- Last night, Mayor Julian Castro faced off on immigration against notorious racist and anti-immigrant state senator and embarrassing Texan Dan Patrick. The video is here. (Shout-out to the Texas Tribune, an amazing and independent publication serving my great state.)
- Opinion: Jobs without borders.
- WonkBlog: The depressing durability of hate crimes.
- NYT: Veterans & white supremacy. (There will be backlash over this article…)
- Haaretz: How safe are Jews in America? On that note, there’s one mayor who ‘kind of’ agreed with the shooter who killed three people at two different Jewish centers in Kansas.
- Via WaPo, the ultimate in white ladies trying to talk about race and failing spectacularly. (Side note: Your blogger has many problems with Obama, still does not endorse white people using term “race card” or attempting to talk about their hopes for a “post-racial America.”)
- Unshockingly, pollution is worse in minority neighborhoods across the U.S.
- The language of hate: Westboro forges on sans Fred.
- There’s a video of Al Qaeda just chilling outdoors…
- The growing divide within developing economics.
- Exodus from Brooklyn to Tel Aviv: Not the change you would have expected?
- In Peshawar, Pakistan, shelling of militants’ homes has been in full swing.
- FP: Why Pakistan is so dangerous for journalists. Related: Despite modest improvements, journalist murders go relatively unpunished.
- In Lahore, a literary festival is part renaissance and part resistance.
- 99% of the drinking water in Baluchistan is not potable, say officials, with virtually less than 1% safe to drink. This compares to 21% in Punjab and 28% in Sindh.
- Nawaz and Zardari meet again. Meanwhile Pakistan has a new approach to taxes: publicly shaming cheaters.
- In Afghanistan, three civilians were killed by a NATO airstrike.
- Meanwhile, the latest in Indian election drama: Narendra Modi, notorious likely future prime minister and BJP frontman, is arguing that he did not stay silent re: the Gujarat riots that killed over a thousand. There are also claims that Modi paid to have interviews with news source.
- Priyanka Gandhi, younger sister of Rahul, has lashed out at her BJP-line-toting cousin Varun, in a move that the Congress Party is praying will aide its currently miserable luck.
- Inflation has returned to India.
Southeast & East Asia:
- 300 people are missing after a ferry capsized in the Yellow Sea off the coast of South Korea. The bulk of the passengers were high school students on a field trip.
Eurasia & Europe:
- No one’s really sure what’s going on in the Ukraine but it involves Russia and is a bit nerve-wracking. Meanwhile, there’s what the CIA is really doing in Kiev…
- The French are either more sexual or more morally bankrupt than everyone else, not really sure.
- Swedish passengers refused to allow a plane carrying an Iranian Kurdish refugee to leave.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Hundreds of Moroccan women demanded equal rights via a march held in Rabat. In another demand for rights, anti-racist campaigns are beginning as the country struggles to integrate immigrants and asylum-seekers.
- Saudi Arabia has replaced its intelligence chief.
- After viewing photos allegedly displaying victims of the Syrian regime, France wants Syria referred to the International Criminal Court, while the Syrian government is denying the validity of the photos. Meanwhile, Jordan is destroying vehicles entering from Syria.
- Two Australian (? some sources say one Australian, one New Zealander) “extremists” died in Yemen as a result of U.S. drone strikes.
- Israel‘s offshore gas could help its ties with some of its neighbors, but not all. Meanwhile, Palestinians are willing to continue peace talks, but only with a map. Dozens of Palestinians have also been injured in clashes at al-Aqsa.
- The roots of crisis in northern Lebanon.
- Algeria‘s “preordained election” and the debate it has sparked is leading some to analyze Bouteflika’s reign — and how far it will go.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- The girls kidnapped in Nigeria were duped into believing their abductors were soldiers, as opposed to extremists.
- Rebels in South Sudan have captured a key oil town.
- A mass-stabbing at a Canadian house party is reportedly the worst in Calgary’s history.
- Deadly wildfires in Chile are raging on for their fifth consecutive day.
- The U.S. tax code is dragging childless workers into poverty.
- North Dakota’s abortion ban, the harshest in the country, has been overturned.
- A man who planned a bomb hoax on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing has been taken into custody and will hopefully be punished like the shmuck he is.
- The NYPD has finally disbanded a program created entirely for the purpose of monitoring Muslims. Some still have concerns that rights violations will continue, however.
- Jelly beans are evil and transphobic?
- Louisiana lawmakers are refusing to overturn a state ban on oral sex.