toyota is set to recall 6.4 million vehicles.
- At Smith College, my alma mater, male-identified trans* students are still being singled out and denied privileges afforded the rest of the student body and Smith community.
- Dove is still an awful company that continues to try to manipulate women through various emotionally abusive means and you really should never buy anything they sell.
- Elizabeth Warren going to town on Paul Ryan remains a highlight everyone should enjoy.
- Heidi Klum participated in a redface photoshoot. -_-
- A bombing near Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan has left 22 dead and dozens more injured. The TTP (Pakistani Taliban) have condemned the attack and claim they had no part in it. Meanwhile a blast in Sindh province only narrowly missed a passing train, a brief time after this week’s earlier attack in Baluchistan. Elsewhere in Karachi police were able to defuse a bomb after receiving a phone tip.
- After wide-scale fraud in Afghanistan‘s 2009 election, the 2014 event appears to have gone more smoothly.
- The IMF is seeing a recovery for India, where economic troubles have dominated the headlines of late. However, El Nino could damage that.
- In the second phase of the Indian elections, some eleven million people came out to vote in six different provinces. Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya all saw strong turnout from voters in what will be the world’s largest exercise in democracy to date. Current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will begin to campaign on behalf of the Congress Party in Uttar Pradesh shortly. Meanwhile the AAP are concerned the ‘quitter tag’ may come back to haunt them. In general, it’s going to be one fun election.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The search for Malaysian flight MH370 continues, as searchers hone in on one area and Australia’s coast hosts a search that will be the world’s costliest in history.
- China is embracing foreign cars. Meanwhile, its divide with the U.S. is only deepening. Meanwhile Japan and the U.S. are edging closer and closer.
- Which could be good, seeing as China might actually try to take Japan’s southern islands.
- Surprise gains for Indonesia‘s Islamic parties may signal a shift in the country’s election.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Britain has appointed a man of Pakistani descent as its new culture minister. This is interesting, as Britain is currently being singled out as a nation playing increasingly fast and loose with citizenship – the kingdom has been revoking passport rights in ever-increasing numbers these days:
“In many Western countries, including the United States, citizenship is considered a right that cannot be taken away except in very limited cases, such as serving in another nation’s military or having obtained citizenship fraudulently. Others strip citizenship from people who take another passport. Britain, along with Israel, is one of the few countries that can revoke the citizenship of dual nationals — even if they are native born — if they are suspected or convicted of terrorist offenses or acts of disloyalty.
Britain is seeking to expand the practice to naturalized citizens who have no other nationality and would be rendered stateless. Citizenship, in the words of Home Secretary Theresa May, is a “privilege, not a right.”
- Far-right nationalists brawled with communists in the Ukrainian parliament yesterday.
- CFR: Turkey and the Orientalists who love it.
- The world’s fastest-growing Jewish community is in neither Israel nor Brooklyn — it’s in Berlin, Germany, once at the center of the Holocaust and Nazi reign.
- FP: Playing chicken in Catalonia with Spain‘s separatists.
- Greeks are holding a nation-wide anti-austerity strike in advance of German Chancellor Merkel’s visit. Merkel has become synonymous with austerity measures and policy throughout the European Union.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered a pullback from contact with members of the Palestinian Authority. ‘Low-level’ cooperation will reportedly be permitted. Palestinians appear unfazed.
- Meanwhile as Passover/Pesach approaches, many Israelis living in poverty will be unable to finance the eight day (seven in Israel) holiday.
- The Syrian army has regained control of Rankous. Meanwhile Iran delivered 30,000 tons of food supplies to Syria yesterday.
- Also re: Iran, the U.S. has deemed its UN envoy choice “not viable” due to his role in the 1979 hostage situation that severely damaged relations between the two nations.
- A series of car bombings in Baghdad, Iraq have killed 24 people.
- Saudi Arabia may be preparing to allow girls to play sports in schools, so long as they conform to Sharia (Islamic law).
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- The Pentagon is apparently concerned about extremism and ethnic violence in various parts of Africa, given the legacy of Rwanda and the current state of disaster surrounding the Central African Republic. Northeastern Mali and Southwestern Libya are particular points of concern.
- CNA has a report on the Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership.
- Doctors Without Borders has soundly criticized the UN peacekeeping presence in South Sudan.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- I care very little about the Pistorius trial, but if you do, here you go, from South Africa.
- Despite tension with Russia, the U.S. is set to cut its nuke missile force by 50.
- For the first time in decades, stay at home mothers are seeing their numbers rise.
- A Marine guard shot and killed another Marine in North Carolina. Unlike the tragedy at Fort Hood, it was an isolated incident.
- Related: Things you should and should not say to veterans. Additionally, when did the military become a taboo subject in the U.S.?
- Brandeis University has withdrawn honor for Ayaan Hirsi Ali.