It has been QUITE THE WEEK. Keystone XL is briefly dead in the US and immigration reform is a go, Democrats and Republicans have gone to war, Ferguson MO is in a state of emergency, China and Thailand aren’t digging the Hunger Games, Russia’s playing nice with no one, Israel and Palestine are on the brink of holy war, terrorism abounds in MENA and South Asia, and Mexico is on fire. It looks like 2014 is going out with a bang. Stay safe wherever in the world you live, friends.
- FP: The Top 100 Global Thinkers.
- On Thursday, President Obama began a massive immigration overhaul which will aid approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. | The full text. (Republican court of public opinion: Ted Cruz channeled Cicero and he was only one of many.)
- Breaking this morning: Republicans are suing Obama over health care.
- This past weekend an American aid worker and humanitarian was murdered by militants along with a handful of captured Syrians.
- Converting to Islam won’t save you from the Islamic State/Daesh. Because they are terrible.
- A global recession?
- Anonymous might not be all that great. | But they did hack the KKK.
- Americans: The Pope is coming.
- We might be running out of chocolate…
- One actress is coming out about her parents’ deportation.
- Uber is looking less appealing.
- A shooting at Florida State University left three students injured and the gunman dead.
- It’s highly likely that Bill Cosby is a rapist.
- Mapping Migration.
- The geography of terrorism.
- Yes, many Africans know it’s Christmas. A lot of them are also Muslim and/or not interested.
- The patriarchy is the worst, women who enable it are about as bad.
- The history of abortifacients.
- Toilets matter.
- Shukria Barakzai, a prominent women’s rights activist, survived a suicide attack in Afghanistan. Several bystanders were killed and wounded.
- AfPak leaders met this past weekend when Pakistani PM Sharif renewed the country’s commitment to the Afghan peace process.
- A Taliban splinter group has aligned with Daesh/ISIS.
- Pakistan will meet with Kashmiri leaders before talking to India.
- Eavesdropping on a Pakistani official may have led to espionage charges against an American diplomat.
- Sri Lanka has released five Indian fishermen on death row and returned them to their government.
- Women in India who died following sterilizations may have received tainted drugs.
- India has topped the Global Slavery Index.
- The politics of PDA.
- India is quarantining a man whose semen had traces of Ebola.
- A woman was murdered by her parents recently for marrying outside of her caste.
- In a bizarre case, an Indian guru named Rampal has finally been arrested by authorities following clashes with his supporters that killed 6 people.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Voters in Okinawa have voted in a landslide for a governor who opposes a US base in Japan.
- Japan is back in recession mode.
- China and Thailand aren’t so into the new Hunger Games movie.
- In Hong Kong, tensions grow as protests continue.
- North Korea may be headed to the ICC.
- Burma: Still responsible for ethnic cleansing.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Russia got a pretty chilly reception at the G8.
- Sweden says Russia is spying on them, Russia says the Swedes are unmanly. Burn.
- The EU is threatening sanctions on Israel over building on Palestinian land.
- Romania‘s new leader is center-right.
- How one German woman became a PKK hero in Turkey.
- Public Outrage Day in Hungary.
- A Dutch woman made the dangerous journey to Raqqa to collect her daughter who had run away to marry a Daesh fighter.
- Kyrgyzstan’s undiscussed Jewish community.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain have all returned their ministers to Qatar after an eight-month spat.
- Sectarianism has come back to haunt the Saudis.
- Gains are being made against Daesh/ISIS.
- Palestinian attackers stormed a synagogue in Jerusalem earlier this week, leaving several casualties. Palestinians later celebrated in the streets. In retaliation, Israel demolished a Palestinian home.
- Shin Bet has arrested four men they believe were attempting to assassinate Avigdor Lieberman.
- A holy war may be coming, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict becomes one between Jews and Muslims, turning the dangerous dispute into religious warfare.
- Opinion: Abbas, Netanyahu should meet.
- Druze and Muslims are clashing over ties to Israel.
- Op-ed (endorsed): The time has come for Israel to choose, and the US should apply pressure.
- The Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil was hit with a suicide bomber earlier this week.
- Iran’s nuclear deal deadline is rapidly approaching.
- A popular Egyptian revolutionary singer has not been approved for broadcast due to his critical views.
- The deposed leader of Burkina Faso is in Morocco.
- Nigerian troops have reportedly chased Boko Haram away from Chibok.
- Burkina Faso has named an interim president.
- Following the Ebola crisis, one in two Liberian workers are now jobless.
- Eritreans are fleeing conscription and running to neighboring Ethiopia.
- In Malawi, tear gas was used on student protesters.
- Mexico continues its riots as political unrest swells.
- As taps run dry in Brazil, water company shrugs.
- An agreement has been negotiated between Colombian FARC rebels and the government regarding a recent kidnapping.
- A Honduran beauty queen and her sister were murdered by the latter’s boyfriend.
- In Chile, former political prisoners will be compensated following their treatment under the country’s previous dictatorship.
- In the US, the Keystone XL pipeline came to a vote. It failed on Tuesday evening.
- A state of emergency was declared Monday in Missouri leading up to the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting.
- The latest Texecution could kill an innocent man.
- A doctor from Sierra Leone died in Nebraska from Ebola.
- It’s a bit snowy in Buffalo.
- Senate Republicans defeated a bill to curb the NSA.
- Australia and China are making steps towards increased economic cooperation.