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Writer: @darcymiller0 ⁠ Media: @kathryn mcauliffe⁠ Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition strolled to an easy victory in Sunday’s Upper House election, winning 141 seats in total. However, headlines were dominated by the fact that the results make it clear that it will be nigh-on impossible for Abe to pursue a militaristic revision to the pacifist Article 9 of the constitution - the pro-revision group of the ruling coalition along with the Japan Innovation Party and independent politicians amassed 160 seats, short of the ⅔ majority of 164 seats needed for constitutional revision. Opposition parties won a total of 104 seats, with the progressive CDP on top with 32 seats followed by the more centrist DPFP, which won 21 seats - these parties by and large staunchly oppose any revision to the pacifist constitution. After the results were announced, Abe appeared to play down his failure to win a supermajority, instead insisting that “we’ve secured a mandate to steadily carry out our politics” - and this is likely his last election until his current term as head of the LDP ends in 2021. #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #japan #shnzo #elections #japaneselections

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @allyxchan ⁠ From the end of WWII to 1972, Okinawa was occupied by the United States through numerous military bases. Agent Orange, a potent herbicide with incredibly damaging environmental and health effects, was ferried from ports in Okinawa to Vietnam. As many as 25,000 55-gallon drums of the chemical were stored in Okinawa, and they were sprayed as weed killers around military bases. Around 250 U.S. military veterans who served in Okinawa have filed claims for compensation, as they have suffered health issues from exposure to the herbicide. Agent Orange exposure also caused high rates of cancer among Okinawan employees in Camp Schwab, a base in the north of Okinawa, and a spike in leukaemia cases/incidents in locals surrounding U.S. military bases. This was partially due to the negligence that the U.S. military displayed when handling and working with the chemical in Okinawa, especially during alleged testing periods. Recent measurements have shown herbicide contamination in areas surrounding U.S. military bases, and Agent Orange barrels have appeared at football pitches and residential areas. The U.S. officially denies the presence of the herbicide in Okinawa - and suspected drums of Agent Orange have been seized by regional branches of Tokyo’s Ministry of Defense, who have kept silent about their contents. ⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #okinawa #agentorange #nobase #us #japan #leukamia #usimperialism

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Writer: @yeeyeejaap ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ Brunei is one of the three countries that share the Asian island of Borneo. Brunei is a small, oil-rich sultanate, officially named Brunei Darussalam -- Arabic for "abode of peace". Ruled by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, it is a country which hasn’t held democratic elections since 1962. This is due to the continued state of emergency which was declared in 1962, when opponents of the monarchy rebelled, giving the Sultan absolute control. With approximately half a million citizens and a lot of oil, Brunei is one of the most developed countries in the world. It is part of ASEAN and has good relations with the United Kingdom. It has applied sharia law since 2013. Earlier this year, Brunei experienced uproar regarding LGBT+- related laws in the country, after it announced that it would punish gay sex by stoning.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #brunei #asia #borneo #sultan #oil #stoning #bruneisultan #bruneidarussalam #bandarseribegawan #bsb

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Writer: @straumeamanda ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ Born on the 5th October 1936 in Prague, Václav Havel is one of the most famous historical and political figures of Czech origin. Starting out as a critic against communism through a playwright occupation, the Prague Spring of 1968 propelled him into political activism through founding dissident initiatives such as the Charter 77 movement for human rights. His political activities got him into jail multiple times. He also played a key role in the Velvet Revolution of 1989 through the founding and work of the Civic Forum. Although some of his stances such as opposition to Slovak independence prior to the Velvet Divorce were domestically controversial, he assumed the role as President of Czechoslovakia from 1989-1992 and of the Czech Republic from 1993-2003. In his lifetime he received accolades such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Gandhi Peace Prize. He supported the Czech Green Party from 2004 and until his death in December 2011.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #vaclavhavel #civicforum #czechoslovakia

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Writer: @itskemalffs ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ The United Nations Mission In Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL ) was established by the United Nations Security Council following Resolution 1270, which was adopted on 22 October 1999. The mission completed its mandate and withdrew on 31 December 2005. It was set up in the context of the civil war that had broken out in the West African country of Sierra Leone in March 1991 when armed rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF ) launched an insurgency from the Eastern part of the country adjacent to Liberia in an attempt to unseat the government in the capital Freetown. UNAMSIL helped the Sierra Leonese government secure and maintain control over the entirety of the country, disarming over 75,000 former fighters, including child soldiers, and established and monitored the conditions of security throughout the DDR places where the programme was introduced. UNAMSIL also helped the government organise landmark elections in May 2002, and helped rebuild the country’s police force. Such achievements – pursued with a modest USD 2.8 million budget as compared to other peacekeeping missions – also contributed towards rehabilitating the country’s infrastructures and delivery of services to local communities.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @stphxng ⁠ In a new study published in the journal Nature, it has been revealed that planting billions of trees may be the cheapest, most effective way to tackle climate change. The analysis found that there are an available 1.7bn hectares of treeless land - an area the size of the US and China combined - upon which 1.2 trillion trees could grow. As trees absorb carbon dioxide and pump out oxygen, the research found that a global tree-planting program could sequester around two-thirds of carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity. The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change has previously stated that if the world aims to reduce the rise in global average temperature to 1.5 degrees by 2050, an extra 1bn hectares of trees are required. And optimistic cost estimates show that around 1 trillion trees could be planted for around $300bn - a figure which the researchers believe could be funded through crowdfunding along with the support of billionaire philanthropists. However, Joseph Poore, an environmental researcher at Oxford University, pointed out that many of the potential restoration areas identified by the study are currently used for livestock grazing. He added that “without freeing up the billions of hectares we use to produce meat and milk, this ambition is not realizable”.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @allyxchan ⁠ On the 30th of May, there was a power outage on two railway lines in Kyushu, Japan; it ended up halting as many as 30 trains and delayed around 12,000 passengers. Weeks later, Kyushu authorities have found out the cause - a slug. The creature reportedly short-circuited an electrical power device installed near rail tracks, causing chaos for thousands, and consequently burned to death. As a JR Kyushu spokesperson told AFP, this occurrence was “rare”, notwithstanding the fact that Japan is known globally for its highly efficient train services. The spokesperson also commented that “we often have trouble with deer colliding with trains but [usually] not a problem with slugs”.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #slug #japan #railway #train #nihon #funny #crazy #anarchy #fried #kyushu #deer

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Writer: @japsnap_ ⁠ Media: @drewg_8 ⁠ Mohair is a special type of wool, famous for its shine, and is highly demanded on the global market. Until May 2018, sheep farmers in Lesotho could sell their mohair-wool to whoever they wanted to, but after a change in the regulations regarding the trade of the wool, the wool could only be sold to the Lesotho Wool Centre (LWC ). This all seemed fine until it was discovered the only person allowed to buy the wool was the Chinese businessman Stone Shi. As well as this, 3 government ministers have set up their own wool-trading business, which led to people suspecting them, and the Prime Minister, of corruption. Even worse, the sheep farmers haven’t received any payment from Mr Shi, and the ones who chose not to sell to LWC, have no-one to sell to. Many farmers are now in financial ruin, and suicides have been reported. Even after a ruling in court stating the new rules were illegal, and a speech from the crown prince, who usually aren’t allowed to make political statements, the government has failed to make any changes.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #lesotho #wool #mohair #woolscandal #southafrica #africa #farmers

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @rubi_bazz ⁠ In the United States, uncertainty is on the rise among Chinese-American scientists, as they believe that they have been unjustly singled out, caught in the crossfire between the Sino-American trade war. In May, two neuroscience researchers, Li Xiaojiang and Li Shihua, were fired by Emory University in Georgia after claims that they refused to disclose funding ties to China. In April, MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston disposed of three Chinese-American researchers after they were accused of conducting espionage on behalf of the Chinese state. Numerous other Chinese-American scientists have reported that they have been the subject of FBI calls and visits even though they were not being accused of any crime. Fred Yan, the President of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology USA, relays that, “our members have been told by the FBI to report any suspicious cases of the people they know." Yan explained that “this has made people in the Chinese-American community very uncomfortable." Meanwhile, the FBI Director, Christopher Wray, claimed in a congressional hearing in February that China was “exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have.'' The White House estimates that around $600bn from the American economy is lost to Chinese theft of American intellectual property annually.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @evystumpff ⁠ Media: @barabayer ⁠ On 14 July, Bianca Devins was murdered in New York. 17-year-old Devins became well known on Instagram for her posts as an E-girl. Brandon Clark, the main suspect of the crime, posted images of her corpse on Discord as well as on his Instagram. While the images were removed, they were quickly being shared by other users, despite Clark's account being deactivated. Instagram has taken criticism for the images being shared on the platform and released a statement saying they are "taking every measure to remove this content" from the platform.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #biancadevins #egirl #murder #discord #devins #bianca

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Writer: @midesonline ⁠ Media: @joeycclough ⁠ On July 17, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan of Brooklyn, NY sentenced drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 30 years for his role in leading Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. The 62-year-old was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, back in February. In addition to his sentencing, he was also ordered to pay $12.6bn (£10bn ) in forfeiture. Guzmán was able to escape the death penalty as a term for his extradition. Before his sentencing, Guzmán told Judge Cogan that he was denied a “fair trial” as authorities failed to “thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct in the case.” Guzmán’s defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman plans to appeal the verdict. Meanwhile, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski described Guzmán’s conviction as a victory for people in the U.S. and Mexico who were affected by the drug lord’s crimes. Guzmán is expected to serve at the U.S. Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, a “Supermax” prison.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #elchapo #joaquinguzman #adxflorence #elchapoguzman #mexico #drugcartel #supermaxprison

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Writer: @cecinestpasunepierre ⁠ Media: @barabayer ⁠ The construction of Kenya’s first-ever coal-powered plant near the Kenyan coast has been put on standby until its cultural and environmental impact can be properly evaluated by a Kenyan judge, a major setback for the $2bn project. The environmental campaigners who originally took the Kenyan National Environment Management Authority to court over this matter have hailed this court ruling as a victory for grassroots lobbying, arguing that the plant‘s potential negative impact had not been thoroughly assessed. In a meeting in Baku last week Unesco’s World Heritage Committee called for a revival of the environmental assessment of the potential impact of pollution on the surrounding communities. If Kenya fails to submit a new environmental impact statement by February 2020, Lamu, the town dating back to the 14th century closest to the plant could be added to its list of world heritage sites in danger, according to the committee.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @pranavgupta__ ⁠ Media: @drewg_8 ⁠ The global response to eradicating poverty, hunger and fighting climate change, as vowed by the world leaders, has not been "ambitious enough" and a faster response is required to achieve the 2030 development agenda, according to the UN. The United Nations' latest report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs ), launched on 9th July - the opening day of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development - said that while a "wealth of action" has been taken by the governments across the world, "the most vulnerable people and countries continue to suffer the most". The impacts of climate change and increasing inequality across and within countries are undermining the progress on the sustainable development agenda, threatening to reverse many of the gains made over the last decades that have improved people's lives, the report said. Liu Zhenmin, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs said the clock for taking decisive actions on climate change is ticking, stressing the importance of strengthening international cooperation and multilateral action to confront the monumental global challenges.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @itskemalffs ⁠ Media: @sophiashahril ⁠ On October 17, 1961, approximately 30,000 pro-independence Algerian protestors and supporters of the National Liberation Front (FLN ) marched on the streets of Paris. They were protesting against the Algerian war and more precisely against a curfew that required that “Algerian Muslim workers", "French Muslims", and "French Muslims of Algeria" stay within their homes from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The FLN called for all Algerians living in Paris at the time to take to the streets so to put an end to the seemingly numerous racist measures that had been taken against Algerians and Muslims living in France at the time. The protests were short-lived as Parisian authorities attacked the demonstrators under direct orders from the chief of police Maurice Papon. During the police raids, as many as 11,000 people were arrested and several were killed either from brutal police beatings or drowning as several bodies were thrown into the river Seine. Following 37 years of censorship, in 1998, the French government declared that there were 40 deaths although many estimate that the number could be as high as 300.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #paris #france #algeria #algiers #fln #algerianwar #parismassacre #1961 #mauricepapon #papon

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Writer: @_.manon._1⁠ Media: @barabayer ⁠ In a bid to tackle air pollution, China has announced the construction of the world’s first ‘Forest City’. The Forest City is designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti and is set to be constructed by 2020 in Lizhou, northern China. The urban settlement will be home to nearly one million plants and 40,000 trees, absorbing 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tonnes of pollutants, as well as producing 900 tonnes of oxygen annually. Around 30,000 people will be able to live in this city, living off renewable energy. China’s Forest City is created to increase biodiversity, decrease the air temperature, and improve the local air quality. ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #ForestCity #China #sustainable #environment

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @stphxng ⁠ Ursula von der Leyen, who served as Defence Minister under Angela Merkel, was elected as the first female European Commission President. In a secret ballot, 383 MEPs supported her - 9 more than needed for an absolute majority but still shy of the 400-vote threshold needed to be able to comfortably pass legislation. In this role, she will work to implement EU policies and will represent the EU at EU Council meetings, G7, and G20 summits as well as other bilateral summits involving third parties. Despite initial opposition from the progressive Socialist and Democrats group, they warmed to her after a 30-minute speech on Thursday in which she committed to fighting for further gender equality, and promised to establish a guarantee of free healthcare and education for every child across the EU. Furthermore, she pledged to establish an EU-wide minimum wage, as well as a fund to prop up national welfare. She also promised the EU parliament the right to propose legislation. However, some MEPs were not happy. Green Party MEPs voted against her, saying that the “green deal” she promised did not go far enough - the deal includes billions of dollars in investment in green technologies, a new EU carbon border tax and carbon neutrality by 2050. Brexiteer MEPs are also staunch opponents - she has previously said that “Brexit is a loss for everyone” and that she will refuse to renegotiate the Brexit deal. Furthermore, Von der Leyen has supported European integration in the past - she said she hopes for a “United States of Europe along the lines of federal states like Switzerland, Germany or the US” and a European army.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate ⁠ ⁠ [Image courtesy of www.independent.co.uk]

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Writer: @itskemalffs ⁠ Media: @stphxng ⁠ On July 7, 2019, a Taliban car bomb attack killed 8 security personnel and six civilians in the central province of Ghazni in Afghanistan. The suicide attack reportedly also left more than 180 people injured including several children who were going to a nearby school. Afghan authorities reported that the attack was aimed at the National Directorate of Security (NDS ) – the primary intelligence agency of Afghanistan. The attack came as peace talks between the warring sides were being held at the Intra-Afghan summit.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @ipokmon ⁠ Media: @barabayer ⁠ Transport for London, the agency that operates the tube has announced that they will be monitoring passenger activity and location data from rider's cell phones. In doing so, Transport for London hopes to understand consumer behaviour as well as travel patterns better; furthermore, travellers will also benefit as they would receive more notifications about delays and crowding. The project will attempt to monitor and analyze real-time data, making this a pioneering step given the size and activity of the London underground. This process has already raised concern in terms of data security as well as potential misuse of data. Luckily, riders can opt-out of the tracking by merely turning wifi off while riding. ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #london #tfl #england #britain #tube

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Writer: @pranavgupta__ ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ In a 3-0 decision, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that the US Constitution's First Amendment forbids Trump from using Twitter's "blocking" function to limit access to his account, which is otherwise open to the public. "The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees," Circuit Judge Barrington Parker wrote. The Justice Department has called her ruling "fundamentally misconceived," saying Trump used Twitter in his personal capacity to disseminate his views, not to offer a platform for public discussion. Trump has made his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account a central, and controversial, part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda, announce policies and attack critics. He has 61.8 million followers. #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @_.manon._1⁠ Media: @sophiashahril ⁠ SIOP-62 was a war plan created by the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS ) in 1960. On April 15, 1961, SIOP-62 came into effect. It was the first comprehensive war plan synchronising the nuclear forces of the US Navy, Army, and Air Force for a potential attack and consisted of an entire strategic force launch of 3,500 nuclear weapons on 1050 specific targets in the Soviet Union, China, and some satellite states. This would have caused mass destruction in China, Poland, and mainly the Soviet Union. If the full nuclear force assigned to SIOP-62 had been released on the Soviet Union, approximately 108 million of the total population of 217 million Soviets at the time would have been killed. It is often disputed by historians whether this was a defensive US war plan and is described by David Rosenberg as an ‘Overkill’.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #nuclearwarplan #US #USSR #SIOP -62

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ Jose Mujica was the President of Uruguay from 2010-2015. The left-wing firebrand and former leftist guerilla fighter were dubbed the “world’s humblest head of state” as he donated 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charity. His only possession when he took office in 2010 was an $1800 Volkswagen Beetle, which he was later offered an eye-watering $1m for. The outspoken President, who called Nicolas Maduro “as mad as a goat” and a former President of Argentina “an old hag”, faced criticism during his tenure due to his support for the legalisation of cannabis and abortion. Mujica retired from the Senate in 2015 to spend more time on his farm, and in 2018 turned down a pension offer. He has said of his austere lifestyle that “if you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work as a slave to sustain them… this is a free choice”. He has attacked consumerism in previous speeches and accused other world leaders of having a “blind obsession to achieve growth and consumption as if the contrary would mean the end of the world”.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @ipokmon ⁠ Media: @evystumpff ⁠ Police in Tennessee State have asked residents to stop flushing prescription drugs down toilets as it can contribute to what police are calling 'meth gators.' The announcement came on July 13th after an officer caught a suspect flushing methamphetamine down a toilet. Flushing drugs become a problem when sewer water is held in retention ponds where entire ecosystems may be affected. The department stated, "ducks, geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds, and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do." Waste retention ponds feed into more extensive water systems, and drugs end up being consumed by gators. Police encourage any residents to bring in any medication and prescription drugs into police offices for proper disposal.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #gators #meth #drugs #police #flushing #disposal #waste #ponds #ecosystem

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @rubi_bazz ⁠ On Thursday, the South Korean paper Yonhap reported that Washington is considering lifting sanctions in return for North Korean denuclearisation. Yonhap cited an anonymous source close to the White House, who said that the US is specifically exploring the option of lifting sanctions on NK coal and textile exports for a period of 12-18 months as long as North Korea agrees to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility and freeze their entire nuclear programme. It was reported that the offer would “snap back” in the case that North Korea fails to abide by the terms in any way. With the failure of the Hanoi talks back in February, in which Trump walked out after Kim pushed for the removal of almost all sanctions in return for Yongbyon dismantlement, Washington is eager to start making progress in NK-US talks again, says the White House source - even if this means making several concessions. Consequently, the US is considering a number of other options, including setting up liaison offices in each others’ capitals, setting up an office to coordinate the recovery of American troops’ remains from North Korea, and signing a declaration to officially end the 1950-53 Korean War.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @kaate lu⁠ Media: @deanakuljanin ⁠ Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed the ‘bawal bastos’ law, which penalises sexual harassment in public spaces and online. Though it was signed in April 17, the information was released to the public on Monday, July 15. Republic Act 11313, or Safe Spaces Act, seeks to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in streets, other public places, like workplaces and educational & training institutions. The law states that “It is the policy of the state to value the dignity of every human person and guarantee full respect for human rights,” and outlines that actions thought of as gender based street and public spaces sexual harassment are committed through unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against anyone, regardless of motive, whether online or in person. Those found guilty in violation of this law may be fined up to 1000PHP-500,000PHP (roughly 20USD-9,800USD ) and may be imprisoned for a month. Schools and universities are ordered to create standard procedures, which harassed students or teachers will follow to file their complaints. The Philippine Commission on Women will lead in reviewing the implemented provisions of the law along with other government agencies⁠ . #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #duterte #du30 #bawalbastos #sexualharassment #philippinenews #philippines #news #current #currentevents #legislation #metoo #heforshe

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ Martin Heemeyer (1951-2004 ) owned a welding shop in Granby, Colorado and repaired mufflers for a living, purchasing the land for the shop in 1992. However, in 2001, city authorities approved the construction of a concrete plant, which would use land next to Heemeyer. Heemeyer was incensed, as he used this land as a shortcut between his home and the muffling shop - he was offered $250,000 for it, but demanded more, which bore little fruit. By 2003, he had enough - he purchased a bulldozer, spending almost a year beefing it up, covering it with armour and outfitting it with several rifles - turning it into a “killdozer”. On June 4, 2004, Heemeyer climbed inside his killdozer and set out into the town. He drove his machine out of his shop through the wall, and then proceeded to plough through the concrete plant, the town hall, the newspaper office, the hardware store, and multiple homes - authorities later noted that every business or home he destroyed had some connection to his battle with local authorities. He caused so much carnage that the governor of Colorado considered authorizing the National Guard to attack the killdozer with Apache helicopters and anti-tank missiles; however, the plan fell through after Heemeyer got his killdozer stuck in a hardware store and consequently shot himself while in the cockpit. Miraculously, no-one was killed other than Heemeyer, but he did cause $7 million in property damage. The killdozer was then sold for scrap by local authorities.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @straumeamanda ⁠ Media: @sophiashahril ⁠ In the lukewarm waters of June as LGBTQ+ Pride month, a new term has been emerging in recent years: Wrath month. The exact origin of the term, which has been assigned to the month of July, is disputed and unclear. However, connections have been drawn to the rebellion and anger connoted with the June 1969 Stonewall Riots, which are seen as one of the forerunning events of Pride month. Wrath month is therefore seen as the month in which the anger of the LGBTQ+ community can be felt and released. An exemplary action came in early July 2019, when the hashtag #boycottnivea trended online as an incentive to boycott Nivea for the alleged line “We don’t do gay at Nivea”.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #wrathmonth #lgbtqi #lgbt #lgbtq #boycottnivea

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Writer: @midesonline ⁠ Media: @ayrashaliha ⁠ On July 8th, 889 pages of private messages between Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello and 11 of his closest allies on the messaging service Telegram were released by the Puerto Rican journalist group, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo. The controversial messages included many derogatory, misogynistic and homophobic comments, as well as insults about journalists, politicians and activists. Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, was also targeted in the chat as PR’s chief financial officer, Christian Sobrino, wrote “I'm dying to shoot her up,” and Rosselló replied, "You'd be doing me a big favor." Two members of the group, Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin and Christian Sobrino, have resigned from their positions following the leak. Local politicians, activist groups and Puerto Rican celebrities such as Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny have called for Rosselló’s resignation. However, the Governor has refused to step down, saying: “I was elected by the people and I will continue the mission that was granted to me, now more than ever." Rosselló is still up for re-election in 2020, but his party’s leader has revealed that Roselló’s bid might be reconsidered. #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #puertorico #telegramgate #rossello #bad ⁠ bunny #rickymartin

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Writer: @_.manon._1⁠ Media: @deanakuljanin ⁠ On the 12th July 2019, a suicide attack was carried out at a wedding party in eastern Afghanistan. A child, presumed to be a teenager, was used for the attack, targeted at the pro-government militia commander Malik Noor, and the Islamic State (IS ) organisation later claimed responsibility. As a result, nine people were killed and 12 wounded. The pro-government militias, such as Noor, often join forces with Afgan security forces, in a bid to prevent the Taliban or the IS to gain more land. It is believed that the attack was a response to the recent peace conference between Taliban insurgents and Afgan representatives, aiming to reduce civilian casualties. ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #Afghanistan #IS #Taliban

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Writer: @aditseth03 ⁠ Media: @ayrashaliha ⁠ Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha resigned as five years of the military rule comes to an end in Thailand. Thailand is now fully a democratic country with a constitutional monarchy, with a parliament whose members are elected, All problems will be addressed normally based on a democratic system with no use of special powers." said the ex-army chief. Prayuth seized power in a 2014 coup. The new government is expected to officially take power after a swearing-in ceremony on 16th of July. Prayuth claimed his rule brought success in multiple areas including fixing human trafficking, illegal fishing and, the rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in 2018. A week ago, Prayuth used his powers to ease restrictions on the press and transfer legal cases from military to civilian court while still holding onto multiple powers including the ability to arrest and search without challenge.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @deanakuljanin ⁠ At the Demelza charity shop in Herne Bay, Kent, a vandal, whose identity is unknown, has reportedly been tearing up dozens of books - sometimes as many as 15 a week. The culprit, dubbed “the book ripper” by customers, has been carrying out the deeds since April. The store manager said to a local paper that “we initially had the odd book getting torn, which we dismissed as being children or someone trying to prank us. But in the last couple of months, we’ve been finding of 10 or 15 a week…. [they] seem to be right around the corner where we can’t see them – in the true crime, sport, travel and miscellaneous sections”. A number of books at a nearby library have also been similarly damaged over the past six months. Staff members have reportedly not identified any patterns to the behaviour, and the person responsible currently remains uncaught. The vandalism has resulted in significant financial losses for the charity shop, whose proceeds are donated to the Demelza Hospice Care for Children, a charity that helps children dealing with serious or terminal illnesses.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @dani charragaa⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ Mozambique has been hit by cyclones which have devastated the southern hemisphere of Africa. First, Cyclone Idai in March not only caused a variety of floods but also crashed the country’s central region. With a gap of just six weeks, now Cyclone Kenneth has come with additional destruction and deaths. Given the previous, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the situation gave him the right to demand the international community more efforts to provide Mozambique with aid for health and reconstruction. He also said that the Cyclones have been consequences of climate change, which is a phenomenon that Mozambique does not contribute to.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #news #currentevents #climatechange #africa #mozambique #unitednations #internationalaid #internationalommunity #weather #cyclonesinafrica

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Writer: @midesonline ⁠ Media: @ayrashaliha ⁠ Throughout history, colonialism has influenced the culture of many nations including sports. For instance, British colonialism in India introduced the sport of cricket to the Asian nation, making it India’s most popular sport. In addition, American sailors and Cuban students who studied in America popularised baseball in Cuba. However, the sport was banned by Spanish authorities when the nation was under Spanish rule which led baseball to become a form of rebellion against Spain and cement itself into Cuban history. Most importantly, centuries of British and French colonialism across the globe introduced football to numerous countries, especially African nations. The African diaspora in France can be seen in the French football world, most popularly through the French 2018 FIFA World Cup squad which consisted of about a dozen players of African descent. Football is currently the biggest sport in the world with hundreds of leagues, competitions and some of the world’s highest-paid athletes. ⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #colonialism #britain #france #india #europe #africa #asia #soccer #football #cricket #baseball #cuba #spain

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Writer: @itskemalffs ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ Patrice Émery Lumumba, born on July 2, 1925, was the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC ) between June and September of 1960. He played a key role in the fight for the independence of the DRC as he led an anti-imperialist and pan-Africanist movement in his country. One of Patrice Lumumba’s most renowned moments is the speech he delivered following Congo’s declaration of independence on June 30, 1960, whereby he denounced and condemned the atrocities committed by Belgium during their colonial reign over the Congo. The speech was broadcasted on radio stations across the world. It has been said that this same speech was a contributing factor to his death in 1961. In September 1960, president Joseph Kasa-Vubu dismissed Lumumba as Prime Minister following a telegram from the Belgian Prime Minister Gaston Eyskens. He was subsequently imprisoned by troops under the command of the chief of staff Joseph-Désiré Mobutu and spent the next few months being detained and beaten in different prisons across the country. On January 17, Lumumba was flown to Elisabethville where he was brutally beaten and tortured. In the evening of January 17, he was driven to an isolated spot not far from a colonial villa where he was executed by a firing squad. Following his execution, his corpse was dismembered and then dissolved into sulfuric acid. Lumumba’s death was not announced until February 13. In 2002, Belgium issued an official apology for its role in the assassination of Lumumba.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #panafricanism #belgium #congo #drc #democraticrepubliccongo #antiimperialism #anticolonialism #colonialism #lumumba #patricelumumba

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Writer: @darcymiller02 ⁠ Media: @drewg_8 ⁠ On Saturday, police and protestors clashed again following a peaceful march involving thousands. The earlier march, which was police-sanctioned, was against parallel traders who purchase goods such as formula milk, medicines and soy sauce in Sheung Shui, Hong Kong, for reselling in mainland China. Residents accuse them of littering neighbourhoods and distorting the local economy - they drive up prices and as a result, Hong Kongers have less choice when purchasing goods. Slogans such as “Kick out parallel traders!” and “Restore Sheung Shui to its former glory!” could be heard at the march. However, after the march, hundreds of protestors donned goggles, face masks, and hard hats, and occupied several streets around a train station. After police raised a red warning sign demanding protestors to leave immediately, they used pepper spray and beat several protestors with truncheons. Witnesses saw dozens of people visibly injured by the pepper spray, and one protestor was reportedly bleeding after being hit with a police baton. Several shops that are often frequented by such parallel traders closed during the general chaos.⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @cecinestpasunepierre ⁠ Media: @allyxchan ⁠ Hayabusa2, a Japanese probe which is approximately the size of a refrigerator and is powered by solar panels, successfully landed on the distant asteroid Ryugu on Thursday, July 11th. Scientists hope that the probe will manage to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system. Its landing is the second time the probe has touched down on this desolate asteroid and is part of a complex mission that has also involved sending rovers and robots to collect materials from beneath the surface of the asteroid in the hopes that they could provide insights into what the solar system was 4.6 bn years ago. Hayabusa2 is the successor to Jaxa’s first asteroid explorer, Hayabusa (Japanese for falcon ), and its mission was launched in December 2014 at a cost of $270m. It reached its stationary position above Ryugu in June 2018 after travelling 3.2bn km. If the rest of its mission goes to plan, Hayabusa2 will return to its landing site in Woomera, South Australia, at the end of 2020.⁠ ⁠ #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate

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Writer: @jamiemill27 ⁠ Media: @beckettmcdowell ⁠ The White House recently unveiled a new plan to tackle the handling of federal data. The purpose of the plan is to make data more accessible to the American users while limiting the ability for outsiders to connect data across agencies and reveal confidential information. Trump has made improving data a top priority and recently passed an executive order to maintain American leadership in artificial transparency. The new data strategy was open to public feedback until June 8th when professionals and academics in tech and data industries came to Washington D.C. to give feedback on the plan. While almost everyone gathered was in favour of the plan, concerns were voiced over the aggressive timeline and funding⁠ ⁠ . #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #trump #AI #artificialintelligence #data #federaldatastrategy #whitehouse #russia #mosaiceffect

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