Landmark Election in Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party won Myanmar’s landmark national elections by a landslide. The party won the majority of seats in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. The country’s ruling military-backed party conceded the election and, with the results being honoured by the military and ruling party, it was the first time in over fifty years that Myanmar voters were able to freely pick their leaders through an election.
Russian Warplane Shot Down in Turkey
A Russian warplane was shot down for allegedly invading Turkey’s airspace. At least one of the two pilots was killed by Islamist militants on the ground. Turkish officials said that the plane ignored repeated warnings as it crossed over into its airspace from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the act a “stab in the back” and said there would be “significant consequences.” It was the first time in fifty years that a NATO member has shot down a Russian aircraft.
Hundreds of protesters took to Chicago streets after dashboard-camera footage is released of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot and on the same day that Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. Van Dyke turned himself in to authorities. Also, a police officer and two others were killed after a shooter attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Police apprehended the shooter, Robert L. Dear, Jr., who was then charged murder in the first degree. The shooting came just after a time when anti-abortion groups had increasingly attacked Planned Parenthood and the funding it receives from the government.
UK Syria Airstrikes
British MPs voted in favour of green lighting airstrikes against DAESH in Syria with the initial strikes then taking place hours after the vote. It was a crucial point in that Labour effectively split apart during the vote with the Shadow Foreign Secretary giving a ‘resounding’ speech in favour of airstrikes and a minority of Conservative MPs voting against. The SNP voted totally against the motion and the DUP in favour. It might prove to be the Iraq War of this generation considering that there were large demonstrations taking place in London on the night of the vote.