Welcome back from your snow day, DC residents. This week is a bad one for Hillary Clinton, human rights advocates, anyone who cares about historic landmarks, basically every minority everywhere, and potentially advocates for same-sex marriage and health care. Happy Friday! (Bright spot: Here are Muslim students in Karachi forming a ring to allow minority Hindus to celebrate Holi in peace.)
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- Terrorists against Twitter.
- UCLA’s anti-Semitism rears its head: A sophomore at the university was initially rejected from a ruling board due to her “Jewish background.” Related: A Missouri senator committed suicide shortly after rumors circulated that he was Jewish.
- Barbara Mikulski, legendary senator, will retire after five decades.
- The UK is denying asylum to a lesbian because she’s slept with a man. You read that correctly.
- Patricia Arquette has apologized. Everyone can calm down now.
- Amnesty International’s annual human rights report is out. Highlights: Burma’s overlooked tragedy.
- Men like to use the word “drama” to win fights with women.
- The LAPD killed a homeless man and we still don’t know his name.
- This week the SCOTUS heard arguments regarding America’s controversial Affordable Care Act. The justices appeared split on the issue. (The surprise of the day was seeming indecision from Justice Kennedy, oftentimes a more conservative justice.)
- The NYT has a piece from the beginning of the week chronicling the struggles of Afghanistan’s policewomen. Related: Afghanistan’s first female fixed-wing pilot will receive a medal of honor commending her for her efforts.
- The Afghan army has suffered 20,000 casualties in the past year.
- Afghan men took to the streets wearing burqas this week to protest the mistreatment of women in the country.
- Nearly 300 people have died in natural disaster-related fallout in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, according to recent reports. The government is attempting relief efforts in the area.
- Narendra Modi’s BJP has been sworn into office in Kashmir. The party will form a coalition government in India’s only majority-Muslim state.
- One of the men accused of participating in the infamous Delhi bus gang-rape has blamed the victim for the incident in a documentary entitled India’s Daughter. India has since banned the film.
- A mob dragged an accused rapist from prison and beat him to death in northeast India.
- In a move viewed by many as Hindu partisanship, the slaughter of cows has been banned in Maharashta, as well as the sale and consumption of beef.
- A public helpline will soon allow Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to directly listen to the complaints of the people.
- Pakistan has begun issuing arrest warrants aimed at those who refuse to vaccinate their children.
- Nuclear reactors in Karachi have many citizens increasingly worried.
- Lahore University has received an unconfirmed threat from a group claiming to be Daesh/ISIS.
- A glitch has briefly made Pakistan’s YouTube ban moot for many users. Sadly, that glitch will likely be fixed soon.
- India is set to offer assistance to Indian Ocean island nations, including the Maldives, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Just a bit of deadly flirtation: North Korea started the week off by shooting missiles into the sea to attract the attention of its southern neighbor.
- A Canadian pastor has failed to return from North Korea and his family is growing concerned.
- The American ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was attacked with a knife by a Korean nationalist mid-week. He is recovering from his injuries.
- Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong saw 38 more arrests early this week following another protest in opposition to mainland China.
- China’s viral video of the moment is a two hour-long documentary on pollution, in one of the world’s most polluted countries.
- FP has a piece up delving further into the ethnic cleansing of Muslims still ongoing in Burma.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Boris Nemtsov, a high-profile Putin critic, was assassinated last week in Moscow. Thousands defiantly gathered to honor him early this week. FP has a piece up on his career, as well as the darkness befalling critics of the regime all over the country. The killing will be investigated by Putin, so it’s unlikely to lead anywhere.
- Brookings: Russia after the Nemtsov murder.
- There is still no straight-forward message on arming the Ukraine.
- German Jews are being advised against wearing religious garb in public, specifically head coverings intended for men.
- The US is seeking to deport hundreds of Bosnian war criminals, years after the events they partook in.
- France has found a medieval mass grave below a Parisian supermarket containing around 200 bodies.
- France is also having a bizarre drone problem.
- A 1982 attack on a kosher deli is finally seeing the detention of suspects.
- A pro-Western party scored big in Estonia’s recent elections, signaling an important move for the Northeastern European nation.
- Turkey’s tomb raiders: Inside the covert mission to move a tomb from the hands of Daesh/ISIS.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was in DC this week to deliver a controversial speech to Congress. (More on Ron Dermer, one of the architects behind the speech.) Israelis and Americans alike have taken offense at the speech, which alienated Democrats and the President and came from a right-wing leader currently under attack for legal indiscretions and a questionable foreign policy strategy. The NYT dissented as well.
- Israel’s upcoming elections seem relatively meaningless.
- Despite Netanyahu’s questionable antics, the UN’s disproportionate emphasis on Israel remains, as duly noted by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
- A Palestinian man drove his car into a group of Jews during the Jewish holiday of Purim.
- The PLO leadership has voted to suspend security cooperation with Israel.
- WaPo has a piece this week on the Kurdish struggle to redefine their movement as they push towards a once-impossible goal — their own state.
- As Yemen’s Houthis face staunch odds and Sunni-dominant neighbors withdraw their support, Iran is emerging as a friendly face.
- Iran has allowed the Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian a lawyer — just not the one of his choosing.
- The Iraqi army has plans to re-take Mosul, and they’re starting with Tikrit as practice; the news comes amidst tensions between American and Iraqi forces regarding plans to retake conquered territory. ISIS/Daesh reportedly killed upwards of 770 Iraqi troops after it overran an airbase north of Baghdad last month; the killing is one of the worst so far reported at the hands of the militant organization.
- The militant group have also begun bulldozing a 3,000 year-old Assyrian city.
- A leading Syrian rebel group may abandon its Al Qaeda connections in exchange for the patronage of Qatar.
- An unlikely American ideologue is inspiring Egypt’s next generation of radicals.
- International Crisis Group says Libya is deteriorating.
- A woman was brutally beaten to death in Nigeria by a mob after suspicion arose that she might be a suicide bomber. Her family claims that is not the case and that she was in fact mentally ill.
- Boko Haram have killed scores of people in the country following a military offensive.
- Liberia released its last Ebola patient after a week with no new cases. In neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, the disease continues to rage.
- Venezuelan President Maduro has announced sanctions against the US as the two countries enter a period of further discord. He has also demanded that the US roll back the size of its embassy considerably, which isn’t going over well.
- Internal investigators say Argentinian prosecutor Nisman was murdered.
- America’s Punjabi-Mexican population, forged out of necessity, is now slowly fading away.
- The Justice Department is set to issue a report criticizing the police department of Ferguson, MO for racial profiling in traffic stops. And apparently just their racism in general.
- Native American tribes are betting on high interest loans in an effort to raise revenue in a community often wrecked by poverty.
- This is why we can’t have nice things: Alabama is halting same-sex marriages.
- The Department of Homeland Security is causing a headache for Republicans. However, mid-week Speaker John Boehner managed to orchestrate a bill funding the department.
- Hillary Clinton apparently used her personal email while at the State Department.
- Two Australian smugglers have been moved to an “execution island” location to be, well, executed.