By: Akhil Kapur and 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.
- Happy birthday, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the controversial “Iran deal” that divided Americans along party lines last summer)! To commemorate the occasion, news outlets like The New York Times have begun releasing news analyses answering the following question: “Where are we now?”
- The answer? It’s complicated. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry still believe that the deal was a key factor in preventing further nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Iranians, on the other hand, worry that the sanctions relief promised by the deal hasn't been implemented quickly enough.
- On Tuesday, former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Hillary Clinton in an effort to maintain a united front against a common enemy: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Video footage of Sanders’ endorsement speech was described as “awkward” by CNN. It makes sense—this presidential election season has been marked by several painfully awkward interactions.
- The anger over massive shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela has its citizens up in arms. Some people have publicly called for a regime change; meanwhile, others have gone so far as to throw mangoes at President Nicolas Maduro (during a food shortage, mind you.) Seventy percent are in favor of his ousting. Uruguay’s former leader José “Pepe” Mujica once called Maduro “mad as a goat” and accused him of being a “traitor” and CIA agent.
- It’s out with the old and in with the new for the United Kingdom: on Wednesday, David Cameron officially vacated his position as the British prime minister. Now it’s up to Theresa May to guide the United Kingdom through its formal exit from the European Union.
- It sounds like a lot, but we’re sure she’ll handle it gracefully. Come what May.
- Conflict in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, that erupted last week between forces loyal to President Salva Kir and Vice-President Riek Machar has come to a temporary pause. As the death toll in Juba rises, countries like the UK, Italy, Japan and Uganda have begun evacuating their citizens.
- An international tribunal in the Hague delivered its verdict on Tuesday regarding China’s recent behavior in the South China Sea. The verdict, an important win for the Philippines, stated that China’s expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters has no legal basis. Unsurprisingly, China (which refused to participate in the tribunal’s proceedings) reiterated on the same day that it would not abide by the Hague’s announcement.
- dispute between India and Pakistan ever since the latter country was established. The Indian state of Kashmir suffered its worst violent outburst in years after the death of a young, social-media-savvy militant leader named Burhan Wani. At least 24 people were killed and hundreds more injured after four days of violent protests. Kashmir has been a cause for