by Emma Gerber
As we all know, the world is a crazy place right now. The news certainly reflects that fact: COVID-19 news has become nearly omnipresent in all of our lives. Though being informed about the spread of coronavirus is absolutely vital, there’s also a lot of other news right now that we are missing among the coronavirus coverage. Below I have compiled five important stories to read (along with links to articles from a variety of sources) so that we can all stay up to date in these times.
Keir Stamer wins Labour Leadership
This week in Britain, Keir Stamer has been elected as the new leader of the Labor party, taking over the role from Jeremy Corbyn. Stamer has already promised to lead the Labour party differently than Corbyn. Whether he is successful or not, Stamer’s election certainly alters the playing field in British politics. Read more below:
Vietnamese Vessel sunk After run in with a Chinese boat in the South China Sea
On April 4th, Vietnam published an official complaint that a Chinese surveillance vessel sank one of it’s fishing boats in the South China Sea. While some reports assert that the chinese vessel rammed into the Vietnamense ship, the nature of the incident is disputed. This incident is just another indicator of long brewing tensions in the South China Sea.
For a varied (but slightly more biased) opinion: China says Vietnamese fishing boat rammed coastguard ship before sinking
Israel Still Struggles to form a Government
Throughout three elections and more than a year of negotiations, Israel has been unable to form a coalition government. However, a week ago, the two major parties, led by current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Speaker of the Knesset Benjamin Gantz, agreed to compromise. This agreement has sent both leaders back into the negotiation room, where they are still struggling to create a suitable deal for both parties.
Trump Fires Micheal Atkinson
This week, President Donald Trump fired Micheal Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the Ukraine complaint that led to Trump’s impeachment. In a press conference, Trump indicated that this move was “payback” for his impeachment. Atkinson will officially stop working in 30 days.