We’re having an incredibly damp Tuesday here in the District. I hope you’ve all stayed warm and dry, because you know who hasn’t? Me.
- Full list of Pulitzer Prize winners here. Congratulations to all!
- The one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings is in full swing. Survivors are suffering from everything ranging from loss of limbs to extreme and horrifying PTSD. Meanwhile the Boston Globe has a massive feature on the Tsarnaev brothers. (I haven’t finished reading so not yet sure how problematic and/or accurate it is, just a head’s up.) The younger Tsarnaev brother is in virtual isolation and opinions regarding his imprisonment range wildly.
- The New America: Amazinnggggg breakdown of the changing face of the United States, where millennials, people of color, new waves of immigrants, and religious minorities are all on the rise.
- The man who killed three people at two Jewish facilities in Kansas will face hate crime charges, according to WaPo.
- An Indian court has recognized a “third gender” — a major triumph for the country’s hijra community. Other South Asian countries to offer similar recognition include Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
- Data suggests Republicans have a race problem. Some also are apparently not sure if the Civil Rights Act is constitutional. However, in shocking news, the Nevada Republican party has decided to drop same-sex marriage and abortion from its issues platform in a stunning abandonment of conservative social issues.
- How the outcome of the Muslim spying case affects EVERYONE, via Colorlines. Meanwhile members of the Muslim Public Affairs office are having to respond to homophobia with a determinedly positive attitude and work to counter extremism and radical views within the Muslim American community. Also in Islamophobia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is continuing her reign as a controversial figure.
- Pakistani feminism: Making history, the Awami National Party (ANP) elected its first female vice-president, Nargis Tori. She is the first woman to hold the position.
- The CIA’s drone program in Pakistan is being carried out by the US air force.
- Police in Karachi may have manipulated an investigation into the murder of a philanthropist, according to a new report.
- Two people were injured in an attack on a NATO supply convoy in KP.
- In Afghanistan, leaky borders are becoming quite the problem. Meanwhile the country’s deputy minister of public works was kidnapped in Kabul, officials are reporting.
- U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner visted U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Sunday and Monday.
- In India, voters are being lured by more than just the opportunity to participate in democracy: officials have seized some $36 million in cash from cars and elsewhere intended to buy off voters and “pay for expenses above and beyond the spending limit.” Expats are also flying home in large numbers, determined to take part in the historical election.
- Indian-born poet Vijay Seshadri was one of many Pulitzer Prize recipients yesterday.
- Muslims are understandably worried about the rise of Modi, a Hindu nationalist and hardliner.
- The Congress Party is having a rough time and a bad day.
Southeast & East Asia:
- In the search for the Malaysian missing plane, some are saying China is more of a hindrance than a help.
- A desalination plant has been proposed near Beijing.
- Thousands of Chinese shoe factory workers have gone on strike.
- Vietnam has released two dissidents in what may be an attempt at bolstering a potential trade deal with the U.S., who have indicated they will not move forward with the deal unless the country improves its human rights record.
Eurasia & Europe:
- FP: What would Russian troops do once they cross the Ukrainian border? Meanwhile, the Ukraine has retaken an airport.
- The European Parliament has approved laws on a banking overhaul.
- A Russian jet and a U.S. ship had a “provocative” moment in the Black Sea.
- Thousands in Paris, France and Rome, Italy are protesting austerity measures.
- Meanwhile, former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is looking at some quality community service time.
- In the latest from big winner and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Twitter is now apparently guilty of tax evasion and I have an island I’d like to sell you.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Jordan‘s ambassador to Libya has been abducted. Meanwhile, Libyan officials have ruled that trials via video are acceptable.
- The UN’s human rights report on Syria is pretty damning. The UN is also set to view a series of photos reinforcing the report.
- Iran is taking its beef with the U.S. to the UN over its envoy debacle. In more cultural Iranian news, one man’s desire to be buried within the country is stirring up some controversy.
- A deputy governor has been killed in central Yemen by suspected militants.
- Death From Above: How American drone strikes are devastating Yemen.
- The “influence of the Zionist lobby” and its effect on the policy of various countries re: Israel is causing controversy from all sides.
- Amidst chaos and violence, Iraq prepares for another election. The country also reports that the Abu Gharib prison is closed.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- Boko Haram is believed to be responsible for the abduction of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.
- In Brazil, immigrants stir new life into São Paulo‘s old center.
- After a devastating fire, Chile attempts to regroup.
- The U.S.: How poor are America’s poor?
- Native Americans are protesting Dan Snyder’s, Redskins owner, charity golf tournament. Meanwhile the Navajo Nation is coming up against the limits of tribal sovereignty re: same-sex marriage.
- For young women, sexual violence is the new normal. Also in sexism: there seems to be a lack of gender balance amongst U.S. media commentators.
- Could the West, Texas blast happen again?