Happy Friday! The Blues are off being bluesy on Monday, and a happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all! In other exciting news, the World Cup is only a few weeks away. GET READY, this blog will be shrine. First-ever Blues & the News sports coverage.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay on why reparations for slavery are necessary is epic. Vox breaks it down here.
- Four ways to create culture change around abortion. | New abortion restrictions in the South. | Bobby Jindal is a horrible shmuck.
- Women and men (but mostly women) are less stressed at work than at home.
- College is the biggest driver in inequality in the US.
- The House has approved a bill to limit the NSA’s mass-collection of data.
- The “VA Scandal” continues.
- Skilled foreign workers are a pay boost.
- In Pakistan, the Sikh population is protesting the reported desecration of their holy books.
- Twitter has agreed to block “blasphemous tweets” in Pakistan.
- Brazil meets Pakistan: Get ready to see some footballs from South Asia.
- Two feuding tribes in Afghanistan have agreed to end their century-old dispute.
- As the run-off nears, ethnic divisions and tensions are shaking up the contest between frontrunners Abdullah and Ghani.
- Five years later and human rights in Sri Lanka are still an uphill battle.
- The Indian consulate in Herat province, Afghanistan, was attacked by heavily armed gunmen. Modi has condemned the attack and spoken with Hamid Karzai.
- The latest critic of Modi? Arundhati Roy.
- AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal refuses to apologize or post bail, says he called a corrupt person corrupt, continues to be this blog’s favorite Indian politician.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Thailand‘s military (the current architects of this week’s coup) have summoned the country’s ousted leaders and politicians for talks.
- The US is not pleased with the Thai coup.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Russia‘s deep dive into the Persian Gulf.
- Circassians in Turkey are jangling Russian nerves.
- Fresh fighting in the Ukraine has left another round of people dead as tensions between Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russian rebel separatists continue to escalate.
- Excessive flooding has created a landmine risk in Bosnia.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Deconstructing dialogue in Bahrain, where abuses of power run rampant.
- Egypt is becoming increasingly concerned by the “ungoverned space” presented on Libya‘s border.
- An official in Iran‘s Rouhani administration recently visited a synagogue and expressed support for the country’s pre-revolution flag.
- Prospects of a Shia National Alliance hinge on Iraq hinge on Maliki.
- A bill regarding the Temple Mount in Israel‘s Knesset has been withdrawn amidst political upheaval.
- Pope Francis is visiting Palestine and hopes are high that the move will boost a call for statehood.
- Private education is on the rise and public on the decline in Lebanon.
- In Syria, rebels are fighting to prevent regime change in Aleppo. Also in Syria, two NYT journalists were detained and badly beaten by rebels.
- A mortar attack on a pro-Assad rally killed at least 20 people.
- Algeria has closed most of its land borders.
- Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US.
- Nigeria has formally asked the UN to sanction Boko Haram.
- A grenade attack has wounded two in Mombasa, Kenya.
- Extremists in Somalia are threatening both the US and Kenya with increased terror attacks.
- The ICC has given a Congo warlord a 12 year sentence.
- The World Cup won’t lift Brazil‘s troubled economy.
- Venezuela is blaming the World Cup for airline cutbacks.
- A growing subway system in Mexico has generated a variety of opinions.
- In the Dominican Republic, the children of Haitian migrants may soon see a path to citizenship.
- The dessert woman who crossed Australia‘s “dead heart.”
- New Zealand is fighting an uphill battle to save the world’s rarest dolphin.