It was an action-packed weekend: Michael Sam, world’s cutest human, was drafted by the Rams, LGBTQ couples in Arkansas have new reasons to be optimistic for the future, and DC is no longer in rain mode + we have a wheel.
- Why women are the ‘spoils of war’ — and why no one cares.
- Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, has withdrawn as commencement speaker for Smith College following protests.
- 11 fascinating maps and charts for Mother’s Day.
- Net neutrality rules are being revised yet again.
- In the Ozarks: A stark contrast between two communities.
- The World Bank is eyeing biggest poverty line increase in decades.
- Google can tip an election, says Indian research.
- WaPo: Green cards v. citizenship.
- Dolphins’ safety Don Jones is being fined for his inappropriate Michael Sam comments.
- A woman apparently wrote a memoir claiming she escaped Nazi Germany and was raised by wolves. Apparently she’s not Jewish, had no such experiences, and was in Belgium. Uh huh.
- WaPo: Anne Marie Slaughter on forging confidence and a career.
- Krugman on crazy climate economics.
- Democracy in the global south.
- Dismantling Freddie and Fannie?
- Who walks to work and who bikes to work — the demographic breakdown via WonkBlog is pretty interesting.
- In the fight to be the leader of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah has secured a key endorsement.
- Afghanistan’s fragile gains. Also: The Taliban “spring offensive” has begun. International Crisis Group says attacks are increasing throughout the country as troops withdraw.
- Pakistan: Shakil Afridi’s lawyer has quit over death threats.
- The “disease of Pakistan’s poor” (polio) is now worrying the country’s more affluent members. Essentially, it’s no longer just the problem of KP, FATA, and Baluchistan — Punjab (and Sindh) is (are) now having to deal with the malady.
- A blast in KP has killed five people.
- In India: Beware the coalition. The nation has finished its final round of voting and now we will all have to wait. Last-minute shows by other parties, including AAP, have the BJP slightly concerned (but not very).
- In Modi, a re-awakening for the Hindu right.
- Varanasi, a Hindu holy city, is seeing an interesting stand: Its Muslims have rallied behind Kejriwal, AAP’s anti-corruption champion, in a clear-cut answer to the BJP’s Modi.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Vietnam and China are continuing to bait one another.
- A devotion to Uighur may have spelled one man’s demise.
- In Buddhist-Muslim relations, a Burmese radical movement amongst Buddhist monks to put forward a bill essentially imposing restrictions on interfaith marriage is in conflict with 130 NGOs.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Amidst chaos, separatist-dominated strongholds in the Ukraine are voting on independence. (Update: A majority have elected for self-rule.)
- FP: Jews v. Ukrainians and Jews and Ukrainians v. Russians.
- In Russia, everyone seems to have a problem with Austria‘s bearded draq queen.
- How Putin is re-inventing warfare.
- Moving to the right in Europe?
- Germany is tapping universities in its push for green energy.
- In a sleepy Spanish town, residents are having trouble embracing a name change for their residence. The current name, however, roughly translates to “Little Hill Fort of Jew Killers.” Mhm.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The Blackwater cases still plaguing us after Iraq.
- Militants storming an Iraqi base reportedly killed 20 soldiers.
- Egypt‘s al-Sisi claims that the country will be back on its feet in two years — or he will resign.
- Two Americans attacked in Yemen killed their assailants.
- Assad will begin campaigning for “re-election” soon in Syria where we all know he will gain another term.
- The ICC in Syria.
- The union strike in Lebanon is not helping the economy.
- Iran has reportedly lessened its attempts to illegally procure nuclear materials, according to a UN report.
- Defying Iranian censors, chapter by chapter.
- Dozens of migrants have died tragically attempting to leave for Europe off the coast of Libya. The country has threatened that it will begin to facilitate the movement of migrants to Europe if the continental body does not come to a consensus regarding migration.
- Excluding the old regime: Political participation in Tunisia.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- In Chibok, Nigeria, devastation dominates with few results. It also appears that the nation’s president rejected international offers for help earlier, a revelation that is likely to cause considerable outcry. Boko Haram has also reportedly offered to swap girls for prisoners.
- The latest ceasefire in South Sudan was quickly violated on Sunday, with rebels attacking one another.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- The South African army has been called in to clamp down on post-election unrest following the re-election of Jacob Zuma and the ANC.
- A theory and a proposal on AIDS in Africa, predominately the lower half of the continent.
- What Mobutu did right in the Congo — an interesting argument.
- In Mexico, cracking down on trains is leading to harsh repercussions for stowaways.
- Work has been halted at the World Cup stadium in Brazil over safety concerns.
- Venezuela‘s protesters are learning to live with tear gas.
- Two brothers, wanted by Ecuador, are busy making their mark on American elections.
- Huge moment in the US military: Hagel says he’s open to reviewing ban on transgender service.
- Approaching same-sex marriage in Virginia: A tenuous alliance. Also in VA news: The state’s governor is calling for a review on abortion clinic restrictions.
- In Southern news, Georgia might see a Democrat replace Saxby Chambliss. Arkansas is also looking at Pryor remaining a presence.
- Texas calls its execution method the gold standard.
- Let’s be real: Religious freedom is disintegrating in this country.
- Australia is the most expensive G20 country and has the 4th most expensive economy in the world.
- The world’s first “climate change refugee” has had his appeal rejected by New Zealand and must return to his home, Kiribati. The low-lying island nation is likely to be submerged by the ocean in the not-so-distant future.
- Portraits of tribal life in Papua New Guinea.