Announcing some upcoming adjustments to the blog: Due to a change in your blogger’s professional life + daily routine, this blog may move to the weekends as opposed to weekdays, with the exception of breaking news updates. Though this is certainly not ideal, it may be necessary. Test-run will come next week and we will see how things shake out!
- Surprise, surprise: Google is white and male. See also: People with privilege. See not: The globe on a widescale.
- On continuing to live in a world full of Elliot Rodgers.
- What’s missing from the immigration debate? Health care.
- Things are just getting worse and worse for the head of the VA.
- The world’s fattest nations: USA, China, and India.
- A school district in New Orleans has permanently closed its public schools and will move to an all-charter school system. This blog supports public education and not charter schooling.
- The latest Republican to support same-sex marriage hails from Pennsylvania, and says “life is too short” to stand in the way.
- Former Clinton antagonist Jerry Brown says the presidential nomination is Hillary’s if she wants it.
- John Kerry wants Edward Snowden to “man up”. This blog has mixed feelings on both ends of the Snowden debate but is 100% opposed to the phrase “man up”.
- Big Pharma wants to sell Cialis over the counter. So you can get your erection drugs easily but you still need a 5000000000 day waiting period to exist as a human with a vagina.
- Floating in the global wind. Or, let’s talk about global commerce. Not related but sorta: Piketty mania.
- Climate change doomed the ancients. | Krugman on cheap climate protection.
- Horrifying story of the day: Two Indian teenage girls, age 14 and 15, were found strangled and gang-raped hanging from a mango tree in Uttar Pradesh. The girls belonged to the caste known as “untouchables” and police investigators believe they were targeted for their status.
- The latest in another horrifying story: A woman who died outside a Lahore court house when her family decided to stone her for her marital choices was apparently married to a man who killed his first wife. Days of Our Lives: Pakistan.
- Sharif wants a report ASAP on the crime.
- The Sharif government can claim a special distinction — it has not enacted a single law this year.
- There has not been a drone strike in Pakistan since last winter.
- Anxiety is increasing in Afghanistan over the pending US troop withdrawal.
- Modi has released his top policy priorities and his 100 Days agenda.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Thailand‘s new military rulers are making policy moves.
- China and Vietnam are willing to go to war over a few slabs of treeless rock in the ocean.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Pro-Russian separatists have shot down a Ukrainian helicopter, killing at least 12 soldiers.
- Russia is seeking to improve its economic relations with Morocco, its less-than-nearby North African neighbor.
- Al Monitor: Mediterranean gas is not yet the answer to Turkey‘s ties with Israel and Cyprus.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Iranian hackers are targeting the US through social networks.
- Rouhani is battling the judiciary over internet censorship.
- Al-Sisi has won in Egypt, to the shock of none. He has done so, however, with incredibly low turnout.
- Sunni and Shia scholars are attempting to ease Iraq‘s political conflicts.
- Secular young Israelis increasingly want religious weddings.
- Opinion: Israel is a Jewish state.
- Hamas is denying ISIS presence in Gaza after a Palestinian man was killed while fighting in Syria.
- Rival Kurdish parties are battling for power in Syria.
- Syria will miss its chemical weapons deadline.
- Libyan warplanes are bombing militant and Islamist strongholds in Benghazi.
- The latest news out of Nigeria features conflicting reports from the country’s officials about talks with Boko Haram.
- Style in Goma, located in the Congo.
- The latest in Venezuelan theatre: The US ambassador to Colombia has been accused of plotting to kill President Maduro.
- Lawmakers are asking the US State Dept. to review its support for Honduras.
- Furthering the black mark on the US military’s name re: sexual assault, an army drill sergeant is wanted for “numerous” offenses.
- Obama’s foreign policy speech to West Point graduates paints an unsettling picture of the future, while also marking both a shift away from the permanent war path….though not quite a retreat to new isolationism. He also reportedly wants to close Gitmo.
- The nonprofit world has joined the #Yesallwomen Twitter dialogue.
- We are never ever finding that missing Malaysian plane and Australia is putting off more expansive searching until August.