China’s economic collapse? China’s stock market has crashed in a big way, and the damage could cause a global recession. That’s the worst case scenario but even the best case doesn’t look very good.
Saudi feminism. In the notorious oil monarchy, women are being allowed to register to vote and run for office in the nation’s December municipal elections. Of course, this might not be the sea change many hope — women in the kingdom face tremendous setbacks in nearly every aspect of life. But still, it’s something!
Live shootings. A reporter and a cameraman were shot and killed on live TV while reporting a story in Roanoke, Virginia. The killer, who had been fired by the channel in 2013, filmed the shooting and uploaded it to social media, sparking outcry from some who felt the footage wasn’t taken down fast enough. Those close to the victims have been calling for gun control regulation.
A 9 year-old girl in Ferguson was tragically killed by a bullet coming through her room while she did homework.
Bombing in Bangkok. The city’s popular Erawan shrine was bombed this week, with around 20 casualties and over a hundred people injured. A second bombing occurred some time later. It’s very unclear who was behind the attacks; tensions between Buddhists and Muslims are always high, but the shrine is Hindu in origin and the government has ruled out Muslim involvement from the Thai Malay minority. Uighurs from China, however, remain a possibility.
Ashley Madison. The website, which offers the tagline “Life is short. Have an affair.” has been hacked. What’s more, the information of its many clients has now been leaked, leading to outcomes ranging from embarrassment to serious danger for those in countries where adultery is legally punishable.
The Donald and birthright. The GOP’s current #1 headache (and leading candidate) has officially unveiled his immigration plan. It calls for the recall of the 14th Amendment (essentially) and suggests birthright citizenship should be overturned. Moreover, it has royally angered both the Mexican government and numerous Latinos who have voting power in the next election. Well.
Ferguson anniversary. A year after Michael Brown was killed, another man was also shot by police. A state of emergency was promptly declared. Violence between protesters and law enforcement has been escalating throughout the week.
Google the Alphabet. The internet giant will now operate its many components under the larger name Alphabet. The search engine will retain its name, however, so we don’t have to alter our grammar to include “I’ll alphabet that.”
Chinese explosions. Mysterious explosions ripped through a Chinese city mid-week and left devastation everywhere. They are believed to be linked to chemicals and industrial work, but not much else is known, and they are quite terrifying. Dozens have been killed and over a hundred people injured.
Everyone is Running for the American Presidency 2k15: Donald Trump is under fire for his incredibly sexist remarks, which hasn’t stopped his polling numbers. Meanwhile, The Other Woman Running For President, Carly Fiorina, is doing surprisingly well for herself.
Sesame Street is going to HBO, meaning it will go behind a pay wall. This is a catastrophe.
The Republicans. Fox News chose a poll-based system to narrow down which Republican candidates would be allowed to debate in their first televised sparring. The losers notably were relegated to a separate debate. There are no real takeaways, except something about Donald Trump.
Hiroshima. Seventy years after the atomic bomb was dropped in Japan by American forces, its ramifications are still being felt. The New Yorker has republished James Hersey’s article on the event in full.
The plane. The Malaysian plane that went missing is back in the headlines, forever. This is mostly because of CNN, but the Blues felt the need to update you regardless. The latest: more debris have washed up on a small French-controlled island off the coast of Madagascar, and they definitely seem to belong to the plane.