Your World This Week, Volume III

Unfuck Greece

Anti-austerity protestors congregate in Athens. Source: N+1

What Comes Next For Greece?

Greece said no. On Sunday, Greek citizens voted on a multibillion dollar bailout plan offered by international creditors that would require the Mediterranean nation to make additional cuts to its spending, which many worry will only stymy–not enable–economic growth. Over 60 percent of Greeks voted against the bailout, which has placed Greece on what some have called a “collision course” with European political leaders and may just signify the beginning of the end for the euro.

Vox writer Timothy Lee examines just what may come next for the mother of democracy, and we recommend you check it out.

Why Is The US Women’s Soccer Team So Great At The Sport?

US Soccer

Rachel VAn Hollebeke, Morgan Brian, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Heather O’Reilly. Source: US Soccer

On Sunday evening, the United States Women’s National Team bested Japan in a 5-2 victory, signaling the team’s first World Cup win since 1999 (if you recall, the US nearly beat Japan in 2011, but lost during penalty kicks at the final.) Indeed, the United States is not just good at soccer–it dominates.

Just how does this happen? In many ways, you can thank Titie IX. Brush up on your women’s soccer knowledge in this great feature on the FiveThirtyEight blog.

One Crucial Step Closer To An AIDS Vaccine

HIV AIDS Microscope Budding

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1, colored green, budding from a cultured lymphocyte. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Image Library

The latest experimental HIV vaccine has just passed through the primate testing phase with flying colors, with initial human testing already underway. The new vaccine protected forty percent of the monkeys in these trials, even though they were given viral doses far larger than any human could ever contract. The doctors leading the charge are optimistic that the human trials will show comparable, if not superior, results.

With approximately 78 million HIV infections and 39 million deaths in the past 30 years, scores of firms the world over are working for a vaccine. In fact, over 30 are in testing right now. But it’s extremely rare for a vaccine to get this far in testing, to have the support of a major company (Johnson & Johnson), and to achieve such impressive results. For an in-depth look at the latest results and to hear from the doctors themselves, visit NBC News.

The Life And Death Of An iPhone

Statistics service Statista reports that in 2012, over 44.3 million smartphone users in the United States used an Apple iPhone. To get an idea of how huge that number is, imagine nearly every person in Ukraine right now, and then picture them holding an iPhone.

Clearly the Apple product is an indispensable part of millions of Americans’ lives, but just how does it come into being? What does its “life” look like?

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North Korea’s Pyongyang Airport Gets A Fancy New Terminal

Most people would never dream of spending their vacation days in North Korea, but that hasn’t stopped the government from trying to lure more international tourists (mostly from Russia and China) with luxury upgrades to its airport. After years of construction, North Korea inaugurated its new terminal at the Pyongyang Airport on July 1st, commemorating the event with a grand opening ceremony.

New Terminal Pyongyang Airport

Source: Reuters

Kim Jong Un Visits Airport

Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju tour the new terminal. Source: In A Gist

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California’s Vaccination Bill: Why Vaccines Must Be Universal

Vaccine Law Brown

California governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 into law on June 30, 2015, which requires that children be vaccinated before entering schools. Source: ABC

On June 30, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring that all children in the state be vaccinated prior to attending school. Brown’s move has again raised the hackles of religious groups and anti-vaxxers, so we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the issue and answer some of the most commonly heard objections to this rare outbreak of functioning state government.

Most of the SB 277 controversy stems from the fact that the bill closes religious exemptions from getting vaccines, and forces people to have chemicals injected into their children’s bodies. Put that way, it’s no wonder the law has inspired such over-the-top rhetoric. Take Jim Carrey, for example:

Vaccine Law Tweet

Source: Twitter


Pretty serious stuff. Usually, we put child-poisoners in prison, and fascism is the political movement that tried to take over the world awhile back. Is it possible he’s just lost his mind? If he’s nuts, he’s not alone–at least 3,000 people agree.

Here are some of the more common complaints, presented as fairly as possible, with explanations of why they’re simply wrong.

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