By: Akhil Kapur and Paulina Mangubat
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The ramifications of last week’s Brexit win are echoing throughout Europe. On Tuesday, the European Parliament will plunge the EU into uncharted waters and formally plan for a Britainless EU.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is salty. After UK Independence Party leader (and ultra-Brexiteer) Nigel Farage gave a speech that accused EU members of being “in denial” and “never having actually worked a proper job,” Juncker said what every Bremain supporter in the room was thinking: “Why are you even here?”
Mr. Farage announced that the day of the Brexit referendum marked “Britain's independence day.” He clearly didn’t realize that leaving a peaceful, voluntary organization cannot be compared to centuries of oppression (usually in the hands of British rule). Nigel, I don’t think that independence means what you think it means.
In related news, Boris Johnson, the presumed frontrunner in the race to replace David Cameron as the British prime minister, dropped a bombshell by announcing that he isn’t planning to run.
It’s all good in Puerto Rico or, as the EU calls it, “America’s Greece.” Just two days before Puerto Rico was projected to default on a $2 billion debt payment, the Senate passed relief legislation: a financial life-saver. Still, the rescue package won’t keep Puerto Rico from missing the payment, and Republican congressional leaders have continually reassured conservatives that the bill is not a bailout.
On Tuesday, President Obama joined Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña for a summit meeting in Ottawa. Obama, Trudeau, and Peña tried to present a united front in light of last week’s politically polarizing Brexit decision.
Obama was given a warm welcome in Canada's House of Commons with many audience members chanting “Four more years.”
Looks like neither of the U.S.’ neighbors are big fans of the Donald. At the summit, Trudeau and Peña lowkey voiced their disdain for a Donald Trump presidency—the former because Canada’s liberal values and pro-immigrant/refugee stance does not align with Trump’s view of what makes a country great, and the latter because Trump denigrating Mexicans.
On Wednesday, suicide bombers attacked the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The attack claimed 42 lives and injured 239 people. As of now, no terrorist organization has officially claimed responsibility, but all the signs point towards ISIS. Istanbul has become a frequent target for terrorist attacks, with major incidents also occurring on January 12 and June 7 this year.
After weeks of bloody fighting, U.S.-led Iraqi forces retook Fallujah from the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Airstrikes by the campaign killed at least 250 suspected militants and destroyed at least 40 vehicles.
Something surprising just washed up on the shores of Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach—and no, it wasn’t a drunk college kid. This past week, a mutilated human corpse wrapped in black plastic was discovered on an Olympic volleyball court.
It's been a rough few months for Brazil, what with the spread of the Zika virus, President Dilma Rousseff standing down amid corruption allegations and its worst recession in over two decades. With just over a month to go until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, the mutilated body’s discovery just made everything in Brazil look ten times worse.
The controversial president-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, was inaugurated this Thursday. Duterte won the presidential election in May by 16 million votes (about 38% of the popular vote). Duterte, popular because of his no-nonsense demeanor and hard stance on crime, has often been compared to Donald Trump.
- China has replaced its internet regulator, Lu Wei. The internet regulator is responsible for leading the Communist Party’s efforts to control Chinese cyberspace and propagate its philosophy of web control. The decision may affect how American tech giants look to expand their presence in China.