By: Akhil Kapur, Paulina Mangubat
We're not going to fault you for not staying on top of this week's news. We're only here to help.
In what can only be described as a real-life, African version of House of Cards, Joice Mujuru, a helicopter-shooting freedom fighter, is being accused of planning a coup to overthrow the current Zimbabwean president. Mujuru believes that her husband, killed in a mysterious fire, was actually murdered by pro-president forces. The Zimbabwean people love her, but Zimbabwe’s ruling party does not. Still, she hopes to run for office when the time comes.
Tired of being looked at as China’s less impressive younger brother Taiwan's newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen makes good on her campaign promises by seeking closer ties with countries other than China. She is doing this in order to have economic independence from its much larger neighbor. However it’s important to note that this and other symbolic steps suggest she is reversing her predecessor’s pro-Beijing push The decision worries Beijing as they have always maintained that Taiwan is a part of China and not a separate country.
On Thursday, the German parliament officially recognized the Armenian genocide. Obviously, Turkey wasn’t thrilled about that. This can be considered a pretty risky move, since Germany really needs Turkey’s help at the moment to deal with the refugee crisis. Regardless, Germany has now joined 20 nations, including France and Russia, that have publicly recognized the Armenian genocide.
And now, some #Brexit updates:
Germany warned the United Kingdom that leaving the EU would be a bad idea. German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw some real shade at the U.K., saying that countries "at the bargaining table" negotiate better deals than those "outside the room."
Brexit supporters are now looking towards an Australian-style immigration system in which resident status will be given on the basis of job and language skills. Really, they just want you to know that you’re British enough to sit at the Queen’s table.
The Dalai Lama, a.k.a. Buddhism’s real MVP, said that too many refugees are coming into Europe and that Europe cannot become an Arab nation. He stated that the refugees should eventually return and rebuild their home cities once their respective conflicts have been resolved. Given today’s realities, this may be easier said than done.
Officials on board a French naval vessel believe that they have detected one of two “black boxes” from EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19. This has narrowed the search for the plane to an area within a three-mile radius of the point where satellite data indicate the plane probably went down. Unfortunately, experts still do not know whether the plane crashed due to technical failure or a terrorist attack. Hopefully the black box will shed some light on the matter.
Falluja, Iraq has become a battlefield once more as Shiite fighters gun down occupiers from the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Unfortunately, many civilians have been caught in the crossfire, and tens of thousands of people remain in the city. Falluja has been closed to the world since ISIS forces captured it more than two years ago as a part of its broader attempted conquest of northern and western Iraq.
Recent state elections in Mexico have revealed the increasing tensions between Mexican security forces and the drug cartels. Veracruz, located in southeastern Mexico, is now one of its most censored and dangerous states. This, combined with the unpopularity of current governor Javier Duarte de Ocho, could lead to the upheaval of Mexico’s conservative party, the PRI, which has enjoyed an insanely long 86-year rule. The PRI’s ousting could signal a healthy change for Mexico, which hasn’t historically been regarded as the paragon of a healthy democracy.
The plot of the impeachment of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has thickened. She believes that leaked audio recordings of men backing her impeachment proves that her impeachment is meant to disrupt a corruption probe that has implicated numerous Brazilian politicians and businessmen. This is clearly a classic case of, “Yes, I am corrupt, but you know who’s more corrupt? Literally EVERYONE ELSE.”
North Korea has been linked to digital attacks on global banks. The targets include a bank in the Philippines, the Tien Phong Bank in Vietnam, and the Central Bank of Bangladesh. The digital security firm Symantec said that the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: several attacks on South Korean banks and media companies in 2013 and the hacking attack on Sony Pictures (thanks, Seth Rogen) in December 2014.