Taking the day off and enjoying time with my family. Hope you are, too!
I wrote a fun little top 10 list over at PIE last week. It is a list of stupid political moments in the past year almost as ridiculous as the indictment charges against Rick Perry. Go check it out.
This piece was originally written for the former conservative youth blogging and news site, Resist44 on June 21, 2012.
Yesterday afternoon, word reached the U. S. news sources that Hosni Mubarak, former President of Egypt, had a stroke and was then pronounced clinically dead. Not more than an hour later, conflicting reports began coming in saying that this was not the case. Today, no one can confirm the actual the physical state of Mubarak’s health.
1) Human rights investigators from the U.N. have condemned the Syrian government and ISIS militants for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians by chemical weapons and conventional weapons. On the ground in Syria, social media reports say the so-called Islamic State has taken a Syrian military based, and is holding Syrians hostage.
1) An American woman who was working in humanitarian relief was kidnapped by the Islamic State in Syria, say reports from last night. She was captured last year and some reports say the Islamic State would negotiate (ransom/prisoner release) for her freedom. For her, and her family’s safety, the aid worker’s name has not been released.
1) The terrorist group Boko Haram has declared an “Islamic State” in Northern Nigeria where they have control of multiple cities. It is unclear if Boko Haram is suggesting its own Islamic State or one controlled by the group formerly known as ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
1) France’s government resigned today. President Hollande has asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government due to divided approaches on economic reforms.
2) A US journalist, kidnapped by Al Qaeda affiliated Al-Nursa in Syria, was released today. Theo Curtis was handed over to UN peacekeepers after Washington worked with more than 20 other countries to secure his release.
This piece highlights a disturbing statistic from a recent Pew Survey. The poll shows how out of touch many voters are with their local politics. Almost half of Ameircan in this survey couldn’t correctly identify their congress member’s political affilitation. Read more over at My News Hub.
When it comes to the United Nations Security, the only power that matters is the power of veto. And the veto card usually belongs to Russia and China, who tend to pick divisive positions—mostly for the media attention. But 10 other countries also sit on the Security Council. These countries get to debate and vote on each issue that comes up, hopefully influencing the deciding members.