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.
- On Thursday, the Turkish government issued an arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen, a prolific Muslim cleric based in the United States. The warrant accuses Gulen of orchestrating the failed July coup against the Recep Tayyip Erdogan administration. In response, Gulen stated that “the Turkish court system is without judicial independence, so this warrant is yet another example of President Erdogan’s drive for authoritarianism and away from democracy.”
- Looks like trouble in paradise for Boko Haram. This week, Boko Haram leader and part-time vlogger Abubakar Shekau uploaded a 10-minute Youtube video in which he mentioned an apparent dispute within Boko Haram. The extremist Islamist group, it seems, can’t decide if Muslims who live among nonbelievers are “good” Muslims whose lives deserve to be spared.
- However, like so many frustrated millennials who take to the internet to vent, Shekau seems to have been getting at something much deeper. The video was posted hours after an online Islamic State publication referred to another Boko Haram member, former spokesman Abu Musab al-Barnawi, as “governor” of the group. Who knew that there was so much high school-style politics in terrorism?
- North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday morning. This is just the latest of North Korea’s noncompliance with various U.N. Security Council resolutions. The missiles were fired simultaneously from western North Korea, the U.S. Strategic Command said. One exploded after launch and the other flew about 621 miles over North Korea and into the Sea of Japan.
- President Barack Obama’s in some hot water. On Wednesday, it was revealed that the Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of 400 million USD to Iran that coincided with the release of four Americans detained in Tehran. Obama’s critics are now accusing him of paying a ransom to Iran. In response, Obama stated that the payment had been publicly disclosed in January and was part of a decades-old dispute with Iran that had been resolved before an international tribunal.
- The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are here! (It’s lit.) Time for everyone to pretend that they’re experts on obscure summer sports, such as skeet.
- On a more serious note, the Rio games made headlines for its heartwarming opening ceremony on Friday, which put the spotlight on torchbearer Hanan Dacka, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee.