Next Monday will be Columbus Day in the U.S. One city has taken the step of renaming the holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
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- Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She and , Kailash Satyarthi an Indian children’s rights activist, are sharing the award. The committee made a point of noting the significance of an Indian and a Pakistani (and a Hindu and a Muslim) sharing the honor, stressing the importance of peace and unity in the struggle for global education. The inclusion of two sexes and vastly different ages was stressed as well. Pakistani PM Sharif has called Malala the “pride of Pakistan,” and celebrations are ongoing in her home of Swat, KP, Pakistan.
- Monday morning the SCOTUS announced it would not review several same-sex marriage cases, opening the door for same-sex national recognition.
- The White House’s report on millennials.
- J-Law don’t got time for your sh**.
- The agony of waiting for your son’s beheading. | The Kurdish women fighting Daesh/ISIS are some of the coolest people you will ever meet.
- Twitter is suing the US government.
- How the world feels about homosexuality.
- Americans don’t trust experts anymore.
- In the US, more queer people can get married. They can also still be fired.
- White men are for the most part all wrong about Islamophobia. | Fareed Zakaria: Islam has a problem.
- Millennials are the best-educated generation in history.
- Does relentless enthusiasm actually change the world?
- NYT discovers hashtags.
- On Saturday the Pakistani Taliban aligned itself with Daesh/ISIS in a statement it released praising the group’s efforts. However by Sunday the group renewed its loyalty to the leader of the Afghan Taliban, maintaining that any support for the former organization was rooted in shared ideology rather than allegiance.
- Splits in the Pakistani Taliban.
- Pakistani insurgents are stepping up attacks inside Iran.
- Attacks on polio workers continue. The disease is now a national health emergency.
- Ethical and methodological issues in assessing drones’ civilian impacts.
- Sharif has become the first PM to visit North Waziristan.
- A suicide bombing killed several people in Pakistan’s volatile southwest earlier this week.
- Afghanistan’s new leader Ghani is making friends already: He has invited banned NYT reporter Matthew Rosenberg back to the country.
- Five men have been hung for a gang rape.
- Afghanistan’s new first lady.
- Civilian casualties occurred on both sides of the LoC (Line of Control) after Indian and Pakistani troops opened fire. (Kashmir’s leadership is testy with Pakistan.) Ban-Ki Moon just wants everyone to get along.
- Congress Party leader Tharoor has been asked to tone down his love for Modi.
- Sprinter Dutee Chand is fighting a ban over her naturally high testosterone levels.
Southeast & East Asia:
- In Hong Kong, protesters are divided. | By Friday, the government had backed out of talks and students had vowed renewed protests.
- North Korea all up in South Korea?
- Kim Jong Un may not be in control of North Korea any more…
- For Burma’s Rohingya, it may be a choice between identity and citizenship.
- In Malaysia, a surge of sedition requests.
Europe & Eurasia:
- In Britain, the integration of Muslims’ real problem lies in alienation.
- ISIS crisis in Turkey. | The PKK or Daesh? | Turkey wants a buffer zone.
- Turks are enraged regarding the inaction occurring on their border.
- A Spanish nurse became the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa.
- Estonia has approved same-sex partnerships.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Kurdish forces are fighting tooth and nail to repel militant advances on the Syrian town of Kobani. | A Kurdish female suicide bomber killed an unknown number of militants over the weekend. | As of Tuesday the town looked ready to fall. However, by Wednesday, following pleas from Turkish leader Erdogan, attacks from the US and the Kurdish Peshmerga had been stepped up significantly.
- The women of Kobani are presented in a photo essay — many have fled, forced to leave their families.
- Scenes from daily life in Daesh’s de facto capital.
- Surprise surprise, Syria failed to disclose all of its chemical weapons.
- Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?
- Also ready to fall: Anbar Province in struggling Iraq.
- Iran has released one journalist, but is keeping her husband, an American citizen, behind bars.
- Sweden will recognize the state of Palestine. | Israel has summoned the Swedish ambassador. Oof.
- Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack on Israel.
- Joe Biden has apologized to both Turkey and the UAE for indicating they are bankrolling extremists.
- Following the tragic murder of Alan Henning, Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig is likely the next in line, and his parents have released a letter he wrote while in captivity.
- Libya’s parliament has moved to a small port city as dangers in Tripoli increase.
- A deadly blast in Sanaa is stoking tensions between Houthi rebels and their foes in Yemen.
- African Union and Somali forces have taken back an al Shabab stronghold.
- Life and death in a Liberian Ebola clinic.
- The realest Ebola image you will ever see.
- Violence is growing in the Central African Republic.
- Canada has joined the fight against Daesh/ISIS.
- A mass grave has been discovered near the Mexican town where 43 students went missing following protests.
- Fear and false promises: One Guatemalan girl was manipulated by smugglers and now faces deportation.
- Brazil’s Rousseff is front-runner, but is headed into a run-off.
- Update: He passed away Wednesday. Outdated: Backstory on the man fighting for his life in a Texas hospital following an unfortunate encounter with Ebola. He regrets having exposed his family, including the ‘love of his life’.
- Several American airports will screen passengers for Ebola.
- Lab-grown penises?
- More and more cities are refusing to deport immigrants.
- Apparently White House aides knew a little bit about that whole prostitution scandal…
- More race-based police brutality in Missouri.
- One man’s beard and the SCOTUS.
- In Texas, women are losing their rights every day. | Texas’ and Wisconsin’s voter ID laws have been stayed by the SCOTUS.
- An Australian man beat a Muslim woman and her daughter in a presumed hate crime earlier this week.