Stories of the Week
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.
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- 50 years later, the Voting Rights Act struggles, amidst decisions that implicate Texas.
- Canada sent a sweet robot to hitchhike the US and the US killed it.
- The Republicans who made the Republican debate.
- The White House is set to release plans intensely curbing carbon pollution.
- Mark Zuckerberg is expecting.
- The Senate blocked a bill attempting to defund Planned Parenthood this week.
- Millennial men aren’t the dads they thought they would be.
- In an historic agreement, India and Bangladesh, who share one of the oddest borders in the world, have been swapping land enclaves.
- There has been significant backlash regarding the Taliban’s recent power shift.
- Building collapses in Mumbai are becoming an increasing problem.
- Shafqat Hussain was executed in Pakistan amidst controversy and outrage.
- The Pakistani Supreme Court has upheld military tribunals.
- Pakistan’s national database may have aided terrorists, according to the ISI.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Flooding in Burma has killed dozens and displaced thousands.
- It appears that the portion of the Boeing 777 plane discovered on an island off the coast of Madagascar is indeed from the Malaysian plane that went missing mysteriously last year. French workers are currently conducting additional tests.
- Commemorations for the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima are underway.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Greek stocks reopened this week to a sharp tumble.
- Russia and Sweden are having quite the diplomatic tussle.
- Turkey is continuing to carry out bombings on Kurdish strongholds where the PKK retains power.
- In Germany the top prosecutor has been fired following an investigation into a blog amidst allegations of treason.
Middle East & North Africa:
- A 16 year-old wounded by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish anti-LGBTQ vigilante at Jerusalem’s pride parade succumbed to her wounds over the weekend.
- Israel has arrested a right-wing Zionist activist.
- Despite questions surrounding Egypt’s dictatorship, the US and President Sisi’s government are strengthening ties.
- The Suez Canal is here.
- Dozens died after a regime-held Syrian jet crashed in a crowded area.
- The son of former Libyan dictator Quaddafi appears to have been tortured in prison.
- American leader Obama delivered a speech on the Iran deal this week.
- ISIS/Daesh has issued a video threatening a Croatian man.
- A drive-by shooting in Burundi killed a top general in violence believed to be linked to the controversy over the country’s president’s efforts to seek another term in office.
- South Sudan will compete in the 2016 Olympic games.
- Lion drama in Zimbabwe is ongoing.
- Documents indicate Ecuadorian spies may have illegally targeted environmental activists.
- A Mexican photojournalist who fled his home after receiving threats was found dead with signs of torture on his body.
- Puerto Rico has defaulted.
- Canada is set to have an election.
- A man opened fire on a movie theater in Tennessee. Thankfully, there were no casualties.
- Australia has admitted to sending nearly 50 asylum seekers back to Vietnam.