- Freedom of the Press 2014: Ouch.
- NYT: Chasing death camps with new tools.
- An absolute idiot who is the epitome of white male Ivy-educated privilege has penned an absolute nightmare of an article over at the Princeton Tory and is now getting national coverage.
- When the Seven Sisters had a bigger welcome mat.
- Eradicating abortion in Texas: How that law Wendy Davis fought so hard against is going to literally rip apart any hope many women in the state have of visiting a clinic. Somewhat related: Teenage pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates have reached an all-time low in the US.
- East Antarctica is at risk of melting much more quickly than scientists originally thought.
- Corporations in favor net neutrality: Mozilla and Netflix.
- In DC, it’s the poorest kids who are lacking access to mental health services.
- A TN state senator has compared Democrats to Nazis and in other news he should lose his job.
- Hindus and other minorities are seeing a surge of violence in Pakistan, where religious minorities have frequently born the brunt of legal and social backlash.
- Pakistan is set to begin imposing polio vaccinations in airports specifically throughout the province of Punjab, specifically for travelers from Sindh and KP provinces, as well as in general. Meanwhile, former Pakistani leader Zardari has asked the WHO to reconsider its travel restriction suggestions, arguing that the move will only serve to further isolate the country from the global community.
- PIA has been accused of using an untrained crew for flights. Eeps.
- Hearings on whether or not Geo News will be closed are set to begin on Tuesday.
- In Afghanistan, slow aid and tragedy are plaguing Badakhshan province following a horrifying landslide. Meanwhile in an epic gaffe, Afghan officials posed for a picture only feet from grieving family members in a photo-op that has gone viral.
- Modi is going “behind enemy lines” and campaigning in Gandhi strongholds, the latest in the Indian election saga. Other updates: Sonia Gandhi, India’s most powerful woman, is in a fight.
Southeast & East Asia:
- In Burma, press freedom is not a gift.
- Beverly Hills and Brunei go to war.
- Graduate school applications from China to American colleges and universities are reportedly declining.
- Another violent attack on a Chinese railway station has many officials concerned. Also in Chinese news: A rights lawyer has been detained as the anniversary of Tienanmen Square approaches.
Eurasia & Europe:
- For Turkey, the rising cost of its Syrian quagmire is vast. Speaking of Eurasian countries and Syria, Anne Marie Slaughter says stopping Russia (re: Ukraine) starts in Syria.
- In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian militants and Ukrainians are fighting in an alarming and escalating pattern of violence. Most recent updates: A Ukrainian plane has been downed.
- WaPo argues that Britain‘s economic growth is not a sign that austerity works.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Near Eastern Promises: Why Washington should focus on the Middle East.
- Violence between Christians and Muslims in Egypt‘s Minya province is escalating.
- Al-Sisi says the Muslim Brotherhood will not exist if he is elected.
- Tunisia v. Israel.
- Muftah: Excluding the old regime — Political participation in Tunisia.
- In Jordan, a shortage of jobs for educated women is becoming increasingly problematic.
- According to Iran, it has been building and blowing up replicas of American naval ships. Probably good and positive things will come from this subtle and not remotely pointed bit of information.
- Amidst a unity pact between rival Palestinian factions, Hamas has released six Fatah members.
- A security guard from France was shot and killed in Yemen while on duty.
- Why Libyan militants are kidnapping diplomats, and why ‘we’ can’t give in.
- Breaking the appeasement cycle in Libya.
- Syrian coalition offices in the US have been given “foreign mission” status. What this means for American acknowledgement of Syrian rebel forces is unclear.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- “Hell is an understatement“: A report from the Central African Republic, where Christians have violently turned on Muslims.
- Nigeria: The terrifying leader of Boko Haram is profiled in WaPo. Long story short: We know very little, and he is very, very scary.
- Some more information on #BringBackOurGirls. Meanwhile, eight more girls have been abducted in Nigeria. Also the US is finally becoming involved, despite the fact that the girls have been missing for weeks now. Your blogger is unimpressed with Western involvement in the kidnapping thus far.
- The Obama administration has signed a new lease to keep a strategic military installation in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa with key access to Somalia and Yemen, where counterterrorism operations are continually underway.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- ANC, the party of Nelson Mandela, is counting on the past to see it through South Africa‘s upcoming elections as President Jacob Zuma’s approval rating plummets.
- Cash flow in Venezuela is a full-on crisis.
- Across Central America, a fungus is crippling coffee crops, the livelihood of many who live and work in the region.
- Mexico: I apparently have drug lords to thank for the rising cost of my margarita happy hours. That and the move from Texas to Massachusetts to DC, which has only seen their quality going consistently downhill.
- For some workers in Haiti, the minimum wage is increasing!
- Climate change is already having a very detrimental effect, says new report.
- The rate of uninsured people in the US has dropped to 13.4%.
- Immigration helps American workers: The definitive argument.
Daily Wow: The ‘Look Different’ Campaign. Hmm. Thoughts?