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- The anniversary of 9/11/2001 was this week. | Mic has a range of heartbreaking posts from Muslim-Americans, who have in many ways born the two-pronged weight of American racism and Islamophobia in the years following the attack. | What that day looked like (and felt like) for the only American not on Earth to experience it.
- Texas textbooks tout Christian heritage. Your blogger hails from Texas, is Jewish in faith and practice, has thoughts about this.
- Texas is also still trying to close all of its abortion clinics.
- Ray Rice has been let go from his team. All that really matters is that he’s a perpetrator of violence against women and that the woman who married him and has suffered his abuse is being held accountable by the masses, which speaks to victim blaming, as well as to the value society places on the lives of black women. | #WhyIStayed. | The NFL knew.
- A PBS documentary available now reveals the sacrifices made by Muslims to save the lives of Jews and others persecuted by Adolf Hitler during WWII.
- Islamic, yet integrated — The Economist argues that today’s Muslims outside of the Muslim World are better off in the United States than in Europe.
- Wendy Davis (this blog is a fan) has made national news by disclosing the stories of her own two abortions. ThinkProgress reminds us these are “good” abortions, and continue to highlight what we can and can’t talk about as a society.
- American adulthood is dead.
DC think tanks have apparently been less than up front about their funding and their stances. Oof.
Colleges that invest in poor and middle-class students. This blog is proud to have its roots in Smith College, a fine institution where your blogger received a great deal of financial assistance.
In the US, 1 in 5 women have been raped.
- Judith Butler, known philosopher of confusion, has given an interview discussing Israel and philosophy.
- Apple has unveiled its new line of iPhones, and apparently a financial system? On that note, PayPal has embraced Bitcoin.
- Etsy bans the team with the bad name that is really inappropriate.
- Humanitarianism is broken. Can it be fixed?
- Still standing in Pakistan: The protests and what’s next. | One month on, protesters grow weary.
Pakistan’s dueling military cultures.
- Quetta has another case of polio.
Nine people were initially killed after a mosque roof collapsed in Lahore following weeks of rain damage. The death toll has since risen.
Imran Khan’s weight may be lessening, and in other protest news, cleric Qadri’s supporters may have been paid to participate.
The Afghan girls who live as boys.
- Furthering Afghan-Indian relations, an Indian minister arrived in Kabul on Wednesday.
- The two Dalit teenage girls who were raped and presumably murdered in Uttar Pradesh have sparked an outcry, but one mother wishes her daughter (also a rape victim) had been killed as well.
- Residents of Jammu and Kashmir are angry over recent flooding negligence.
- AAP has accused the BJP of bribing its members to switch parties.
- “Love jihad” pamphlets written in Gujarati have been circulating discouraging Hindu women from associating with Muslim men.
- Social media is saving lives in the subcontinent.
Southeast, Central, & East Asia:
- Aung San Suu Kyi is calling for a moral revolution in Burma.
- Lessons from Cambodia following convictions of crimes against humanity.
- Chinese president Xi Jinping is set to visit India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Tajikistan.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Is Moldova next for Russia?
- Reporting from Donetsk, Ukraine.
- IS’ newest recruits: young, British women.
- Scotland and the United Kingdom may be about to see other people.
- Everyone should care about Scotland.
- Turkey struggles, caught between the Islamic State and a hard place. | US courts Turkey to fight ISIS.
- Erdogan is tightening control of the internet, undoing a compromise forged by his predecessor, Abdullah Gul.
- Amidst flood of refugees, Italy opens a back door.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Explaining the Arab uprisings — what the field’s surprise means for the field.
- BuzzFeed has a piece on a smuggler bringing fighters into Syria.
- The Weekly Wonk: Qatar just isn’t that evil.
- Al-Nusra Front has released 45 Fijian peacekeepers.
- Obama will fight IS using George Bush’s legal theories. | Obama’s coalition of the unwilling.
- The mouse that roared: Do Jordanian spies hold the keys against ISIS?
- Following a meeting of countries determined to fight ISIS, Syria, Iran, and Russia expressed concerns over the US’ desire to strike at militants and voiced the opinion that such a strike without a Security Council resolution would be in violation of international law. | Strange bedfellows.
- The Islamic State and the Politics of Official Narratives, via the Monkey Cage.
- Syria’s largest rebel group lost nearly all of its leadership in an unexplained explosion.
- A famed human rights activist has been arrested in Bahrain (her home country) while attempting to visit her ailing father in prison.
- Al Qaeda eyes India, ignores IS.
- Saudi Arabia will offer aid and training to fight IS.
- Israel‘s social justice agenda returns.
Famed MAUS creator Art Spiegelman has broken his silence on Israel’s policies, comparing the country to a battered child “with PTSD who has grown up to batter others.”
Israel’s Ethiopian Jews are losing touch with folklore and with their culture.
- Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza. The Israeli military has also opened an internal investigation.
- Palestinian peace may be done. | Hamas senior officials say the policy of not negotiating with Israel is not Sharia, and may open the doors to direct talks.
- Abbas says he has reached a deal to allow for construction material to enter Gaza.
Police have cracked down on an Israeli cult out to “save the Jewish People.”
Yemeni police fired on protesters as Houthi rebels marched towards the cabinet building in Sanaa on Tuesday.
Iran’s Rouhani has criticized the nation’s religious police for improperly enforcing the practice of sporting a hijab.
- Back to the trenches in Kenya.
- The tragedy of Ebola continues.
- Peacekeepers in Somalia are accused of utilizing their connections to rape and exploit women and girls.
- Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend in South Africa. Okay.
- The disabled community seems displeased with Pistorius’ excuses.
- 5000 people have died in the CAR in the past nine months–a country where Muslims are being mass-exterminated by Christians and ethnic and religious violence is bursting.
- In Brazil, a new political contender has emerged.
- A Mexican female journalist was badly beaten for penning critical stories.
- A virus has hospitalized hundreds of kids in the Midwest and Southern states of the US.
- The Feds threatened to fine Yahoo! an obscene amount of money for failing to comply with PRISM. You just keep winning, NSA.
- Taking a break from domestic policy, American leader Obama outlined his plan to “degrade and destroy” IS on Wednesday night.
- Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) is threatening to shut down the government again. This blog is Texan in origin and definitely not pro-Cruz.
- A new frontier for LGBTQ rights: The American South.
- ‘Zelda’, the Dear Abby of the NSA.
- Attempts at overturning Citizens United die, yet again.
- An Australian megachurch with a beat is luring a young flock of attendees.