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 world’s language are here for your pleasure.
- 1.5 million black men are missing.
- Loretta Lynch is now the first black female Attorney General of the US.
- This blog is admittedly upset over the Durbin-Schumer bromance feud.
- The FBI has basically killed a bunch of people.
- 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.
- Here are the Pulitzer Prize winners.
- Just some casual Islamophobia to brighten every New Yorker’s week.
- Comcast has abandoned its plan to buy TimeWarner Cable.
- Personal plug: Your blogger wrote about Morocco’s evolving stance on abortion rights.
- Afghan interpreters aren’t enjoying American resettlement. One man’s account:
I would rather die in Afghanistan with my pride intact than live here in poverty and shame,” he said. “At least in Afghanistan, the grave is free. Here, they make you pay for it.
- Afghanistan’s President Ghani says Daesh/ISIS was behind the country’s tragic Kabul bombing last week.
- Ghani also swore in 19 ministers this week, nearly completing his cabinet. The government has come under fire for delaying the process of cabinet approval.
- The Taliban has been beheading Hazaras, in a clear nod to Daesh/ISIS.
- A controversial Pakistani cybercrime bill is drawing ire from parliament.
- The Pakistani government has banned new solar and wind projects in favor of natural gas development.
- Two hostages kidnapped in Pakistan by Al Qaeda were killed by American anti-terrorism bombings late in the week. One was an an American and the other an Italian — Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. Both men had spent considerable time living and working in Pakistan and were responsible for humanitarian efforts within the country.
- The US has literally no idea who it is killing with its drone strikes.
- In India’s capital of New Delhi, the city has its first female bus driver.
- An Indian farmer committed suicide at an AAP rally after his crops died.
- Al Jazeera English has been banned in India due to a Kashmiri map issue.
Southeast & East Asia:
- China is sidling up to Pakistan.
- A drone containing traces of radiation landed on the roof of Japanese leader Shinzo Abe’s house.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Europe is attempting to buck responsibility for thousands of migrant deaths off its coasts.
- Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party are headed to trial.
- Elio Toaff, one of Europe’s most important Jewish figures, died early this week at the age of 99.
- The trial of a 93 year-old former Auschwitz guard has begun in Germany.
- NEE has an interview up with a member of Ukraine’s parliament.
- American president Obama won’t use the word “genocide” to describe the Armenian genocide at the hands of Turkey. Over 100,000 Armenians are expected to arrive in Yerevan to commemorate the genocide.
- The EU is getting set to hold Russia’s gas giant Gazprom accountable.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Hundreds of migrants were killed off the coast of Libya when their boat capsized over the weekend. On Tuesday the death count was around 900.
- ISIS/Daesh released a video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians. Three of the dead had reportedly been asylum seekers who were forced to leave Israel.
- Both the US and Iran have sent warships to the coast of Yemen. Saudi Arabia ceased its bombing campaign against Houthi rebels mid-week. However, claims that the rebels have backed off seem dubious. The Saudis resumed bombing shortly after the ceasefire.
- The Washington Post‘s Jason Rezaian will face espionage charges in Iran.
- The leader of Daesh/ISIS was reportedly wounded in an airstrike in Iraq.
- Ethiopia’s economic miracle could run out of steam if the government doesn’t act quickly.
- Thousands of Ethiopians are marching in Addis Ababa protesting the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh/ISIS as well as the Ethiopian government’s inability to offer a job market that protects Ethiopians from seeking work elsewhere.
- Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa is at an all-time high.
- A meningitis outbreak is causing schools in Niger to shut down.
- Police forces in Angola raided an area and reportedly killed numerous Christians in retaliation for a prior killing.
- Chile’s Calbuca volcano erupted mid-week, forcing a mass-evacuation.
- Brazilian giant Petrobas is suffering tremendously at the hands of corruption.
- The death of African American man Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police officers is officially being investigated.
- The head of the DEA resigned earlier this week over sex party allegations regarding her agency. Mhm.\
- David Petraeus has admitted to mishandling information and been sentenced accordingly.
- An Australian Islamic center has been forced to close following the detention of two teenagers on terror-related charges.