Happy hot and heated Monday, D.C. Totally unrelated to global news, but I am deeply put out with Game of Thrones. (Spoiler alert.)
- An American has won the Boston Marathon for the first time since 1983.
- AJ: In global health, abortion bears the scarlet letter A. From Malawi across the globe, the problem lingers.
- Wonkette: Obama uses Easter to say nice things to Muslims, world freaks out.
- A teenager magically survived a flight from California to Maui hiding inside the wheel of a plane and enduring frigid temperatures and wind speed.
- Steve Malzberg’s gross and unacceptable Chelsea Clinton comments are being called out. Bonus: Why Clinton’s pregnancy is so baffling to abortion opponents.
- The “pivot to Asia” is the right choice, via WaPo.
- Mad Men‘s first significant black character is finally getting a storyline, seasons later.
- After a former leader went around shooting up Jewish centers, CNN wants to know if the KKK can rebrand. World wants to know if CNN can cover anything other than a missing plane and its own rear end.
- In other Jews news: Why synagogues matter.
- Republicans are apparently winning at Twitter this year.
- In Texas news: Ted Cruz has spent more time in Iowa than he has in South Texas. You know, the place Greg Abbott kindly referred to as the “Third World.”
- Abdullah Abdullah has widened his lead in Afghanistan, but a runoff remains likely.
- Frozen yogurt: Where Afghans go to chill. Meanwhile, as the country’s war continues, Afghan youth seek normal lives.
- In Pakistan, an assassination attempt on journalist Hamid Mir has the entire country in uproar. Mir is seen as being a critic of the country’s powerful military and intelligence agency.
- The evolution of Mohajir politics and identity.
- Tribune: Celebrating Easter across Pakistan.
- Pakistan’s government is mulling a tighter reign on the country’s madrassas — controversy and violence, to say nothing of the shadow of Osama bin Laden, have led to a push for greater control and increased limitations.
- 42 people were killed and 30 injured in a bus collision in Sindh.
- Also in Sindh-related news: 202 women were murdered via honor killings in the province last year.
- Two Pakistani UN staff workers have been kidnapped in Karachi. (Update: They’ve been freed.)
- In India, the Supreme Court has lifted a ban on iron ore mining.
- A filmmaker has released multiple clips of Modi following the Gujarati riots which depict the prime ministerial candidate in a harsh light and highlight his comments made in the wake of the events. Meanwhile people are cheating every which way when it comes to the election.
- Cricket and corruption.
- Paid news is clouding the election, says Al Jazeera.
Southeast & East Asia:
- As the Chinese military grows, Japan and the Philippines look on cautiously.
- In South Korea, the tragedies from the ferry sinking continue.
- Via CSIS: The emergence of new political parties in Burma.
- Win Tin, a critic of Burma’s military, has died.
- Flying to and from Malaysia is apparently always a problem.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Update: Ukraine deal collapses.
- At the Institute of Modern Russia, suggestions for regulating separatism.
- The Ukraine is accusing the Kremlin in Russia of orchestrating unrest and disturbing the peace. Meanwhile masked men in east Ukraine have been linked to Russia, following weeks of violence and gunfire.
- Snowden really regrets his Putin cameo…
- Three journalists have been detained in the Ukraine.
- One Russian politician implied he’d like to violently rape a pregnant journalist and made moves to do so. Charming.
- An intel outsider is Britain‘s new intelligence chief.
- In Switzerland, the world’s highest minimum wage is on the ballot – 22 CHF/hr, or approx. $25/hr.
Middle East & North Africa:
- After the Arab Spring: Semi-Presidentialism as Power Sharing.
- Seven rockets have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel, hitting the town of Sderot. Meanwhile, Israeli settlers are having their own clash with the Israeli army.
- Abbas is supposedly set to issue a message of condolence to the Jewish people in memory of the Holocaust. If he goes through with it, he will be the first Palestinian leader ever to do so. Elsewhere, Hamas and Fatah are set to meet for talks.
- David Brooks thinks Obama has a “manhood” problem in the Middle East.
- A “massive” attack in Yemen targeting Al Qaeda has been carried out. It has not been stated who carried out the attack specifically, however.
- Prince Bandar’s removal in Saudi Arabia may not affect his career that much, or Saudi-U.S. ties.
- French journalists held hostage for 10 months in Syria have been released and returned home to their families.
- Syria will be holding its presidential election on June 3rd, in defiance of Assad’s opponents. Syria’s controversial leader made a rare appearance in honor of Easter over the weekend. (Special: Bombs & Ballots in Syria.)
- Kuwait has shut down two newspapers for violating a media blackout ordered by the government.
- In the Egyptian election, Sisi will have a challenger. Meanwhile, FP dissects what Sisi’s economic policies are likely to be.
- Ahead of elections, 19 people have died in bombings across Iraq.
- Lebanese presidential candidates, considered.
- AJ: The Arab-Persian divide?
- In Algeria, bubbling dissent may send the nation in a different direction than Bouteflika’s soon-to-be victory would indicate.
- Libya is slowly deteriorating.
- The oft-forgotten North African country of Mauritania is set to hold elections in June.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing in Nigeria that killed 22 people.
- It’s Egypt v. Ethiopia when it comes to a dam dispute.
- Losing hearts and minds in Kenya.
- The UN has condemned ongoing ethnic violence and killings in South Sudan.
- In Somalia a politician has been killed and another wounded in Mogadishu.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- In Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy is making life hard for human rights workers.
- Honduras: Despite dangers, migrants head north.
- Easter protests dominated Venezuela‘s headlines. The country has seen massive demonstrations over the course of the past few months, as the division between government and people expands.
- The globe’s reactions to the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez are touching and beautiful.
- In attempting to reduce the size of the U.S. military, overtones of sexism and racism.
- The White House, hosting young rich people since now.
- What happens when public school children are promised a college education? Via WonkBlog.