Stories of the Week
Really, for many people, there's only one. Donald Trump, xenophobe, Islamophobe, racist, misogynist, queerphobe, anti-Semite, and all-around stunningly awful human being, will be the next president of the US. This will impact the entire world, and it has already caused potentially irreversible damage in the US, where protests have broken out, suicide hotlines have crashed, and violence has escalated.
With this in mind, this week's news roundup comes a bit late, and a bit shortened.
Leonard Cohen, staggering musical genius, has passed. Voting as an immigrant in the US for the first time. Anti-Semitism in Trump's last campaign ad. Radical laugh. Support strong women. Stay safe. The silver lining: More women of color in the Senate than ever. Talking to a non-white female child who loved Hillary Clinton about what happened. America elects a bigot. Immigrants, LGBTQ people, and the marginalized will fight on. Great, more Nigel Farage. The second redemption.
South, Southeast, & East Asia:
- Delhi's air pollution is arguably a result of failed policies in India. The city issued a state of emergency over its smog levels this week.
- India suddenly altered its currency with no warning, sending the country into a tailspin.
- How long can the Maldives stay above sea level?
- Beijing is meddling in Hong Kong to prevent pro-independence lawmakers from coming to power.
- A Philippine mayor who had criticized President Rodrigo Duterte was killed in a shootout in prison.
Europe & Eurasia:
- The German Interior Ministry wants refugees sent to North Africa.
- Russian nationalists attempted to assassinate Montenegro's prime minister and install a pro-Kremlin government, according to Montenegro's government.
- Following arrests by the government, Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP party is threatening to not participate in government.
- Under Viktor Orban's right-wing government, abortions in Hungary are decreasing.
- An anti-refugee bill in Hungary was rejected by parliament.
- Poland's Law and Justice party is radically moving the country to the far right.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Marrakech, Paris, and the race to beat climate change.
- Understanding Morocco's current protests.
- Rebel forces in Syria have begun efforts to retake the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State.
- A gunman killed 11 people watching a soccer/football game in Juba, South Sudan.
- An explosion in the DRC killed a child, in addition to injuring more than 30 Indian UN peacekeepers.
- South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, survived a no-confidence vote.
- A lot of African leaders are excited about Donald Trump.
- FBI Director James Comey announced last Sunday that further investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails had yielded no new results.
- A Canadian diver may have found a nuclear bomb.
- Canada will offer foreign visitors the gender-neutral "other" option.
- Nicaragua's president won a fourth term in office after the country's election on Sunday.
Quote of the Week:
"And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams." - Hillary Clinton
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