The Week in Stories Around the Globe

China leans on Pakistan to round up its Uighurs

The tide has turned more decisively against the Uighurs since 2015, when Pakistan inked the US$60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a crucial spoke in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

It’s around that time, critics say, that Beijing started influencing more of Islamabad’s decisions on the Uighurs. Authorities have since closed down schools and cultural organizations set up by the Uighur community to educate children in their native language.

#UighurMuslims #Pakistan #China

How Insecurity Made America a Failed State

Americans are always worried about money because they have to be. There is not enough to go around. The rich became the super rich became the ultra rich by hoarding all the money. That began in the 1970s, which is when incomes began to stagnate. Real incomes, famously, haven’t risen since then.

#EatTheRich #ThisIsAmerica #incomeinequality #poverty

How the Dutch are facing up to their colonial past

For more than 250 years the Netherlands had extensive colonies in the regions that are now known as Indonesia, South Africa, Curaçao, New Guinea – and beyond –  where enslaved men, women and children were treated as barely human. Too often thought of as something that was perpetrated by a minority overseas, a ground-breaking new exhibition at the Rijksmuseum reveals how slavery permeated every level of society, both in the colonies and on home soil, and left a legacy that still ripples through the country today.

#Dutch #Europe #Slavery #History

Strange Sea Creature Found in Oceans Around the World May Improve Health of Marine Ecosystems

“If we get more of these really weird organisms, how is that going to change the way the ocean works — for everything in the ocean, but also for humans?” Stukel said. “Our results suggest that salps are not even really competing with krill. They’re going to be replacing protists, so if that happens, you’ll get a lot more carbon sequestration and you’ll probably even get a little bit more food availability, because although salps are not as good a prey as krill, they’re still better prey than protists.”

#science #oceans #nature

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