Another week of racial injustice here in the United States, where a grand jury failed to indict a white police officer in the murder of an unarmed black man. Meanwhile a terrorist Al Qaeda offshoot is threatening the life of an American journalist, Hong Kong’s Umbrella protesters are slowly surrendering, the NFL have reinstated Ray Rice following documented domestic assault against his wife, both Japan and Israel will likely see snap elections soon, and violence has resurfaced in Chechnya. Welcome to December, all.
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- A land swap between India and Bangladesh aims to curb undocumented immigration.
- Bhopal gas leak victims are demanding justice.
- India’s first Yoga Minister plans to retrieve and reclaim yoga from the West.
- Remarks targeting India’s minorities have rattled PM Modi’s party in recent weeks.
- India is rushing water to a desperate and struggling Maldives.
- Bombings have been occurring more and more rapidly in Afghanistan.
- Ghani asks for endorsements in London.
- Amidst a sea of attacks, international aid agencies are pulling out of the country, specifically from Kabul.
- Imran Khan’s threats of shutting down the government have done little to phase Pakistan.
- The Pakistani Taliban have been driven into the hills.
- The blasphemy case against a “disco mullah.”
- One man is challenging Pakistan’s sex taboos.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Japan‘s opposition has been caught off guard by Prime Minister Abe’s snap election call.
- Chinese leader Xi Jinping says his country needs to find more allies in the world.
- Anti-foreigner propaganda is not spiking in China.
- A Tibetan singer has been imprisoned by China following her call to Tibetans to learn their language.
- For Hong Kong protesters, darkness falls. | Protest leaders are planning to surrender.
- Don’t piss off North Korea.
- Taiwan‘s ruling party has some soul-searching to do.
- Indonesia’s new sweeping Islamic laws.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Turkey and the US are moving closer to an agreement regarding a buffer zone in Syria.
- Eyeing Russia, Nordic and Baltic countries are increasing their NATO cooperation.
- In Chechnya, devastation following an attack in Grozny.
- Russia is headed towards a recession.
- A young German girl died preventing street harassment.
- In Germany, joining militant groups means doing time.
- Europe wins out over Russia in Moldova‘s elections.
- The death of Turkey’s EU bid?
- Taking Erdogan’s sexism seriously.
- Azerbaijan and Afghanistan are moving towards cooperation.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Under Rouhani, Iranian Jews are finding more acceptance.
- One Nazi hiding in Syria may have successfully died unrepentant and sans trial.
- A funding crisis at the World Food Program is leaving 1.7 million Syrians without aid.
- The leader of Daesh/ISIS’ wife (one of) and daughter have been detained in Lebanon.
- A militia in Egypt sworn to Daesh/ISIS killed an American oil worker recently.
- Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has been cleared of charges against him, leading to riots.
- An arson attack on an Arab-Jewish school in East Jerusalem has added fuel to the fire in an increasingly volatile situation between Israel and Palestine.
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- A Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israeli men at a supermarket before being shot by police.
- Over 1000 protesters turned out to oppose a bill that would qualify Israel as a nation-state for Jews.
- The US sees an ally in Iran, according to some.
- A blogger in Iran remains sentenced to death.
- Returning to Bahrain, despite a forced exit.
- An American journalist being held in Yemen may be in danger of being the latest example made by militants to the US.
- Daesh/ISIS is reportedly setting up training camps in Libya.
- A Boko Haram raid in Nigeria left scores of people dead.
- Tanzania‘s prime minister is under pressure to resign following allegations of corruption.
- Scores were killed by al-Shabab in an early morning Tuesday attack in Kenya.
- The race to replace Uruguay‘s popular leftist president may be over.
- Marches continue in Mexico.
- How state oil company Petrobas toppled Brazil.
- Unaccompanied immigrant minors sit and wait, fearing deportation, even as others come out from the shadows.
- More Americans turned out for Black Friday than for the 2014 midterm elections.
- American cops may now be wearing body cameras.
- The next Secretary of Defense.
- Texas is suing over Obama’s recent executive order on immigration.
- Mass resignations at The New Republic this week…
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