Stories of the Week
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.
- RIP Julian Bond.
- The tragic news is that former US President Jimmy Carter’s cancer has spread to his brain. This has in no way hindered his humility or optimism, however, and he hopes the last Guinea worm dies before he does.
- AT&T is evil.
- Everyone is Running for the American Presidency 2k15: Donald Trump had jury duty.
- Amazon too is terrible. But probably we should care more about blue collar workers, says Vox.
- The US Army Ranger school is set to graduate its first two female graduates ever. However, they will not be eligible for the elite 75th Ranger unit.
- The AP totally screwed up a story on the Iran deal.
- The Texas town where undocumented immigrants are welcome.
- Female Viagra has arrived.
- A graphic to sum up the Danziger Bridge incident.
- The former spokesman for Subway is headed to prison on child pornography charges.
- A senior provincial minister in the Pakistani province of Punjab was killed by a bomb.
- Hamid Gul, former ISI spy chief, has died.
- The US has found Pakistani action against the Haqqani Network to be insufficient.
- Pakistan has summoned its Afghan envoy over the “blame game” currently going on between the two countries.
- Kashmiri separatists have been invited by the Pakistani High Commission in Delhi to join high-level talks.
- Sri Lankans are headed to the polls.
- Three people have been arrested in connection with the murders of secular bloggers in Bangladesh.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The US has warned China about using secret agents to track down fugitives in the country.
- Residents displaced by last week’s deadly explosions in China are demanding compensation.
- An Indonesian passenger plane crashed this weekend in Papua.
- Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, was bombed this week. A second explosion came a day after the first.
- North & South Korea exchanged fire this week, further eroding any ties the two nations barely had.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Attacks against immigrants in Germany have the country on alert.
- The Greek government was set to call for a confidence vote early in the week. Sure enough, the prime minister has resigned and elections will be called.
- Russian security has been seizing and destroying Dutch flower boxes in retaliation for the Netherlands’ investigation into a plane presumably brought down by pro-Russian militants.
- Turkey’s efforts at forming a coalition government have collapsed.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The Syrian Air Force struck a rebel-held town this weekend, killing over a hundred and wounding over a hundred more.
- Daesh/ISIS executed and beheaded the 82 year-old director of Palmyra’s antiquities.
- Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is imposing harsh fines against the media that claim to combat terrorism.
- A courthouse bombing in Cairo was reportedly carried out by Daesh/ISIS.
- The Iraqi prime minister has drastically rearranged his cabinet.
- The US is increasing its advising role in the escalating conflict between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
- Libya has asked the Arab League for aid in battling Daesh/ISIS.
- Israel has suspended its detention of a Palestinian lawyer who suffered brain damage.
- Amidst reports of his death, the leader of Boko Haram may be alive — though this too is unconfirmed.
- South Sudan may be on the verge of a peace agreement.
- The president of Burundi has been sworn in for a controversial third term.
- Brazilians are calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.
- Cuba and the US are mending ties.
- Mexico is not very happy with Donald Trump’s immigration plan.