It’s been a long, hard week. This blog has no official stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (apart from the disclaimer that this blog is Jewish in origin and recognizes Israel as a country while also recognizing Palestine as occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip), but the ongoing operation in Gaza is a human rights violation and a clear breach of international law. Regardless of Israel’s right to exist, war crimes are illegal on a global scale. That remains this blog’s stance. It is also of note that there is a place in between blind support and universal criticism. No government or organization is without flaws, and both Israel’s government and Hamas (a terrorist organization) have shown little to no compassion for either Israelis attempting to live their lives free of fear or terrified and traumatized Gazans who are trying to do the same while being brutally murdered by the hundreds. Neither leadership set deserves commendation.
- Leave millennials alone.
- Americans should care about global conflict.
- The coming crisis: Bank of America.
- Andreja Pejic has officially come out as transgender woman. All the best to her.
- A man took over two hours to die in Arizona in what even John McCain is calling torture.
- A quarter of the world’s most educated people live in its 100 largest cities.
- 1000 members of the Texas National Guard were set to be deployed to the border as of Tuesday. | Blue state governors are failing to offer a hand to the children at the border, leaving Texas and Arizona to carry the burden alone. This is a blue-leaning blog and a Texas-bred blog and a pissed blog.
- “I can’t even.”
- A suspected Nazi war criminal has been hospitalized in the US.
- Why the “rich Hillary” story is so pointless.
- Women and ethnic minorities are looked down upon when they push for workplace diversity in the US.
- Obama supports DC statehood, whoo!
- Tuesday was a bipolar day for Obamacare.
- Don’t send your kids to the Ivy League?
- A single mom making minimum wage lost her McDonald’s job because of the parent police. Oh, and got sent to jail.
- In Pakistan, a master bomb technician fights a new kind of war.
- A US drone strike in North Waziristan killed 15 people on Saturday.
- Extremists are making inroads in Pakistan’s diverse southern region.
- Article 245 has been invoked, handing control over law and order in Islamabad to the army for three months.
- A Pakistani father-son duo attempting to fly around the world crashed into the Pacific this week.
- Four women were injured in an acid attack in Quetta on Monday morning. Two more were injured in a similar attack in the Mastung market district, also in Baluchistan.
- A former Afghan Taliban minister has condemned the Pakistani Taliban, claiming its war is “un-Islamic”.
- Op-Ed from one of my favorite thinkers: How to solve the election dispute.
- Two Finnish women working in foreign aid were killed while traveling in a taxi, according to reports.
- The auditing of Afghan votes has faced some resistance from Ghani and Abdullah, who have been nitpicking counting methods.
- An insider suicide bombing in Kabul killed four people earlier in the week.
- As of Monday, India‘s first private company was set to post a $1 billion profit.
- Amidst tensions, India has summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner.
- India’s terrifying witch hunts are killing thousands of women.
- Modi has become the first PM to visit Nepal in 17 years.
- A Shiv Sena member caused an uproar when he force-fed a fasting Muslim worker, causing him to break his fast on the eve of Ramadan/Ramzan. The man was cornered and forced to eat a chapati following an angry outburst from Shiv Sena party members over the food they were being fed.
- Two key Congress Party ministers have resigned, the latest headache for the ailing once all-powerful party.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The good news about Indonesia‘s election stalemate.
- Thailand’s military has itself on Human Rights Watch’s s*** list.
- Migrant Thai workers are running afoul of rockets and bombs in Israel and Palestine.
- Will China‘s new corruption investigation go anywhere?
Europe & Eurasia:
- Bodies from the Malaysian Airlines crash were being held hostage in the Ukraine as of Monday due to distrust and disputed territory. Pro-Russian separatists stand accused of downing the commercial aircraft. As of Tuesday, rebels were turning over the bodies of victims as well as the plane’s black boxes.
- The Ukraine’s prime minister has resigned as the country’s government falls apart.
- The US is going after Russia, with even harsher sanctions, accusing the country of potentially aiding and abetting the rebels who may well have downed the Malaysian aircraft. Russia itself seems to be scrambling to deal with the fallout.
- Move over Iraq and Syria — it’s the Ukraine that’s the most dangerous country for journalists.
- Turkey has detained dozens of officers amidst accusations of spying and wire tapping.
- Erdogan’s Hitler comments have taken their toll.
- The horrors facing Ireland’s unwed mothers sixty years ago.
- It’s still not easy being a Muslim in Europe, especially in France.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Beyond Sectarianism: The New Middle East Cold War.
- The role of Iran in Gaza.
- Iran has detained/arrested (reports vary) three journalists, including a Washington Post correspondent.
- The helplessness of Abbas.
- The Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq, is now the headquarters of the Islamic State. Oy.
- Hundreds of Christian families are fleeing the country. | The country was attempting to vote on a president as of Wednesday.
- Israel v. Palestine: The media war. | Israel’s fight continues, over half a century later. | Hamas gambled on war. | Israelis and Palestinians have supporters on all sides — and they are very loud and frequently inaccurate.
- Sunday was the week’s deadly start in Israel’s siege of Gaza, with 13 Israeli soldiers and 87 Palestinians killed. Two of the soldiers were American – one Texan and one Californian. The Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire between the warring groups. John Kerry also had some thoughts. Hamas claimed to have captured an Israeli soldier, which Israel disputes. Ban-Ki Moon is very, very displeased with everyone. As of Tuesday, 30 Israelis and 609 Palestinians were dead. As of Thursday, over 700. The violence continued when IDF forces shelled a UN-run school, killing upwards of 16 people.
- Israel faces a difficult choice in Gaza.
- Inside that one time when Kerry tried to tackle Middle East peace. | Kerry made a surprise trip to Israel on Wednesday. | On Tuesday night the FAA banned all flights to and from Tel Aviv.
- Neither Israel nor Hamas will win in Gaza, but it’s certain that Fatah will lose. | Meanwhile, in Hebron. | Meretz, a left-wing Israeli party, says the country should never have invaded Gaza.
- In Syria, over 700 people were killed last Thursday and Friday. Syrian rebels, including members of the al-Nusra Front, have been expelling IS members from Damascus suburbs.
- A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northern Yemen.
- Saudi Arabia is set to open its $509 billion stock market to foreign investors.
- Boko Haram rebels have seized a town in northeastern Nigeria. | Nigeria’s economy v. terrorism.
- Why jogging or going to church can get you arrested in Burundi.
- Are conflicts over citizenship inevitable in Africa?
- The wreckage of an Algerian plane that went missing has been spotted in Mali.
- Brazil‘s isolated Native tribes are increasingly at risk for disease.
- The president of Honduras would like it noted that the US bears enormous responsibility for the current migrant crisis.
- A prominent law professor and blogger was shot and killed in his home in Tallahassee this week.
- The Obama administration was warned repeatedly about the border crisis.
- Detroit is being forced to turn off its water…to the detriment of thousands.
- Why you should care about Australia‘s carbon tax repeal. | How it will complicate upcoming climate talks.
Weekly Wows: Portraits of jobs that no longer exist. | Spike Lee splices Eric Garner’s death with Do The Right Thing. | Women share their favorite position. | This art project is a tad problematic, to say the least.