- Really cool: We need a multitude of viewpoints to get closer to the truth.
- The SCOTUS seems wary of an Ohio law that criminalizes false speech about candidates.
- Southern Senate Democrats are doing surprisingly well in a new poll.
- In the wake of yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling: Some data on college and race. Americans also strongly support affirmative action on college campuses.
- Regardless of race (though by no means erasing the implications of intersectionality), women in the U.S. have a very hard time finding work. Also the policy implications of the nation’s racial and age transformation are emerging bit by bit.
- Raising a bilingual child, from one man’s perspective.
- James Clapper’s war on whistleblowers, via the Global Dispatch.
- Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison are now BOTH off the market. Woe unto all.
- Why South Asia is so vulnerable to climate change.
- Bangladesh quietly held its first gay pride parade a few days ago.
- In Pakistan, Geo News is currently looking at being investigated for “maligning” the ISI, with many calling for it to be shut down. The accusations come following an assassination attempt on a Geo journalist, whose brother has fingered the ISI for the act.
- Over 2000 people have died in the past five years due to sectarian violence in Pakistan, according to the Interior Ministry. The breakdown is: FATA (867), Balochistan (737), Sindh (252), Punjab (104), G-B (103) and K-P (22).
- In Baluchistan, a young midwife is saving lives. Meanwhile in Punjab men are increasingly interested in family planning, a positive trend that seems to stem from the challenges associated with raising large families.
- Afghanistan‘s election fraud is evident, despite excitement over the country’s power passage.
- The U.S. and India have concluded their pact on tax evasion under FATCA.
- A day before polls in Mumbai, one college’s president has sent an email strongly criticizing the Gujarat Model.
- For once, having a bad tattoo has consequences apart from permanence: Sri Lanka is expelling a British tourist with a tattoo of the Buddha.
Southeast & East Asia:
Eurasia & Europe:
- The U.S. is flexing its muscles in eastern Europe in a clear display of power and warning to Russia. Poland, Estonia, and Latvia are the countries involved.
- A Vice reporter has been reported kidnapped in the Ukraine and everyone is now concerned.
- Turkish leader Erdogan has offered his “condolences” over Armenian WWI deaths.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Fatah and Hamas appear to have made nice and are prepared to form a united Palestinian government. Israel is displeased, and Netanyahu has said Fatah must choose between Israel and Hamas.
- The U.S. is set to partially resume aid to Egypt.
- The trial of three Al Jazeera journalists has been adjourned until May.
- A training facility in Libya for counterterrorism is now a haven for Al Qaeda.
- In Syria, Assad will have a challenger. OPCW will also be investigating chemical weapons claims within the country.
- Shaping Syria’s future and the city of Homs–reduced essentially to rubble, the crossroads rebel stronghold holds the key to the future.
- Lebanon‘s parliament failed to elect a new president on Wednesday, with no candidate receiving a two-thirds majority vote.
- The U.S.’ decision to deny a visa to Iran‘s envoy to the UN has yet to spur committee action.
- Bahrain‘s disappearing moderates.
- A senior Taliban leader has been released by the United Arab Emirates and has returned to Kabul.
- A Saudi Arabian civil rights lawyer and advocate has reportedly been detained in Riyadh and allegedly tortured.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed over 140 people, according to the UN.
- Nigeria is concerned the 200-something kidnapped girls likely taken by Boko Haram will be used as sex slaves.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- Over 55 people have died in a railway crash in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- ANC’s monopoly on South African politics is waning, as discontentment with the current administration grows.
- NYT: In the Pistorius case, critics see a justice system favoring the rich and famous.
- Violence has erupted in a Brazilian slum.
- Native Americans and ranchers have united against the Keystone XL pipeline. Elsewhere in Arizona a tribe is preparing to prosecute non-tribal members accused of sexual assault.
- Art: A bilingual globalism between North and South America.
- An interfaith panel is displeased with a 9/11 museum exhibit’s portrayal of Islam.
- Material washed ashore in Australia may be the latest clue regarding flight 370.
Daily Wow: Nat. Geo. photo of the day: Rock of Ages