Happy Friday, all! It’s been quite the week – ISIS is taking over the world, the Redskins are finally seeing some legal action, racism and sexism abound, and the World Cup has seen defending champion Spain left out in the cold. Your blogger is very excited for today’s 3pm EST match: France v. Switzerland. Start off your weekend with the trailer for Dear White People, which looks wonderful.
- THE REDSKINS PATENT WHAT.
- Should citizens have the right to rebel?
- McCarthy replaces Cantor.
- There are more than 50 million displaced people in the world, the highest since WWII.
- The Heritage Foundation can no longer pretend to be even a little bit legitimate following a display of vitriolic Islamophobia so bad it ought to have the think tank shut down. (More here.)
- New studies on postpartum depression indicate it may begin in the womb. | The US has the most expensive and least effective health care system. | The IMF thinks the US needs a better minimum wage.
- The VA’s problems grow and grow.
- A Texas town may become the first in the US to ban fracking.
- Hobby Lobby is an evil corporation.
- Play scheduled for limited international release due to fears of rising antisemitism in Europe.
- World Cup racism: Delta Airlines portrays Ghana with a giraffe. For the record, there are no giraffes in Ghana. Race-related: We have a ton of new emojis! And…they’re all white.
- Chelsea Manning is airing her thoughts on the US military. | Everyone is mad at Bowe Bergdahl.
- The case for raising feminist boys. | Judges with daughters are more likely to rule in favor of women. | Fighting patriarchy in the bedroom.
- The child migrant crisis: Why thousands of children are entering Texas alone. Texas also lacks the space to house them all. | Even Rupert Murdoch supports immigration reform. | This blog also has found one of the few things it disagrees with Hillary Clinton on.
- DC residents: Sonia and Hillary were at Costco last weekend.
- The FCC is going to town on Netflix. Just don’t mess with Orange Is The New Black, okay.
- Computer metaphors are changing our language.
- The ghosts of religious wars past.
- In Pakistan, a major offensive aims to clear out the Taliban and other militants. Many residents are fleeing the country’s tribal region as the shelling continues.
- The US’ third drone strike in Pakistan this year has occurred.
- At least 7 people were killed and 100 wounded in Lahore during clashes.
- Following the weekend’s elections, Afghans began the week anticipating its results. The election had turnout as high as the first round. Violence marked the election but nowhere near as horribly as was initially feared. The Taliban leaders who cut off the fingers of 11 men who voted have since been caught and killed by Afghan police.
- Abdullah Abdullah has accused Hamid Karzai of voting fraud. | The UN is concerned over his accusations. | So is the NYT editorial board, who say he is playing with fire.
- Afghanistan is the leading contributor to the world’s refugee crisis.
- The country’s journalists have been betrayed by the NSA.
- Everyone’s favorite Afghan couple are back together.
- AfPak relations were touched upon again this week, as both countries struggle with their heavily militarized border.
- From goddess to seventh grader in Nepal.
- Indian Prime Minister Modi began his week in Bhutan. | Modi also wants UPA-appointed governors out, in what may be a hefty abuse of BJP power.
- India has taken an interest in the World Cup. | It may also kick out Greenpeace.
- India’s Power Minister wants 24/7 electricity.
Southeast & East Asia:
- FP doesn’t believe Hillary on Burma.
- Japan‘s end to gun violence.
- Chinese workers in Iraq are staying put for the moment, despite growing dangers as ISIS takes hold of town after town.
- The US’ lowest grade on human trafficking goes to Thailand and Malaysia, respectively.
- It’s Hong Kong v. China on what the latter calls an “illegal” vote. The Chinese government is also drawing ire for its tightening of press freedom.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Even Turkey is involved in the ISIS drama, closing what some have referred to as its “jihadist highway.”
- Erdogan has a surprise rival.
- Continuing in their ever-friendly jousting match, Russia‘s Gazprom has cut off the Ukraine‘s gas supply. NATO says Russia has resumed its buildup on the Ukrainian border. (Finland may want to join NATO.)
- The Pope is getting set to visit Albania.
- Britain is set to reopen its embassy in Tehran.
- The UK has banned the teaching of creationism.
- A new wave of antisemitism is on the rise in France, which let’s be real, has never been very Semite-friendly.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Al Monitor’s year in review is pretty cool.
- The threat of ISIS grows and grows. The organization began the week by claiming the mass-execution of Iraqi troops. Mounting concern over Westerners going off to fight with ISIS and al-Nusra and then returning home is also leading to fears that citizens could become an increasing problem for home countries. Despite promising no boots on the ground, Obama has also deployed troops to the country. 40 Indians have also been kidnapped within the country. Update: He has now sent 300 military advisers.
- The issue is of course messing with oil prices. | Will Maliki be gone soon?
- The US may team up with Iran to find a solution to the crisis in Iraq. | Poor Iran is not very popular in the Middle East.
- The Syrian government is destroying the country’s rebel opposition with illegal force, say human rights groups. A bombing near the Jordanian border also killed many refugees.
- Regional war in Iraq and Syria may well be on the horizon.
- Three Israeli teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank have ignited international outcry and the arrest of over 150 Palestinians. Update: More arrests. Update #2: A Palestinian youth was killed during clashes and more arrests have been made.
- FIFA is set to monitor Israeli violations against Palestinian football.
- For Egyptians, the crackdown following the election of Sisi has begun. | Egypt’s rape pandemic.
- International Crisis Group is very concerned about Yemen. | A revolution in reverse.
- Tunisia has scheduled its elections. However its media is in serious need of reform.
- Baby steps for Libya as it inches towards democracy. | Benghazi breakthrough?
- The law is failing the women of Libya.
- Algeria has reported its first death from MERS.
- The tragic slaughter of Kenya’s “biggest elephant.”
- In Kenya, al-Shabaab are accused of killing upwards of 50 people at a World Cup watch party.
- Uganda‘s anti-LGB laws are drawing sanctions.
- Prison escapees in Mali?
- Ebola deaths are on the rise as the disease spreads through Western Africa.
- A hospital in the Sudan has been the subject of a deadly attack.
- Reaching for a new economic model, Rwanda is striving for growth.
- Rwandan and Congolese soldiers have clashed at the border.
- Nigerians are beginning to ask where oil funds have gone missing. They’re also wary of so-called “friends” from the US.
- Dying to save the rain forest: In Brazil, an activist dies every week.
- Brazil’s World Cup: The good, the bad, and the unequal.
- Colombia‘s new drug-fighting plan could put it at odds with the US.
- The US SCOTUS and Argentina: How to bring a country to the brink of financial ruin.
- Race and racism in Honduran soccer(ball).
- US VP Joe Biden began his week in Latin America discussing the growing issue of child migrants.
- When and why do US states make English their official language?
- When the IT department screws up an IRS case.
- American veterans react to Iraq’s turmoil.
- WI governor Scott Walker may be involved in a criminal investigation.
- Theft of Native American lands in one map.
- Australia is cracking down on asylum seekers.
- The country has also been given another year to act on the damage being done to the Great Barrier Reef by the World Heritage Committee.
- Small and quiet New Zealand is experiencing a migration boom.