Happy Monday! If Monday can be happy, that is. Enjoyed New America’s annual conference, as well as all the Hillary time. She was on point. Missed a lot over the past few days, including but not limited to the firing of NYT’s first female executive editor amidst a storm of controversy re: sexism, Narendra Modi’s (Notorious Narendra) sweeping of India’s election and the BJP’s new reign over one of the globe’s growing powers, AND the fact that AT&T is set to buy DirectTv for $48.5 billion. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education.
General blog notes: All of Sub-Saharan Africa is now in one category, for ease and geographic accuracy.
- Brown-related: Holder ties the decision to immigration reform, Brazile: Achievement is suffering, five myths about the case.
- San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, of whom this blog is a big fan, has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing & Urban Development. This will bring a person of color to what is, disappointingly, a very white and male-dominated cabinet. This will also likely boost his rising star and there’s speculation he could be considered as a vice presidential candidate in 2016. Which would obviously lead to tears of joy from your blogger. Here’s what you need to know about one of this blog’s boyfriends.
- Why consent matters in lyrics.
- Women in power aren’t safe in their jobs.
- The GOP is running three openly gay candidates at a time when the party is attempting to both broaden its reach and maintain its core conservative base.
- The new director of the FBI says terrorism is shifting from the AfPak region and into North Africa, Yemen, and even the US.
- Eid al-Adha and Yom Kippur might be given equal treatment in Montgomery County schools soon.
- Everyone is obsessed with Hillary, who has been reading her Piketty.
- A white male Princeton professor is seeing a lot of backlash from a group of African American (and predominately queer) women over an art dispute.
- The 20 states with the most segregated schools for African-American students. Related: The nation’s most gerrymandered districts. Related: Holder and Obama (Michelle) talk race in a nation bothered by it.
- In an unusually good move for the VA, the wife of a female soldier killed in Afghanistan will receive the same benefits as heterosexual widows and widowers.
- What is political voice?
- Mapping displacement across Pakistan.
- Meet the Women’s Digital League, paving the way for women in Pakistan’s tech industry.
- In Peshawar, four people believed to be members of a peace committee were found dead.
- Infighting within the ranks of the Taliban is reportedly hindering peace talks.
- A teenage boy shot and killed an Ahmadi man accused of blasphemy while he was being held in a police station.
- The FBI agent who forgot to take massive weapons out before trying to fly in Pakistan has been released.
- Afghanistan‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque lovers are in hiding, and those left in their wake are struggling.
- Abdullah Abdullah, once a “messenger of death”, is now looking to ease ethnic fears. Also in election news: 4,000 new sites are being added for the upcoming June run-off election.
- In India, Singh is departing and it’s all Modi, all the time. Harping on the economy and downplaying the potentially devastating impact of his leadership on the country’s Muslim minorities, Modi has ushered in his victory with ecstasy. BJP will now form a cabinet.
- Pakistan has extended tentative congratulations to India, and several officials seem pleased that Modi’s focus is on economic relations (which will likely point to stronger ties with its neighbor).
Southeast & East Asia:
- It appears that North Korea‘s leader did not in fact execute his ex-girlfriend.
- President Park of South Korea wants to disband the coast guard over the country’s tragic ferry sinking.
- Vietnam and China are seeing escalating tension regarding territorial conflicts.
- The Defense Minister of Laos was tragically killed along with his wife in a plane crash this past week.
- Preventing the next genocide: More people than one think “we” should be intervening before Burma‘s Muslims are slaughtered on an even more massive scale. Related: Growing up racist in Burma.
Eurasia & Europe:
- The Kremlin says Russian troops on the Ukrainian border are coming home. The Kremlin says. Not everyone.
- In Crimea, protests and a march honored the 1944 deportation of the peninsula’s Tartars.
- How the crisis in the Ukraine is threatening the OSCE.
- Arrests are being made connected to Turkey‘s tragic mine disaster.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The transformation of Arab activism.
- Workers at NYU’s Abu Dhabi (UAE) site reportedly faced harsh conditions.
- Militants in Libya have attacked parliament and declared it dissolved. The interim government insists it maintains control over the country.
- The head of Syria‘s air force has been killed, boosting rebel morale. Related: At least 162,000 people have died in the Syrian civil war.
- The EU is set to monitor Egypt‘s presidential election.
- This week in Israel and Palestine and their issues: Abbas and Livni, this blog’s preferred Israeli politician, met in London.
- Opinion: Morocco should drop its charges against journalist.
- Activists in Saudi Arabia are keeping their opinions to themselves these days.
- Foreign journalists are leaving left and right in Yemen.
- All of Nigeria is terrified of one man: Boko Haram’s dangerous, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and frankly Islamophobic leader. Potentially more effective than the US government and NATO, Nigerian hunters who actually know the nation’s climate and forest are joining the hunt to locate ~the missing schoolgirls~. (Your blogger appreciates the severity of the situation, all sarcasm is directed at media coverage and not at Boko Haram’s very real and severe atrocities.)
- Inside the State Dept war over how to classify Boko Haram: The decision was made below Hillary’s level, so y’all can all calm down.
- We owe girls more, and not just in Nigeria.
- In Mali, troops have been sent to seize a town claimed by Tuareg separatists.
- The littlest art house in eastern Congo.
- On the eve of Malawi‘s election…
- A Chilean artist has stolen and destroyed $500 million worth of student debt papers. The country is currently in turmoil regarding its education system.
- Also in Chilean news: Despite overtures to democracy, the country’s indigenous population have been left out in the cold.
- 32 children died on an overcrowded bus in Colombia. The bus had caught fire and its passengers were unable to escape.
- In Guatemala, avoiding a return to authoritarianism might be more difficult than expected.
- In the US, Americans care about being perceived as church-going.
- Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Australia on Sunday. Their qualm? Budget cuts. Austerity has not been popular and the country’s conservative government is taking some heat.
- The winner of a beauty pageant in New Zealand, who is of Indian descent, was told that her crown was meant for “another Indian girl” and that the mistake was understandable because the two contestants “looked similar.” She is understandably suing for blatant racism and sheer stupidity.
Daily Wow: “Not all men”, explained by Vox.