by Pier Washpon

New Bill Will Show Which Lawmakers Support ‘Indiscriminate Bombings of Schools, Marketplaces, Hospitals’
September 29, 2017
Four lawmakers introduced a bill that aims to stop the U.S. support to Saudi Arabia’s assault on Yemen. Most Americans do not realize their taxes are being used for mid-air refueling for warplanes. Congress wants to restore their constitutional power to declare war because the military has been involved without authorization. To vote in favor of U.S. continued intervention would be to akin to supporting indiscriminate bombings.

Suicide bomb blast near Kabul mosque kills five
September 29, 2017
At least five people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated the bomb near a Shia mosque in Kabul.  ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Trump Says Tillerson Is ‘Wasting His Time’ on North Korea
October 1, 2017
Donald Trump believes that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is wasting his time trying to negotiate with ‘Little Rocket Man.’ Trumps has undermined Tillerson in the past and continued to escalate the situation with North Korea. Trump plans to visit China, South Korea, and Japan in November.

59 people are dead and more than 527 are injured after a mass shooting in Las Vegas
Oct 2, 2017
A gunman staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort opened fire from his window onto a crowd of people attending a country music festival. At least 59 people were confirmed dead and the shooter, Stephen Paddock, committed suicide.

Catalan referendum: Spanish government could impose direct rule on Catalonia
October 2, 2017
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants to enact article 155 of the constitution. It would suspend the unilateral declaration of independence of any region within Spain. Of the two million Catalans who voted in the referendum, about 90 percent voted in favor of becoming independent.

Puerto Rico is all our worst fears about Trump becoming real
October 3, 2017
The recent devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria has been a true test of Donald Trump’s abilities as the President of the United States. Unfortunately but not unsurprisingly, his response leaves much to be desired, and raises fears about how  well-equipped this administration  to handle future crises.

Bombardier dispute risk Northern Irish peace, Ireland to tell U.S.
October 3, 2017
4,200 jobs in the British Province of Northern Ireland are at risk, as the United States imposes a 220 percent tariff on the company’s CSeries jets. Bombardier is Northern Ireland’s largest manufacturing employer, and the security of the economy plays a crucial role in maintaining peace.

Liberia has a big election next week – and a true test of democracy in Africa’s oldest republic
October 4, 2017
The first African female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is leaving office and elections are scheduled to be held October 10. 20 candidates are competing for the position and will need an absolute majority to win.

These Colombian women built their own city to escape violence. But peace is still elusive
October 4, 2017
Resilient women rebuilt a community center that was burnt down in northern Colombia. The center hosts workshops to teach women skills like weaving, handicrafts, and business management. Later, women from the workshop acquired land and built 98 houses, and christened the area “City of Women”. These women built the community to escape violence, but they still face threats and intimidation from criminal gangs.

Dutch minister resigns over deaths of Mali peacekeepers
October 4, 2017
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the defense minister, is stepping down after some soldiers died during target practice in 2016. The military has been using old, defective grenades that were purchased without testing. On the other hand, the UN says that militant attacks by Islamists against government forces, peacekeepers, and French troops have “dramatically increased in recent months”.