First Past the Post: April 8

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East and South Asia

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf cleared to run in the May parliamentary elections.

North America

Anne Smedinghoff, 25 and a State Department foreign service officer (pictured above), was donating books to students when she was killed an attack in Afghanistan.  An opportunity to honor the best of U.S. diplomacy.

Suffragio officially receives ‘Honorable Mention’ from the Online Achievement in International Studies blogging awards.

Maybe the sequester is good for America.

U.S. representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart haz a sad because Beyoncé and Jay-Z might (but probably don’t) violate a likely unconstitutional ban on U.S. travel to Cuba that dates from 1959.

Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro curses his opponent’s supporters.

Latin America / Caribbean

Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva face charges.

Mariana Silva remains a top commodity in Brazilian politics.

Meet João Santana, the Lee Atwater of Latin America.

Dilma Rousseff is not a lock for reelection as Brazilian president.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta looks to his cabinet.

Europe

Portugal’s top court attacks austerity, and its prime minister outlines new cuts.

ECB chief Mario Draghi throws shade on the initial plan for Cyprus.

Luxembourg considers bank transparency.

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi puts the pressure on center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani.

Two candidates claim victory in Montenegro’s presidential election.

Complications between the German and French left.

Russia and Former Soviet Union

Two allies of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko are freed from prison in Ukraine.

Middle East and North Africa

Tammam Salam is the consensus candidate to become Lebanon’s next prime minister.

New charges levied against former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

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