- In a 6-2 vote (Justice Kagan was forced to recuse herself) the SCOTUS determined that states could overturn affirmative action. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor were the dissenters. More @ NYT.
- The Shifting Middle East.
- More SCOTUS: Still no appeal for Guantanamo inmates.
- Texas news: CNN on LVP, the Lt. Gov. candidate who could turn Texas purple.
- Pull-out from below under Middle East: Iraq’s al-Maliki is considering running for another term, and the New Yorker has a fascinating article up on his tenure in office, as well as the current state of the nation.
- Haaretz: Jewish bodies, sexism, and modesty.
- Everyone’s pretty upset about that NYT op-ed that essentially said racist and antisemitic attacks were on the rise because of veterans.
- What satellites at night can show us about the earth’s poverty.
- This is so problematic I cannot even. (Spoilers for HBO show Game of Thrones, as well as discussion of sexual assault.)
- There may be less than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan very soon.
- A former Afghan commander turned election observer was shot dead outside his home, in an attack the Taliban has denied orchestrating. In other violent news, a blast in Parwan province injured 17 and killed a child early this morning.
- In India, hate speech and Islamophobia are dominating the election. In even more comforting news, the BJP has blocked its website access in Pakistan.
- Fueling this, Hafiz Saeed (wanted for 11/26 Mumbai attacks) feels that Hindus in Pakistan feel safer than Muslims in Gujarat.
- The SC of India may hear a plea against 377, the code banning homosexual sex acts. Following a recent ruling granting transgender Indians status, activists are hoping the ruling may carry over into other queerphobic policies.
- India wants the internet to be the equinet.
Internet of today to the Equinet of tomorrow. ”The Internet governance should be multilateral, transparent, democratic,and representative, with the participation of governments, private sector, civil society, and international organizations, in their respective roles. This should be one of the foundational principles of Internet governance,” the external affairs ministry says in its initial submission to the April 23-24 Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also referred as NETmundial, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Rampant discrimination in India’s schools is specifically targeting Dalits and Muslims, says Al Jazeera.
- In KP, Pakistan, nine people were killed in assorted acts of violence in the region on Tuesday.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Obama and Asia (specifically China): A saga.
- Crew members of the South Korean ferry are being hounded to provide answers.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Vice President Joe Biden visited the Ukraine to make it very clear that the U.S. has its back. Regardless Russia‘s energy cushion will likely save it from any real threat. Meanwhile residents of Crimea are living life in chaos.
- It seems that a journalist from Vice working in the Ukraine has been taken hostage by pro-Russian forces.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Arab Election Season 2k14.
- The white saviors of the Arabs.
- In Yemen, a coordinated attack has killed 55 militants, at most recent count. This continues the U.S.’ “high stakes” drones war in Yemen.
- Haaretz editorial: Unilateral action re: the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa is a recipe for disaster.
- The Jerusalem question.
- Re: Israel and Palestine peace talks: Abbas has indicated he is willing to allow “preparations” for peace talks to run past the April 29th deadline with the condition that Israel is prepared to make concessions.
- Hundred are protesting the vandalism of a mosque in northern Israel.
- Whether or not Syria is still using chemical weapons is really up in the air. Regardless the country is 100% assured to “re-elect” Assad.
- In Iraq, al-Maliki is mulling a third term…and the nation is wary.
- Saudi Arabia has fired its health minister in the midst of a strange and deadly disease.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- South Sudan‘s rebel commander has disputed claims that his forces were behind the killings of hundreds in the contested town of Bentiu.
- Fighting between French forces and armed Christians in the Central African Republic have left unarmed people dead.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- Controversy over male circumcision has hit a peak in Africa, where studies show it could help reduce the spread of AIDS. In countries like Zimbabwe this has had minimal sway, or convinced some that it cures AIDS altogether. Zambia and Uganda face similar problems.
- The U.S. has approved the sale of $680 million’s worth of Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico.
- This tragic border crossing story (which saw a 12 year-old make it from Ecuador en route to the U.S., only to die in Mexico) should give everyone food for thought.
- Sexual assault remains a serious issue in the U.S. military.
- A NY court has ruled that the U.S. must disclose its legal justification re: its targeted killings (drones) program.
- Securing money for research is hard enough, but for women the challenge is even more of an uphill climb.