Happy return from a long weekend, Americans! (Non-Americans, this blog hopes your weekend was lovely as well.) Highlights of the week: Everyone’s picking on Hillary who mostly just wants to talk Piketty, ISIS has moved in to stay, this blog’s home state of Texas is struggling under the weight of thousands of undocumented and unrepresented children, Americans are giving up on America, Germany is so over America, and China’s been hacking America. Meanwhile Israel and Palestine are about to kill each other. By which this blog means, Hamas did a bad and Israel’s about to obliterate a stateless nation over it. (This blog has no stance on the issue but is pro-peace and anti-bullsh**.) Cheers.(Endorsed: Ha’aretz’s cautionary editorial.)
- The internet is an outrage machine. (The best article this week.)
- The virtue of being wrong, via Mic.
- Meet the anthropologist who spent her career uncovering a global market in human flesh.
- The NSA is terrifying. They have also been spying on Muslim-American leaders. | Slightly related: The TSA has a new favorite search – electronics.
- Same-sex marriage may go before the SCOTUS next spring.
- An unexpected victory on driving for young immigrants in the US has arrived.
- Why are millions of bees dying?
- A Dutch organization wants you to do what this blog did and experiment — by deleting your Facebook.
- The American dream is a myth. Piketty likely concurs.
- Forty percent of American colleges haven’t investigated a single sexual assault in the past five years.
- Businesses benefit from women.
- In tragic news, a child thought to be cured of HIV has now tested positive for the virus, setting researchers back.
- Netflix wants to become the first internet-only TV network.
- A new way of war – targeting children.
- Child migrants are being denied their rights at the Texas border as they confront the American legal system with minimal aid. What it’s like for children to represent themselves. (Related: What deportation means for families.) Let us all remember, this is not about policy – this is about kids.
- Hillary (Clinton) is rich. She’s also newly rich and not Mitt rich. While we’re at it, she was a lawyer and lawyers have to do their jobs. (This blog is pro-HRC.)
- Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. This blog maintains that Houston should host the Democratic equivalent, but options are NYC, Philly, Columbus, Phoenix, and Birmingham (PICK BIRMINGHAM).
- Following Hobby Lobby (the decision) LGBTQ groups are withdrawing their support for ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act). Religious groups also want to be allowed to be bigots.
- Tinder is gross.
- Afghanistan is on the brink of electoral crisis. Initial favorite Abdullah has been ousted by Ghani with results fiercely contended. Abdullah has threatened a separatist government and the IEC is very concerned.
- Some are blaming Karzai for his silence.
- Attacks in Kandahar City left several dead and many wounded.
- The leader of ISIS reportedly spent time in Afghanistan.
- In Pakistan‘s tribal areas, a human rights crisis is growing.
- A Pakistani terror group has aligned itself with ISIS, becoming the first South Asian group to do so (ISIS is of Middle Eastern persuasion).
- A new anti-terror bill in Pakistan has more than a few privacy activists concerned.
- A US drone strike reportedly killed six people in Waziristan.
- In a sea dispute between Bangladesh and India the UN has ruled in favor of Bangladesh.
- India has asked the UN team on Kashmir to leave Delhi premises.
- NGOs in India are under scrutiny.
- Modi has unveiled his first budget. He has also been extended an official hand by the US government.
- New Delhi is the 2nd most populous city in the world after Tokyo.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Malaysia‘s LGBTQ community is struggling to find a way out of the closet.
- FP analyzes the rise of Burma‘s Buddhist ultra nationalist militia.
- Preparing for Indonesia‘s upcoming presidential elections? IFES has all you need.
- Chinese cyberspies have been hacking US Middle East experts at various top think tanks.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Reflecting on the life of Georgia‘s former president.
- Pro-Russian separatists are blowing up bridges in the Ukraine.
- German-American relations are certainly not the best they’ve ever been. And the top US intelligence chief in the country has been expelled. Ouch.
- Is Erdogan Turkey‘s next Ataturk?
- Ireland is having a bit of a Garth Brooks problem.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Constitutional courts and semi-presidentialism following the Arab Spring.
- The logic of violence in the Islamic State’s war.
- Israel and Palestine are setting themselves on fire. Operation Protective Edge is seeing rocket fire reigning over Gaza, with a deadly exchange of fire following the murder of three Israeli teens and the revenge killing of a Palestinian child. As of Wednesday, 24 Palestinians had been killed due to rocket fire, which has been exchanged as far north as the relatively peaceful and liberal city of Tel Aviv. (Tel Aviv’s citizens, meanwhile, are clinging to their sense of normalcy.) As of Friday the death count has topped 100.
- Israel’s strikes are killing more civilians than combatants. The country is also issuing gag orders regarding its investigations into the search for the initial missing boys. The US has offered to negotiate a ceasefire which may or may not go over well with Israel’s right-wing government.
- The Likud-Beytenu divorce has nothing to do with Gaza and everything to do with Avigdor Lieberman’s ambitions. | The Hamas leader who started a war.
- Via The Monkey Cage: The threat or promise of justice in Palestine.
- Israeli Extremism – How a young generation is growing up immersed in fanaticism.
- The hardships faced by Syria‘s female refugees are unimaginable. | The UN has selected a new envoy to deal with the conflict.
- Bahrain had a clash with the US earlier this week over human rights.
- Fifteen years after the 18th of Tir in Iran.
- Struggling to form a government, Iraq is running out of time in the battle against Sunni group ISIS. In the least-comforting news of the week, militants appear to have seized a former chemical weapons depot in the country. The Kurds, meanwhile, are in it to win it.
- As leaders bicker, Iraqis are dying.
- Sexual violence continues to reign in Egypt.
- Shia rebels have captured a city in northern Yemen.
- Taking sides in Libya.
- Migration reform in Morocco?
- The complicated legacy of Rwanda‘s genocide.
- Ebola: Nature’s most perfect disease. | How deforesting plays a role.
- Via the Monkey Cage: Road-building, not state-building, can solve Somalia‘s pirate issue.
- AI says South Sudan is locked in a cycle of violence.
- A major faction in the Congo may be on the brink of disarming.
- The common problems of Venezuela and Cuba.
- Could Brazil‘s shocking World Cup loss impact the re-election of Dilma Rousseff this fall?
- Alleged Cuban plot…uhm….
- The US is prepared to deport most of the unaccompanied minors pouring over the border. Obama has also asked for $3.7 billion in aid to help fix the problem; however for some reason he still seems unwilling to visit the US border. This blog has been, it’s not that bad of a place Mr. President. (And yet still he defends himself.)
- A bipartisan call for immigration reform.
- The UN wants the US to treat the children as refugees.
- People in red states are more likely to be uninsured than people in blue states.
- Australia‘s immigration minister is under fire for declining to meet with Tamil groups this week. Despite an influx of refugees from Sri Lanka who claim ethnic persecution, the continent country has been unmoved by pleas from Tamils.
- China may be driving Australia away with its heavy-handed behavior.