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- Do not execute those we tortured.
- One man live-tweeted the US airstrikes against Daesh on Monday. | The group publicly executed a female human rights lawyer in Mosul.
- In a tragic loss for civil rights, Eric Holder is resigning as Attorney General of the US. | Opinion: Holder was the black leader Obama could never be.
- The children of immigrants in the US have their moment. | How This Is Where I Leave You helps and hurts the Jewish community.
- Emma Watson has grown up, is an impressive human.
- In the US, abortion’s racial gap is wide.
- Who Killed Adulthood? A response to the A.O. Scott piece. Both are fascinating, this blog endorses the response over the original.
- How not to handle a new voice in TV — addressing the Shonda Rhimes incident.
- Interesting — Women and the rule of law: A view from the Americas.
- Taking a call for climate change to the streets.
- Daesh may not be the scariest terrorists.
- The Secret Service got BUSTED this weekend.
- World leaders are gathering at the UN as the specters of Daesh and Ebola look on.
- Men are bad at remembering things.
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg reigns supreme.
- People are afraid of happiness.
- As the world discusses climate change, the elephant in the room is ignored: There is a prominent global wealth divide. | The US seems very willing to emphasize climate change and press developing nations on carbon emissions, very unwilling to provide funding or actual leadership on issue.
- Ban-Ki Moon wants the world’s wealthiest nations to commit to aiding the world’s poorest with climate change. Surprise surprise: They won’t. (Hang your head in shame, USA.)
- A terrifying 37% of Americans think the free press is overrated.
- The problem with masculine institutions.
- THE RESULTS ARE IN. Ashraf Ghani is Afghanistan‘s new leader, and he and Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing agreement.
- The Taliban are super cheery about it.
- Abdullah congratulates Ghani.
- Karzai takes a parting shot at Pakistan, the US.
- The Taliban has retaken a portion of a Ghazni province district.
- The BSA will be signed next week.
- Ghani is set to name women to the Supreme Court. | He will also seek better relations with Pakistan.
- Starting a new life in Pakistan‘s Azad Nagar.
- The UN has condemned arbitrary drone killings by the US in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- Haunting portraits of drone victims in Pakistan.
- The ISI has a new chief.
- Imran Khan is moving his protest movement to Karachi and Lahore.
- The son of the late Benazir Bhutto would like everyone to know that he personally is going to reclaim Jammu & Kashmir for Pakistan from India.
- India has its first transgender news anchor.
- An Indian satellite has entered Mars’ orbit.
- “Make in India.”
- Modi’s a busy man at the UN general assembly and will be meeting with leaders from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. But not Pakistan…
- When Modi sets foot in the US, a New York court wants to see him.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Another round of peace talks has been kicked off in Burma.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Catalans were very invested in Scotland‘s vote for independence.
- Britain will join France and the US in their airstrikes against Daesh.
- Turkey‘s hostages in Mosul, Iraq have been freed. Everyone is wondering why. | Chances are, there was a prisoner swap.
- Turkey’s Family Ministry is shaming singles in a new ad.
- The PKK returns?
- Syrians are fleeing into Turkey as strikes begin.
- A Russian peace march drew tens of thousands in support of the Ukraine.
- Hungary has suspended gas supplies to the Ukraine.
- One group of religious Jews has a new trend: a pilgrimage to the Ukraine on Rosh Hashanah.
- Pope Francis has a message for the world on religion and violence.
- Europe’s antisemitism comes out of the shadows.
- What’s it like to be HIV+ in the UK today?
Middle East & North Africa:
- The Arab war on terror.
- International law and strikes inside Syria.
- Meet the UAE’s first female fighter pilot. Fox News was stunningly sexist regarding her impressive presence, referring to her as “boobs on the ground.”
- Conceptualizing Islamic violence.
- Iraq‘s besieged minorities want weapons and training.
- More than 3,000 Gazan children were injured during the territory’s war with Israel.
- Hundreds of Palestinians drowned after attempting to escape Gaza and flee as refugees.
- The tragic saga of Israel and Gaza’s summer war has closed one chapter: Two of the men responsible for murdering three Jewish teenagers have been killed by Israeli forces.
- The Israeli military says that it shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered its airspace.
- Before Hamas and Israel make up, Fatah and Hamas have to make up. | The two factions say they have agreed to allow a unity government to rule Gaza.
- As of Monday, Houthi leaders had signed a peace agreement in Yemen.
- Syrian Kurds held strong against Daesh (Islamic State) over the weekend.
- Syrians want intervention. Just maybe not in the form of airstrikes. | But airstrikes they have already had.
- They also targeted the Khorasan group.
- Is there a place for Iran at the anti-Daesh table?
- Iranians can say goodbye to Whatsapp, Viber, and Tango.
- Rouhani at the UN: Western and Arab nations to blame for rise in extremism.
- A French tourist was kidnapped and beheaded by militants in Algeria.
- FP dramatically asks: Is Ebola the beginning of the end of the world?
- Can Mozambique dodge the resource curse?
- A day in Timbuktu, Mali.
- Sierra Leone concluded its 3-day lockdown of the nation, declaring it a success.
- Perceptions of IDPs regarding security in South Sudan range.
- The ICC will probe war crimes in the CAR.
- The tragic demise of Venezuela‘s health care system.
- The racial divide in America‘s gun deaths is stark.
- Addressing the UN, Obama says, “We welcome the scrutiny of the world.”
- The FBI has identified the militant who murdered two American journalists and a British aid worker.
- A Louisianan judge has ruled the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
- Southern states are the epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the US.
- In a landmark settlement the US is set to pay millions upon millions of dollars to the Navajo Nation.
- ESPN and the NFL: What the suspension of Bill Simmons says about sports, journalism, and corporations.
- An Australian mufti has rejected the Daesh fatwa.