So many Americans are more worried about celebrity gossip instead of what is going on around us.
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Why do we bother with international headlines? Is it because we care about international rights and democracy? Want a fundamental understanding of foreign cultures? Or is it because we want to look smart at the “hump day” happy hour? (Note: Smart is the new sexy, or so I’ve read on the internet.) Well, it really doesn’t matter if you want to look educated about the next global crisis or if you have less honorable motives, this post will give you all you need to know.

1.) India’s national election results have been announced. The Bharatiya Janata Party, one of the two major parties, representative of the Hindus won in a landslide victory making Narendra Modi the next Prime Minister. Interestingly, Prime Minister Modi has been invited to the White House despite a visa ban 10 years ago for “violating religious freedom.”

2.) Pro-Russian Separatists in two eastern Ukrainian cities have decided to create their own Republics. No one recognizes them as being real, but they keep acting like it, going so far as planning to host parliamentary elections in the fall.

3.) The United Nation’s top negotiator in Syria’s 3 year conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi stepped down this past week due to frustration with the Assad administration. It might have something to do with the chemical weapons that France, Israel and Human Rights Watch thinks they’ve been using.

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