Homestretch, homestretch, homestretch. Tomorrow is Friday, all!
- In an attempt at a compromise, the FCC has pseudo backtracked on net neutrality: Reportedly, it is considering allowing internet providers to negotiate payments from companies in exchange for access to subscribers. Open internet advocates are still not pleased.
- This GOP commercial is really missing like ALL of the points.
- 100% shameless self-promotion: I wrote an article for the Weekly Wonk on the Indian election and the potential fallout from Modi’s likely ascension to the role of prime minister. Constructive feedback welcome!
- Millennials are undercutting their own influence on social policy.
- CAP has a user’s guide to the 2015 Defense Budget.
- Justin Bieber probably should’ve gone on Wikipedia first.
- Clerics are raising their concerns regarding the controversial 9/11 museum film.
- Cliven Bundy is really racist, surprise surprise. And WaPo Opinions thinks it shouldn’t be news.
- Around 15 seminaries in Pakistan have been receiving funding from other countries, predominately in the Middle East. 11 of the seminaries are operating without a No Objection Certificate (NOC).
- Jet planes bombed areas of Khyber Agency on Thursday, killing 23 militants and wounding 15 more.
- Hamid Mir says he has been facing threats from both state and non-state actors.
- A police officer was killed in an explosion in Karachi.
- Three Americans were killed in an attack on a hospital in Kabul by an Afghan police officer.
- Bangladesh is marking the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse. Activists in London marked the event by forming a human chain.
- The Taliban may be prepared to make a deal regarding America’s only POW.
- Entering phase six of the Indian election, turnout has been high.
- In Nepal, tension and anger among the Sherpas has been ignited following the tragic deaths of their 16 coworkers.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Obama is in Japan, reassuring the island nation of American support especially re: China. Who, for the record, plays by its own rules.
- The National Interest thinks that when traveling Obama should keep Taiwan in mind.
- Stowage and design problems are being listed as leading causes behind the ferry crash off the coast of South Korea.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has accused Turkey of “utter denial” regarding the Armenian genocide. The comments follow Turkish leader Erdogan’s issuance of condolences to the Armenian people.
- The Ukraine‘s Prime Minister: “You have to do everything all at once.”
- Annnnnd now Russia is conducting border drills.
Middle East & North Africa:
- In the wake of the Fatah-Hamas deal between the Palestinians, Israel has halted peace talks. The U.S. is displeased. CSMonitor has a good piece on why Israel may need to rethink its assumptions concerning the deal and Abbas’ thinking.
- UN Chief says diplomacy has failed in Syria.
- Following serious accusations, Iran has replaced the chief of Evin Prison, its highest-ranking prison official.
- EFF: How Iran’s gadget bloggers became victims of the Revolutionary Guard.
- A suicide bombing in Iraq killed 11 people earlier today.
- A militant group in Egypt has claimed responsibility for this week’s early killing of a police officer.
- Via Muftah: Terror targeting in Yemen.
- Militants have killed at least 14 soldiers in Algeria following the country’s forgone re-election of Bouteflika.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- In South Sudan, attackers are singling out their victims based on background.
- Still, fighting rages on.
- More than 230 schoolgirls are still missing in Nigeria, following a kidnapping believed to have been orchestrated by militant group Boko Haram.
- Muslims are fleeing the Central African Republic in waves.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- What you should know about Malawi’s upcoming elections.
- A park director has survived a shooting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- The American middle class is poorer than the Canadian middle class. Time to bond with the Loonie, everyone.
- Hagel begins his first trip to Latin America as Defense Chief.
- In the U.S., 1.6 million Americans lack access to indoor plumbing. WonkBlog has a breakdown of where.
- An FBI informant has been tied to cyberattacks abroad.
- An ex-Blue Angels commander is being reassigned following allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. Speaking of misconduct, not a joke: A marine crucified himself.
- A Medal of Honor recipient is advising troops to seek mental health and PTSD treatment.
- Southerners don’t like Obamacare, but they don’t want to repeal it. Also re: the South — WaPo’s Larry Bartels doesn’t buy NYT’s claim that Democrats are shedding white Southerners left and right.
- WB: Which states have the highest levels of student debt?
- Only four same-sex marriage statewide bans remain unconstitutional. Soon there will only be three.
Daily Wow: Finding Vivian Maier.