The migrant crisis, terrorism, storms; the list could go on. There has been a lot going on this week, and as busy students, not many of us have the time (nor are interested) to check super long articles about current events. That’s where we come in, with another post on 5 things to know about your week, your guide to knowing what goes on in the world around you.
1) Japan experiences its third big storm this week.
After only a week of suffering from Typhoons Mindulle and Kompasu, Japan has once again been hit with its third big storm. Typhoon Lionrock raged over Japan on Tuesday, 5:00pm local time. The storm had winds of up to 216 km/h in speed, and hit most of Northeastern Japan. The most affected area was the elderly town of Iwaizumi, in the Iwate Prefecture. Due to the flooding that entered the town, 9 bodies were found in a house. On top of that, over 1,100 people were evacuated from the city due to the damage the typhoon caused. 400 people have been rescued, however, 4 people are still missing.
2) Gene Wilder and Juan Gabriel
On Monday, the 29th of August, Latin American music icon, Juan Gabriel passed away at the age 66. Known by El divo de Juarez, sold more than 100 million records during his 50 years, and was included in Billboard’s Latin Hall of Fame in 1996. Gene Wilder, best known for his performances in a string of comedic hits, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Take, take, take is what 2016 seems to be doing to many of the world’s icons. Despite the loss of Gabriel and Wilder, their legacy will live on in the hearts of those who have been touched by them.
3) Migrant Crisis
Around 6,500 migrants and refugees were rescued within a 30 hour period on Monday, 29th of August, near the Mediterranean. Amongst those refugees were 5-day old twins and their mother, attempting to escape their war-torn country, Libya. They were en route from Libya to Italy, which is recorded to be the route that has had the most casualties. Médecins Sans Frontières’ ship Dignity 1 and the Spanish humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms were the ones who rescued the migrants, who were aboard 15 rubber boats and one wooden vessel on Monday. What these infants go through during their journey is a reminder of how severe this problem is becoming, and it is our job as a global community to try and find ways where everyone gets what they need.
ISIS’s top spokesman, Mohammad al-Adnani, was killed in Syria, as stated by the group itself. “We are still assessing the results of the strike, but al-Adnani’s removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to ISIS,” Peter Cook, Pentagon’s press secretary, said in a statement.”To the filthy and coward nonbelievers and to the holders of the Christ emblem, we bring the good news, which will keep them awake, that a new generation in the Islamic State … that loves death more than life … this generation will only grow steadfast on the path to Jihad, stay determined to seek revenge and be violent toward them.”
5) Politics in Brazil
Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, is being held in an impeachment trial; accused of holding government bank accounts and taking loans without permission from congress. However, she currently denies those accusations, saying that she had nothing to do with what has happened. “I’ll plan and fight for democracy,” she said. “I don’t fight for my term for the power, but I fight for the democracy for truth and justice and the people of my country,” she stated, coming from the leftist party of Brazil. However, the masses aren’t fully supporting her. Despite being unpopular with the public at the moment, she still claims that a democratically elected official should not be removed from office.