Stories of the Week
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.
- Target is going gender neutral for children.
- Millennials support the Iran Deal and think the government isn’t doing enough in America.
- Prisoners are coming forward saying that, following this summer’s epic manhunt for two escaped killers from a New York prison, they were beaten for information.
- Alphabet soup.
- Amnesty International wants sex work decriminalized.
- 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater are now floating in a Colorado River due to a failed EPA cleanup.
- Numerous people were killed after a car bomb exploded in Kabul over the weekend.
- Pakistan has been rocked by a child sex abuse scandal.
- Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani has accused Pakistan of causing violence in the country.
- Six suspected tiger poachers have been killed in Bangladesh.
- India is pushing back against a movement to ban pornographic websites.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A typhoon has battered the eastern coast of China, killing over a dozen people.
- China is devaluing its currency.
- A Chinese port city experienced several major explosions mid-week. The explosions were likely caused by an industrial accident.
- Japan is returning to nuclear power, four years after the devastating breakdown at Fukushima.
- Burma has removed the reformist head of a political party who had been considered a top presidential candidate.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels (namely, the PKK) is on the rise, and now involves the US.
- Greece and its lenders have theoretically reached an accord which would keep the country in the Eurozone.
- Two people were killed in a knife attack in an Ikea in Sweden.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Five out of sixty US-trained rebels in Syria have been kidnapped by the al-Nusra Front.
- The Front is slowly indicating it may be aligning with ISIS/Daesh.
- ISIS/Daesh meanwhile is believed to have beheaded a Croatian hostage.
- Around 50 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in a marketplace attack in Iraq.
- In Yemen rebels have been driven out of the key city of Zinjibar.
- A verdict is expected soon in the case of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been held in Iran for over a year.
- Militants killed ten people in an attack in Mali.
- The UN has opened an inquiry into accusations that peacekeepers in the CAR raped a 12 year-old girl.
- National Geographic has a story up on the link between elephant poaching and the financing of terror.
- The president of Guinea-Bissau has sacked his government due to disagreements with the prime minister.
- Haitians have finally made it to the polls for the first time in years.
- A Mexican activist helping to locate 43 missing students has been found dead.
- During protests marking the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO, another man was shot by the police. Officials then declared a state of emergency throughout the state.
- Former American president Jimmy Carter has announced he has cancer.
- It’s the anniversary of the Watts riots.
- Australia has a vegemite problem.