Stories of the Week
Goodbye to a great. Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxing champion and African-American Muslim and activist, passed away last week. He is being widely celebrated by many people, and rightfully so. That having been said, those saying he "transcended" religion and race really missed the point.
The rape case breaking Stanford apart. A horrifying rape case, involving a Stanford swimmer who assaulted a young woman, has made waves after the victim's letter (read aloud to her rapist in court) went viral. But the story didn't end there; the rapist, who will only serve 6 months of prison time, was defended by his father, who claimed his son was being unfairly punished for "20 minutes of action." This has, understandably, enraged activists, sexual assault survivors, and everyone with a soul.
The glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton has attained the Democratic presidential nomination -- she has both the necessary number of pledged delegates and superdelegates needed, in addition to having just earned more votes, period. Bernie Sanders' supporters are not going quietly into that dark night, however. Sanders has threatened to take his fight for the nomination to the convention, and the resulting mudfight has not been pretty. Regardless, the moment is an historic one -- Clinton will be the first woman ever to serve as the nominee for a major political party in the US. She is, notably, white and upper middle-class, just as Barack Obama before her was a male and upper middle-class despite being the country's first African American president. Clinton's net cons and net pros have launched many a think piece, including this one and, to an extent, this one.
- Karachi desperately needs public transportation.
- Can sustainable hunting help Pakistani wildlife preservation?
- A mother was arrested in Lahore for setting her daughter on fire after the latter eloped with a man she liked.
- India's double standard in Kashmir.
- Death politics: Mumbai's Parsis are turning to cremations, now that vultures are becoming less and less of an option.
- Monsoon season arrives in India.
Southeast & East Asia:
- A quiet opinion on Brexit -- China wants the superpower to stay in the EU.
- No more drinking for the US Navy in Japan.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Switzerland has said no to a universal basic economy.
- German lawmakers are receiving death threats following a move to condemn the Armenian genocide as, well, genocide committed by Turkey.
- Another bombing in Istanbul killed 11 people and wounded 36 others.
- Sweden banned M&Ms.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Iraqi forces are continuing their push into Islamic State-held Fallujah. The Islamic State, for their part, are staying on brand and executing civilians trying to flee.
- An attack on a Palestinian refugee camp killed five officers in Jordan.
- Syrian and Russian forces stepped up their attacks on the city of Aleppo this week. Bashar al-Assad has pledged more bloodshed, saying the peace talks have failed.
- Two gunmen opened fire on a mall in Tel Aviv, after posing as ultra-Orthodox Jews. Four people were killed and six more were wounded.
- 32 soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack in Niger.
- Somali militants attacked an Ethiopian military base in Somalia.
- After marrying another woman, Desmond Tutu's daughter was forced to leave the priesthood.
- Canada's assisted-suicide law is running into governmental red tape.
- Congrats, Canada -- you are the least xenophobic country in the Western world.
- After an incredibly tight election, Peru has a new leader.
- Brazil's drama grows and grows -- the country's top prosecutor wants most of interim President Michel Temer's party arrested.
- The face of undocumented immigration in the US is changing, as more and more Chinese nationals cross over from Mexico into California.
- Polling indicates that the upcoming Australian election will be a close one. It will also feature the first-ever Facebook debate.
- Police opened fire on anti-government protesters in Papua New Guinea, wounding more than 20 people.
Quote of the Week:
When talking about the primaries, always keep in the forefront of your mind that all Sanders supporters came to that decision through a rational and dispassionate comparisons of candidate platforms and philosophies. YOU voted with your vagina. Nothing good ever came out of a vagina. Nothing. - "Managing Your Feelings Is Not My Job", Hecatedemeter