Stories of the Week
Post-Brexit chaos. After voting to leave the EU last week, Britain descended into madness. For its part, the UK doesn't seem to want to have to commit to Brexit. The EU, however is basically going to force it to. Immigrants, or those perceived as immigrants, are feeling the brunt of Brexit pain. Muslims, Jews, people of color, and Eastern Europeans are among those targeted. Meanwhile, Scotland and Northern Ireland are desperately trying to remain in the EU. (Brexit could also harm the Irish peace process, something very alarming.) EU leaders also cut Britain out of meetings this week, further adding fuel to the fire. Boris Johnson, the supposed successor of outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, has ruled himself out as leader, leaving Theresa May a potential option.
The burden is undue. The American Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that the state of Texas would unfairly burden women if it imposed harsh restrictions on clinics providing abortions. Justice Breyer wrote the decision but, of course, it is Justice Ginsburg to whom the masses turned.
Terror in Turkey. Three suicide bombers detonated explosives in front of Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday during a busy hour. Around 41 people are believed to be dead, with over 200 injured. In a surprising move, Turkey quickly blamed the Islamic State, not Kurdish rebels--the usual go-to culprit. It was revealed Thursday morning that Eastern European and Central Asian militants were behind the attack.
- RIP forever to the Toast, the feminist publication that we did not deserve.
- Men are terrible.
- An inclusive literary journal.
- Eileen Myles on guns, gays, and pride.
- Captivity is degrading.
- Surviving a lynching.
- RIP Bill Cunningham, and his big gay heart.
- A journalist's challenging undercover work was marketed as 'Eat Pray Love'-style memoir....because sexism.
- Cook or baker?
- Benghazi fail.
- Finally, something North America can be proud of. (With caveats.)
- Women's gymnastics remains the best.
- India's NSG embarrassment.
- In Pakistan, a cleric issued a fatwa allowing for transgender individuals to enter into marriage with one another. The fatwa further called for destigmatizing many transgender citizens, though it did not extend the same sympathy to intersex peoples.
- India's Supreme Court refused to hear another challenge against 377, a remnant of the colonial era under Britain which criminalized same-sex relations.
- Bloggers, murders, and Bangladesh's greatest living writer.
- Around 30 people were killed and 50 injured in an attack in Kabul.
Southeast & East Asia:
- South Korea, Japan, & the US had their first joint missile test.
- Rodrigo Duterte has officially been sworn in as leader of the Philippines.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Turkey has expressed regret for its downing of a Russian plane last winter. However, it will not compensate Russia over the incident.
- However, Turkey is still taking small steps towards EU membership.
- A Syrian refugee turned in €150,000 to German officials after finding the money in a cabinet given to him.
- France and Spain oppose allowing Scotland to remain in the EU post-Brexit.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Iraqi forces have completely re-taken the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State.
- Israel and Turkey have reconciled, years after a flotilla incident in Gaza severed ties. Palestinians are sharply divided on the reconciliation.
- A 19 year-old Palestinian boy stabbed a 13 year-old Israeli girl to death in the West Bank.
- Ongoing attacks in Yemen hint at no likelihood of a ceasefire.
- A stadium blast in Madagascar killed two people and wounded 80.
- Tanzanian helium discovery.
- Two suicide bombers killed themselves, but no bystanders, in Nigeria.
- South Sudan canceled its independence day celebration.
- The US embassy in the Ivory Coast helpfully outed several members of the extended LGBTQ community in the country, who were mourning the massacre of queer people in Orlando, Florida. The individuals are now on the run.
- A missing Kenyan lawyer is presumed to have been kidnapped by rogue police.
- After missing a penalty kick, Lionel Messi has said he will retire from international football (soccer.) Argentina isn't taking the news well.
- The disarming of the FARC has begun in Colombia.
- Puerto Rico is saved! The American colony was rescued from horrifying debt by Congress at the eleventh hour this week.
- A white supremacist rally in Sacramento turned violent, with multiple stabbings.
- Transwomen make history in the US. And, in another victory for transgender rights, trans* individuals will be able to serve openly in the US military.
- Adnan Syed, the subject of the first series of wildly popular podcast Serial, will have a new trial.
- Ludacris is set to perform at Guantanmo Bay.
- Australian election watch!
- Australian uranium mining is polluting the Arctic, according to scientists.
Quote of the Week:
"Oh, no. No. I’m currently imagining this little twerp walking down the street with his arms spread wide open like Maria running through Austrian mountain fields. And while The Sound of Music is an absolute classic film, it has its time and place. And that time and place is watching it on Mother’s Day with your mom in attendance, not when you’re strolling down Third Street trying to get your steps in on your Fitbit." - The worst hipster marriage announcement of all time, Postgradproblems