by Pier Washpon

Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro supporters
July 6, 2017
About 100 government supporters entered the opposition National Assembly with sticks and pipes while security forces stood by. Five lawmakers were given medical attention for their injuries. The President said he would not be complicit in acts of violence, but he has not done anything during the past three months of violent protest against his Presidency.

Canada just did something the U.S. never has: Paid millions to a Guantanamo torture victim
July 6, 2017
The Canadian government paid 10 million dollars in damages to a Guantanamo torture victim after 15 years.  At 15 years old Omar Khadr was accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier.  Canada, Sweden and Britain had paid other victims of U.S. torture in the past.

Rami Khouri: In Rift with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE want to Hold Back Waves of Change
July 5, 2017
After President Trump met with the Saudi King Salman, diplomatic ties to Qatar have been severed. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for an end of the blockade. Professor of Journalism at American University of Beirut Rami Khouri, said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were trying to stop change. They want to stop “popular activism, democratic elections, and peaceful non violent Islamist groups.”

ICC: South Africa Failed Obligations by not Arresting Sudan’s Bashir
July 6, 2017
The International Criminal Court issued a warrant in 2009 for the arrest of Omar al-Bashir for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. South Africa failed to arrest Bashir when he was there in 2015. The panel will not refer the case to higher authorities at the United Nations because no further action would be taken.

Zombie-like protesters march through Hamburg ahead of G20 Summit
July 5, 2017
About 1000 people dressed in grey clothes and painted grey to represent the ‘political apathy’ of world leaders. The performance piece was done by the 1000 Gestalten (1000 figures) who said that their goal was to move people in their hearts because powerful images can inspire people all over the world.

These are the appalling conditions that caused the cholera outbreak in Yemen- I should know, I live here
July 5, 2017
More than 1,500 Yemenis have dies from cholera since April 2017, and there are 5,000 new cases every day. Due to the war there is a lack of clean water, proper sanitation, and food that contribute to the spread of this disease. There are 20 million people out of 27 million people that live in Yemen that need urgent help.

Facebook’s tough-on-terror talk overlooks white extremists
July 6, 2017
A Facebook post about monitoring terrorism mentions ISIS and Al Qaeda but does not address domestic, U.S. based terror networks. While defining terrorism is not explicitly stated by Facebook, they did say they would not let extremist who promote violence to use their platform.  

We will not be intimidated” Organizers announce Women’s March against NRA
July 6, 2017
A video from the National Rifle Association prompted the organizers of the Women’s March to lead a two-day 18 mile march from the headquarters of the NRA to the Department of Justice on July 14. The video is described as inciting violence against people who exercise their First Amendment right to protest injustice. Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March wrote a letter to the NRA chief seeking a public apology, but that resulted in a new video by the NRA saying they will not apologize.

Treaty banning nuclear weapons approved at UN
July 7, 2017
122 countries have agreed to a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Countries that have nuclear weapons or allies to those that do boycotted the meetings. Signatures are expected to be obtained at the General Assembly meeting in September.

UNESCO decision on Hebron holy site anger Israel officials
July 7, 2017
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not happy with the UNESCO designation of Hebron a protected historical site. It holds religious significance for both Muslims and Jews. In retaliation, Israel said they would cut another $1,000 million from the U.N. budget and use it to create a “Museum of the Heritage of the Jewish People in Hebron and Kiryat Arba.”

Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory
July 10, 2017
Iraq declares victory over ISIS militants by reclaims Mosul. While the fighting may be over for now, there is still a huge humanitarian crisis. Many buildings have been destroyed, thousands were killed and more than 920,000 were displaced.

Syria ceasefire holding as Geneva talks begin: UN envoy
July 10, 2017
A ceasefire was brokered by Russia and the U.S. after months of strategy and diplomacy. Russia, Iran and Turkey have set up four de-escalation zones but have not agreed on implementation details. The seventh rounds of talks are set to begin between representatives of the government and opposition this week.