This week has brought terror attacks, violent protests and the threat of Yeezus as the US President of 2020. Here’s a brief look at what’s going on in the world, and what it means.
Violent protests in Ukraine
On Monday, protests erupted in Kiev after legislators granted more independence to pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. The decision came as part of a plan to bring peace to the east of the country, which has been war torn since 2014 by the conflict between Ukrainian nationalists and the Russian backed separatists. Nationalist groups who had gathered outside parliament responded in violently to the news. The protestors clashed with police who were guarding the building, with many managing to overpower the officers and take their weapons and equipment. The BBC also reports grenades being fired on both sides. 122 people have been hospitalised, with at least 11 in critical condition.
Islamic State tearing Palmyra to the ground
Last week it was reported that ISIS had blown up the Syrian Temple of Bel, a heritage site in Palmyra. Since then the terror group has razed the historic city, destroying a second temple (Temple of Baal Shamin), two holy tombs and a lion statue that guarded the Palmyra Archaeological Museum. The campaign included destruction of Islamic cultural sites, so it’s believed that the agenda is not religious so much as a display of power; they are effectively flexing their muscles and basking in the climate of fear. When the group took control back in May, a spokesman initially pledged that they would not harm the city – the temples and building of which had dated back to 1st century AD. Antiquities official Maamoun Abdulkarim has warned that we are seeing the beginning of the total loss of this historic city.
Hilary Clinton’s private emails made public
Back in March, the New York Times reported that US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton had previously used her personal email account for government business, leading authorities to worries that sensitive information has been sent on a server that may not have been secure enough. Clinton used the account in question exclusively during her time as US secretary of state, and reportedly did not have a government email address. The State Department and FBI are currently investigating whether any of her correspondence has contained classified or top secret information. A by-product of the investigation is that the State Department has been making Clinton’s private emails public in accordance with the freedom of information act. Thousands of emails have been revealed, but The Week has weeded out some of the most intriguing exchanges we’ve seen so far.
And in other news…
Wes Craven, the director behind nightmare fodder such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away this Sunday at the age of 76 after a battle with brain cancer. He’s mourned by his wife, children and grandchildren as well as friends and horror buffs the world over.
Kanye West announced to audiences of the MTV Music Awards: “As you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided – in 2020 – to run for President.” He also announced that he’d been smoking weed backstage, so watch this space.
Netflix is set to drop thousands of titles from their service by the end of September to focus on promoting original content. Luckily, the titles being dropped shouldn’t make a huge difference to us UK subscribers (unless you’re using a VPN to sneakily avail of all those titles exclusively available in the US!)
Extramarital dating site Ashley Madison is hitting the news again. The site reached notoriety when vigilante hackers revealed the names of people availing of the service that encourages people to cheat on their spouses. This week it’s been revealed that close to zero percent of the female accounts had ever shown sign of activity – meaning these accounts were more than likely fake.
Featured image by Horia Varlan.