Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Ethiopia and Eritrea enter a new era, Ireland makes a big climate change move, and a sock scandal strikes the Department of the Interior chief.
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Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rally on June 26th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rally on June 26th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

This week at Pacific Standard, we brought you inside the campaign to strip harassers in the scientific community of their honors, explained the complex history underpinning President Donald Trump's latest pardons, and a look at the most worrying wildfires currently burning in the United States.

Here are a few more stories we've been watching this week, from the Horn of Africa to Washington, D.C.

The 20-Year War Between Ethiopia and Eritrea Is Officially Over

On Monday, Ethiopia and Eritrea formally declared an end to the cold war that had persisted between the two countries that followed their violent border war, which lasted from 1998 to 2000. More than 80,000 people died in the Eritrean–Ethiopian War, and hundreds of thousands more were displaced. In a joint statement, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared "a new era of peace and friendship" between their nations.

Ireland Will Become the First Country to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Ireland's lower house of parliament passed a bill on Thursday that would require the country to sell all investments in fossil fuels including coal, oil, and gas. The bill, introduced by Thomas Pringle, is expected to move quickly through the upper house and could soon become law. "Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests," Pringle told the Guardian.

The Secretary of the Interior Is Under Investigation for His Choice of Socks

Now that former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is out, will the Cabinet scandal spotlight shift to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke? If this week's news is any indication, it might: CNN reports that the Office of Special Counsel, the Department of the Interior's internal watchdog, is looking into whether or not Zinke violated the law when he tweeted a photo of himself wearing socks that featured Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. Zinke's sock photo may have violated the Hatch Act, which restricts federal employees' engagement in political activities, though he later deleted the tweet.

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