- Pending: Will Nawaz Sharif be in attendance at the swearing-in of Mr. Modi? I’ll be checking my news updates tonight and so will everyone else who cares about South Asia. Sources in Islamabad say he wants to, and is merely consulting the correct channels to see if the move is advisable. WE WILL SEE.
- Russia and China helpfully shut down a Syrian ICC referral this morning. Thank you not, Russia and China.
- America’s fastest-growing cities are in Texas, the South and Southwest, and…Maryland.
- The VA scandal timeline.
- Alison Lundergan Grimes, the female left’s response to Mitch McConnell, the male right’s response to sanity.
- DC’s adoption laws are drawing lesbians here. Mhm.
- A Democratic senator says many people oppose Obamacare because racism. Presented without comment but with the note that this blog supports Obamacare and arches an eyebrow at certain elements of rhetoric used against it.
- The New Fed.
- Wyoming’s lethal drugs are in short supply, so it’s considering firing squad. I hope this will be the end of Americans referring to practices in other nations as “barbaric.”
- Uncovered government papers show efforts made in the past to boot LGBTQ individuals from jobs.
- India‘s new leader is under fire for…being overly friendly to his neighbors. Invitations sent to the leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and the Maldives have all become the subject of controversy. The Congress Party has criticized Modi for double standards with Pakistan, while Jammu and Kashmir’s politicians have praised the invitation. In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, leaders are angered over the Sri Lankan invitation. Sharif, the leader of Pakistan, India’s arch-rival, will announce his decision on Thursday. Which is today.
- A group with links to Al Qaeda is calling for attacks against India and Indians following Modi’s election, citing the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim riots.
- Pakistan is among South Asia’s most corrupt countries, according to a recent study.
- Attacks in North Waziristan against militants are continuing for a second day.
- Celebrating female leaders in the Muslim world and in Pakistan:
Women have been a part of Pakistan’s armed forces since its inception. Most of the women in Pakistan’s armed forces have been restricted to technical or operations jobs. In the early 1940s, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan started the Pakistan Women Naval Research and Women National Guard where exclusive courses for women were taught.
Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan was ranked as a brigadier back then, but Pakistan did not see any other woman at that position for a long time after that. Though the 1971 Indo-Pak war did see women actively participating on the battlefield, it was only in the year 2002 when Shahida Malik became the first woman major-general in the Pakistan armed forces.
Shahida Malik became the first woman in the history of Muslim world to hold the position of a major-general as well as the first general officer commanding in the Pakistan Army Medical Corps. Major-General Shahida Badshah is another woman from Pakistan who became the first female colonel-commandant of the Army Medical College.
- As Afghanistan’s run-off election heats up, endorsements are rolling in.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Thailand‘s not-coup is in fact a coup.
- A terror attack (where cars were driven into [through?]) a shopping mall with their drivers hurling bombs) in the Chinese city of Urumqi has left at least 30 people dead.
- China has banned the use of Windows 8.
Europe & Eurasia:
- 11 people are dead at a Ukrainian checkpoint following a clash with pro-Russian rebels.
- Families of children abducted by the PKK in Turkey are demanding their release.
- The fallout from Turkey’s Soma mine disaster just keeps coming.
- German leaders are anticipating Turkish leader Erdogan’s visit with trepidation following criticisms levied at the controversial leader’s administration in the wake of wide-scale crackdowns.
- The Irish left is increasingly pro-Palestine, despite initial support for Israel after its struggle with the British.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Former Iranian President Rafsajjani has offered a roadmap for Iran–Saudi ties.
- The US ambassador to Libya is refusing to fault its anti-terrorist general, who is carrying out attacks against militants. The general wants an emergency cabinet appointed to guide the country.
- Algeria is considering an alliance with Egypt to counter Libya’s growing threat.
- In Egypt, the Salafist party is playing it neutral amidst the country’s anti-Islamist wave.
- Tensions between the Iraqi government and the country’s religious leaders is growing.
- Turning to the Talmud, young Israelis find a “Game of Thrones” within religious texts and an education steeped in Judaism, much to the chagrin of their more secular counterparts.
- New arguments are emerging that Israel is driving Palestine‘s West Bank towards economic disaster.
- A Syrian Kurdish mother has been killed at the Turkish border.
- Pro-government Syrian forces have broken into Aleppo’s central prison, a blow to rebels.
- Lebanon still has no president.
- In Yemen, simmering discontent is everywhere.
- In update one million, the US has sent 80 troops to Chad to attempt to locate the kidnapped Nigerian children.
- Deborah Peter, a native of the town from which the children were taken, is testifying about her own experiences with Boko Haram.
- So, WHY is the US spying on the Bahamas?
- Five takeaways from Obama’s remarks on the VA.
- Sec. of State Kerry is calling on Venezuela to hold talks with the opposition.
- Cuba‘s first independent news site in five decades was hacked on its first day.
- Various groups are busy pooling their money to protect large sections of the Amazon rainforest, one of the globe’s most important and environmentally fragile areas, much of which is in Brazil.
- Tony Abbott, the ouster of Julia Gillard, Australia‘s first female prime minister, is now incredibly unpopular.
Daily Wow: Very cute child reacts to same-sex marriage.