Today is Yom HaShoah (יום השואה). A moment of silence for all those lost, particularly from the Jewish and Roma communities. Never forget.
- Yom HaShoah: Behind every name, a story.
- Palestinian leader Abbas has issued a tragically underreported statement regarding the Holocaust. Via NYT: “President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority issued a formal statement on Sunday calling the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era” and expressing sympathy with victims’ families. The statement, which grew out of a meeting a week ago between Mr. Abbas and an American rabbi who promotes understanding between Muslims and Jews, is the first such offering of condolences by the Palestinian leader.”
- Hundreds of Montgomery County students marched through Rockville this weekend to draw awareness to the “achievement gap” which has left African-American and Hispanic-American students trailing their white and Asian-American counterparts. Via WaPo:
“This is truly a historical moment,” said Jorge Sanchez, 17, one of the organizers, addressing a cheering crowd of more than 400, after a 1.1-mile procession on a sunlit afternoon. Passing cars honked in support. Students chanted and waved handmade posters, and most wore black T-shirts reading “United Are We.”
- Washington-area Holocaust survivors gathered this weekend to share their stories.
- A Palestinian student defends her visit to Auschwitz. Really excellent, very interesting, highly recommended.
- Clippers owner Don Sterling reportedly went on a racist rant to his girlfriend via a phone convo that was recorded. The best reactions, in meme form, are brought to you by WaPo.
- Chernobyl: Capping A Catastrophe.
- LGBTQ rights advocates are taking their fight to the most conservative areas of the U.S.: The South and the Midwest.
- Why sci-fi as a genre seems so fixated on re-imagining Western society under threat from an other, as brought to you by The Atlantic.
- The problem with writing on the Syrian conflict through a Western lens.
- The NELP has a new report on the “Low Wage Recovery.” Also in economics news, everyone still has a lot of opinions on Piketty (and opinions on people who have those opinions). Also: The Manhattanization of America.
- Texas: When Fracking Comes To Town. (Via AJ)
- Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, who recently ordered serious action against against electricity and gas defaulters, must be a bit embarrassed right now: The gas supply to his own house (as well as to Parliament) has been cut off due to unpaid bills.
- A serial killer in Lahore was reportedly out to stop the “evils” of homosexuality. He met, slept with, and murdered three gay men with whom he had been conversing online.
- In Sindh, marriage below the age of 18 is now illegal. Also in Sindh: A blast in Karachi’s SITE area has killed 3 children.
- In the Pakistani press, Hamid Mir’s attack has begun a battle.
- Human rights protesters were tear-gassed this morning in Islamabad.
- In the Afghan election, there has been a turn: Abdullah Abdullah now has a clear lead.
- The Afghan Taliban’s chief military commander has stepped down.
- Five British servicemen died tragically in southern Afghanistan in what appears to have been a mistake rather than a coordinated Taliban attack.
- Indian election updates: Priyanka Gandhi’s increased role in Congress Party activities has met with some ire from the BJP. She fired back by calling party members “panicky rats.”
Southeast & East Asia:
- Shame in South Korea is running deep following the tragic deaths of the majority of a collapsed ferry’s passengers. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned, and President Park has called the actions of the ship’s captain on a par with murder.
- In the search for Malaysia‘s missing plane, the area has been widened and nothing has turned up.
- Reassuring Asian allies, Obama is also beefing up military options for China.
- China has also banned multiple American television shows.
- An American tourist has ripped his tourist visa and asked for asylum in North Korea.
- The U.S. and the Philippines have signed a 10-year defense agreement, as regional tensions continue to rise.
Eurasia & Europe:
- In Macedonia, the opposition is claiming election fraud. The victor is likely to be the ruling conservatives.
- Even more sanctions against Russia. Unfazed, Russia has been holding talks with Iran.
- The mayor of the Ukraine‘s second-largest city has been shot.
- Attracting foreign students? Denmark wants to.
- Ups and downs for Greece: Despite failing to meet economic goals, the troubled country has still managed to meet a bailout target.
Middle East & North Africa:
- WaPo has some more information on the Syrian rebels chosen to receive U.S. missiles. Of note: They reflect much more moderate views than some of their counterparts, who have been linked to extremist networks.
- Meanwhile, Assad will seek re-election, officially.
- On the battlefield, Iraq‘s young military is outmatched. Elsewhere in the country, attacks are gearing up as early voting swings into full gear. The election promises some change for the troubled country, but women are still being held back.
- Deaths from MERS in Saudi Arabia have topped 100.
- In Egypt, more than 680 people have been sentenced to death for their previous involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- Inside Nigeria‘s Boko Haram, the group responsible for kidnapping 234 schoolgirls.
- A new Nigerian movie appears to be hitting a nerve.
- Peacekeepers are evacuating the last Muslims out of the capital of the Central African Republic. In the time following:
Within minutes of the convoy’s departure, an angry swarm of neighbors descended upon the areas’s mosque, stripping the house of worship of even its ceiling-fan blades. “We didn’t want the Muslims here, and we don’t want their mosque here anymore either,” Guy Richard, 36, said as he and his friends made off with their loot.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- In South Africa, rioting in the country’s mining region has a peak and police have begun to intervene.
- In Venezuela, protesters are pointing to their scars as proof of governmental violence.
- A Brazilian ex-soldier who confessed to carrying out torture acts has been killed.
- In the U.S.: The GOP has a demographic problem. But both parties want the women’s vote. Also immigration reform won’t help Republicans with the Hispanic vote.
- Can ‘Big Data’ be used to discriminate against you?
- Rep. Michael Grimm is set to surrender himself to the FBI. Another Republican, Sen. Rand Paul, is introducing legislation to cease U.S. aid to the newly united Palestinian government.
- A lack of women in top roles is hindering nonprofits, according to female nonprofit workers.
- The Pentagon is set to destroy $1 billion worth of ammunition, to the chagrin of many.
- Tornadoes have killed 16 in Arkansas, 1 in Oklahoma.
- In the poorest states (namely in the South and Midwest) political stigma is holding those who need it most back from health care. Also in health care news, Oregon is officially handing control of its health care over to the federal government.
- Middle class families are feeling the burn of high costs and low wages.
- Science news: Male researchers are ruining mouse science.
- Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, has stated that the search for debris from the missing Malaysian plane will shift to the ocean floor.
Daily Wow: Yom HaShoah in Tel Aviv, Israel.