Stories of the Week
Nice. During a Bastille Day event, a car, reportedly filled with explosives, rammed into a crowd full of people. More than 70 are thought to be dead, with more than 40 thought to be injured. Alarmists have been quick to deem the attack as being linked to the Islamic State; that has yet to be determined. What we do know: this is yet another tragedy in a world that has taken a lot of hits recently. Update: 84 people have died, and the driver has been identified as a 31 year-old French Tunisian man.
The cops and the people. The US is on edge following a sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers. The shooting followed an otherwise peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration, that was, well, focused on targeting police brutality. In the wake of the tragedy, hundreds of people have been demonstrating -- and hundreds have been arrested, including one of the most famous Black Lives Matter activists, who of course livestreamed his arrest. Also arrested? Black journalists, while their white colleagues were left alone.
She may, she may. Theresa May will be the next leader of Britain. She will be the country's second female prime minister, after Margaret Thatcher, and she falls easily into the glass cliff trope outlined below (wherein women appear to shatter a glass ceiling...at the exact same time that they become accountable for a male leader's mess. (However, please avoid Thatcher comparisons.) May is certainly a conservative politician, and progressives aren't hailing her victory. However, she did support the Remain camp, as did outgoing PM David Cameron. Downside for optimists? She's said she will still oversee Britain's exit from the EU.
Also, there's Boris.
Kashmir. Occupied by India, Jammu & Kashmir, not to be conflated with Azad Kashmir, in Pakistan, have long been set to explode. And explode is what the area did following the killing of a (by all accounts violent) militant by Indian forces. The killing has resulted in an eruption of protests and rioting, leading Pakistan to, of course, weigh in.
- The US is set to base hundreds of troops outside of Afghanistan, in an effort to keep the country stable.
- Meanwhile, Afghanistan reportedly has no plans to renew talks with the Taliban.
- India's coal mining ambitions have hurt the indigenous Adivasi people, according to human rights reports.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Japan's ruling coalition did well in elections, indicating constitutional changes in the country may be on the horizon.
- Could a woman rule Japan?
- The Philippines won its South China Sea case against China in a stunning blow to the latter.
Europe & Eurasia:
- A move in Britain to topple Jeremy Corbyn, the leftist leader of the Labour party, emerged last weekend.
- Meet the Poles that Brexit supporters hate.
- Riots over gentrification in Berlin have wounded over 100 German police officers.
- 20 people died after two trains collided in Italy.
- A European court sided with a French woman who was fired for wearing a hijab.
- Russia and the US are eyeing a military pact to defeat the Islamic State.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The unending war: the US will send troops to Iraq ahead of an offensive to re-take the city of Mosul, which is under the control of the Islamic State.
- The Islamic State claimed another suicide bombing in a Baghdad suburb.
- Egypt wants to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
- The Islamic State's Twitter mojo is fading.
- A senior Kurdish PKK commander was killed in Syria, according to reports.
- Egypt's disappeared.
- Syria says Russian jets hit a refugee camp near the Jordanian border.
- The UN says it cannot feed Aleppo if the city falls under seige.
- Human Rights Watch says the abuse of maids in Oman verges on slavery.
- Human rights crackdowns in Bahrain have been steadily increasing.
- Clashes in Yemen killed 44 people mid-week, even as the UN continued to call for renewed peace talks.
- South Sudan may be on the verge of another civil war. A ceasefire was declared Monday, but tensions are still running high.
- A critic of Lesotho's government was shot by assailants this week and is receiving treatment for his injuries.
- Northeast Nigeria is facing a severe famine risk.
- A pastor in Zimbabwe was detained for protesting the government -- he has called for more protests in the wake of his detention.
- Canada's Anglican Church first rejected same-sex marriage, then accepted it.
- Brazil is beefing up its security as the Olympics draw near.
- Tango in Argentina for energy.
- Massive uprisings in Mexico have led the country's president to promise a review of education reforms.
- A Black Lives Matter activist was arrested in Baton Rouge during a protest.
- A minister and an imam in Dallas.
- Trump Veepstakes.
- An Egyptian kebab shop owner in New Zealand is now a legend for ignoring an armed robbery, the video of which went viral.
- Indigenous Australians fear the government will shut down their communities by stealth.
Quote of the Week:
"You are the only person left on earth not in grad school or without children. You run." - Mike Lacher, McSweenys
Blue Out: Three sunsets.