As Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard,” and these riots are only the symptom of a dangerous disease. 50 years ago, riots erupted within this very same city, in the name of the aforementioned man after his tragic assassination. This time, events are hauntingly parallel, where the riots have come merely days after the death and funeral of Freddie Gray, a young 25-year-old black man. Perhaps it is the same issue which still angers people.
The death toll has risen from 100 to 500, from 500 to 1000, from 1000 to 1900, and from 1900 to the current estimate of above 2400 all in the space of the last 24 hours, with many suspecting that there are still more corpses to discover. At least 5000 people were injured across Nepal. 50 were killed in India’s eastern states, and another 17 in an avalanche on Mount Everest, amongst them a notable Google executive and adventurer. Three were killed in Bangadesh, one due to a stampede.
How much should the government do? As part of a series on politics, this article summarises and describes the views of left-wing and right-wing politics, as well as the opposing systems of communism and capitalism. This series can be found on the Political page in the sidebar.
Who should be the leader? As part of a series of politics, this article discusses and elaborates on the notion of sovereignty, and the different systems of autocracy and democracy. This series can be found on the Political page in the sidebar.
What is the role of a leader in society? As part of a series on Politics, this article explains the basis for politics as well as the concept of the social contract. This series can be found on the Political page in the sidebar.
Welcome to Project Sentinel.
Project Sentinel is a blog about thought. It tries to understand how and why our complicated world works – and whether there’s anything wrong with it. It’s also sort of a personal project for me, a 16-year-old student in Singapore, to catalogue and sort out my thoughts about, well, stuff that keeps the nerdy me up at night.