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- The week began with the National Guard being called into Ferguson. | Economics and race in Ferguson. | Eric Holder to Ferguson. | The National Guard withdraws Friday.
- Governor Rick Perry has been indicted in the state of Texas.
- Start stocking up on Nutella.
- A memoir is not a status update.
- Interesting: David Plouffe and the politics of Uber.
- LIFE IN SPACE?!
- Celebrations are in order: Brittany Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged.
- What the evidence on intervention really tells us about Syria.
- The millennials are generation nice.
- Think tanks, Twitter, and interns.
- India and China have re-asserted a commitment to peace along the Line of Actual Control. Meanwhile, Pakistani troops have been violating a ceasefire along the Line of Control. India-Pakistan talks were canceled by India in retaliation.
- Two murderous sisters are expected to hang in what will be India’s first-ever execution of a woman.
- One Indian minister’s “one small incident of rape” comments have ignited a furor.
- The Congress Party has been denied Leader of the Opposition status.
- Several newlywed brides have left their husbands in one Indian state, vowing to return only when a toilet is built.
- Former cricket player and current politician Imran Khan has called for widespread civil disobedience in Pakistan. Meanwhile, his party, the PTI, has threatened to resign all of its seats in Parliament. An attempt at talks was quickly stalled by Khan, who also accused the US of meddling in the affairs of others following its renewal of support for Sharif’s government.
- 35 Afghan Sikhs were found stowed away in a shipping container in Britain.
- NYT reporter Matthew Rosenberg is being detained in Afghanistan following the publication of an article speaking to the potential formation of an interim government. He has reportedly been given 24 hours to leave the country, essentially expelling him.
- The Bergdahl-Taliban swap was apparently illegal.
Southeast & East Asia:
- North Korea is testing weapons; South Korea unhappy.
- Thailand’s interim prime minister has been appointed.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Britain will not send ground forces to Iraq, but it will supply the Kurds with arms to battle ISIS.
- The Ukrainian army is advancing into pro-Russian strongholds.
- Iceland may explode.
- Spying may be everywhere…it appears the Germans have been spying on Turkey.
- Erdogan’s reign may be less than lawful.
Middle East & North Africa:
- On Monday, Kurdish forces (backed by US air strikes) moved to retake the Mosul dam from ISIS. By the afternoon, they were successful.
- IS/ISIS has executed 700 people from one Syrian tribe.
- ISIS has also claimed the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who went missing while covering Syria in 2012. The group had reportedly asked the US for a ransom prior to the killing.
- Yemen’s AQAP has issued a statement of support for ISIS.
- The week began with Israeli and Palestinian forces negotiating extending a ceasefire in Egypt. Tuesday saw a 24-hour ceasefire extension. However by Wednesday the ceasefire had expired and Hamas launched several rockets, to which Israel retaliated. Hamas later accused Israel of killing the wife and son of a Hamas military leader. On Thursday three senior military Hamas commanders were killed.
- Hamas has executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel.
- One Jewish-Muslim couple are finding their wedding celebrations the target of right-wing extremists.
- The suspect in the murder of a Palestinian teenager reportedly hunted the teen and had the intent of “killing an Arab”.
- In Cairo: The massacre, one year later.
- Unidentified war planes over Tripoli have Libyans worried.
- Iran’s progressive Science Minister has been sacked in a blow to Iranian leader Rouhani.
- Ebola is poised to wreak havoc in Liberia. | The country’s worst slum has overrun its borders and has unleashed many carrying the disease into other areas.
- The two Americans with Ebola have been cured.
- For one Honduran mom, deportation means the vanishing of a child.
- Venezuela’s government sponsored antisemitism?
- Virginia’s same-sex marriage ruling has been put on hold.
- The politics and policy of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
- Australia is defending its policy of detaining refugee children.
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