Erev Yom Kippur approaches, for all of the observing Jewish followers of this blog. An easy fast to all of you. And a wonderful Eid next week to all observing as well!
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- Y’all we’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970, that is not okay. | This is terrifying: 35,000 walruses are all on an Alaskan shore because they can’t find ice.
- Hillary and Bill Clinton’s grandchild was born this past weekend and it was covered horribly by the nation’s ever-worthless press corps.
- Districters: If you missed it, Joshua Bell once again graced our metro.
- 1/3 of the world’s population of female prisoners have one thing in common: They’re all locked up in the US.
- The economic case for paternity leave.
- An armed intruder got surprisingly far into the White House. And the head of the Secret Service got ripped to shreds by Congress. She resigned Wednesday.
- Beware of joy.
- Americans, prepare yourselves: The country may finally have some indigenous cuisine to enjoy, in addition to every Americanized import ever.
- Pluto might be a planet again.
- If you heard of Ello, an emerging social media platform, you likely heard of the LGBTQ community’s movement against Facebook due to its “real name” policy. The latter has apologized.
- The Monkey Cage: Educating those who will overthrow you.
- The true cost of being LGBTQ in America.
- The human genome is in a war with itself.
- Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan’s leader, with only mild diva antics from his #2 Abdullah.
- Karzai’s last address.
- The BSA has been signed.
- David Cameron became the first leader to meet with Ghani.
- Being queer was not always a crime in Pakistan.
- Protecting Pakistan’s minorities.
- The lines between the military and militants are blurred.
- Solving Pakistan’s blasphemy problem.
- Sharif has called on religious scholars to combat terrorism.
- Shattering polio record — a distinction you probably don’t want.
- Online abuse towards women in Pakistan turns into real life violence.
- A rockstar welcome for Modi in the US, despite protests. The Indian leader spent his week being wined and dined by American leaders.
- India and the US will work to combat global warming.
- Modi’s social media “Clean India” campaign.
- One Indian singer thinks women shouldn’t wear jeans.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Demonstrations in Hong Kong have been met with tear gas and beatings. | Best protest ever: The Umbrella Revolution.
- What it’s like to be in Hong Kong right now.
- China’s border stand off with India has ended.
- Kim Jong Un is missing in North Korea somewhere…
Europe & Eurasia:
- Germany’s Jewish problem.
- Goodbye college tuition!
- The Muslim effect on immigrant integration in France.
- The scattering of the Ukraine’s Jews.
- Eastern Ukraine is warzone as pro-Russian rebels wage war.
- Britain has carried out its first airstrikes against Daesh/ISIS.
- Denmark will send fighter jets to Iraq.
- Turkey might theoretically maybe join strikes against Daesh but like we’re not sure.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The complexity of the Middle East.
- Homeward Bound: The foreign fighters who return home.
- Daesh/ISIS/Da’ash/IS is paying fighters with sex slaves. Stay classy, you bloodthirsty evil fiends.
- This op-ed calls for an Israel equal for all, Jewish or not. Or, put less grandly, the secularization of Israel, despite the presence of Christian and Islamic nations all over the world.
- Israelis rethink life along the Gaza border.
- The US has scolded Israel re settlements.
- The curious case of the Khorasan group.
- Little Lebanon is fighting back against the terrorists at its borders.
- Rouhani talks ISIS, Iran, and young Muslims.
- The execution of a rape victim has been postponed.
- Bibi thinks a nuclear Iran is more dangerous than terrorists.
- Yet another human rights activist has been arrested in Bahrain.
- Civilians are being killed in US airstrikes in Syria.
- Daesh (ISIS) has released a third video of British journalist John Cantlie. | These winners have beheaded seven men and three women in a Kurdish area.
- In the new Libya, it’s stay silent or die. And two teenage activists have paid the price.
- The Kurdish town of Kobani is under siege.
- The Houthis and a history of conflict in Yemen.
- The destruction of Mecca.
- In the Congo, trapped in violence and forgotten.
- Has Nigeria contained Ebola?
- Don’t worry, Boko Haram’s lead charmer is alive, well, and flipping off the West.
- Reporting on Ebola: The golden rule is don’t touch anyone.
- How HIV spread.
- Venezuela set to play a bigger role at the UN.
- American tv is getting gayer.
- In California, yes means yes. And plastic bags are no more.
- The US has its first Ebola patient, who is of course in Texas. The situation was nearly completely bungled. The man may also have had contact with up to 100 people.
- Dallas-area Africans are experiencing discrimination following the reveal.
- An appeals court decision will close all but seven abortion clinics in Texas. For reference, Texas is bigger than France, and its population include many women who need access to women’s health clinics.
- Cali is also set to give undocumented immigrant children $3 million in free legal fees.
- A record five black women are running for Congress in Georgia.
- Abortion: A now pro-choice Hasidic Jew weighs in.
- A haunting photo essay reveals the toll of sexual assault in the military.
- Alabama, the state where fetuses deserve lawyers but teenagers aren’t capable of making their own decisions.
- An Afghan-Australian citizen was murdered by the Taliban while visiting his home country, reportedly because of his dual citizenship.
- Australia will join the fight against Daesh/ISIS.