It’s a slow news day and unfortunately the blog will be unattended tomorrow and Friday. I’ll be at New America’s annual conference. Tune in via our live feed, and enjoy! Regular blogging will resume next Monday.
- Hillary 2016? Not so fast, says this intensive and depressing article on global women’s leadership.
- The NYT’s first female executive director is out, to be replaced by its first African-American executive director.
- The narrowing definition of America’s “deserving poor.”
- Why are students protesting commencement speakers?
- An execution in Texas was halted last-minute by an appeals court.
- A survey indicates that 26% of the world’s adult population are anti-Semitic, which is not shocking but still sucks royally. Half of those surveyed have also never heard of the Holocaust?
- Climate change is a growing security threat, stirring religious and ethnic tensions, according to military researchers. The problem is especially prevalent in the Middle East and Africa.
- Sallie Mae is being fined $97 million for charging troops on student loans.
- Newt thinks Michael Sam, World’s Sexiest NFL Player, has manipulated the system. This blog is unsure why the opinion of Newt is relevant to society.
- The Pentagon is trying to transfer Chelsea Manning to a different prison so she can receive treatment relating to her transition.
- Idaho’s gay marriage ban has been struck down, making it the 11th state to strike down a ban since the SCOTUS decision on DOMA.
- Ezra says millennials are losing faith in the presidency. We will also never own homes.
- Teaching liberation to Pakistan‘s girls. Related: Teachers in Pakistan are set to be posted to areas correlating to their sect. The move comes in response to rising safety concerns and the dangerous posed by sectarian violence.
- Amnesty International: Torture is “rife” in Pakistan.
- Departing Pakistani travelers must receive the polio vaccine, continuing the drama begun earlier this month.
- Ten suspected militants were killed near the AfPak border by drones.
- Pakistan has told two Indian journalists they have a week to leave the country, in what could be a precursor to the country’s reaction re: Modi’s arrival as India’s likely premier.
- In Afghanistan, the Taliban’s spring offensive continues.
- Afghanistan has launched its first satellite!
- With one day to go before counting finishes in India‘s epic election, the Congress Party and the BJP are talking behind closed doors.
- A panel has suggested wide-sweeping reform for India’s banks.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A meeting to set a Thai election date has been postponed.
- China is building an airstrip on a disputed reef, much to the displeasure of the Philippines.
- Hundreds of people have been arrested in Vietnamese riots targeting foreign factories.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Under the guidance of European diplomats, talks have opened in Kiev with the Ukraine…but sans pro-Russian separatists.
- 245 people have died in a Turkish coal mining disaster. Hundreds remain trapped and PM Erdogan has come under severe criticism for his government’s response.
- Turkey’s Jewish community longs for the past.
- The ICC is set to investigate claims that British forces abused Iraqi detainees.
- Swedish Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul has died at the age of 36. He is believed to have committed suicide. The former reporter had been suffering from depression, according to friends and family.
- Vox: Russia just evicted NASA from the space station.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Why fighters are leaving the Free Syrian Army.
- A French envoy is pushing the theory that Syria used chemical weapons against rebels repeatedly following its initial promise not to.
- After the ceasefire, residents are returning to Homs, and devastated by what remains.
- Nearly 20 people are dead following a militant attack in Yemen.
- In a potential thaw, Saudi Arabia is extending a hand to Iran.
- Rouhani’s Iran.
- Qatar is announcing changes to its labor laws following international outcry.
- Cracking down on lawyers is the new cracking down on journalists, and Israel is doing it too.
- In the UAE, stagnant wages are crushing the hopes of migrants.
- A discontentment in Tunisia can be seen in the protests that have stalled mine work.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- Parents are identifying their daughters in the Boko Haram-fronted video featuring a slew of kidnapped Nigerian girls taken earlier this year. Nigerian villagers have also recently retaliated, killing Boko Haram fighters.
- The leader of Boko Haram is terrorism’s new It Boy.
- In better Nigerian news, the country’s finance minister is an economic rockstar and a lady to boot.
- A French photojournalist has been killed in the CAR. She was embedded with Christian militia fighters.
- An inmate in Uruguay reportedly tapped into a US ambassador’s phone.
- Going after Hillary on terrorism is probably a dumb idea.
- Australia has unveiled a contentious federal budget.
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