Stories of the Week
Islamophobia gets even scarier. Donald Trump, an American Republican candidate for president, suggested this week that Muslims be banned from entering the US. The legality of this is being contested but more importantly, Trump’s statement terrifyingly echoed dark chapters in global history when religious minorities have been singled out. Worse yet: none of the other Republican candidates for president have really disagreed with him.
Elections, elections. In France, the far right-wing National Front party is slowly rising, having scored big in regional elections. In Venezuela, President Maduro’s party were recently crushed, a sign that the country has tired of his administration. Brazil, meanwhile, may be heading for elections: the country might be impeaching its president (though, as of Wednesday, impeachment proceedings were suspended.) Rwanda’s Paul Kegame is also clearing the way for his third term, while a similar move in Burundi (where the situation is more extreme) has sparked riots so violent people are worried about what would essentially be genocide on the basis of political affiliation.
Affirmative action in the US may be on the chopping block. A white woman named Abigail Fisher is fighting a war against affirmative action, claiming it cost her a spot at the University of Texas at Austin. (However, it is highly unlikely that she would have gotten in even if she were a person of color.) Regardless, her case, which has previously gone to the Supreme Court, been kicked back, and is now being taken up again, may determine the future of affirmative action. A lot of people are worried, which seems valid.
- Angela Merkel is Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
- It’s Chanukah this week! Personal plug.
- Former US President Jimmy Carter is officially cancer-free.
- RIP Scott Weiland.
- Greenhouse gases may have dropped globally.
- Penis transplants.
- Millennial takeover.
- The drama behind Bitcoin is something you may or may not know about.
- Serial fans, your fave is back.