Abdel Fattah el-Sisi


>>Many Turks fault their president
Mr. Erdoğan’s support for anti-government forces in Syria — including, for a time, the free flow of fighters and weapons to jihadist groups like IS — is widely seen as one driver of the current instability, as Turkey in the last year has sought to clamp down on IS. Another is a resumed war against Kurdish militants, who have perpetrated some suicide attacks, as well as a polarizing style of politics. Christian Science Monitor

>>Hurray for dictatorship!

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has celebrated the 2013 overthrow of the country’s first democratically-elected president by ordering a lavish military display in the capital and celebrations across the country. Al Jazeera

>>‘Go ahead and kill them yourself’
Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines’ president on Thursday, extending an olive branch to the country’s elites in his official speech, only to later vow to wipe out drug traffickers and urge the population to kill addicts. The Guardian


>>Will Putin ‘do the right thing’?
The Obama administration has offered to help Russia improve its targeting of terrorist groups in Syria if Moscow will stop bombing civilians and opposition fighters who have signed on to a cease-fire and use its influence to force Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to do the same. The Washington Post

>>In response to stabbing, a siege
Israeli forces have blockaded a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank just hours after a teenage settler was allegedly stabbed to death by a Palestinian in a nearby settlement. Al Jazeera

Human rights

>>Gender is irrelevant to service
The Pentagon on Thursday ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military, formally removing the risk to an estimated thousands of U.S. troops who once could have been kicked out of the armed forces due to gender identity. Reuters

>>China crushes microcosm of democracy

Hopes for democracy in the Chinese village of Wukan, where an uprising against corruption five years ago gained global notice and led to direct village-wide elections, have all but evaporated, with protest leaders either in detention, in exile, facing arrest or quitting their posts. Reuters


>>Left-wingers can be anti-science
More than 100 Nobel laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms. The letter asks Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of a genetically engineered strain of rice that supporters say could reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in children in the developing world. The Washington Post

>>Ozone hole is shrinking
A gaping hole in the ozone layer has been opening up over Antarctica each spring for decades. And there are signs that the slow process of healing has begun, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Christian Science Monitor

>>Cheap oil means recycling isn’t profitable
Californians recycle bottles and cans at twice the rate of the rest of the U.S. But hundreds of the state’s recycling centers are closing. Vice News

>>Let’s hold off on the Corona and Modelo
A brewery satisfying Americans’ thirst for Mexican beers such as Corona is sucking so much water from wells in an arid region near the US border that it has left one municipality bone dry, according to a local mayor. The Guardian

Editor’s picks

>>Can’t refugees and migrants be comfortable, too?
Human traffickers are finding increasingly creative ways of shuttling Central American migrants through Mexico to the U.S. border and that includes hiring Uber-registered drivers. Reuters

>>Democrats might be ignoring a silent Trump majority
The American electorate is complicated. But there is a narrow perspective that many liberals in my adult life use to paint the people from my hometown, and from the thousands of other places like it. The Guardian

>>Saudi Arabia shouldn’t be on a human rights council
The credibility of the world’s top human rights body, which was set up to ensure that it is able to effectively address human rights violations without being undermined by geopolitics and competing national interests, is being called into question because of the abysmal track record of one of its members — Saudi Arabia — and the failure of other members to call it to account. Newsweek

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Ben Wolford
Ben Wolford is editor of Latterly. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.