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- American airstrikes and the universal language of force. | America needs a Council of International Strategy.
- The Vatican is rethinking gays and divorce.
- Problematic in its wording, interesting in its concept: When women become men at Wellesley. (Your blogger is brought to you via Smith College.)
- A Southerner explains why we shouldn’t bash the South. (Disclaimer: Your blogger is a proud Southerner, despite liberal inclinations.)
- These two scientists have made a massive breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research.
- The Pentagon thinks climate change is an immediate security threat.
- A letter from Dr. Salam to Malala Yousafzai. | The Nobel needs Malala more than Malala needs the Nobel.
- Both dating and finance have been screwed by the internet.
- Self-harm and the brain.
- The world is let down by recent elections (long read).
- Who has the right to tell the stories of marginalized Americans?
- Why groups like Daesh/ISIS spend so much money and time on things like health care and education.
- How economic empowerment fights terrorism.
- Debating G-d: Notes on an unanswered question.
- Millennials are shunning cars.
- HBO streaming?
- The Afghan army retook Sangin over the weekend.
- 37 people have died fighting at Sar-i-Pul in a clash with the Taliban.
- Two Haqqani leaders have reportedly been captured.
- The underground girls of Kabul.
- Drone strikes killed several members of the Pakistani Taliban and AQIS over the weekend.
- How Pakistan fails its children.
- From a good friend of this blog and Al Jazeera staff member: Pakistan’s quiet gender revolution.
- The Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence for a Christian woman and mother of five convicted of blasphemy following an argument with her Muslim neighbor.
- Lahore had the country’s first dengue fever death this year.
- Pakistan has called for international drone norms.
- NATO entered Pakistani airspace the week. Womp womp.
- Peshawar is set to be the new home of a journalism institute.
- How one beautiful mountain pass in Nepal became a graveyard.
- Indian Muslims are busy preserving a synagogue in Kolkata.
- A Congress Party spokesman has been dropped over his praise of Modi.
- India is set to build a highway along the Indo-Chinese border, which will be one of the most impressive projects of its kind undertaken.
- Daesh/ISIS flags in Kashmir are becoming a point of concern.
Southeast & East Asia:
- China’s creepiest cult.
- Hong Kong’s protesters were pushing on Monday morning.
- North Korea‘s fearless leader lives! …with a cane.
- A South Korean artist in Japan hopes to help a new generation embrace peace.
- Following the murder of a transgender individual at the hands of a US marine, Filipinos are seeing a divide in views on the US, especially as ties between the two countries expand to combat the rise of China.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Austerity has failed and the French and the Germans are balking.
- American troops are set to use Turkish bases to attack Daeshisis (err, Daesh/ISIS.)
- Turkey has bombed the PKK, a shift in recent efforts at peace. Unrest in Turkey seems set to explode.
- The British parliament has voted to recognize Palestine symbolically.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Islamists and their charities.
- The secret casualties of Saddam Hussein’s leftover chemical weapons.
- The disturbing ways in which Daesh/ISIS justify the rape and enslavement of women.
- Anbar is close to falling.
- Iraqi poets and activists are en route to Baghdad to spread peace.
- Some 15,000 people commute daily from militant-held Iraq into Kurdish-held Iraq.
- Iraq’s Assyrian Christians feel their ethnic identity is being erased. | Iraqi women are being targeted for execution by Daesh.
- As of Monday, the Kurdish Peshmerga were holding down Kobani in Syria, with no thanks to Turkey.
- The US is being taken to task over civilian deaths in Syria.
- At least 67 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Yemen.
- Iranians & Israelis could both live with a “bad” nuclear deal.
- The Dark Knight Rises: Iran’s spymaster comes out of the shadows.
- Israel’s budget favors defense over poverty.
- New laws limit organ donation and transplantation in Iran.
- An interview with Tunisia’s only female candidate for president.
- Algerian police officers are marching in solidarity with workers who find themselves in violent working conditions.
- In Libya, a battle against Islamist militants is underway.
- A deadly car bomb killed at least 7 in Somalia; the attack is believed to be the work of al Shabab.
- Obama may be set to name an “Ebola czar” to tackle the disease pillaging West Africa.
- In a country where under 20 ambulances service 4 million people, one Liberian is working wonders.
- Evo Morales has won a third presidential term in Bolivia.
- Anger and pain grow in Mexico over 43 missing students. | The 28 bodies found near the town where the students went missing do not belong to the group.
- Venezuela’s latest defeats in the war on crime.
- The next president of Brazil must prioritize economic reform.
- When it comes to the minimum wage, Canada is showing the U.S. up.
- A nurse who treated the first man to die of Ebola in the U.S. is now sick with the disease. She remains upbeat and in improving condition.
- A second worker was diagnosed Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.
- Family planning saves taxpayers billions of dollars a year. | The SCOTUS has allowed Texas abortion clinics to remain open while appeals are heard.
- An ACLU lawyer is Obama’s pick to head the DOJ’s civil rights division, and she is all kinds of terrific.
- Australian PM Abbott is backing away from his Putin “shirtfront” threat.