- Must-read of the day: Fareed Zakaria on how education will grow the economy.
- WaPo morning excerpt of the day: “A window into House Democrats’ thinking these days: DCCC staffers are walking around with coffee mugs that read, “We will fight in the shade.” Remember the scene from “300”? “
- The U.S. has its first case of MERS. Uhm.
- Girls have gotten better grades than boys for 100 years.
- The White House is hoping you’ll forget about the NSA and focus instead on how everyone else is spying on you. Comforting.
- Are sports the most progressive force in America?
- Vox: Keystone XL in two minutes.
- A list of the colleges and universities under review for sexual assault.
- Assorted under assorted: Millennials and America are at odds, more about Piketty, how Cloud storage complicates the SCOTUS case over privacy, and Krugman has some thoughts on why economics “failed”.
- I apparently have cause for concern: WaPo is telling me that if I don’t go to the dentist my teeth will literally fall out of my head.
- BEST: California wants to put baby-changing tables in men’s restrooms.
- A report shows that terrorists targeted populated areas in South Asia in 2013, taking care to hit cities and densely populated spaces where maximum impact would be felt.
- The World Bank has approved three loans for Pakistan worth approx. $1.125 billion.
- In horrifying environmental news, 10 people died due to lack of oxygen while passing a canal filled with chemical waste in D.I. Khan.
- A shutdown call brought Karachi to a halt after the MQM called for a day of mourning for four of its killed party members.
- PTI head Imran Khan has announced a boycott of the Jang and Geo group.
- Shahid Afridi, potentially the dumbest man in sports, has recently been enjoying the company of notorious Gen. Musharraf.
- Culture: Where are the women tabla players?
- A suicide attack has killed 12 people in Afghanistan‘s Panjshir province. The area has previously been a “bedrock” of anti-Taliban resistance and relatively safe.
- Hundreds are feared dead in Afghan landslide.
- “Snoopgate” will have a judge and will likely not be investigated until after the Indian election is over. The case concerns likely future Prime Minister Modi’s alleged spying on a young woman in Bangalore using state materials.
- AAP’s challenge to Modi is unlikely to be successful but remains impressive nonetheless.
- On visas, it’s India v. Pakistan.
- Nepalese Sherpas in New York reflect on the ramifications of the avalanche thousands of miles away.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Updates on the missing Malaysian plane: Officials failed to report it missing for 17 minutes.
- A bombing in China has the country on lockdown.
- A UN envoy says Burma/Myanmar must give an official status to its Muslims. The country has recently come under fire for what is essentially ethnic cleansing bordering on genocide perpetuated by its Buddhist majority.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Five myths about sanctions.
- US sanctions on Russia regarding the Ukraine may only be having a limited impact on the former. Regardless, the Ukraine is launching an assault on pro-Russian forces today. A Buzzfeed reporter and his translator have also reportedly been seized at a checkpoint.
- NATO says Russia is now an adversary.
- Germany has failed to reach an agreement with the US regarding spying. The stalemate comes after the NSA was found to have eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal phone.
- Dropping a probe into real estate corruption is the latest in a series of movements in Turkey, where accusations have plagued the administration of Prime Minister Erdogan.
- Some more details on the arrest of Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams in Northern Ireland.
- Scrambling for identity in Britain.
- In the Netherlands, Dutch police forces have detained over 30 Greenpeace activists.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Syrian government forces and rebels have reportedly reached a ceasefire agreement in Homs. The UN’s negotiator and envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is preparing to resign in frustration. (Additional: How should we count the dead in Syria?)
- An electoral law passed yesterday will help pave the way for Tunisian elections in 2016.
- Bombs and protests are plaguing Egypt as the country’s election nears.
- Netanyahu is fast-tracking an asserted Jewish statehood categorization for Israel.
- Yemen‘s counter-terrorism offensive is falling short.
- Nine soldiers were killed in Libya following an attack on headquarters.
- Young Jordanians are waiting longer to marry.
- Deficit and struggle is pushing Morocco to cut its subsidies.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- The international community (and social media) have finally taken an interest in the 200+ kidnapped girls taken by (allegedly) Boko Haram in Nigeria. The militants are reportedly willing to consider releasing the girls.
- Meanwhile, another bomb believed to be planted by Boko Haram killed at least 15 people on the outskirts of Abuja.
- In South Sudan, US Sec. of State John Kerry is at work brokering peace.
- An ex-intelligence officer in Venezuela has been killed. Eliecer Otaiza was shot outside of Caracas on Saturday. Several people also died elsewhere in the country in a goldmine collapse.
- Is there no humane way to carry out the death penalty in the US? WaPo Opinion says no.
- Poor Mark Pryor, D-AR, who is the subject of too many headlines this week. Not for his antics, mind you. For being boring.
- States that didn’t set up marketplaces are now seeing a surge in health care enrollments.
- The NRA is so charming.
- Health care for undocumented immigrants? (Regardless, enrollment for Hispanics is lagging.) Also in expansive health care news, HHS is expected to lift a blanket ban on sex reassignment surgery coverage under Medicare.
- Kentucky is taking advantage of its right to treat LGBTQ individuals like they aren’t human.
Daily Wow: No choice but to protest and take pictures (Benedict Fernandez, a young man without a cause, took some extraordinary pictures of the civil rights movement in the 1960s). | A twist on the soldier returns home to a loved one video.