World Wrap Up for December 9, 2017

World Affairs

TRUMP BACKS TAINTED SENATOR
US President Donald Trump urged voters to elect a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, warning that America “cannot afford” to have a Democrat win the hard-fought campaign.

PALESTINIAN, ISRAELI FORCES CLASH IN BETHLEHEM
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank for the third day on Saturday following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Protesters hurled stones at troops who responded using tear gas and other riot dispersal means.Trump’s declaration set off a wave of protests across the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the wider Arab and Muslim world.

UN: 14 PEACEKEEPERS KILLED IN CONGO
Rebels attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in eastern Congo, killing at least 14 peacekeepers and wounding 40 others in the worst violence against the mission in this Central African country in years. the peacekeepers were mainly from Tanzania, and that at least five Congolese soldiers also were killed in the assault blamed on one of the region’s deadliest rebel groups. …////

KIM JONG UN CLIMBS SNOW-COVERED MOUNT PAEKTU
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited the top of the country’s tallest peak, Mount Paektu.
State television showed still images of Kim Jong Un walking across the snowy summit of the mountain with a group of officials.

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Kim Jong Un dares USA, Launches Missile

World Affairs

A week after United States designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, Kim Jong-Un dared Uncle Sam and fired a ballistic missile into Japan sea.

South Korea’s army confirmed that the missile was fired from an area north of Pyongyang.

The trajectory of the missile is unknown and the US and South Korea are investigating into this.

The launch is the second intermediate ballistic missile launched by North Korea in the recent past.

TRUMP: WE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT

US President Donald Trump spoke minutes after the launched, however his response seem measured. He simply said “We will take care of it. It is a situation that we will handle”

MISSILE LANDS IN JAPAN SEA, NO DAMAGE REPORTED

North Korea confirmed that it had ‘successfully launched: a new type of ICBM called the Hwasong 15. However no damage was reported from this missile that was launched from the western coast of North Korea .

UN AMBASSADORS CONDEMN NKOREA MISSILE
UN ambassadors from Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom slammed North Korea over it’s intercontinental ballistic missile.

U.N. Security Council President said that he was in contact with key U.N. members after this development.

Meanwhile Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added that his country would no longer tolerate the actions of North Korea and pressed for sanctions against the rogue nation.

This is the second ICBM launch by North Korea in less than 10 weeks, is the country, backed by the China seems to be getting more emboldened. Will the world let the Maverick dictator continue to set terms, or will the UNSC and Atlantic Countries stop this nuclear war drama?

Blog by Isheeta Bali

When Harry Met Meghan

Entertainment, World Affairs

Sorry ladies, time to grab those tissues, because Prince Harry is taken! Yes and this time it’s official!

Image courtesy: popsugar

Prince Harry is all set to walk the aisle with television star Meghan Markle. The announcement was made on Twitter by his father Prince of Wales Charles.

The announcement says the couple had been engaged earlier this month (November 2017) and would marry in spring 2018.

Changing Times for Royals:

Just like his older brother, Prince William, Harry is not marrying an aristocrat. He is marrying a commoner too, but this marriage is unique in more ways. Meghan is not just a commoner. She is a US citizen who was previously married but divorced after 2 years of marriage. She is half-black, also making her the first person of colour to join the royal family. While the world is rooting for Meghan, Brits are not so excited over this as they think Meghan is too ‘over exposed’ due to her stint as an actress and doubt if this marriage would last. Prince Harry has had a long list of girlfriends and was known as a wild party child. His commitment phobia haunted his exes. But either way the couple are expected to breathe of fresh air into the losing charm of the Royals. People are bored of plain- jane Kate and hopefully Meghan will spice things up for the Clarence House!

Blog by Isheeta Bali

AMAZON- THE GROWTH STORY

BUSINESS, World Affairs
Year Milestone
1994 Jeff Bezos quits his job, launches Amazon.  Initial startup capital- his parent’s personal savings
1995 Amazon.com goes online with book sales. Bezos raises an $8 Million round of funding from Kleiner Perkins
1997 Amazon goes public at $18 per share
1999 Bezos named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for popularising online shopping.
2009 Bezos acquires Zappos through  stock swap
2013 Bezos acquires the Washington Post
2015 Amazon surpasses Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the United States
2016 Becomes the fourth most valuable public company, goes offline with its first bookstore in Seattle
2017 Amazon acquires Dubai-based Souq.com, Bezos becomes the second richest person in the world

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the second richest person in the world, moving ahead of when Amazon acquired on 29 March acquired Middle East’s largest online retailer, Souq.com. According to Bloomberg, Bezos added around $1.5 billion to his fortune (now at $75.6 billion) as his company’s share rose to $18.35 billion as of  29 March.

South Korea impeaches its President Park Guen-hye

World Affairs

South Korean lawmakers have impeached it’s president Park Geun-Hye over corruption scandal. The National Assembly motion passed by 234 votes to 56. Park was accused of “influential peddling”. South Korea is fourth largest economy in Asia. Prime Minister of South Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn will now become the acting  president. The country will now witness snap elections in two months. 

Quotes by the Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro

World Affairs

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.

 

A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.

 

I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.

 

Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour.

 

I am Fidel Castro and we have come to liberate Cuba.

 

I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country.

Another powerful earthquake rocks Fukushima

World Affairs

Japan’s Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures were struck by an earthquake of 7.4 magnitude on November 22.

The quake struck at about 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Residents were told to seek higher ground immediately, with warnings of waves of up to 3m. There were reports of minor injuries and damage.

An earthquake and tsunami struck the same area in 2011 killing more than 18,000 people.

That quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, also caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a massive clean-up operation is still going on.

Officials have said there is no sign of damage to the plant this time.

First Lady Michelle Obama called as an ‘Ape in heels’

World Affairs

The mayor of Clay, West Virginia, has resigned over a racist Facebook post that compared first lady Michelle Obama to an “ape in heels.”
 Pamela Taylor, worked as director of the Clay County Development Corporation and wrote on Facebook: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels,”.

To this Mayor Beverly Whaling commented on the post saying: “Just made my day Pam,”.

Whaling has now resigned, but it is not know if Taylor was terminated or resigned her post. 

Hillary blames FBI chief’s letters for her loss

World Affairs

Hillary Clinton claimed that the two letters from James Comey , the head of Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)  to members of Congress in the run-up to the presidential election, led to her loss in the last week.

Hillary made the statement on Saturday during a conference which consisted of donors who had contributed $1,00,000 or more towards her election campaign.

She said she was confident on winning the election until the FBI chief’s letters turned the direction of the campaign.

Meanwhile, few opinion polls had suggested that neither the FBI letters nor the taped conversations featuring Mr Trump bantering about his controversial behaviour with women made much impact on the voters’ preferences which were decided much earlier in large part.