- The British colonial origins of anti-gay laws.
- The Supreme Court’s “born in Jerusalem” case is a tinderbox.
- Going into Tuesday, Democrats were not expecting much. That’s a good thing, since the Republicans now have control of the Senate.
- Southern Democrats were essentially sacrificed by their president and their party. (Opinion alert — this blog brought to you from strong Southern Dem roots. Roots that are very resentful as we speak.) | It really sucks to be a Southern Democrat right now.
- Are you reflected in the new Congress?
- Paul Krugman weighs in.
- The Chinese view, from a nationalistic publication: The US has problems.
- Daylight savings is popular with few people.
- Denton, the little Texas city that could, banned fracking recently. Worry not, opponents of justice — the state legislature is quickly drawing up legislation to avoid local bans on things they should be allowed to ban.
- The first black senator elected since Reconstruction in the South is here. | There are more women in Congress than at any other time in US history. | The first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress is Mia Love.
- The ups and downs of emoji diversity.
- Here is Africa. Here is Africa with Ebola. They are not necessarily one and the same.
- Assisted suicide in Oregon caused some controversy this week.
- Ethics and research in comparative politics.
- In about 30 years, we are all in serious trouble from global warming.
- Is your brain wired for courage or fear?
- Have AT&T or Verizon? The supercookies are watching you.
- In a tragic suicide bombing on Sunday, more than 50 people were killed at the Wagah border crossing between Pakistan and India.
- Strict security measures were in place across Pakistan during the Shia holy days of Ashura, the 9th and 10th days of Muharram. Shias are a minority in Pakistan and are frequently the target of Sunni-led attacks.
- A Pakistani Christian couple were tortured and burned to death in a mob outside Lahore following accusations of blasphemy.
- PM Sharif has given a six-month deadline to make Pakistan polio-free. Update: As of Thursday the PM’s spokesperson denied wide-spread reporting suggesting the aforementioned.
- Baluchistan has been ordered to hold elections.
- The TTP has a new spokesman after formally sacking his predecessor.
- Afghanistan‘s first lady was quoted earlier this week as being in agreement with France’s burqa ban, a comment which she has firmly denied.
- Ashraf Ghani’s approval rating is at 84% — quite impressive. | Ghani has promised support for women’s rights.
- India’s Modi has made his Forbes debut.
- More 377-related drama.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A critical look at Burma‘s new land use legislation.
- Burma really just wants its Muslims to leave.
- Researchers are taking a look at a Chinese cyberespionage group.
- Researchers in Japan have created a very creepy mouse.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Turkey’s Twitter Crackdown.
- In Russia, one man’s social media posts has led to prison.
- Hungary is a surprising boon for Putin.
- Ukraine‘s successful parliamentary election opens a window of hope.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Arab views on governance after uprisings.
- Life in Raqqa under militant occupation.
- A Palestinian spokesperson compared Israel to Daesh/ISIS. | The third intifada?
- Will Hamas and Dahlan unite?
- Israeli students are thrifty and nifty.
- Israelis want anyone but Bibi.
- A woman sentenced to a year in prison in Iran for attempting to watch a men’s volleyball match is on hunger strike.
- The al-Nusra Front has made massive gains in Syria.
- The worst people in the world get worse: Daesh/ISIS captured over 150 Kurdish children and tortured them. And killed 500 members of one tribe.
- Alawites in Syria are demanding a new level of accountability from their government.
- A bloodthirsty Shia militia may be Baghdad’s best hope.
- Seeking a new cabinet, Yemen’s prime minister has turned to Facebook.
- The UAE‘s strong stance against militants in neighboring countries speaks to its wider ambitions.
- Approximately 350 journalists in Egypt have issued a statement saying they refuse to back off their criticism of the government, which means approximately 350 journalists are in deep trouble.
- Rafah is being used as a bargaining chip in the Gaza crisis.
- Gunmen killed multiple people in an attack in Saudi Arabia. The attacks targeted minority Shias, who were participating in events commemorating Ashura.
- In Libya, clashes around Benghazi continued throughout the week.
- A look at Zambia‘s first white president.
- In Liberia, Ebola is winding down.
- How the rules are privileging Botswana‘s ruling party.
- Venezuela‘s OPEC headache.
- Mexico‘s day of the dead is far realer than any conjured Halloween an American could think up.
- Canada has carried out its first anti-Daesh/ISIS attacks.
- The United States is a poor poster child for democracy.
- There’s some drama going on over Navy SEALs and who killed Bin Laden.
- Executive action on immigration?
- Something’s brewing that is potentially the worst thing out of the South in a long time, which is saying something. (This blog is proudly Southern by birth and upbringing, criticizes as we all do those we love.)
- The courts have upheld gay marriage bans in four states.
- More than 600 people have reported chemical exposure from leftover nukes in Iraq.
- Meet the nation’s youngest lawmaker.
- The US, Australia, and Japan are set to have a super private exclusive you can’t come meeting at the G20.
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