Stories of the Week
Refugees in Europe. With few options available, refugees from the MENA region and South Asia are flooding Europe’s shores and pushing onwards to Western Europe. Countries like Germany have agreed to take in refugees (in the hopes of spurring other EU members to do the same), but the UK has only taken a handful. Meanwhile both Hungary and Bulgaria have erected walls to keep asylum-seekers out, and Hungary in particular has been vicious towards the desperate masses filling its train stations.
Iran deal is a deal. Maryland’s Mikulski became the 34th vote required for President Obama to have a veto-proof majority for the Iran deal. While a filibuster-empowered majority may not be in the cards, Obama now has the full number needed to ensure that the deal passes smoothly.
That one clerk in Kentucky. Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, is refusing to issue marriage licenses in the state of Kentucky despite an American Supreme Court ruling that she is required to. As of Thursday, Davis was arrested and held in contempt of court. This has less to do with Davis’ religious beliefs (which she clams prevent her from issuing marriage licenses) and more to do with the fact that her job requires her to issue the licenses.
- RIP to both beloved neurologist Oliver Sacks and horror film director Wes Craven.
- The image of a drowned Syrian toddler on Europe’s shores may be the wake up call the continent needs.
- Kanye 2020?
- Everything you need to know about the Freddie Gray hearings.
- Amidst a skirmish over LGB marriage in the US, the Supreme Court has ruled a Kentucky clerk must issue marriage licenses.
- Can the Olympics coexist with democracy?
- Ambassador Susan Rice (US) has urged Pakistan to do more to combat militancy.
- The Afghan Taliban have admitted to concealing the death of Mullah Omar.
- Floods in India have displaced thousands of people.
- Ten major workers’ unions in India are on strike over the Modi government’s reforms.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Thai police have made an arrest in the Erawan shrine bombing.
- The US may impose sanctions on China over cyberthefts.
- One lone reporter in China is being blamed for the stock market crash.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Austria has detained several people in connecting with a smuggling network officials believe caused the deaths of dozens of refugees.
- Refugees are protesting in Hungary as they attempt to reach Germany.
- Violent protests broke out in Kiev, Ukraine, leaving several police officers dead.
- Two VICE journalists have been accused of working with militants in Turkey.
- Hero Iceland: the country is lobbying its government to take in refugees.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Egypt has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison.
- Gunmen assassinated the director of security operations in Aden, Yemen.
- Daesh/ISIS has destroyed the first-century Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria.
- A reformist politician in Iran was reportedly arrested after thanking President Rouhani for making the country more open.
- Gaza could be “uninhabitable” in five years if current Israeli policies continue.
- A wave of arrests have led to a crackdown on opposition protesters in Sudan.
- The Balai Citoyen movement in Burkina Faso is earning attention.
- The CAR’s transitional government will impose two-year presidential term limits.
- Ebola may still be around in Sierra Leone.
- Colombians are paying the price for Venezuela‘s regime.
- Guatemala‘s president has been stripped of immunity. As of Thursday he was arrested and is being held for corruption charges.
- Canada may be in a recession.
- The US has a secret drone campaign going on in Iraq and Syria.
- President Obama visited Alaska this week to talk climate change. In advance of the move, Alaska’s Mt. McKinley has been renamed Mt. Denali in keeping with Native requests.
- Investigators believe the conditions at Nauru migrant detention center, where Australia frequently sends refugees, are unlivable.