- WaPo: Think local, act global on climate change. | The full text of the National Climate Assessment. | Which cities are the most vulnerable? | The public health costs of climate change.
- Unraveling what ‘boko haram’ really means in the Hausa language.
- Liza Mundy of the New America Foundation talks doors being closed to women, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney responds on where to find women to fill your companies (hint: women’s colleges).
- The Obama administration has announced that the spouses of some workers in the US on work visas will be allowed to hold jobs.
- Some dude just got a $400,000 drone. UPS wins the day.
- Poor, poor Rutgers.
- Opinion: A rejection of J Street is counter to what nonprofits should stand for.
- The GOP CA primary is going really well. Tim Donnelly accused his rival Neel Kashkari of supporting Sharia law (or, when translated, “law law”). For clarification, Sharia is Islamic law, and Kashkari is a Hindu.
- There’s a Benghazi panel, which is one of the most unnecessary things the American government has ever come up with.
- In Pakistan, the WHO polio-related restrictions are being met with confusion and frustration. (Vox: Why polio is back.)
- Pakistan is also the worst place in South Asia to be a mother. Ouch. (Up side: Across the border, maternal mortality is decreasing.)
- An FBI agent was arrested in Karachi on anti-terrorism charges.
- Recommended read: Can women pursue a violence free political career?
- Let there be YouTube!
- Traumatized by a landslide that buried a town, Badakhshan, Afghanistan has seen a tragic and violent week. The incident has united the nation in grieving and has come in the midst of election results, ballot-counting, and violence from the Taliban.
- Tibetans living in exile are torn over voting rights in India.
- In the 8th phase of voting, all eyes on Rahul Gandhi.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A Thai court has ousted Prime Minister Yingluck, the source of much controversy and many protests.
- Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, will offer shares in the US. If you follow any publication ever, you have likely read about this. And if you majored in the humanities, it is possible that, like me, you had to google Alibaba.
- The Philippines have seized a Chinese boat in a conflict that may well escalate. The charges essentially boil down to an accusation (directed at the Chinese) of stealing endangered sea turtles.
- …and then there’s China and Vietnam.
- To add to the tragedy of the South Korean ferry, a diver reportedly died while attempting to locate the bodies of missing passengers.
- Christie’s is voluntarily returning a statue to its rightful home, Cambodia.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Breaking: Putin announces pullback from Ukrainian border.
- As Ukraine‘s election looms, both Russia and the US are vying for power and influence.
- The new target in the Ukraine? Journalists.
- Boston College will return interviews to interviewees from Northern Ireland who spoke about the Troubles and who are now concerned their words may be used against them following the arrest of Sinn Fein leader and former IRA strongman Gerry Adams.
- The Vatican has ousted 848 priests over the course of the past decade for sexual abuse.
- The view of Europe from a British perspective is facing a test.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Syrian rebels have departed from Homs, the symbolic stronghold of the resistance, which will now go to the Syrian military. The President of the Syrian Opposition Forces gave his first public address in DC today.
- Susan Rice will be traveling today to Israel and talking Iran to boot.
- Opinion: American Prospect weighs in on Israel building in the settlements.
- The White House is set to provide lawmakers access to the papers authorizing the killing of an American citizen in Yemen.
- Al-Sisi, likely to be the next president of Egypt, is claiming in a new interview that Obama administration members asked forces to hold off on ousting former leader Morsi.
- Saudi Arabia says it has broken up an Al-Qaeda-linked “terror cell.”
- Rights groups are accusing Lebanon of turning away Syrian Palestinian refugees.
- CFR: How personal politics drive conflict in the Gulf States.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- The Pentagon is set to aid the Nigerian government in its quest to recover some 200-odd kidnapped schoolgirls taken (we presume at this point) by Boko Haram. Those of you following the news may note that the United States and the globe are about a month tardy to this news story. Meanwhile, the government is being very defensive about its total failure to do anything. NYT has some thoughts as well.
- Speaking of Boko Haram, those charmers are at it again.
- Two Ugandans are set to go on trial for “homosexual offenses.” They will be the first to be tried under the country’s harsh and deadly anti-gay laws.
- The US is throwing some real punches now: Sanctions for South Sudan.
- After months of turbulent protests, Venezuela‘s government has been accused of human rights violations.
- As criticisms pile up and work remains undone, Brazil is dropping some of its World Cup projects. The country has faced sharp rebukes and international eyebrow arching in the wake of its failure to adhere to traditional FIFA expectations regarding the event.
- Mary Jane news: The government of Uruguay has set terms for sales of marijuana.
- US Political Daily Drama: Scott Brown, formerly the MA senator, is in a sharp race with actual New Hampshire senator Shaheen.
- Former FL Gov. Charlie Crist says it was the GOP’s issue with African Americans that led to his breaking with the party.
- I did not know Clay Aiken was running for office. I apologize.
- In a controversial policy decision to cull sharks, Australia has caught more than 170 of the animals. The decision came after six people died in shark attacks off the continent nation’s coasts, and has raised the ire of environmental activists. None of the sharks caught were great white sharks, on whom all of the attacks have been blamed.
- Australia and Indonesia are going at it over asylum seekers.
Daily Wow: The South African election in photos.