Stories of the Week
Woman in late 60s falls ill with pneumonia after months of exertion. As every news outlet in the US (and many around the world) have now notified you, Hillary Clinton, a woman in her late 60s who has been going non-stop on the campaign trail for over a year, fell ill with pneumonia this weekend. She is likely to make a full recovery, and the incident is unremarkable.
Ceasefire in Syria. The US and Russia helped to broker a "pause" in Syria's brutal war in order to allow for a number of things, namely aid to the battered city of Aleppo. Of course, just as the ceasefire was about to take hold, Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad helpfully bombed a rebel neighborhood. Unsurprisingly, the ceasefire has been on shaky ground ever since -- mostly because of incidents like the Syrian government turning away an aid convoy trying to reach Aleppo.
Breadxit. In what may be some of the worst cultural news of all time, The Great British Bake-Off is leaving the BBC. Worse: it is losing its co-hosts, Sue and Mel -- two iconic women who have powered much of the show's meteoric rise. Behind what might seem to be entirely entertainment news is an element of the political: the BBC is taking huge hits in the wake of Brexit, and its inability to afford Bake-Off may directly stem from this.
Black women in white spaces. When an app knows you're pregnant, but not that you miscarried. They are all Breitbart now. Justice for California's farm workers. Shine theory in the White House. The 'now you know how it feels' moment that every person who has a less than desirable passport is probably experiencing towards Britain right now. What the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff means for other Brazilian women. BYE STOCKS. The 15 year-old campaigning for a hijab emoji. Monsanto merger. Amen, Diego. Colin Powell is like much of us in that he was honest in his emails. Toward new versions of a traditional family.
- The total of those killed in Kashmir since July has topped 77. Riots have been breaking out in the majority-Muslim state, which is occupied by India and claimed in its entirety by Pakistan. Violence continued in the state throughout the week.
- At least 13 people were injured in Pakistan when Eid prayers were interrupted by a bombing.
- Two people were killed and at least 10 injured when a bomb went off in Quetta. Its target was a police vehicle.
- A large train crash in Pakistan killed four people and injured 93 near the city of Multan.
- The long road ahead for transitional justice in Nepal.
Southeast & East Asia:
- All hell broke loose in southern China early in the week, after police stormed Wukan, where protesters have been demonstrating against illegal land grabs.
- De facto leader of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi met with Barack Obama this week, culminating in Obama saying he is ready to lift U.S. sanctions on Burma. Not really discussed? Burma's ethnic cleansing of the minority Rohingya population, whose Muslim faith is at odds with majority-Buddhist Myanmar.
- After North Korea tested a nuclear bomb too close for South Korea's comfort, South Korean ally the US exercised its muscle in South Korea's airspace--a clear display meant for North Korea.
- The Philippines' leader, Rodrigo Duterte, wants the US out of the southern region of the country, because of....Muslims.
- Bitcoin is huge in Tibet. Fascinating.
- A half Taiwanese woman is about to be elected to head Japan's leading opposition party.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Two openly gay candidates are running for Russia's Duma elections, a first in history.
- Luxembourg wants Hungary expelled from the EU over its treatment of refugees.
- Meanwhile, the hardline leader of the Czech Republic is gaining notoriety for his own hostile stances on refugees.
- The UK, for its part, is still stalling on Brexit. The country is now trying to split free movement talks and single market talks with the EU into two different lanes.
- Uzbekistan's incentives to farmers are reaching new levels in one region.
- A Russian nickel plant confessed to turning a river blood red.
Middle East & North Africa:
- The US and Russia brokered an impressive ceasefire in Syria to allow for, among other things, aid to reach the city of Aleppo. However, dozens upon dozens of people were killed prior to the ceasefire taking effect.
- Israel and Syria traded fire this week after a stray shell hit the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
- Israeli former President Shimon Peres was rushed to the hospital early in the week after experiencing a stroke.
- And, in more Israeli news, the country signed a record-breaking military aid deal with the US.
- Saudi Arabia continued its deadly strikes on Yemen, causing the UN to voice concern.
- An earthquake in Tanzania killed around a dozen people and injured nearly 200.
- A yellow fever outbreak in both Angola and the Congo has been brought under control, according to the WHO.
- The UN has expressed concern as South Sudanese fighters flee to the neighboring Congo, threatening the country's stability.
- ...stability that is also threatened by things like the shuttering of newspapers after reporting on the misuse of funds.
- South Africa banned American pastor Steven Anderson, noted for his homophobia, from entering the country.
- Mexicans protested en masse this weekend against same sex marriage, but this boy was having none of it. Shortly thereafter, Mexicans in support of same sex marriage marched in its favor.
- Brazil ejected its former speaker of the lower house for hiding money in a Swiss bank account.
- Ecuador has finally set a date to question Julian Assange.
- A makeshift Native school is empowering children in the midst of the Dakota pipeline protests.
- Edward Snowden is making the case to the US government that he should be pardoned.
- The US wants to turn a tropical paradise (part of the Northern Marianas) into a warzone because of course.
- The mosque where Omar Mateen, the man behind the massacre of 49 people in Orlando, Florida in June, was set on fire. The arson coincides with Eid al-Adha, one of the most important festivals in Islam.
- The US is getting its first marine national monument.
- In other Islamophobic incidents involving fire, a Muslim woman seems to have been set on fire in New York City in what appears to be a hate crime.
- Chelsea Manning ended her hunger strike after willing her gender surgery battle.
- Support for same-sex marriage in Australia is gaining traction throughout the continent nation. However, basically everyone is unhappy with the way the vote is currently set.
- Pauline Hanson, of the One Nation party, has sparked uproar and outrage after claiming that Australia is about to be flooded with Chinese immigrants.
- Climate change and the Marshall Islands.
Quote of the Week:
Rick Perry's Dancing With the Stars debut was horrible and great and Texas as hell. His first-ever dance was to "God Blessed Texas," and he wore a black cowboy-embroidered suit and bolo tie. Strangely, the set design was heavy on State Fair symbolism, with a giant ferris wheel and a, uh, fully functional corn dog cart. Perry was paired with pro dancer Emma Slater, and though she looked pretty cool spinning around and stuff, Perry looked stiff, awkward, and he did that mouth-constantly-agape face that people make when they don’t know what they’re doing but they’re having way too much fun to notice. His daughter, meanwhile, looked on in what can only be described as pure horror. Here's a link to the full video—viewer discretion is advised. The judge's weren't impressed, and Perry and Slater finished last among the field of competitors with a score of 20, earning fives across the board. According to theSan Antonio Express-News, Judge Bruno Tolioli told Perry his routine was "bold, brash, not exactly subtle" and said he needed to work on his timing, which is probably the most poignant and concise description of Perry's political career we've ever heard. He's a long-shot to win—Vegas odds had him at 33-1 entering the competition—and it appears as though Perry's performance has made him a prime candidate for elimination in tonight's show. It certainly wouldn't be the first early exit for Perry on a national stage. -- TX Monthly morning email blast
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