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By: Tony Hotland and April Elizabeth Curtis
South African President Jacob Zuma is back in the spotlight, but for old corruption charges. While he successfully dodged an impeachment attempt a month ago, some allegations made against him in 1999 are back biting at his ankles. How many corruption charges can be thrown at this man before one sticks?
China passed a law this week that puts all foreign non-governmental organizations there under the supervision of the security apparatus. More than 7,000 NGOs will be affected and they now have to find an official Chinese sponsor and must register with the police. Starting Jan. 1, these NGOs will have to submit an annual work plan and budget to the authorities. Police can check their offices, question employees and examine materials, with the power to seal offices if they find evidence of what they deem illegal activities.
North Korea has announced its ruling Workers Party Congress will take place on 6 May—the first in 36 years—and they are expected to celebrate by launching yet another banned nuclear test. Kim Jong-un sure knows how to party!
A terrorist group admitted to killing two gay rights activists in Bangladesh because the group believed that homosexuality was a sin. But murder is not?
On Wednesday Austria passed a controversial law allowing asylum seekers to be rejected at the border. This new law comes only days after the far-right candidate Nobert Hofer lead the first round of presidential polls. There is also talk about building a fence between Italy and Austria, which would go against everything for which the EU and Shenanigan stand. Traditionally politically boring Austria is shaking things up, but hopefully they remember what happened when they last gifted the world a far-right leader.
Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris attacks was extradited back to France this week. He was caught in Brussels, which potentially triggered the March Brussels attacks. Abdeslam’s lawyer was interviewed and called his client “a little jerk” with “the intelligence of an empty ashtray — an abysmal emptiness.” He said it, not us.
This week marks the 30th anniversary since Chernobyl, the worst nuclear accident in history. The accident is still affecting those in the area, with children still being born with deformities and the unusually high level of rare cancers. Nextgen published an article commemorating the anniversary of the event, which can be found here.
Syria’s divided city of Aleppo was hit very hard this week. Rebel-held areas of the city suffered airstrikes and government-held areas were heavily shelled. A Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital was also hit killing at least 27 doctors and patients.
On Wednesday a woman suicide bomber blew herself up in Bursa, Turkey, injuring eight people. It is the fifth bombing targeting a major city in Turkey this year.
Also on Tuesday, and also in Turkey, the parliament speaker argued that secularism should be removed from the Turkish constitution, which sparked protests. The following day Turkish PM Ahmet Davutolglu waved his finger and said that Turkey’s secularism was not up for debate.
Shockingly on Monday, Saudi Arabia said it would move away from its dependence on oil profit. With 70% of the country’s profits coming from oil, the Deputy Crown Prince admitted that his country was addicted to the black stuff.. The country decided to develop its green economy by focusing more on mineral mining and military production.
Results from five more primaries this week on the Democratic and Republican sides confirmed further that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face against each other in the November presidential election. Women's cards will be dealt and the competition will be yuuuge.
Civil rights battles have been fought there before—over blacks, over women, over people with disabilities. America is dealing with a new one, this time over bathrooms and over transgender people. When this is over, America will then debate which specific trees people cannot pee on.
Venezuela finally did something that we believe the rest of the world should follow suit: Two-day workweeks. But that doesn't mean Venezuelans will start spending their five-day weekends sippin' on their rimmed glasses of cocktails on Margarita Island because the oil-wealthy country is facing dire energy shortages that have resulted in power rationing. The absence of 24/7 Wi-Fi sounds like a basic human rights violation to us.