News Round-Up 4/22/14: Affirmative Action & Isms

reuters / onlookers wave at a plane carrying bjp candidate modi
reuters / onlookers wave at a plane carrying bjp candidate modi

Assorted Stand-Outs:

  • 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.)

South Asia:

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.

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:

Middle East & North Africa:

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.


Daily Wow: Images from Homs, the ‘capital’ of the Syrian rebels.


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