Weekly News Round-Up 10/11/15-10/16/15: Never Going Home

Stories of the Week

Dems Debate. Hillary Clinton dominated the debate, which most viewers seemed to agree was much more policy-oriented and engaging than expected. Though leading rival Bernie Sanders got in a few moments, the debate was ultimately Clinton’s to lose, and she didn’t.

Boots on the ground in Cameroon. You probably did not hear about this, but the US casually decided to send 300 troops to Sub-Saharan Africa to fight Boko Haram. American President Obama informed Congress that he is sending them under the War Powers Act. Congress now theoretically has under 90 days to make a decision, but Obama hasn’t really lived by the Act’s rules in the past.

The longest long war. American troops will be in Afghanistan into 2017, despite President Obama’s promise to bring them home before his term ended. The news, while unshocking, indicates the current struggle that has played out across the country, with little to no sign of stopping soon. The war is among the longest the US has been engaged in, beat out only by varying measurements of its involvement in Vietnam.

(Hadi Zaher - Flickr)
A gathering in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. (Hadi Zaher – Flickr)

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Regional Updates

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • Belarus‘ dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, was re-elected by a landslide.
  • A Turkish peace rally was hit by suicide bombers, leaving a death toll of over 100. Protesters have now turned their anger on the government, which claims Daesh/ISIS was responsible.
  • A Dutch investigation into the crash of a flight over Ukrainian airspace has failed to fully blame Russian separatists, who are commonly believed to be responsible. The missile that hit the plane, however, has been determined to be Russian-made.
  • Julian Assange’s 24-hour monitoring by Scotland Yard outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London has ceased.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:



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