By Prarthana Mitra
Global outrage at the United States-Mexico situation continues to mount, as the Donald Trump-led administration continues to deflect human rights abuse claims, citing national security as a justified reason. This thoughtless prosecution of migrants may not be over yet, as Trump plans to hold entire families in detention indefinitely. Mexico, in the meanwhile, votes for the most left-leaning head of state in 80 years.
FIFA World Cup is well underway and this may well be the year of the underdogs. Plus, two names on everyone’s lips right now: Terry Crews and Alexandria Cortez. Find out why.
The unlikely face of #MeToo right now is a man
African-American Hollywood actor Terry Crews recently went public with his account of having been molested at a party by a “high-level Hollywood executive”, later identified as Adam Venit of WME.
A staunch advocate of the #MeToo movement, Crews pressed charges last October, quit the agency shielding his abuser, and even testified against Venit. Earlier this year, the court chose to acquit him leaving Crews doubly determined to speak out against such condonation of sexual abuse.
On June 26, he passionately advocated for the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, but the backlash he has been receiving, from public figures like 50 Cent, throws light on the culture of toxic masculinity that is ready to scream #NotAllMen but refuses to support men who come out with their stories.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 29, 2018
Socialist replaces veteran Democrat in the New York Primary
In a significant victory and unsettling turn in American politics, 28-year old socialist Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez reclaimed a seat in the NY primary from ten-year Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley.
Hailed as a game-changer for the Democratic party, Cortez’s infectious energy and boldness resonated in a viral introduction video, a proudly leftist agenda with health and job guarantee. Compared to Crowley’s $3 milllion campaign, Cortez and her band of community organisers had managed to raise $600,000 from small donors. Her victory serves to reaffirm the establishment’s complacency that often takes voters for granted.
It's time for a New York that works for all of us.
On June 26th, we can make it happen – but only if we have the #CourageToChange.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) May 30, 2018
What’s brewing at the border at the moment
Thousands protested as a part of over 750 demonstrations and rallies across the US against Trump’s zero tolerance policy at the US-Mexico border. Last week, the US administration also sought to replace family separation with indefinite family detention, which means the protests are not likely to die down anytime soon.
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 1, 2018
Mexicans will soon get a left-wing government
Elections were held in Mexico this weekend, following one of the most violent campaigns in the country’s recent history.
Coloured by several assassinations over the course of electoral preparations, exit polls showed that the leftists have a high chance of replacing the current conservative centre, with former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador set to become the country’s most left-wing leader in 80 years. He is eyeing aggressive efforts to remove organised crime and corruption, which is likely to put the country’s economy in a precarious position, according to experts.
Germany, Argentina, and Portugal bow out of FIFA World Cup
In a thoroughly unsettling turn of events, defending champion Germany failed to qualify for the next round after yielding a harrowing defeat against the Korean Republic earlier last week.
The knockout stage kicked off with two spectacular matches which will see Argentina and Portugal returning home early, as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo played their last World Cup matches against France (4-3) and Uruguay (1-2) respectively.
Paris Saint Germain players Kylian Mbappe (France) and Edinson Cavini (Uruguay) delivered their respective teams to victory with winning goals.
For more news from the Russian battlefields last week, stay tuned for a detailed FIFA debrief by the Qrius staff.
Prarthana Mitra is a staff writer at Qrius.
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