Stories of the Week
Retaking Fallujah. Since the week's beginning, the sometimes down but somehow never completely deflated Iraqi army has been working to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State. This has, of course, been something of a challenge, and soldiers are currently stalled in their efforts. Iraqi troops moved into Fallujah at the beginning of the week, but the UN has warned that around 20,000 children are stranded in the city, and there is serious concern about potential casualties.
Armenian genocide and Turkish rage. Germany incurred Turkish wrath late in the week by voting to recognize the Armenian genocide. The move is only the latest in increasingly tense German-Turkish relations; earlier this year Turkey asked Germany to prosecute a comedian over his reported mockery of Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan. While it's unclear how meaningful Germany's action will ultimately be, Turkey has gained an upper hand in its relationship with the EU due in no small part to the continent's ongoing refugee crisis. Turkey is uniquely positioned to assist -- as well as make demands in exchange.
That gorilla. So, there was some gorilla drama recently. Despite many, many articles, the real takeaway is that zoos are not healthy environments for animals, people should probably not judge the parenting skills of those they are not well acquainted with, and the life of a child was probably saved. Also, maybe if you eat meat think about a few more helpful things you can do for animals.
- North Dakota's ancient mosque.
- Nepalese girls take photos of all the things they cannot touch during their periods.
- Miss Trans Israel is a Palestinian Christian.
- Who feels safe in Pakistan?
- Seeking therapy while Black.
- The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard saga has been made even more terrible by the media's total inability to comprehend Heard's bisexuality.
- Frog, Toad, and same-sex love.
- Writing Islamic identity and being labeled political.
- Someone, stop this from happening.
- The family of the driver killed in the US strike on Taliban leader Mullah Mansour are suing.
- India in the Anthropocene.
- Nepal's attempts to limit free speech are helping no one.
- Making Karachi.
- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underwent open heart surgery this week; he is reportedly making a full recovery.
- The Pakistani military is removing roofs in Waziristan, a region famous for militancy.
- Coral reefs in the Maldives are doing terribly.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Child sex abuse has turned into a family industry in the Philippines.
- The Philippines' notorious new leader doesn't like journalists much.
- A group of Thai monks kept the bodies of 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer, according to police reports.
- A young boy was left alone in a forest in Japan as a form of punishment, and is now missing.
Europe & Eurasia:
- More than 700 people died trying to cross the Mediterranean in a span of three days, according to reports.
- Will the Louvre flood?
- Syria's opposition negotiator has left the peace talks.
- A former Miss Turkey has been found guilty of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Instagram.
- The UK Labour party appointed a shadow minister for neurodiversity.
- Poland has officially received a warning from the EU over its increasingly undemocratic practices.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Iran is threatening to boycott the annual hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
- A private hospital in Egypt was shut down after a young girl died following a female genital cutting procedure. The practice is illegal in Egypt.
- Pro-government Libyan militias have been retaking ground from the Islamic State steadily.
- A French vessel believes it has located the EgyptAir black box from a flight that went down in the Mediterranean two weeks ago.
- Humanitarian aid finally reaches Syria.
- The problems with potentially banning Kenya from the Olympics.
- South Sudan's public service sector is collapsing.
- The former president of Chad, Hissene Habre, was convicted of crimes against humanity on Monday.
- Uganda has ceased military cooperation with North Korea.
- Al Shabaab has returned -- the militant group struck a hotel in Mogadishu mid-week.
- Brazil's drama continues.
- Thousands of Peruvians marched against the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of an authoritarian former president now seeking that office for herself.
- Striking employees of Verizon have returned to work.
- A murder-suicide at UCLA mid-week was reportedly over grades, though now seems to have been part of some bizarre kill list and intellectual property dispute.
- Lead poisoning could be everywhere.
- New Zealand is cracking down on tobacco packaging.
Quote of the Week: "
Because no matter how many times you say words like “freedom” and “justice,” genocide is still genocide and slavery is still slavery. Rape is still rape...Because American foreign policy is and has always meant perpetual war. - An open letter to the writers speaking out against Trump, Daniel Jose Older for Electric Literature
Blue Out: Love on the run (Happy Pride month!)