Happy Friday! We in the District are slated for showers later today and a nice weekend overall. Margarita Madness is tomorrow, so everyone prepare yourselves. Side note, if anyone is a Sub-Saharan, Southern, Western, or Eastern Africa enthusiast and interested in sending me articles, please feel free. The same goes for Oceania. Unfortunately my usual daily reads are lacking on that front and any boost would help!
- Boozing: On a global scale.
- Rep. Michael Grimm is set to be indicted. This should be good.
- Mississippi’s last abortion clinic is on its last legs.
- WaPo: The effect of net neutrality rules on consumers. Also: Goodbye net neutrality, hello net discrimination.
- Krugman on ‘The Piketty Panic.’ Even more on Piketty here.
- The Feds really want to search your smartphone and don’t want to have to ask nicely first.
- There are some pretty disturbing allegations that 40 veterans died waiting for appointments in Arizona.
- The GOP has dumped Cliven Bundy.
- Oregon is set to swap its healthcare exchange for the federal government’s.
- Rights groups are voicing concerns over rising sectarian violence in Pakistan. In better news, charges of treason against Geo News were thrown out this morning.
- 4 people were killed and 30 injured during an explosion in Karachi.
- In Lahore the Royal Trail project is nearly complete.
- 82% of Afghanistan‘s votes have been tallied, and Abdullah Abdullah is in the lead. Mr. Ghani, his leading rival, has been raising cries of fraud.
- A flash flood has killed at least 42 people in northern and western Afghanistan.
- U.S. brands have failed to act on last year’s Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, says AJ.
- Mumbai has seen a 55% voter turnout in the latest phase of India‘s election. Violence continues to plague portions of the election, with the latest attack occurring in Jammu & Kashmir. BJP man of the hour Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers from Varanasi, which is set to vote on May 12th.
- Sri Lankan anti-casino protests are dominating the headlines: Many feel the addition in Colombo will lead to a prostitution boom on the island.
Southeast, Central, & East Asia:
- In South Korea, President Obama is under fire for underestimating North Korea.
- Also in North Korean news, FP has an interesting take on the marketing of its leader’s baby pictures.
- Kazakhstan, India, and China are all in an oil field quabble.
- After over a month of searching, Malaysia is preparing to release a report on flight MH370.
- It seems that a drunk passenger attempted to hijack a plane that landed safely in Indonesia.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Can equality be legislated?
- Emotions continue to run high between the U.S. and Russia. The latter’s military movements on its shared border with the Ukraine have raised more than a few eyebrows, and Defense Sec. Hagel had some harsh words for the eastern power while on tour in Mexico. Fearing an attack from Russia, the Ukraine has halted its initial movements into pro-Russian territory.
- International observers from OSCE have been seized in the Ukraine by armed separatists, according to officials.
- Britain‘s anti-terrorism plan for Syria is meeting with a lot of disapproval.
- A Franco-era suspect is in Spain, who are refusing to extradite him to Argentina.
- Suspected mass graves are being excavated in Serbia. The bodies likely belong to ethnic Albanians.
- Minorities in France (specifically Jews and Muslims) are becoming concerned.
Middle East & North Africa:
- In Jordan, LGBTQ rights are seeing signs of life.
- Israel has suspended peace talks following a unity deal between Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas. However, PM Netanyahu has indicated that the door remains open should Fatah leader Abbas change his mind. Obama is so put out with everyone he can barely discuss it.
- The Times of Israel has some damning words for Netanyahu.
- Theoretically, Syria is handing over the last of its chemical weapons, but many remain skeptical.
- Syria’s Rashomon Effect.
- The double threat for gay men in Syria: WaPo Opinion.
- Portions of fuel subsidies have been cut in Iran, sparking a surge in gas prices.
- UN Yemen envoy says rebel group has agreed to talks.
- Lebanese Speaker Berri says the first round of the presidential election was a “rehearsal.”
- IRI Poll: Tunisia‘s democratic success has built expectations and cautious optimism.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- Mali coup leader Amadou Sanogo could be facing the death penalty.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- At least 14 people are dead in a stampede following a power outage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Bolivia has fired hundreds of protesting soldiers, who felt they were being held back and discriminated against for being indigenous citizens.
- FIFA and Brazil are having a clash over seating numbers for the World Cup.
- U.S.: Multiple inmates have died in Texas due to overheating.
- Efforts to free America’s only POW are disorganized, says the AP.
- A FOX News host has said he considering converting to Islam for the “72 virgins.” Mhm.
- Immigration reform isn’t happening anytime soon in the House, despite threats from John Boehner.
- Weekly Wonk: Where Welfare Really Goes.
Daily Wow: Tyler Hicks on his incredible photographs from inside the Nairobi mall during a massacre (+ other tidbits about his career).