- The US is set to reveal its justification for drone strikes against citizens. Oh boy oh boy.
- In a shocking turn of events, it’s Justice ALITO who has halted a death row execution.
- Fact check: Those DC metro ads re: Israel and re: Palestine have inaccuracies on both ends. (Side note: This blog takes no real official stance on the overall issue but IS very much against both misinformation from all sides as well as the American Freedom Defense Initiative.)
- As of now, the GOP looks to have secured its hold over the Tea Party, who fared poorly in yesterday’s primaries.
- Controversy at the VA is filling the headlines.
- Interlude/Queer spaces: On being mixed-race and/or biracial ; Religion — creating sacred space.
- No, David Brooks. We do not need less democracy.
- Pakistan: The forced conversion of Hindu girls under the pretext of marriage may now be regulated.
- Pakistan’s tyranny of blasphemy.
- A bombing in North Waziristan has left 60 militants dead and 30 injured, according to reports. The strikes come in retaliation for attacks against Pakistan’s security forces, as well as a day after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist. In Karachi, five people were injured when a bomb went off.
- Pederasty and pedophilia and homosexuality (+ murder). (TW)
- The drama over Geo News goes on and on.
- Taliban-led attacks have killed 21 people across Afghanistan.
- Abdullah Abdullah, likely the heir apparent to Hamid Karzai, has said he will work to heal the country’s struggling economy by mending ties with the West and repairing rifts. Abdullah has indicated he will sign the BSA. In other elections news, Daoud Sultanzoy has endorsed Ashraf Ghani.
- India’s political earthquake.
- Mr. Modi, Mr. Modi. India’s new leader has invited the leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives to his swearing-in, a move likely meant to foster peace across South Asia. Modi has also officially resigned as leader of the state of Gujarat.
- The US ambassador to India is stepping down and will be replaced shortly. This changing of the guard comes following two key events: The Khobragade disaster, and a failure to reach out to Modi in a timely fashion.
- AAP, this blog’s preferred source of political entertainment and accurate statements in India, has some trouble on their hands: Their feisty leader, Arvind Kejirwal, has been taken into custody after refusing to post bail. He was accused of insulting the BJP and calling BJP leader Nitin Gadkari a “chor” (thief) as well as naming the party the most corrupt in India. Rock on, AAP.
- Fun fact: Modi’s Facebook page is the fastest-growing for any elected official globally and he is second only to Barack Obama in terms of popularity. India is also having a lot of Twitter drama.
Southeast & East Asia:
- WaPo: There’s no such thing as ‘half a coup’, especially in Thailand.
- China and Russia have reached a 30-year deal on natural gas.
Europe & Eurasia:
- With Russia‘s role in flux and NATO involved, the Ukraine is seeing some growing pains at the moment, many of which it is trying to even out by holding talks in the country’s southern region.
- Helpful Russia says it will veto any UN drafted resolution to refer Syria to the ICC. Because Russia.
- Locked in a regional rivalry with Middle Eastern neighbors Iran and Saudi Arabia, Turkey is far from forming a strong partnership regarding the Syrian civil war.
- Erdogan presides over an unruly Turkey.
- Istanbul’s building boom is alarming some.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Israel is adjusting to Syrian insurgents on the Golan border.
- In an unusual and potentially suspect move, it seems Likud leader (and Israeli premier) Benyamin Netanyahu may be stalling on settlement sign-offs, a move that his his right-wing party displeased.
- In Egypt, an outlet for those who are not won over by likely incumbent leader al-Sisi: Graffiti.
- Hosni Mubarak will face three years in prison on corruption charges. This comes in stark contrast to the sentences handed down to activists and supporters of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
- Criticism of Rouhani should not be “baseless” — so warns Iran‘s military in a disconcerting threat.
- Six Iranians were arrested for uploading their own version of “Happy.”
- In Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Sistani is keeping his distance from the hubbub of electoral politics, even as Maliki looks towards forming a coalition government.
- The deadline for Hamas and Fatah to form a united Palestinian government is approaching, but optimism runs high regardless.
- Both the US and the UN are demanding a probe into the deaths of two Palestinian teenage boys who were shot in the frenzy of Nakba Day rallies.
- Speaking of deadlines, Lebanon‘s presidential deadline is coming fast, but with few prospects.
- Syrians in Lebanon lack access to medical care and necessary resources, according to a new report.
- 27 people have been killed in the northwest of Yemen, in clashes between Houthi rebels, Sunni ultraconservative tribesmen, and military troops.
- Forget Benghazi — Libya‘s tragic fall may be coming as we speak.
- Bombings across Nigeria, orchestrated by the now-notorious household name Boko Haram, are causing terror and driving home the dangers of conflict for the country’s citizens, Muslim & Christian alike.
- The US has sent 80 troops to Chad to look for the young women taken by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
- What might be done in South Sudan.
- Meet Chile‘s new ambassador.
- American Southern cities are more dangerous for pedestrians.
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily won his Republican primary, but now the KY senator has other issues, and they are all Alison Lundergan Grimes, who this blog endorses.
- Obama says any misconduct at the VA will be punished.
- No one likes the FCC.
- The Bahamas wants to know why the NSA (US) is recording its calls.
- Extreme budget meets extreme climate in Australia.