Stories of the Week
Mike Huckabee & the Holocaust. Rarely-thought of presidential candidate Mike Huckabee put his foot in it this week when he described the newly-struck deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers as an agreement that would march Israelis to the “doors [of the] ovens.” This was a Holocaust reference and went over very poorly — with Jews, with Democrats, and with many Republicans.
Malaysian Plane 317 returns. The plane disappeared over a year ago, after taking off from Kuala Lumpur and heading to Beijing. Contact was lost with the pilot and the plane has never been found — except now what may be a piece of the plane has appeared on a French island near Madagascar. Is it actually related to the flight? Unclear, but CNN will have hourly coverage for the next few months in all likelihood. Update: Markings and numbers on the piece indicate it is in fact from the plane.
Mullah Omar’s death. The leader of the nefarious Afghan Taliban, to whom all Taliban theoretically pledge allegiance, is dead. Reports indicate he died in 2013, and that Pakistan had informed Kabul of his death. However, the government had been unable to verify the reports until recently. How Omar’s death will affect ongoing peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban is unknown; however, he was a hardliner and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed optimism regarding the future of the talks. In the interim, a new leader has been selected and peace talks have been briefly suspended.
- Everyone is Running for the American Presidency 2k15: a Donald Trump aide claimed it was not possible to rape one’s spouse. That is inaccurate and Donald Trump is likely guilty of spousal rape. Jim Gilmore has also become the most recent Republican to announce he would like to be president.
- Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
- This is an amazing breakdown on why alien life hasn’t found us yet.
- Whitney Houston’s only child died this week.
- The Boy Scouts of America have voted to end their ban on gay leaders.
- GWU says goodbye to the SAT,
- This girl felt so much pressure from her parents that she plotted to kill them.
- Anti-choice activists have hacked Planned Parenthood.
- Bill Cosby’s accusers have come forward.
- The NFL has its first female coach.
- In Indian Punjab a gun battle broke out between police officers and gunmen officials believe came from Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir on Monday. Indian authorities are investigating whether the source of the dispute came from Pakistan.
- The former president of India has died at 83.
- India has executed Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai attacker.
- Pakistani officials are at war with the controversial MQM party.
- Malik Ishaq, the leader of a Pakistani terrorist group, is said to have died this week in a shootout.
- Pakistan is dropping English as an official language. While English-language education will continue, Urdu will be increasingly emphasized as a means of striving for inclusion, particularly for the country’s poor.
- At least 20 people were killed in an attack on a wedding party in northern Afghanistan.
- Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, is reportedly dead. It is believed he died in 2013. His replacement has already been selected.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The US has said it would be open to nuclear talks with North Korea.
- Foreign Policy profiles Indonesia‘s successful anti-corruption agency.
- A Malaysian plane that went missing over a year ago may have begun to wash up.
- 700 Taiwanese students protested en masse over a textbook they claim promotes a “one China” policy.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Turkey is working with the US to fight Daesh/ISIS, but they’re also back to warring against the PKK.
- NATO held an emergency meeting to discuss Turkey’s jumping into the fray.
- French farmers are at war with Spanish and German travelers over food prices.
- In Calais, France, a migrant crisis is escalating as many attempt to cross via underwater tunnels to the UK.
- France has now made it legally VERY DIFFICULT to discriminate against low-income individuals.
- A member of the British Parliament has resigned after reportedly stripping naked and snorting cocaine off a prostitute’s breasts.
- The US and Turkey have created a “safe zone” in Syria.
- Greece’s prime minister may call an emergency election.
- Thousands of Finns are protesting anti-immigration remarks made by a politician.
Middle East & North Africa:
- A ceasefire in Yemen early in the week was violated within hours, as violence continues throughout the country.
- Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria are targeting one another over oil pipelines.
- A top Syrian rebel allied with the US has been captured by an Al Qaeda-affiliated rival group.
- Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli police at the Temple Mount/Al Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish mourning period of Tisha B’Av.
- Six people were stabbed at an LGBTQ pride parade in Jerusalem by an ultra-Orthodox man who had been released from jail following a similar crime.
- Israel will allow prisoners to be force-fed despite hunger striking.
- Jewish arsonists attacked a Palestinian home and killed a toddler mid-week.
- American-Israeli prisoner Jonathan Pollard (who spied on the US for Israel) will be paroled after 30 years.
- The son of Libya’s former dictator has been sentenced to death.
- Cecil the celebrity lion was killed illegally by hunters in Zimbabwe. The hunters are due in court to face charges.
- Zimbabwe wants Warren Palmer, the American dentist responsible for the kill, extradited.
- Chad has reinstated the death penalty for terror offenses.
- Numerous people were killed in suicide bombings in Nigeria and Cameroon this week.
- American president Obama visited Ethiopia this past week. He visited Kenya, the home of his father, as well.
- Efforts to locate the graves of 43 missing students in Mexico have unearthed 60 additional graves.
- Mexico has handed down an historic 600+ year sentence to a group of men for the gender-based killing of numerous women.
- Colombia has briefly suspended its pursuit of FARC rebels.
- Hillary Clinton will testify about the events in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the American ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
- Alaska is having a terrifying wildfire season.
- A prison worker is pleading guilty to aiding two felons in their escape from a New York prison.
- A University of Cincinnati officer was indicted in the murder of an unarmed black man.
- An indigenous Australian football player has been receiving considerable attention due to the amount of harassment he endures on the field.