Update on wording: This blog is still struggling to locate an acronym appropriate for the group referring to itself as the Islamic State and referred to by various governments as ISIS, ISIL, QSIS, and etc. The French government has recently made the move towards referring to the group as Daesh. Though all acronyms are utilized in the below depending on article referenced, it is likely that this blog will opt to use the most offensive title possible for the group, as this blog is very opposed to its existence.
- “Our” non-ally in Ankara: Monday began with the news that Turkey would be playing far less of a role in the fight against ISIS than they frankly should be.
- Daesh/IS/ISIS released an unusual hostage video this week.
- Terrorist PR: Al Qaeda denies it’s in decline, admits mistakes from its member branches.
- Hillary the populist.
- Alison Bechdel, who has already changed the way we think about film, has been awarded a “genius” grant. Another goes to a woman who has proven just how intertwined race and criminal justice are in America.
- How are citizens made?
- DC unlikely to become a state.
- A proposal in the US House would require think tanks to disclose foreign funding.
- A transgender model recounts her struggles.
- The average prisoner in America is visited only twice while incarcerated.
- There are more single adults in the US than married ones.
- Ultra-Orthodox Jews may be having better sex than you.
- From IS to Ukrainian separatists, the politics of rage.
- There was a Cold War plan to nuke the moon…
- James Foley’s family received little to no help from the US government.
- The case against tipping.
- Joe Biden puts his foot in his mouth. Multiple times.
- The LAPD confused a black actress for a prostitute when they spotted her kissing her white husband. Welcome to interracial relationships. This blog is unamused by the LAPD.
- Last Friday, Taliban attackers responsible for the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai were arrested in Pakistan.
- AQIS claims its first attack.
- 13 cases of polio surfaced in KP in one day.
- Prime Minister Sharif is set to name a new ISI chief.
- Inspired by Scotland, Kashmiris want a vote on independence.
- In Swat, children are growing up militarized and traumatized.
- Sharif acquitted of money laundering accusations, PTI’s Imran Khan perhaps in less of a happy place.
- Amnesty International is attempting to stop Pakistan’s first civilian execution in years. As of Thursday morning the execution had been postponed.
- Sharif may be preparing to clear the streets in Islamabad.
- The Punjabi Taliban are reportedly ceasing attacks in Pakistan to focus on Afghanistan. The Pakistani envoy has been summoned regarding the matter.
- An attack on NATO troops in Kabul has left several dead.
- A female student and former journalist has been stabbed to death.
- As of Tuesday, progress was being made in talks regarding the presidential election. By Thursday morning talks had broken down again, with Hamid Karzai calling for increased American mediation to resolve the dispute. Friday morning has good tidings: the candidates say a great deal of progress has been made.
- In India, the issue of widows over-crowding on holy city is being raised and debated.
- In a surprising mood for notoriously Islamophobic Modi, the leader of a country containing the world’s third-largest Muslim’s population said in an interview that Indian Muslims would not be lured by AQIS, and that they would live and die for India.
- Hopes for Modi-Sharif talks are receding following some less than choice statements from a Pakistani official.
Southeast & East Asia:
- North Korea has sentenced another American to prison time.
- Japan and North Korea talk abductees; other Japanese women forgotten.
- China and India, two of the world’s largest and fastest-growing powers, are doing a special kind of dance.
- China’s Alibaba reigns supreme.
- After feeling to India, Burma’s Rohingya are in limbo.
- Accountability in Cambodia.
Europe & Eurasia:
- The latest victim of ISIS’ mania is British father and aid worker David Cawthorne Haines, who was beheaded at an undisclosed earlier time by the terrorist group. Rest in peace.
- The world’s biggest group of motherf****** are now threatening to murder Alan Henning, an aid worker who came with Muslim friends to Syria to aid refugees and those most in need of help. He is a taxi cab driver from Britain and the father of two.
- The murder of Haines and the fate of Henning may be the rallying cry Britain needs. | The UK’s Muslims are for the most part united in their condemnation of ISIS.
- Historical amnesia in Eastern Europe.
- Arabs: Turkey’s new minority.
- Update: Scotland remains British. Earlier this week: Everyone still freaking out about Scotland. | Britain and Scotland may be headed for one messy divorce. | Fun bonus read: Surprising facts about Jews in Scotland. | One Brit is very very upset about Scotland.
- This blog would likely have gone with No but has strong sympathy for Scottish nationalists.
- France is ready for serious business re ISIS.
- German Muslims are inviting people of all faiths to a day of prayer against ISIS.
- A former Auschwitz guard has been charged with accessory to 300,000 murders.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Monday news on the coalition against ISIS: Turkey ambiguous, Iran out. Russia is also on the fence, leaving Obama to lean on Arab nations who are interested in preserving their own rule in the region.
- A mole inside Assad’s regime.
- Wednesday evening, the House voted to allow Obama to arm Syrian rebels. The Senate joined soon after, and then Congress SPED off to campaign. How very DC.
- Continuing to debate ISIS’ name.
- Rape: IS has found a weapon of mass destruction.
- A group of Israeli military reservists are protesting the treatment of Palestinians, to the dismay of their government.
- In the fight against ISIS, unshockingly Israel wants in. And they’re passing intel to the US.
- In Syria, sometimes it’s a question of whoever saves a life.
- Moving to protect journalists, AFP will no longer accept freelance work from within Syria.
- In less than 24 hours, Daesh has devastated a Syrian Kurdish town. Turkish Kurds are being called upon to defend neighboring cities in the region.
- Houthi fighters have advanced into Yemen’s capital.
- Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola. The country will shut down for three days to slow the spread of the disease.
- The US will commit up to 3,000 troops to fight Ebola in Western Africa.
- In the remote forests of Guinea, several journalists and aid workers were brutally murdered by suspicious locals.
- Five UN peacekeepers were killed by a roadside bomb in Mali.
- In Brazil, Marina Silva is anything but an ordinary candidate for president. A populist who has raised herself from extreme poverty and a woman of mixed race who identifies as black, she would be the first of her kind should be elected.
- Two Afghan nationals have gone missing in Washington DC after arriving for a training program.
- The states with the highest rates of teenage pregnancy all have something in common.
- Both Americans and DC are tired of each other.
- Divorcing itself from Russia, the US is building up NASA again — and SpaceX and Boeing are both involved.
- American Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca/Mekah known as the Hajj have asked Sec. of State John Kerry for protection as attacks on Americans in the Middle East continue to build under ISIS’ reign.
- Across America: Disparities in household income by race.
- Massive anti-terror raids are being carried out in Australia, following reports that ISIS may be planning attacks.
- The country shut down the largest terrorism plot in its history.