Stories of the Week
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.
- Jorge Ramos of Univision was kicked out of a Donald Trump presser which was a pretty bad Trump move.
- Three Americans stopped a mass shooting on a train in France and have been knighted. While many feel the gunman was motivated by extremism, robbery may be a more likely option. Officials, however, are pointing to the fact that he viewed “jihadist videos” prior to the attack.
- Vox has an explainer on the live TV killings.
- A decade into the Katrina diaspora.
- On Monday the US stock market crashed and rebounded. China’s, however, did not.
- 1/3 of millennials (American) say they aren’t 100% straight.
- Stop. Buying. Things.
- Stephen Hawking has a new black hole theory.
- Raiding Rentboy was apparently a thing this week for the feds.
- India and Pakistan have called off security talks again.
- Amidst controversy, Pakistan is set to hang a paraplegic man.
- Pakistan could soon have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile.
- India’s Patel community are launching a formal complaint, claiming that their jobs are being taken by people from a lower caste.
- Pakistan’s embassy in Afghanistan is limiting its movements amidst tensions between the two countries.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Global markets are falling as China’s currency plummets.
- North and South Korea are in each other’s faces again. The two countries reached a deal on Monday to soothe nerves, but tensions remain high between the two enemies.
- Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the Chinese bombings of several weeks ago.
- Singapore has dissolved its government and called for elections.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Russia has banned Wikipedia.
- A new plan to combat Daesh/ISIS has been reached by Turkey.
- Syrian rebels are alleging that Turkish intelligence sold them out.
- Racist xenophobes in Germany aren’t pleased that the country is attempting to open its doors to immigrants. The move is of course more of a plea to the rest of the wealthier EU countries to do the same.
- Serbia and Kosovo have reached an historic cooperation deal.
- The bodies of over 50 refugees have been found in an abandoned truck in Austria.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Emirati intelligence freed a British hostage who was captured in Yemen.
- Anti-government trash protests in Lebanon have caused the military to be deployed to Beirut.
- A border guard in Tunisia was killed in a shootout with a militant.
- Saudi Arabian women are getting set to vote.
- The mastermind behind the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing has been arrested.
- The UN heard stories this week from gay and queer refugees who fled Iraq and Syria.
- Daesh/ISIS have reportedly destroyed a several thousand year old temple in Palmyra.
- UN employees in Gaza are on strike over pay cuts.
- Clerics in the CAR are concerned that upcoming elections could spark sectarian violence.
- Security forces in Burundi reportedly used torture tactics against political opponents, says Amnesty International.
- Sierra Leone‘s last known Ebola patient was released singing and dancing.
- Guatemala’s president is resisting calls for his resignation amidst corruption charges.
- A judge from Ferguson, MO, the recent site of extreme racial tension, has withdrawn all arrest warrants from before 2015.