Continuing a trend of sad weeks, this one had few happy tidings. However, a happy Independence Day to Pakistan and India (belated for the former) and positive thoughts going into the weekend ahead.
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- Wonderful actor and human Robin Williams was found dead earlier this week in what appears to be a suicide. A great loss, and yet another indicator that mental health in the United States sees little to no help or treatment. | On comics battling depression.
- Also wonderful Lauren Bacall died this week. Woe.
- The slippery slope of military intervention/R2P.
- The death of northern Gaza’s bomb disposal leader is tragic and telling.
- A woman has won the “Nobel Prize of Math” for the first time.
- If you haven’t been following the Humans of New York UN world tour (predominately in Iraq at the moment), you are missing a rare treat.
- When is it genocide? For the US, its interests are a clear driving force.
- President Obama may be about to legalize five million immigrants. (This blog endorses that action.) | Going it alone: In one of the poorest counties in Texas, one must do the work of many.
- A prominent Muslim cleric in Lahore is facing murder charges.
- Meanwhile, Pakistani leader Sharif is opening an investigation into allegations that last year’s election was rigged. The move came ahead of two mass rallies planned by rivals of the government, which occurred in Lahore on Thursday and continues towards Islamabad today.
- A Pakistani actress will be locking lips with an Indian actor in an upcoming Bollywood film.
- Abdullah Abdullah will stand by the results of Afghanistan’s election recount. | Ghani has rejected a power-sharing deal.
- The latest in Indian politics: “Hindustan is for Hindus.”
- Modi paid a visit to Jammu & Kashmir, where he condemned Pakistan’s “proxy war”.
- Modi will be visiting the US, and Indo-Americans have a range of feelings on the subject.
- Modi’s independence day speech: growth, women, toilets.
Southeast & East Asia:
- On sea claims, it’s China v. the US.
- John Kerry is visiting Burma. Will the US do anything to help?
- Race and religion in Southeast Asia.
- Pope Francis is reviving the church in South Korea.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Erdogan is now president of Turkey. We can all assume that post will now be less ceremonial.
- Prosecuting Georgia’s former leader is proving difficult.
- Russia may be set to invade the Ukraine.
- Pressure on the British is growing to aid the US in Iraq. | Update: The British will join the effort in arming the Kurds.
- France may be arming the Kurds as well. And in a dramatic shift, Germany is looking at doing the same.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Update on Maliki: Thursday night he agreed to step down.
- Is Lebanon the next Islamic State?
- In Iraq, it’s Maliki vs. the world. | The US is striking at ISIS, and may be doing so for quite some time. | Haidar al-Abadi has been appointed to replace Maliki, who refused to steop down as of Tuesday.
- The US is arming Iraqi Kurds who are currently battling against ISIS fighters. | The Yazidis are fleeing from the mountain top they were so tragically cornered on.
- The Kurdish Peshmerga, famed fighters of the mountain, may be the only real force battling IS/ISIS. | Meet the female Peshmerga.
- The UN has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq. The US has eyed humanitarian intervention, but recent successes by US airstrikes and Kurdish fighters seemed to have limited the need for such actions as of Thursday.
- Hillary says failing to aid Syria led to the rise of ISIS.
- Iran suddenly supports Hamas.
- On Monday, Israelis and Palestinians returned to Cairo in Egypt to resume negotiations following a new 72-hour ceasefire. On Thursday a new five-day ceasefire began, despite a rocky start.
- Egyptian forces likely committed crimes against humanity.
- Livni and Lapid, usually the sanity of Bibi’s cabinet, should back the Palestinian unity government.
- Gazans: Rightfully furious with everyone.
- Queers in Jordan are facing an uphill battle.
- West Africans are filling churches as they pray for deliverance from Ebola. Meanwhile the US is cutting funding directed at helping the problem in Sierra Leone.
- In East Africa, tensions are growing.
- The appointment of the CAR’s first Muslim prime minister has been rejected by rebel groups.
- Ebola is affecting women more than men, from Nigeria to Liberia to Guinea.
- Antisemitism stirs in Latin America.
- Mexico is looking to Canada in an energy shift.
- Riots broke out after an African-American teenage boy was shot and killed in Missouri. | #IfTheyGunnedMeDown | Mike Brown has achieved a rare feat: A diploma. | Anonymous’ Day of Rage.
- The highway patrol has taken over the Ferguson situation — which seems to be a good choice.
- The St. Louis economic divide.
- A mass graveyard is being uncovered at a correctional school for juvenile boys.
- In the US, the GOP will likely take control of the Senate.
- The Castro brother left in Texas is becoming more and more involved in Texas.
- Gay marriage could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in the US.
- Australia may send troops to Iraq.
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