What’s Happening: Watch Out for Falling Confederate Symbols
The days of the Confederate flag as both a political emblem and a readily available pop-culture tchotchke may be ending. On Tuesday, one day after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the flag to be removed from the grounds of the state capitol, a slew of elected officials and retailers echoed her stance. Among those scrapping or reconsidering: Virginia, eBay, Amazon, Walmart, Sears, and flag-makers.
Talking tough in Eastern Europe: On a trip to Estonia, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the United States will deploy heavy-artillery equipment in the country, along with Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania. The move comes as NATO responds to Russia’s continued activity in Ukraine.
South Sudan buckles: High hopes for the world’s youngest country are faltering as hunger, violence, and political instability push the African nation to the brink. With poverty and a civil war crippling the four-year-old country, millions have been internally displaced.
- Joe Pinsker: “For the foreseeable future, the 32-hour fantasy will remain a quirk and a perk—a way for small, forward-thinking companies in knowledge industries to compete with their more powerful rivals for talented employees.”
- Ian Bogost: “Even the most popular Internet of Things devices seem to solve problems that have already been solved, perhaps for decades.”
- James Hamblin: “[R]emoving those dyes represents no tangible progress. They are not proven to be detrimental; but eating pure-sugar meals is proven to dispose kids to obesity, diabetes, and hyperactivity.”