Happy Diwali to everyone observing!
- Dear White People looks excellent.
- The end of Canada’s innocence. | Meet Kevin Vickers, a stand-up guy. (This blog has much love for Canada, Canadians, and Canadian media.)
- The greatest threat to the world depends on where you live.
- The origins of sex are…fishy.
- Child labor is a global tragedy.
- By December 12 the US must explain why it withheld over a thousand photographs depicting torture in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- DC love: Eleanor Holmes Norton is the most productive Democrat in the House.
- Meet the man with the golden blood.
- A tattoo artist and a therapist.
- Legendary WaPo editor Ben Bradlee has passed away. (His words on deceit and dishonesty.)
- The golden age of flavor.
- Millennials are actually good at saving money.
- A brief history of the world’s most controversial anti-Semitic (or Zionist propaganda-fueled) opera, now opening in NYC.
- Uber and Lyft or cabs? Or. Racial profiling or labor rights?
- Must we forget our Confederate ancestors?
- SAARC prepares its summit.
- Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is hoping to revive the Pakistan People’s Party.
- Polio workers in Pakistan’s KP province are refusing to work, citing a lack of payment.
- The Pakistani government has suspended ARY News’ license.
- The Pakistani Taliban have fired their spokesman.
- The government of Sindh will be endorsing the celebration of Diwali, a Hindu festival.
- Gunmen have killed 8 members of the Hazara minority in Quetta. | Hazaras: The fault is in their faces.
- Genetically modified seeds are coming back to haunt agriculturists.
- Girls at the gas station.
- A PPP head has been summoned on blasphemy charges.
- Iran and Pakistan are not playing nice.
- Ghani is looking to connect Afghanistan to European markets through Uzbekistan.
- In the north, the Taliban are advancing.
- Ghani and Abdullah have both been invited to the White House next year.
- Deadly alliances against Muslims: In Burma and Sri Lanka, Buddhism has a dark side.
- Why India’s Muslims haven’t radicalized.
- Indian airports are on red alert following terror threats.
- A girl under the age of four was reportedly assaulted by a school worker at a nursery in Bangalore.
- Modi will spend Diwali, a Hindu festival, in Jammu & Kashmir, an act separatists have called “cultural aggression.” The disputed territory is majority Muslim.
Southeast & East Asia:
- China’s crackdown is slowing the flow of Tibetan refugees into India.
- Hong Kong is taking time out to debate political shutdown.
- In Indonesia, Joko Widodo has come to power.
- The CPJ has a fresh set of concerns re Burma.
- A dog-petting event in Malaysia has ruffled a few feathers.
- In Fukushima, Japan, an air of resignation has settled.
Europe & Eurasia:
- On Monday Turkey announced that it would facilitate the crossing of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers to aid in defending Kurdish Syria. | The militants are making inroads in Turkey.
- In Denmark, a new approach to militants: Rolling out the welcome mat.
- Pope Francis has torn up the rule book at the Vatican. Not everyone is pleased. | Vatican City’s only kidnapping.
- Sweden may have spotted a submarine… | And it’s “fucked up”.
- Britain is authorizing spy planes and armed drones over Kobani.
- Executions and propaganda in the Ukraine.
- Is democracy failing in Hungary? | The “Gypsy Issue” in Northern Hungary.
- After Bulgaria’s election, coalition confusion ensues.
- Women are at the forefront of social change in Bosnia.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The US is airdropping supplies to Kurds battling Daesh/ISIS. | Daesh’s media warfare. | Daesh has used chlorine gas on Iraqis.
- In the Syria we don’t know.
- Attacks against Yazidis are being compared to attempted genocide.
- Salafism takes root in Daesh/ISIS-controlled Iraq and Syria.
- All four former Blackwater guards have been convicted for killings carried out in Iraq in 2007.
- A Syrian tribal revolt against Daesh/ISIS that led to a massacre has been ignored by the world, fueling resentment.
- Syria’s elderly dream of returning home.
- In Bahrain, human rights activists fight back no matter the cost.
- The son of assassinated Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin thinks it’s time to discuss a peace deal. | Is the Israeli left shunning Rabin’s legacy?
- The UN will investigate whether Palestinians in Gaza used UN storage areas to house weapons.
- A Palestinian killed an Israeli baby earlier this week after what appears to be an attempted terrorist attack. Palestinians were quick to link the death to the hit-and-run killing of a five year-old Palestinian girl.
- Saudi time: Our friends in Riyadh.
- In Yemen, what will happen after Sanaa’s fall?
- Egypt’s religious conversion controversy.
- Al Jazeera journalists have been in prison for 300 days.
- Protests are growing in Iran following a series of acid attacks against women.
- Tunisia has an educated and democratic population and structure. So why are militants doing so well there?
- Nigeria has been declared Ebola-free.
- A travel ban would be ridiculous.
- Ebola arrived in Mali today.
- 60 more women and girls have been kidnapped in Nigeria.
- Updates on issues this blog has not been following: An athlete who murdered his girlfriend will do only 5 years in jail.
- How religious genocide reached the CAR.
- Chile’s annual September riots call into question its democracy.
- Canada has raised its terror threat, following an attempted act of terrorism resulting in non-civilian deaths, and a series of shootings on Wednesday. | The CBC covered the shootings, which left a solider and the shooter dead. The network has received praise for being Canadian in its approach rather than American. Anyone who has suffered from American media will comprehend.
- Bucking the trend, Puerto Rico‘s same-sex marriage ban is being upheld because of “procreative potential”.
- Meet the US’ “Ebola Czar”. | A doctor in NYC now has the disease.
- Unpopular evidence alert: Reports may support the officer’s version of Michael Brown’s killing.
- Everyone loves Hillary. | Poor Monica Lewinsky.
- School to parents: Does your son have to be Buddhist?
- How Arizona, Texas, and other red states might be trending purple.
- The complete internet voter’s guide to the 2014 election. (Note: TB&TN does not endorse many of these candidates.)
- Apparently nothing insults the sanctity of marriage short of homosexuality.
- Texas’ appalling voter ID laws have been upheld.
- Americans are receiving education to live in a world that does not exist.
- Australia is putting manpower into the fight against Daesh/ISIS.
- In France and Australia, a fine line between nationalism and xenophobia.
- Australia has pledged its support for Afghanistan.
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