Publishing late Sunday night? Not such a great decision. Let’s give Friday afternoon a go and see how it is! The big stories this week: Karachi’s airport attack…and its second, Bowe Bergdahl, Hillary v. Terry Gross, goodbye Eric Cantor, Iraq’s escalating sh**show, shooting after shooting, and this blog’s personal favorite…THE WORLD CUP. Congrats to Brazil and Mexico so far, while Spain v. the Netherlands rages.
- Breaking today: Despite crisis, Obama says no troops on the ground in Iraq.
- THE WORLD CUP COMMENCES. | Stream here if you’re a working putz like myself. | Soccer v. football. (This blog prefers the all-inclusive soccerball.)
- The terrifying new reign of ISIS in Iraq.
- The non-Western roots of international democratic support. | The American political center is shrinking. Americans also disagree on everything except for social security. | Conservatives are from McMansions, liberals are from the city.
- Everyone in a tizzy over Bergdahl.
- In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Cantor lost his primary to a Tea Party-backed opponent. Some are claiming this is due to Cantor’s backing of a GOP-ized version of immigration reform. Meaning the GOP is damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t on the topic. Cantor is the first HML to lose since 1899. (12 things to know about David Brat.) The likely next Majority Leader, meanwhile, is a piece of work.
- It was Hillary week. | Her women-centric approach. | Related: Women are punished for negotiating hard in job interviews. | Coming out team Hillary following the Terry Gross dust-up.
- How the left and right talk about the ethnicity of German soccer/football players.
- The VA scandal continues, with 57,000 vets left waiting for an appointment. | Subpoena and whistleblower drama over the scandal.
- Do Americans really love drone strikes?
- Piketty v. Marx, the breakdown and discussion. | Income redistribution doesn’t hurt growth. | Millennials struggle with debt.
- Oral history: Documenting the lives of America’s homeless.
- Aimed at, predominately, white Americans: Is the recession making you racist? | Ta-Nehisi Coates and the boundaries of legitimate debate.
- There have been 74 school shootings since Newtown in the US. Another happened this week. Here’s a map.
- Gunmen destroyed a NATO tanker in Baluchistan, Pakistan. Additionally, at least 24 people were killed in an attack on Shia pilgrims near the border with Iran, according to reports. Seven additional bodies were discovered following the attack on the Karachi airport earlier in the week.
- Former Pakistani leader Musharraf can leave Pakistan, sayeth a Karachi court.
- FP: Is Karachi the next Waziristan?
- Pakistan’s first drone strike in six months has occurred. | And its second.
- Uzbek fighters were reportedly involved in the Karachi airport attacks.
- Pakistan is denying involvement in the Abdullah assassination attempt.
- Sharif and Modi are doing the dance of courtship.
- In Afghanistan, floods have devastated Baghlan province.
- Afghans vote on Saturday, and despite everything, they’re pretty pumped.
- Afghanistan’s first-ever female cabbie will give you advice and a lecture.
- Is Ghani taking a the lead over Abdullah?
- An Indian official commented, re: rape, that these incidents “happen accidentally.” Meanwhile the country’s rape crisis continues to have a deep and wide-reaching impact. A “decline of moral values” is apparently to blame. Uttar Pradesh has also seen another alleged rape/murder of a young girl.
- Watch a political feud turn into a swordfight.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Anti-coup protesters in Thailand said it with sandwiches.
- Reforming the Burmese constitution — a more critical look.
- 25 years after Tienanmen Square in China.
- There is an incredibly unusual hunt going on in South Korea for a billionaire who owned “The” ferry.
Europe & Eurasia:
- The American and European markets are taking different paths.
- Cold War-style spy games in a melting Arctic.
- The Ukraine has ordered a police deployment to its troubled eastern region. | Mourning journalists killed in the Ukraine.
- The Ukraine crisis may have put a damper on global recovery.
- Ireland‘s “dead baby” scandal: Horrifying and rooted in sexism, control, patriarchy, and religion.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The Huthis: From Saada to Sanaa.
- ISIS is now the world’s richest terrorist group.
- Opinion: The Arab Peace Initiative is still Israel‘s best option. | Israel and Gaza exchange fire.
- Hard-liner Rivlin will succeed Shimon Peres when he leaves office as Israel’s president. Meanwhile, Lapid is slamming Netanyahu for creaky U.S.-Israel ties.
- No love for Egypt‘s new leader — the banality of al Sisi.
- The sexual assault of a student in Egypt is sparking protest.
- The deal with Iran, and what will come next.
- Renewed conflict in Lebanon.
- Syria‘s former peace envoy has some harsh words for just about everyone.
- Israel is cultivating ties with Syrian rebels…quietly.
- A six-week offensive by ISIL has left hundreds dead.
- The Iraqi city of Mosul has fallen under insurgent control. 500,000 people have fled, and al-Maliki is calling for a state of emergency. Militants have been advancing throughout the week.
- The top court in Libya has determined the appointment of its new prime minister to be unconstitutional. A suicide car bombing also injured at least five people in the country. Iraq’s Kurds, however, are seeing an opening.
- Highlighting Tunisia‘s diversity.
- Can anything stop West Africa’s Ebola outbreak?
- Boko Haram kidnapped 20 more Nigerian girls.
- The former leader of the Ivory Coast is being ordered to stand trial.
- In defiance of the World Cup, Brazil‘s metro strike in Sao Palo will continue. | Sao Palo-related: An artist honors the city.
- Poverty in Venezuela is sky-rocketing.
- Along the Mexican-U.S. border, a crisis is growing.
- Rick Perry thinks homosexuals are like alcoholics.
- Maine is blocking aid for undocumented immigrants.
- Australia may be hit with sanctions over a change in terminology.
- Malaysia and Australia are in talks over the bill for the flight 370 search. Malaysia wants it split 50-50, the Aussies are not so keen.