It’s been a long week. Ramadan approacheth, Iraq has fallen into chaos, Syria is worsening, the Ukraine and Russia are getting along or not depending on the day, futbol players are biting each other, Americans suddenly care about soccer, and no one wants to be nice to Hillary. Happy Friday!
- The SCOTUS has held up the EPA’s right to regulate emissions. And, in the most important ruling of the week, the SCOTUS also determined that you have the right to privacy re: your phone. They additionally took a massive swap at Obama for overstepping his recess appointment bounds.
- 8 vivid photos of Iraq before it was destroyed.
- The brains of social justice activists are different from everyone else. Speaking of brains, stop telling depressed people to cheer up.
- Stop the deportations. (This blog is pro-immigration reform, pro-DREAM Act, and pro-opportunities for immigrants, documented and undocumented alike.) Immigrants are also facing a health crisis.
- Men are having to learn the art of breadwinning and caregiving in the 21st century.
- John Boehner is suing the Obama administration re executive orders because childish.
- The NYT editorial board has some strong words for the Obama administration’s so-called defense of its drone-led targeting of an American citizen.
- I am not your manic pixie bookworm: How reading, once a tool for female empowerment, is now being used to further objectify and sexualize women.
- A federal judge has ruled that the US no-fly list violates the constitution.
- A study says cancer is as old as we are and probably not leaving.
- Testifying against Blackwater.
- Loans just keep getting worse and worse, despite this NYT article (The real student debt crisis? The low-income first-generation students who will struggle much more than wealthier and well-educated counterparts to pay off their bills.) Many millennials are relying on their families, even after attaining full-time employment (although, they may be getting ready to move out). The Brookings study that suggested student loan struggles were all in the heads of graduates, meanwhile, is being debunked.
- Black voters became a surprising ally for one Republican candidate.
- The Export-Import Bank messes with Texas. Speaking of Tejas, it’s Wendy Davis’ one year filibuster anniversary. This blog has endorsed her for governor of Texas-Tejas.
- A guide to the SCOTUS’ upcoming birth control decision. (Abortion funding for Peace Corps volunteers is advancing with help from surprising places.) | My wife’s abortion vs. your free speech. | Goodbye buffer zones.
- Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah began the week by continuing to accuse rival Ashraf Ghani of committing election fraud. An official stepped down earlier in the week, amidst claims of innocence. Abdullah has entered into UN-mediated talks with the IEC.
- A Taliban-led fighting spree has wrought havoc in Helmand province, killing civilians and policemen alike. 2500 people have been displaced by the fighting.
- 550 PAT workers have been arrested following the homecoming of controversial cleric Qadri to Pakistan. Qadri has promised revolution and the toppling of the government.
- International Crisis Group is very worried at the state of education in Pakistan.
- An attack on Peshawar airport killed several people earlier in the week, and several major airlines have canceled all flights to the area. Meanwhile the Pakistani military has continued a massive offensive in Waziristan against the Taliban, leading to a humanitarian crisis in Bannu.
- Pakistan has violated a ceasefire along the LoC (Line of Control) with India.
- AfPak relations began the week in a poor place following an exchange of fire along the border. Karzai’s top advisor also visited Islamabad this week.
- The Sri Lankan government has arrested 11 Indian fisherman from the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
- India’s foreign minister visited Bangladesh, where ties between Delhi and Dhaka were the focus of the mission. Undocumented migration and militant agitation were among the subjects touched on.
- Undocumented Indians working in Iraq are struggling to leave after their employer denied them their passports.
- The Modi government will present its first budget in July; the government has flown through its first 30 days with relative ease, despite the Iraq crisis, controversy over a push for Hindi language prioritization, and a weak monsoon season. In other political news, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are being summoned for allegedly misappropriating newspaper funds. Modi-related: Surpassing Obama, Modi is now the 4th-most followed world leader on Twitter.
- Following an expansion of its undergraduate program, Delhi University is facing hunger strikes and mass protest.
Southeast & East Asia:
- World Cup stress in China is a very real concern.
- Malaysia has banned non-Muslims from using the word “Allah”. Malay Christians (predominately Catholics) have been under fire after a Malay Christian publication used the word in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country.
- Democratic transition by the numbers in Burma.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Ouch: Pope Francis has excommunicated members of the Italian Mafia.
- Poland‘s foreign minister reportedly said US ties were ‘worthless’. Meanwhile the country’s prime minister survived a confidence vote.
- The Ukraine and Russia are at it again. The Ukraine has been holding its own in a twist on the latest turn of events, causing Russia to show a surprisingly peaceful side.
- The Ukraine is set to sign the EU deal that sparked revolution.
- The work-family policies of Sweden and Denmark are all the rage in the US.
- Albania has officially cleared its first hurdle to EU membership.
Middle East & North Africa:
- ISIS has captured the last major border between Iraq and Syria. Syrian war planes struck in western Iraq earlier in the week, killing upwards of 50 people. Militants had also laid siege to one of the country’s biggest air bases as of Thursday. As Iraq falls to the Sunni-led terror group, Shiites are describing nothing short of a massacre in many of Iraq’s cities and towns. Sectarian violence also seems to be ripping Baghdad apart. US Sec. of State Kerry flew to Iraq and back again to meet with Kurdish leaders, in his first trip to the Kurdish capital. The Kurds, however, want Kurdistan. Meanwhile Maliki is rejecting calls to form a unity government, and ISIS is firing at universities.
- The destruction of a unique Christian culture in Iraq’s northern region is only the latest of casualties within the country.
- Obama wants aid to train the Syrian Opposition.
- Iran has drones?
- An Egyptian court has sentenced the Al Jazeera journalists. Al-Sisi will do nothing.
- Israel‘s hunt for its missing teenagers continued into this week with more Palestinian arrests.
- Ulta-Orthodox Jewish women want the right to higher education.
- A Q&A with Shimon Peres.
- Gaza’s unemployed graduates: Between Google and felafel.
- More cases of MERS in Saudi Arabia are emerging.
- Why Morocco is boycotting Dannon yogurt.
- In Lebanon a car bombing killed one and wounded upwards of 25.
- In a heartbreaking moment for Libya, a prominent female human rights activist and lawyer, Salwa Bugaighis, was assassinated in Benghazi this week. The violence overshadowed Libya’s election.
- The Jewish population of Tunisia is dwindling.
- Mauritania desperately needs economic reforms.
- West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is out of control.
- In Kenya, fighter jets began the week attacking al-Shabaab’s bases. The Somalian militant group are responsible for multiple attacks in the neighboring country.
- The accountability gap on sexual violence in Kenya.
- A bombing at a medical school in Nigeria has killed 8 people; Boko Haram did not immediately come forward to claim responsibility. Boko Haram is, however, suspected of kidnapping another 60 young women, not that the world seems to care.
- Meanwhile, frustrated with the military, Nigerians are forming their own militias.
- A Sudanese woman was re-arrested for apostasy after she was initially freed.
- Zimbabwe: The military v. democracy.
- Clashes in the Central African Republic earlier in the week killed more than 50 people.
- The rise of Latin America’s middle class.
- World Cup drama: It’s Uruguay vs. Italy over a biting moment (har har har).
- Bolivia‘s government is turning back the clock.
- Dozens of bodies have been found in a mass grave near the South Texas border, a testament to the ongoing Mexican-American border crisis.
- American cities in the South and the West are growing the fastest in the country. Meanwhile the states where people would most like to leave and stay may surprise some.
- The US has released a number of immigrant families but will not state how many.
- Free of re-election worries, Obama is still struggling to help new parents in the US.
- The US is doing well in the World Cup, despite losing.
- Utah and Indiana’s gay marriage bans are a no-no. Chart: Almost half of America’s lesbian and gay population can get married in the state where they live.
- Australia says passengers aboard the still-missing Malaysian flight likely suffocated to death.
- Under British law, Australia’s first same-sex marriage occurred this week. Neighbor New Zealand legalized the basic human right awhile ago.
- Speaking of New Zealand, long hair on boys has apparently been an issue…
- The prime minister of Papua New Guinea has promised police a formal interview if his arrest is halted.