Stories of the Week
Did Sandra Bland commit suicide? The young African American woman was arrested following an altercation with police officers and died three days later in prison. The police are calling it a suicide, but activists question their version of events. An official investigation indicates that Bland likely did commit suicide, and many are making a point of noting she had previously attempted suicide. Others argue she was excited to start a new job, and would not have taken her life so rashly. Either way, another black American has died in an incident relating to the police. Relevant: the hashtag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody was recently trending on Twitter.
Iran redux. Now that the P5+1 powers have struck a deal with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program, the if at all possible MORE ornery American Congress will need to approve the deal. The UN quickly approved it this week, but the stage has been set for a showdown in Washington and John Kerry (leg crutches still visible) ended his week on an aggressive note as lawmakers showered him with questions and comebacks. Meanwhile, the Washington Post has taken the case regarding their reporter, Jason Rezaian, straight to the UN. Rezaian has been held in Iran for over a year without any real allegations being released or verified.
Republicans fighting and running for President in the USA. See below for more information.
- Everyone is Running for the American Presidency 2k15: Donald Trump took a few poorly-timed swings at former POW John McCain, and gave out Lindsey Graham’s phone number. Now he’s in a fight with Rick Perry. Meanwhile, John Kasich is in. Kasich is one of the only highly qualified Republicans in the race and is of course getting minimal attention.
- Another white male murders people with a gun.
- Here’s an epic piece from Gabby Giffords on how more women are dying at the hands of partners than soldiers are dying in wars.
- The tragic death of Sandra Bland.
- Cheaters, hackers, and Ashley Madison.
- Uber triumphs in New York.
- Stephen Hawking and a Russian millionaire want to find alien life.
- Famed author E.L. Doctorow has passed away.
- Skirmishes between India and Pakistan across the Line of Control (LoC) have been ongoing in recent weeks.
- Pakistan is set to buy submarines from China.
- Yakob Memon will be the first man executed in India since 2013.
- Narendra Modi has seconded an Indian lawmaker’s call for Britain to pay reparations to India.
- Dozens of people were killed or injured in a marketplace blast in Afghanistan.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Japanese company Mitsubishi has apologized for using American POW labor during WWII.
- A Burmese general was interviewed (a rare occurrence) and noted that the current coup-led government will not abdicate until relations with the country’s rebels have been normalized.
Europe & Eurasia:
- At the week’s onset, Greece reopened banks amidst a still tenuous ongoing discussion regarding the country’s bailout.
- Uzbeks are challenging their country’s regime on a new Facebook page.
- Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16.
- Turkey has expanded its role in fighting Daesh/ISIS.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Bahrain is lodging a complaint following a comment from Iran‘s Supreme Leader regarding the Bahraini Shia population, who face oppression.
- Dozens of people were killed near the Syrian border in Turkey, across from Kobani.
- Four Italian nationals have been kidnapped in Libya.
- Three Spanish journalists have gone missing in Aleppo.
- Illiteracy in Tunisia is a problem.
- The US claims it has killed the head of the Khorasan Group.
- Water shortages and bombs are destroying Yemen.
- Avian flu is spreading across much of West Africa.
- Here‘s some backstory on the ethnic cleansing in Sudan.
- Burundi was hit with explosions just before a controversial vote.
- Human rights activists are up in arms over American president Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, which has a terrible record with regards to journalists in particular.
- Cuba and the US have re-opened their embassies on the other’s territory.
- Obama is running out of time to close Guantanamo Bay, the infamous prison.
- Free speech advocates in Canada are mounting an attack against legislation they feel infringes upon their rights.
- The US and Canada have one area of tension.
- A horrifying shooting in Tennessee left five Marines dead, as well as the shooter.
- White supremacist Dylann Roof will be indicted on federal hate crime charges after killing nine African Americans in an historically black church.
- Australia is reportedly complicit in money-laundering schemes in Papua New Guinea.