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- Peter Theo Curtis has been freed by an Al Qaeda affiliate after 2 years in captivity.
- Muslims condemn IS. | Let’s keep ISIS in perspective (i.e. using Christian biblical imagery strays from the truth: barbarism in the name of establishing, quite simply, a state.)
- These Israeli and Palestinian children would rather sing than fight.
- Three quarters of Caucasian Americans don’t have any non-white friends.
- Orange Is The New Black was robbed at the Emmys.
- Obama says the US has no strategy with IS, which is less than comforting.
- Burger King moves to Canada?
- Hollering back to this blog’s roots, a piece on racial (& assorted identity) inclusion in the queer movement via NAF’s Editorial team.
- Transitional justice: Avoiding the next Ferguson. | HRC finally speaks on Ferguson.
- News media (and foreign policy) is/are eclipsed by male voices. We should change that.
- All hail Beyonce.
- IMF chief Lagarde is under investigation in France.
- When journalists go missing.
- Imran Khan is continuing to rail against Pakistani PM Sharif. Cleric Qadri promised as of Tuesday that he was “prepared to die” if Sharif did not resign, and his supporters were seen building a burial shroud, either for himself or for the government. FP: Pakistan on the brink? | All leaders have asked the military to step in.
- Khyber’s most wanted.
- Pakistan’s new polio drive aims to vaccinate upwards of 700,000 children in the country’s tribal belt.
- Pakistan’s Taliban has announced its second major split in three months.
- Pakistani-Indian ties are souring as fire increases across the LoC. The UN has asked for peaceful dialogue between the two nations.
- The ultra-Orthodox Jewish Chabad house destroyed by militants in the 2008 Mumbai attacks has re-opened.
- India’s wettest state, Kerala, is planning to go dry. Bye bye booze.
- One of four Indian boys believed to have joined IS/ISIS has been killed.
- Update on the below: The election audit will take two more weeks.
- In Afghanistan, the successor to Hamid Karzai will be sworn in on September 2nd. However on Tuesday, Abdullah Abdullah once again threatened to withdraw from the ongoing vote audit, a threat which he made good as of Wednesday. Ghani then withdrew as well after being asked by UN officials in order to give neither candidate a perceived advantage.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Vietnam is opening up new means of communication with India.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Britain is close to identifying the killer of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by the Islamic State (IS).
- Over the weekend, Russia arrived in the Ukraine. | It’s essentially an invasion.
- Sochi is now a ghost town.
- Iceland’s volcanic issues are ongoing.
- France’s Hollande dissolved the country’s Socialist government amidst a feud over austerity measures. A new one was formed following the decision.
- France is prepared to call up NATO to fight IS/ISIS — however, it will not work with Syrian leader Assad.
- Turkey’s moment of opportunity in Iraq.
Middle East & North Africa:
- ISIS and the new Middle Eastern Cold War. | Is the world ready to take on the Islamic State, together? | The IS is holding an American woman (an aid worker) hostage.
- IS has executed dozens of Syrian soldiers following the capture of an airbase. (See below.) | IS has also waterboarded hostages.
- 43 peacekeepers have been kidnapped from the Golan Heights by militants.
- Found: An ISIS laptop.
- The world’s most wanted woman: Meet Lady Al Qaeda, a Pakistani woman being kept in a women’s prison in Texas, and the woman most wanted by Al Qaeda, Pakistan, IS, and basically everyone.
- IS has captured a major Syrian airbase in the country’s northern region.
- An American citizen fighting for IS/ISIS was killed this week.
- Obama has approved air surveillance of IS in Syria. | The Syrian government and IS have both been accused of crimes against humanity.
- Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claims to have shot down an Israeli drone, although no evidence has been provided.
- Iran and Saudi Arabia have met for “positive” talks.
- Iraq’s Yazidis may never trust their Arab neighbors again.
- Israel is warning Gaza’s residents to evacuate. Update: A ceasefire was brokered by Egypt on Tuesday. (Israelis believe there was no clear winner.)
- Egypt’s Muslim authority has no time for IS.
- Arab nations surprise-attack in Libya.
- Houthi rebels put forth new proposals in Yemen after yet another break down in negotiations.
- The Congo has become the fifth African country to be hit with a different strain of Ebola.
- Othering, Ebola, and the history of pointing the finger at immgirants. | Ebola has gripped Liberia.
- Several rebel groups in Mali have agreed to end hostilities and meet with the government.
- A rebel group in South Sudan has rejected a power-sharing deal.
- Rebel infighting in the CAR has killed 17 people.
- Several prisoners were beheaded in a Brazilian jail riot.
- A well-respected Peruvian editor and journalist has died.
- The US will consider spousal abuse in deciding asylum.
- A Texan federal prosecutor could become the first Latina to lead ICE.
- A 9 year-old accidentally killed a gun instructor with an Uzi.
- Australian PM Abbott has expressed a willingness to join US airstrikes in Iraq against IS.
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