Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post
-Corruption crusaders turn politicians- They wore little white caps, called themselves “the common man,” fasted for days and shouted angry slogans against politicians during massive anti-corruption demonstrations two years ago. Now, many of those activists are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and dive into what they have vilified as the cesspool of Indian politics. The anti-corruption uprising that shook the nation in 2011 was India’s version of the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring rolled into one. But unlike those in other protest movements fueled by similar middle-class anger, including the recent unrest in Turkey and Brazil, India’s protesters say that they cannot remain angry outsiders, reports Rama Lakshmi.
-Bush AIDS policies shadow Obama in Africa- As President Obama’s motorcade pulled up on Sunday to a community health center run by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in this picturesque coastal city, people on the streets held signs that read “Thanks PEPFAR.” It was a reference to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, started by President George W. Bush. Obama has been widely applauded for distinguishing himself from Bush’s policies, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. But across this continent, many Africans wish Obama was more like Bush in his social and health policies, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS — one of the former president’s signature foreign policy aid programs, report Sudarsan Raghavan and David Nakamura.
-Tension roils Egypt as protests grow- Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters armed with flags, banners and deafening waves of chants for President Mohamed Morsi’s downfall packed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square and flooded the streets around Egypt’s presidential palace Sunday in the largest showing of opposition to the Islamist leader since he took office one year ago Sunday. Thousands of Morsi supporters, many of them from the Muslim Brotherhood party, his ally, filled another Cairo thoroughfare with chants of support. Some brandished wooden clubs, canes and metal pipes, ready to defend themselves in the event that clashes erupted between the two camps, a scenario that many Egyptians feared was inevitable, reports Abigail Hauslohner.
OTHER TOP NEWS
-They said the sequester would be scary. Mostly, they were wrong- Before “sequestration” took effect, the Obama administration issued specific — and alarming — predictions about what it would bring. There would be one-hour waits at airport security. Four-hour waits at border crossings. Prison guards would be furloughed for 12 days. FBI agents, up to 14. At the Pentagon, the military health program would be unable to pay its bills for service members. The mayhem would extend even into the pantries of the neediest Americans: Around the country, 600,000 low-income women and children would be denied federal food aid. But none of those things happened, report David A. Fahrenthold and Lisa Rein.
-Why round two of the Texas abortion fight won’t end like round one- Welcome to day one of Texas’s special legislative session, in which a heated debate over abortion that burst onto the national radar last week will pick up where it left off. But this time, the story is likely to end differently. Equipped with more time, GOP majorities and renewed urgency, Republicans are poised to pass a measure to tighten abortion restrictions that state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) successfully blocked last week, catapulting onto the national radar, reports Sean Sullivan.
-Julian Assange: Edward Snowden is ‘marooned in Russia’- Edward Snowden seems to be stranded. Three weeks after Snowden revealed himself as the source of leaked top-secret documents on U.S. intelligence gathering, the former intelligence contractor is stuck in legal limbo in Russia. Although he has not been seen publicly in days, he is thought to be inside a transit area of a Moscow airport. On Sunday, two of his strongest supporters — Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador — said it was unlikely that Snowden would leave there anytime soon, report David A. Fahrenthold and Juan Forero.
-IMF’s director: “It is the fate of this organization to be criticized”- In two years as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde has steered the agency beyond the arrest of her predecessor and helped engineer its largest and perhaps most controversial program — the rescue of the euro zone. Criticism has been intense, with the IMF blamed — and accepting partial responsibility — for pushing the region into recession with its recommended austerity measures and for not being forceful enough in securing early debt relief for Greece, reports Howard Schneider.
-Health-care setbacks could hit region’s small businesses- Some state and federal officials are falling behind setting up new health-insurance exchanges for small businesses, which could leave employers in the region waiting longer than expected for the competitive pricing they were promised under the health-care law. The Government Accountability Office has warned that federal and state officials still have a long way to go in “a relatively short amount of time” to set up the new online marketplaces, called exchanges, where small-business owners will be able to shop for health plans from various insurance providers, reports J.D. Harrison.
-Wonkblog: How DOMA’s departure could cost gay couples money- United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, was obviously of huge symbolic importance for LGBT Americans, but as we’ve been stressing this week, it matters in practical terms as well. The most immediate consequence is that Edie Windsor gets her $363,053 in estate tax payments back. But thousands of other same-sex married couples will see their lives change in ways big and small too because of the federal government’s recognition of them. Here’s how, reports Dylan Matthews.