By: Akhil Kapur and Paulina Mangubat
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Turkey is still reeling from last week’s failed military coup. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan now wants to put the armed forces and national intelligence agency under the president’s control. His comments came after a five-hour Supreme Military Council meeting regarding the dishonorable discharge of nearly 1,700 military personnel who allegedly played a part in last week’s uprising.
Suicide bombers from the Shabab terror organization killed at least 12 people in Somalia on Tuesday morning. The attacks were conducted near the airport as well as the United Nations and African Union offices in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The car bombings took place around 9 a.m.
China is back at it again in the South China Sea—but this time, it’s got company. China and Russia announced their plans to hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September. After the international Hague tribunal rejected China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, you’d think that China wouldn’t want to dip its toe in those waters.
Think this is suspicious? China swears that it isn’t, and that the naval exercises are simply “routine.” Some might say that increasing military presence is a sign that China is still salty about the sea.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention was held this week. Former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to be formally named the nominee of a major party for President of the United States. Looks like American Democrats—millions of them!—are with her™.
Other highlights of the convention included a moving speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, in which she reflected upon the historical, political and racial implications of her tenure.
Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, also got a few words in. After reminiscing about his first date with Hillz, Bill called her the “best darn change-maker” he’s ever known. Sweet!
According to The New York Times, water conditions in Rio de Janeiro are literally garbage. Sewage, household trash and diarrhea-inducing microorganisms have all been found in Rio’s Guanabara Bay. This isn’t a good sign for swimmers at the 2016 Summer Olympics. One local pediatrician remarked, “Foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap.”
Despite the recent string of attacks in Germany orchestrated by asylum applicants in the past few weeks, Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained firm on her forgiving stance on refugee immigration. Still, Ms. Merkel said that she understands Germans’ fears and promised speedier deportations for people who aren’t granted asylum, more equipment and personnel for security agencies, and stronger efforts to detect radicals. Despite strong opposition from her anti-refugee political rivals, Merkel still believes that integrating refugees into German society is possible.
Just a day before the start of the Democratic convention, the DNC’s computers were hacked. The leaked emails and documents alluded to the long-speculated fact that the DNC have operated with a pro-Clinton bias this entire campaign season. (Surprise, surprise.) The leak led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The plot thickens! Recent news analysis suggests that Russia may have been behind the attack to hurt the Clinton campaign so her rival, Republican nominee Donald Trump, can become president. Taking it even further, Trump called upon Russia to hack Hillary’s servers and find her deleted emails, because why not. What a time to be alive.