In the US, Tuesday was Veteran’s Day. Here’s all the ways Americans fail veterans.
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- The US and China have reached a historic climate change deal, an important moment for the two superpowers who share in the bulk of the world’s carbon emissions.
- TIME magazine thinks we should consider banning the word “feminist”. TIME magazine has lost a lot of points with this blog.
- This week a European robot landed on a comet millions upon millions of light years away. Woah.
- The Obama administration may finally be set to do something wonderful and it has everything to do with immigration reform.
- Loretta Lynch, a profile. If confirmed she will be the first African-American female Attorney General of the US.
- A win for net neutrality?
- Apparently there are drones flying over football stadiums.
- The FBI tried to convince Martin Luther King Jr. to kill himself.
- If you are a male, presumably this will help you attract women.
- Was Vincent Van Gogh murdered?
- Valerie Jarrett, the Obama Whisperer.
- If the SCOTUS overturns the ACA, people will die for lack of medication and access. (Endorsed by this blog, which supports universal health care.)
- Countering Fukayama.
- Ashura through the eyes of Sunnis.
- Putin may have hit on China’s first lady.
- The science of Interstellar.
- Meet the powerful Afghan police chief whose name strikes fear into the hearts of the Taliban.
- Bombs exploded in Kabul, after months of relative peace.
- Ashraf Ghani is headed to visit neighboring Pakistan.
- 20,000 girls have been prevented from attending school in one province by the Taliban.
- In Pakistan, Imran Khan continues to complain. There is also now a warrant out for his arrest.
- Those who report drone strike targets are now under attack.
- Daesh/ISIS is making inroads in Quetta and KP.
- Reconstructing North Waziristan after the government’s intensive military campaign will take two years.
- The Indian army has taken responsibility for two killings in Jammu & Kashmir.
- An attempt to mass-sterilize a group of women has led to multiple deaths and over a fifty injuries.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Two American prisoners held in North Korea were suddenly released.
- The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank will receive only 36 years in prison.
- In Burma, Obama may have missed the mark on human rights.
Europe & Eurasia:
- More than 2 million Catalans voted in a mock independence poll held despite resistance from the Spanish government.
- Hungary‘s descent into authoritarianism.
- Albania‘s premier just wrapped up a historic 2-day visit to Serbia.
- Greece’s economy is finally back on track.
- Russia has violated the Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Iraqi officials say Daesh/ISIS head al Baghdadi may have been wounded.
- The al-Nusra Front and Daesh/ISIS have reached a ceasefire.
- Egypt‘s most terrifying militant group has pledged allegiance to the world’s worst militant group.
- A French and Egyptian journalist pair were interrogated for hours after discussing politics in a cafe.
- Rebels make gains in Syria‘s south while the government closes in on the north.
- There’s a new set of rules for Muslim clerics in Jordan.
- Yemen‘s government is attempting to include Houthis, may not appease them.
- The UAE is emerging as an ally in the fight against militancy…curiouser and curiouser.
- Israel and Bibi. | The Turkish view on Jerusalem today.
- Palestinian stabbings of Israeli Jews, Israeli shootings of Palestinian teenagers — things are looking more and more dire in the Holy Land.
- Why is Tunisian democracy succeeding while the Turkish model fails?
- A blast at a school in northeastern Nigeria that killed dozens is suspected to be the work of Boko Haram.
- A massive oil spill in Nigeria could have been prevented.
- Burkina Faso’s opposite are aiming to set up talks with the military following weeks of rioting.
- Ebola in Liberia is slowing and slowing.
- Inside Swaziland‘s dictatorship.
- There is a debate going on over whether Somalia‘s president should be sacked.
- Mourners are gathering in Zambia to mark the death of their leader.
- Ethiopian refugee camps are full of South Sudanese safety seekers.
- In the CAR, Seleka fighters are blocking roads.
- A gay rights group in Botswana has won a major case.
- Mexico is about to explode.
- The president of Guyana suspended the country’s parliament in order to avoid a vote of no confidence.
- Seven members of the FARC guerilla group in Colombia have been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
- Officials are rushing to backups for HealthCare.gov as open enrollment approaches.
- Did Asian-Americans switch parties overnight? Nope.
- New Orleans has not been investigating sex crimes.
- A New Zealand child molestation criminal who escaped to Brazil will be extradited.
- Indian PM Modi is in Australia.