Today is Good Friday — a happy holiday to all observing!
Quote of the day:
“I say extraordinary things in an ordinary tone. It’s possible to get away with ANYTHING as long as you make it believable.” – Gabriel García Márquez
- How Americans die.
- Speaking of death, the white supremacist website Stormfront has some share in the responsibility for multiple killing sprees. Great.
- The lawyer who defended CA’s Prop. 8 is now helping to plan his daughter’s same-sex wedding.
- Science is so cool: There is an Earth-like planet in a far-away solar system that could support human life. Also, stem cells return to the center of discussion, amidst debate.
- Passover in New Mexico.
- Open-source seeds and farmers: NPR has a very cool story up.
- ThinkProgress started off with a good point in this article (that bodies only become acceptable when they belong to white people) and then veered way off the mark and became problematic. As a point of clarification, Jews ARE a racially and ethnically diverse people. In fact many of us fall into not one but three major ethnic categories, and two of those categories are traditionally non-white. Jews can additionally be found in all shapes, sizes, and races all over the globe. Not all Jews are Ashkenazi. End clarification point.
- In awesome news, New York City public schools are being lobbied to recognize Muslim holidays. 95% of all NYC Muslim students attend these schools, and 10% of students in NYC schools are Muslim.
- The very severe implications of prison rape, brought to you by Colorlines.
- Kim Novak has a solid response to all her haters.
- Beautiful photos of rescued farm animals.
- Today in inevitable controversy, Jamia Hafsa, a religious school for women in Islamabad, Pakistan, has reportedly renamed its library for Osama bin Laden. This will probably go over well.
- Things are not going well in peace talks between the TTP and the Pakistani government.
- The whirling dervishes come to Islamabad.
- A really good article on the co-opting of Malala’s narrative and story.
- In Afghanistan, nine people became mysteriously ill after receiving powder with a return address to Africa.
- The Taliban attacked a prison in Northern Afghanistan, freeing several militants.
- India‘s fifth and biggest day of voting saw moderate to high turnout across several states, and BJP is eyeing victory.
- Bans on Modi and Amit Shah have been lifted. Elsewhere the Congress Party may be in some trouble after a member threatened to cut off a village’s water supply if it failed to vote for his cousin.
- Being Muslim Under Modi.
- From Congress Party to BJP.
- In Nepal, an avalanche at Mt. Everest has killed several people.
Southeast & East Asia:
- South Korea has arrested the captain of the ferry ship that sunk in the Yellow Sea.
Eurasia & Europe:
- In Geneva, Switzerland diplomats have reportedly reached a deal regarding Russia and the Ukraine. Meanwhile the U.S. is sending more nonlethal aid to the Ukraine.
- NATO is prepared to defend Poland.
- Europe still looks to Moscow for weapons, despite growing concerns over Russia’s influence.
Middle East & North Africa:
- FP: Assad’s starvation campaign in Syria. Meanwhile talks have broken down and Homs is once again a “theatre of death.” The Old City is hosting over a thousand people who are at high risk of death from disease and violence as the Syrian army surrounds it with rebels warning of a “potential massacre.”
- Reaching Israel after 34 years.
- The EU would very much like Israel to reverse its latest West Bank, Palestine move.
- The U.S. will free some funds following reports that Iran is complying with nuclear demands.
- Meeting in Saudi Arabia, Gulf States are working to ease the tensions created by Qatar.
- Bouteflika claims victory in Algeria while claims of fraud rage on. Some say Algerians voted predominately for stability.
- Bahrain’s State Unaccountability.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- General Africa: Thousands of children now have access to e-readers that are allowing them to be exposed to both famed worldwide novels (like C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia) as well as local writers.
- In South Sudan, at least 58 people were killed while being sheltered at a UN base after militants stormed through and opened fire.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- Mozambique: How training women as ambulance drivers helps in many, many ways.
- In the U.S.: How colleges have rebranded rape.
- Can Washington stop Heartbleed?
- Democrats v. Republicans v. everyone.
- Year after the BP spill, the Gulf remains in crisis.
- A stand-off in Nevada has emboldened militias.
- Andrew Sullivan is pretty angry at Jo Becker over the history of gay marriage as a political issue.
- Homophobia in South Carolina rears its head.