Happy Monday morning to all, and a Chag Pesach Sameach to all my fellow Jews, as Erev Pesach approaches. It’s going to be a long and breadless week. !!!חג פסח שמח
Pesach & Jew-Themed:
- Celebrating the iSeder.
- Is it possible to be a Jewish intellectual?
- Pesach begins in Israel and all over the world.
- 22 different ways to eat matzah/matza/matzo this Passover.
- In what is easily the best idea for a school trip ever, a Palestinian professor took his Palestinian students to visit Auschwitz in Poland while a group of Israeli students went to Bethlehem to hear Palestinian refugees speak. The Palestinian professor has taken a significant amount of heat for the decision, unfortunately.
- A white supremacist former KKK leader (and known antisemite) killed three people yesterday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex. The coverage has been disappointing, as with most news relating to white, Christian acts of terrorism against minority groups.
- Bobby Jindal may not be my preferred human being but once again SNL has failed epically.
- Cosmo is getting serious about reproductive rights coverage…
- A Taliban attack victim from Afghanistan will run in the London Marathon, hoping to give other Afghan youth a shot at education.
- The crushing poverty that surrounds Coachella might make you think twice about that music festival.
- What independent coffee shops say about where you live. (Also. Support your local coffee shops!)
- Civil rights remain a struggle in Texas, the state of LBJ: Op-Ed.
- AJ: Why the English novel is no longer English.
- In Pakistan, Lahore now has its first-ever female Superintendent of Police (SP).
- The next round of talks between the Taliban and the Pakistani government is reportedly coming soon. Speaking of the government, the prime minister is now required to attend senate sessions once a week following a binding resolution’s passage.
- 200 students from KP and FATA have received scholarships from USAID in a move meant to bolster education within the region.
- In Bhakkar, some cannibalism for you... Also that baby is no longer on trial.
- Diplomatic ‘brain drain’ in Afghanistan? Meanwhile the war ending is leaving many in a precarious place.
- Meanwhile, as results come in, it looks like it’s Ghani and Abdullah.
- In AfPak relations, Afghan soldiers opened fire on two Pakistani shepherds who had accidentally wandered across the border. They died instantly.
- The man who will likely be the next Prime Minister of India, Narenda Modi, has suffered a slight campaign setback — his closest aide, Amit Shah, was banned from election rallies and speeches following a series of inflammatory Islamophobic comments. Shah reportedly added fuel to the already tense relations between Hindus and Muslims in Uttar Pradesh when he pushed a crowd to avoid voting for Muslim candidates who had ‘raped, killed, and humiliated’ Hindus. Azman Khan, an SP aide, was banned as well.
- Maoist rebels have killed 14 people in election-related violence.
- Signed statement (including names like Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie): If Modi is elected, it will bode ill for India’s future.’
- India and China are holding talks today to discuss bilateral relations.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The multi-nation internationally-funded global search for MH370, the missing Malaysian flight, has now gone underwater. The search is a month in and it seems the jet’s black boxes have reached the end of their battery life.
- China‘s neighbors seem to be gearing up for a potential clash.
- Political and ethnic tensions in Thailand are resurfacing.
Eurasia & Europe:
- The beautiful and calm country of Finland is now being graced with some homoerotic stamps.
- The U.S. is at odds with European counterparts over harsh sanctions against rogue nation Russia, predominately because the latter fear the potentially catastrophic economic fallout. Meanwhile pro-Russian forces are clashing with the Ukraine pretty epically.
- French police are hoping mass-DNA testing could lead them to a rapist.
- Banksy pits love and smartphones in the UK.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Saudi Arabia now leads the Middle East in military spending.
- Rebels in Syria claim they have proof of a chemical attack stemming from the Syrian government. US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers said the attacks are so far ‘unsubstantiated‘. Meanwhile Bashar al-Assad claims that the war has hit a turning point and that his forces are winning.
- An assailant in the West Bank, Occupied Palestine, killed one Israeli and wounded three more.
- Libya‘s interim prime minister is resigning for the safety of his family.
- The U.S. is prepared to do quite a bit in order to block Iran‘s UN envoy choice.
- More than 20 were killed across Iraq on Sunday in a violent series of bombings.
- Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurds want the Iraqi Kurdish genocide recognized.
- The decline of Iran’s “Blogestan” — in graphs and charts, WaPo does an interesting breakdown of what’s been happening to the country’s initially incredible grassroots online movement in the years following the Green Movement.
- The UN says the Western Sahara needs rights monitors.
- Algerian youth speak out against election, as Bouteflika’s reign continues.
- In the UAE, Dubai is seeking to become an Islamic economic hub.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- Dozens of people were killed in a bus bombing in Nigeria, in an attack that has been linked to Boko Haram.
- Guinea-Bissau is voting amidst unease following a coup that plunged the country into turmoil.
- A rally calling on Burkina Faso‘s president to seek re-election (and for a constitutional amendment allowing him to do so) has drawn mixed publicity.
- An arms deal between Canada and Saudi Arabia carries ‘significant risk’.
- 20,000 people have been evacuated as a Chilean wildfire rages.
- Dozens have died in a tragic bus crash in Mexico.
- In Brazil, economic flailing and projects abandoned.
- In Texas, U.S., Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio and State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston are set to go head-to-head on immigration policy.
- The toddler who survived, and the cop who became her mom.
- Women in D.C. suffer more than most from the gendered pay gap.
- The NSA has reportedly been exploiting the ‘Heartbleed Bug’ for years. Err. Cool?
- The State Dept’s Deputy Sec. of State is getting set to retire.
- In South Carolina, inequality and homophobia has a very real and human consequence.