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.
Havoc erupted in Turkey last Friday after the Turkish military attempted a coup. The coup was swiftly thwarted by President Tayyip Erdoğan despite the fact that he was on vacation at the time. Erdoğan encouraged Turkish citizens to fight against the military and disregard curfew in his name. He did all of this this, however, on FaceTime (as all great leaders do.)
The coup led to 246 deaths. Turkey will now be in a state of emergency for the next three months. Key military leaders have been arrested and face trial for treason. In light of Turkey’s increasingly tense relationships with its neighbors and the constant threat posed by ISIS, this military coup could not have come at a worse time.
Mali, a country in west Africa, declared a 10-day extension of a national state of emergency after dozens of citizens were killed by suspected Islamic extremists. The Mali government’s council of ministers then announced a three-day mourning period for the 17 soldiers killed in an extremist attack on Tuesday. This is bad news for Mali—violence has plagued the country since the French intervened in 2013, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
China urged Pakistan to give the army a lead role in Silk Road project due to the slow progress in the development of their recent $46 billion infrastructure investment stretching from China to South Asia. Its desire to work with Pakistan’s military is a sign of the challenges facing President Xi Jinping's ambitious One Road One Belt initiative. The project was designed to increase China’s influence along the Silk Road and help the country export some of its excess industrial capacity.
The U.S. announced plans to install a sophisticated missile-defense system in South Korea. The Chinese state media warned that this could trigger a nuclear showdown similar to the Cuban missile crisis 60 years ago (What was that you ask? Read our TBT to find out.) The system, officially known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, is intended to counter the increasing threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear program.
Real estate mogul, political provocateur and reality TV star Donald Trump officially clinched the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential race. His wife, Melania, on the other hand, clinched the scrutiny of millions after she delivered a speech that was suspiciously similar to the one Michelle Obama delivered at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. In fairness to Melania, it must have been hard growing up as black woman in the Southside of Chicago.
There’s more drama: Trump officially announced that Indiana governor Mike Pence would be his V.P. running-mate and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz snubbed Trump by refusing to endorse him for president. While all this was going down, people began burning flags outside the Republican National Convention venue in Cleveland.
Elsewhere, First Lady Michelle Obama was having a great time jamming to Missy Elliot.
Brazilian police arrested 10 people suspected of planning terrorist acts set to take place during next month's Olympics. The suspects, part of an ISIS-inspired group that met through social media, had no specific targets in mind. However, the Brazilian Justice Department is still investigating their computers and cellphones to learn more about their plans.
Tragedy struck Bastille Day celebrations in Nice as an ISIS-inspired mentally unstable man drove a truck through a crowded street and killed 77 people. President Francois Hollande referred to the incident as a terror attack, recommending that an existing state of emergency, put in place in the wake of the Paris attacks in November 2015 and due to expire this month, be extended for three more months.
- The former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden announced his plan to help develop a modified version of Apple’s iPhone for journalists who are concerned they may be the target of government surveillance. The project will provide journalists with modified phones that issue alerts when they are unexpectedly accessed by third parties.