- Former IRS official Lois Lerner has been formally held in contempt by Congress.
- Opinion: Every Jew is not a Muslim enemy (written by an Indian Hindu, for clarification). Interesting, though your blogger takes issue with use of picture in article/does not support group associated with picture.
- Obama feels powerless in confronting the world’s evils, so essentially he’s like the rest of us.
- Personal plug: A piece on gender and the Afghan election. | Podcast w/a segment on the dangers faced by journalists in Pakistan.
- Failing the empathy test: How the SCOTUS ruling on prayer harms minority faiths.
- Head of the Fed J. Yellen spoke on the US economy, just letting everyone know.
- An interesting take on all the Benghazi bulls***.
- WaPo blesses me with this Tal Fortgang response.
- Following harsh WHO restrictions and panic in the face of polio, Pakistan‘s most troubled provinces are still struggling the most — KP has a serious shortage of polio vaccine.
- Human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman has been shot dead.
- Twelve security personnel were killed in a blast in northern Waziristan.
- The FBI agent taken into custody in Karachi has now been freed on bail. The incident was reportedly a mistake on the part of the agent.
- The Afghan Taliban are set to begin their “annual spring offensive.” That’s not comic relief, apparently it’s too cold to really fight in the winter?
- Indian election updates: Protests erupted in Varanasi following a decision to not allow PM candidate Modi to hold a rally.
- 44 Indians have made the shortlist of individuals chosen to go and inhabit Mars in the year 2024. I’d never heard of this mission, I admit.
Southeast & East Asia:
- North Korea got a little bit racist with Obama.
- Ousted Prime Minister Yingluck of Thailand could be facing impeachment charges as well.
Eurasia & Europe:
- In what is either the surprise clash of the century or a shockingly well-played foreign policy move, pro-Russian separatists want to move forward with a vote on independence in the Ukraine despite Vladimir Putin’s calls for a postponement.
- Everyone’s favorite Russian has signed an anti-blogging law because heaven forbid we should have the internet.
- Dread fills Odessa on eve of Victory Day.
- Instability returns to Northern Ireland.
- A French nonprofit is providing help for journalists in danger.
- Assad is a barrier to humanitarian aid, says Turkey.
Middle East & North Africa:
- When jihadists learn how to help.
- Syrian rebels have blown up an Aleppo hotel used by Syrian army members. Related: It appears that Samantha Power, Washington’s key anti-genocide advocate and UN envoy, may have rebuked Obama on Syria.
- Not that the US can point any fingers, but Israel is still asserting that it is not spying on the US.
- Hamas has executed two men it accuses of “collaborating” with Israel. It did so without consulting Fatah/the Palestinian Authority.
- A Saudi court has upped the penalty for the editor of a liberal online forum: he now faces 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes.
- Regardless of what their governments have to say about it, an Israeli company and an Egyptian company are working to finalize a gas deal.
- Qatar is being urged to reform its labor laws as the World Cup nears.
- The royals of Kuwait are taking their feuding public.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- In Nigeria, Boko Haram are still awful, even though the West and social media took like 90,000,000 years to catch on.
- A UN report documents atrocities in South Sudan.
- Arrests have been made in the Venezuelan shooting of an anti-government protestor.
- Following a year plagued by scandal, the NSA may be about to receive the slap it richly deserves from both sides of the US Congress.
- Sexual assault in the military still unlikely to see reform.
- Obama’s new HHS pick has her work cut out for her.