Things that failed to make my breaking news updates from both NYT and WaPo (I blame my phone) — the misogyny-fueled shooting rampage that took place in California this weekend. Tragic and devastating, though unlikely to shift the American mentality that gun control would be an impossible demand and a burden on our nation’s upstanding and rightly-minded gun owners. (Read: Sarcasm.)
Apart from that, I hope everyone (if based in the US/American/etc) enjoyed and reflected on their Memorial Day weekend. Happy Tuesday!
- Misogyny kills: A man who felt undesired by women went on a shooting spree in California this weekend. The nice guy syndrome has now been taken to the next level. Disgusting.
- Following the shooting, the status quo reigns supreme in congress.
- Also in shooting spree news: Three people were killed in an antisemitic attack in a Jewish museum in Belgium.
- Does Piketty’s “Capital” have a few errors? WaPo says some, but not many.
- A diverse and politically varied group of judges all have something in common: They have upheld the precedent set by the SCOTUS and overturned same-sex marriage bans. Only North Dakota’s ban goes unchallenged. (Get to it, North Dakota.) Edit: North Dakota’s ban will be challenged. Rainbows for all!
- The US Census is about to acknowledge same-sex married couples as families. Because, you know, they are.
- The Turkish film Winter Sleep has won the Palme d’Or. The three-hour plus movie has been both praised and critiqued.
- Let them wear bindis.
- A woman was stoned to death outside the High Court in Lahore, Punjab by family members after failing to go through with an arranged marriage. She married another man instead, leading to her death. All suspects escaped except her father, who admitted to killing her. According to the Aurat Foundation, around 1,000 women are killed in honor killings in Pakistan every year.
- A US-based Ahmadi doctor was killed in Punjab.
- Geo News has apologized for its ISI allegations following the shooting of Hamid Mir.
- The White House accidentally identified the head of the CIA in Afghanistan over the weekend.
- A bombing in Kabul killed 2 and wounded 9.
- As the Afghan runoff election draws near, more than 100 MPs have thrown their weight behind Abdullah.
- Obama paid a surprise visit to the US troops in Afghanistan on Memorial Day.
- In a remarkable moment, Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif attended the swearing-in of India‘s new leader, Narendra Modi. As a sign of furthering good will between the countries, Sharif ordered 151 Indian prisoners released ahead of the ceremony. Other leaders were in attendance as well. Via FP: “Foreign leaders in attendance included the heads of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Mauritius prime minister. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bangladesh parliament speaker Shirin Sharmin, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa all attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. “
Southeast & East Asia:
- Thailand’s general says the military’s coup and ousting of the government has the king’s backing.
- Prime Minister Abe of Japan is laying out an aggressive foreign policy agenda. Plans include accelerating aid to Vietnam in the midst of its conflict with China, as well as other assertive measures.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Intense fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists has been raging in Donetsk, a city in the country’s troubled east.
- Neo-Nazis, Islamophobia, antisemites, and anti-immigrant parties are pulling in victories across Europe. I am concerned as well.
- The Ukraine has a new president-elect.
- Turkey’s Erdogan obsession.
- A series of rapes and murders directed at children have rattled and shaken Turkey.
- In France, former leader Sarkozy seems to be in some trouble…
Middle East & North Africa:
- Jordan has expelled the Syrian ambassador for insulting the kingdom. Syria responded in kind, by expelling the Jordanian charge d’affaires.
- As Houthis gain a stronghold in Yemen, unrest persists throughout the troubled and impoverished country.
- Nuclear talks with Iran have hit a snag over sanctions.
- Women in Iran’s factories face hardship and discrimination.
- An Iranian businessman was sentenced to the death penalty and hung for embezzlement.
- Al-Sisi is essentially 100% likely to win a landslide victory in Egypt‘s election. Al Monitor has some thoughts as to why. Despite everything, turnout has been low.
- Saudi Arabia and the UAE are once again eyeing conflict with neighbor Qatar, the subject of some ire early this year.
- Higher education in Iraq is continuing to decline. Violence and an unstable political regime have caused a brain drain to take hold, and achieving pre-dictatorial levels seems like a pipe dream to many.
- In Israel, Tzipi Livni lives in the shadow of Barak. Also in Israeli news: Humanities are on the decline.
- Three candidates for the presidency in Lebanon.
- The Palestinian unity government is set to review Hamas laws in Gaza.
- Pope Francis has endorsed the “state of Palestine” and thinks everyone should come chill and pray.
- Violence in Libya is beginning to affect Tunisia‘s economy.
- Gunmen have killed a newspaper editor in Benghazi.
- Nigeria‘s military says it has located a group of young women kidnapped by Boko Haram over a month ago.
- Blasts in the Nigerian city of Jos have united its Christians and Muslims.
- An attack on the Somali parliament by terrorist arm al-Shabab have left at least ten people dead.
- The US is training elite antiterror troops in four African nations: Libya, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania.
- Citing fraud, Malawi‘s leader has halted the country’s election.
- In Colombia, a two-man grudge match has become the topic du jour in the country’s presidential election.
- Six people were gunned down on a bus in El Salvador.
- The former president of Guatemala, Alfonso Portillo, has been sentenced to six years in prison.
- New EPA regulations are set to be announced today.
- Data is suggesting that the missing Malaysian plane lost fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia.
Daily Wow: #Yesallwomen.