Happy birthday to the Hubble telescope! May you continue to see things bright and dark alike. Meanwhile, everything is hot and cold here in the District, as well as across the world. This applies to weather, politics, and the overall spring season.
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Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, ran an op-ed in the New York Times this week.
The truly terrible Hyde Amendment was a key reason Democrats went to war with Republicans over a sex trafficking bill. The final result means Republicans still won but Democrats get to feel better about themselves and somehow Planned Parenthood is still okay with this. The bill itself isn’t great for numerous reasons and there are better options.
Happy belated Bengali new year! (Or Nepali, etc — many parts of South Asia celebrating this week — festivities abounded.) This week has brought shifts and thaws, some (completely expected) announcements in the US’ presidential race (which mind you won’t be for another year), increasing chaos in Yemen and Syria, sad milestones in Nigeria, and some drama between Armenia, Turkey, the Vatican, and anyone else who voiced an opinion on the Armenian genocide including but not limited to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Chag sameach to all the Jews out there and a happy belated Easter to any and all Christian followers! This week has Rand Paul joining local celebrity Ted Cruz in the running for the American presidency, so there’s that… Additionally Yemen is descending into chaos, the Tsarnaev trial’s drama continues, an Iran nuclear deal is still being hashed out, and Turkey is taking its aggression out on social media again. Elsewhere, the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice: a white police officer who murdered a black man was filmed by a man passing by, and stands accused of murder. April, come she will.
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In pictures: India has pulled out Indian, Pakistani, and American nationals from Yemen.
One man’s video managed to prove the guilt of a white police officer who brutally murdered a black man.
Social media helps dictators as well as protesters.
Rolling Stone has retracted its December 2014 UVA story regarding the rape of a female student on the campus grounds. All you really need to know is 1) this is on the magazine, not their source, and 2) rape allegations are almost NEVER false.
One of the most famous art forgers of all time will face no prison time — he technically committed no crime, as he donated all his forgeries.
It would appear Rand Paul is running for the American presidency.
An in-depth look at the Houthi insurgency in Yemen is at your fingertips. Bonus: Your blogger wrote on why Pakistan should probably avoid Yemen.
The decline of affirmative action is wrecking black enrollment in Florida.
Millennials of the District, there is hope for us. Moreover there may be hope for mankind, as the Iran talks seem to have finally reached a breakthrough. This will do worlds to ease the economic burden many Iranians have faced under crushing sanctions, while also going a long way towards improving Iranian-American relations. In more depressing news, a university in Kenya saw a tragic assault by militant group al-Shabab late this week, leaving around 150 people dead. Meanwhile in Yemen….the entire Middle East and a contingent from South Asia and Africa have arrived. It’s getting packed in the Peninsula.
Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart leading the Daily Show. This is cool because Noah is a person of color, international, and has a fascinating background. This is less cool because he’s made some sexist and anti-Semitic remarks.
In overdue news, the American FBI will now be monitoring hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arabs within the country.
A woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for feticide could be the beginning of a terrible trajectory for women.
Everyone is really obsessed with Andreas Lubitz, the German co-pilot who may have intentionally drove a plan into the Alps, thereby killing everyone on board. Of note: If this man were not white, we would be calling him a terrorist, as opposed to mentally ill. Also of note: Mental illness needs to be de-stigmatized and depression does not make you a mass-murderer.
Ellen Pao appears to have lost a landmark sexual discrimination suit against her former employers. This is probably not good as it appears they were definitely sexist.