This week in news: September 11-17 rundown
- Bombs explode in NY, NJ
- 9 Injured in MN stabbing
- US agrees to send Israel $38 billion
- US trust in media reaches new low
- Clinton: pneumonia, basket of deplorables
- Colin Powell emails leaked
- Temporary truce in Syria
- Protests in France over legislation
- Attack in Kashmir
- Ivory markets to close
This September 11th was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the USA.
"At least 29 people have been injured in an explosion in a crowded district of New York City." (BBC) A second device was found and removed. Sources almost immediately confirmed that the explosion was from an IED.
"A pipe bomb has exploded on the route of a road race in the US state of New Jersey, forcing the event to be cancelled but causing no injuries." (BBC) Sources say there were multiple devices, but only one went off.
A third explosion occurred in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. However, initial reports said it may have been due to an underground transformer malfunction.
"Eight people were injured during a stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall that ended with the suspected attacker... shot dead by an off-duty police officer, authorities said." (AP) The count was later elevated to 9 injuries.
A shooting spree in West Philadelphia left one woman dead and five others injured. The suspect discharged his firearm at least 51 times before being killed in a shootout with police. He began his rampage by shooting at police officer Sylvia Young 18 times while she was sitting in a patrol car. The violence in Philadelphia was ongoing throughout the night, in multiple separate incidents.
"US, Israel agree to new deal for military aid that will provide $38 billion over 10 years in largest US pledge to another country." (AP) This comes one month after a lawsuit was filed against the US government for allegedly violating laws with aid to Israel. The country does not officially confirm or deny having nuclear weapons, but it's thought they have between 80 and 400. The Intercept reports that Israel has also continued illegal expansion into Palestinian territory, and sending them further aid seems odd.
"Four U.S. senators introduced a joint resolution on Thursday seeking to block the U.S. sale of $1.15 billion of Abrams tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia, citing issues including the conflict in Yemen." (Reuters)
"Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday announced it is shifting all of its North American small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico. [... Ford] made record pretax profit over the past 18 months, with the company on pace to bring in $10.2 billion in 2016." (TH)
"[A Gallup] poll asking whether the media report the news 'fully, accurately and fairly' found just 32 percent of Americans have a great deal or fair amount of trust, the lowest level in Gallup polling history and eight percentage points below last year." (AFP)
UNITED STATES politics
Hillary Clinton appeared to collapse at a 9/11 event in NYC. Campaign officials said she was overheated and dehydrated, and she was taken to her daughter's Manhattan apartment. They later issued a statement saying she was diagnosed with pneumonia last week. It may have been contagious, as multiple campaign staff members had pneumonia too. Clinton and Trump both promised to release more medical records.
Clinton also made headlines for a "basket of deplorables" remark aimed at "half of Trump's supporters." People pointed out how this was similar to Romney's "47 percent" remarks which helped sink his run for president. (Note: Trump broke the record of most votes for a Republican in the US primary, with over 13 million votes.) Many Trump backers embraced the "deplorables" term and posted memes about the remark. The media responded by calling one 11-year-old meme featuring a frog a symbol of white supremacism. This was puzzling because this media response was a blatant lie (possibly created by Twitter pranksters). Celebrities like Nicki Minaj have used the imagery, one of the most popular memes of 2015.
Although "Gary Johnson is the first third-party candidate in 20 years to secure a spot on the ballot in all 50 states and Washington, D.C." (TH) none of the third-party candidates will appear at the first presidential debate in October.
More documents were added to the #DNCleaks scandal, including emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell. He implied the emails were authentic and warned that more could be coming. One theory is that Powell's password was obtained from a previous hack of LinkedIn or Dropbox, since many people reuse passwords.
A temporary truce went into effect in Syria. "The UN's Syria envoy on Tuesday applauded a 'significant drop' in violence through the first 24 hours of a fragile ceasefire but said security concerns meant aid convoys stayed on hold. The truce brokered by Russia and the United States began at sundown on Monday, in the latest bid to end a conflict that has killed more than 300,000 people since March 2011." (AFP)
"Syrian government says US-led coalition struck its forces, allowing Islamic State group to advance." (AP) More than 150 soldiers were reportedly killed or wounded. Assad's government accused the US (again) of supporting ISIS. This is a popular conspiracy theory throughout the Middle East. A leaked classified memo sent to members of the Obama Administration implies it could be possible. The issue is complicated and there will likely never be a real answer for everyone. The US government later confirmed that they "unintentionally" struck Syrian forces.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has been investigating banks over "over dealings in shoddy mortgages in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. The government has accused the banks of misleading investors about the quality of their loans." (AP) The DoJ askedDeutsche Bank if they would settle out of court, for $14 billion. The bank has refused, saying this number is too high, and only the start of negotiations. This comes 3 years after "Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle claims that it defrauded U.S. government-controlled... providers of housing finance... before the 2008 financial crisis." AP notes that other large institutions have settled within the last two years, after being accused of similar actions (Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase & Co.)
A controversial labor reform legislation in France sparked protests and rioting around the country. In a demonstration on Thursday, an estimated 78,000 to 170,000 participated. A photograph of a police officer on fire brought more media attention to the violence. At least 32 people were arrested.
"Federal prosecutors in Brazil filed corruption charges Wednesday against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, describing the popular leftist as leader of a massive embezzlement ring at state oil company Petrobras." (AFP)
"A top army officer says 17 soldiers, 4 rebels dead in attack on Indian army base in Kashmir." (AP) "It is the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades. It comes as violent protests against Indian rule in the disputed region continue, with a strict curfew imposed." (BBC)
"In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.... [T]he motion was adopted on the final day of the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress, a 10-day meeting that drew 9,000 people to Honolulu, Hawaii this month." (DJ)
"Monsanto Co. agreed to sell itself to Bayer AG, in a $57 billion deal that would forge a new agricultural force and end the independence of one of the most successful and controversial U.S. companies. [...] The combination will require approval from around 30 regulatory agencies around the world, executives said, including antitrust enforcers already examining tie-ups between some of the companies’ main rivals. Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. are pursuing a merger, and Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta AG agreed to a $43 billion takeover by China National Chemical Corp., a state-owned conglomerate that already sells generic agricultural chemicals." (WSJ)