A Quick Glance At The Headlines

Ethnic Strife Continues To Plague China
A bomb went off in a park in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region, killing more than 30 people, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

Xinjiang has been the site of recent outbreaks of ethnic violence between members of the ethnic Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking and mainly Muslim group, and the country’s dominant Han ethnic group. An attack in late April killed three people and injured 79.

CNN offers a primer on the conflict between the Uighurs and Hans.

The Diplomat reports on the different “faces” of the Uighurs – how they are portrayed by the Chinese government and the more disreputable face presented of them on the Internet.

The Christian Exodus From The Middle East
Pope Francis begins his tour of the Holy Land at a time when the Christian exodus has reached critical levels. Just before the foundation of Israel, Christians comprised 10 percent of those who lived in the Holy Land, a figure which has declined to between 2 and 3 percent today, reports The Washington Post.

At Root Of US-China Dispute Over CyberSpying Is Difference Of Philosophy
China and the US have exchanged verbal barrages over allegations China has been hacking into American websites. The argument, however, is less about the particular charge and more about a difference of opinion about the proper role of the state, writes Zachary Keck in The Diplomat.

Can Climate Change Impact A Nation’s Credit Rating?
According to The Atlantic’s Todd Woody, Standard & Poor’s may soon begin to factor how vulnerable a country is to climate change into how it calculates credit ratings.

“S&P has yet to change any country’s credit rating based on its vulnerability to climate change, noting that the complexity of the phenomenon makes it difficult to assess the specific impact on any one nation. Yet clearly the rating agency is thinking about it.

“In the report, S&P scored a nation’s vulnerability to climate change-related credit risk according to what percentage of its population lives in coastal areas that are 16 feet or less above sea level; agriculture’s share of gross domestic product, given food production is highly dependent on climate; and its ranking on the Notre Dame University Global Adaptation Index, which measures a country’s ability to adapt to climate change,” he writes.

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