Monday, November 21, 2016

Duterte on the big stage: Philippines leader cozies up to Putin, Xi Jinping

The Phillippines and their president Duterte reaffirmed his stance with Russia. Putin meet with Duterte at the APEC conference. Duterte wants the Phillippines to become more aligned with Europe and he beleives that Russia can help him achieve this goal.

-Sean Raleigh

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Columbia Police

               The police of Columbia rescued a United States judge who was abducted last while in Cartagena.  This judge, who served the Los Angeles Superior Court, was on vacation in Cartagena when he was abducted by, approximately, 4 kidnappers.  This is, actually, a common occurrence in Columbia, usually in the hopes that the abduction will bring ransom money for the return of the individual.  While a common occurrence, the Colombian police have been cracking down on such instances and they have slowed down in recent months.

-Jaedyn Krebs-Carr

Saudi-led coalition calls 48-hour ceasefire in war-torn Yemen

So Saudi Arabia is in Yemen? I guess I need to pay more attention to failed states, because interesting things seem to happen, like Saudi Arabia leading a coalition. Right now, they and the rebel forces are entering a 48 hour ceasefire. Ceasefires have this way of ceasing, so I hope that both forces manage to abide by it. I suppose that we are favoring the Saudis on this one, seeing as how we like oil so much. As for not getting much media attention, this year and a half conflict has been nicknamed the forgotten war due to the lack of international attention. I thought we already had one of those? A sequel with a lower budget and equal human suffering; lets hope they don't make it a trilogy.

-Clayton Bailey

A silent killer: Lead poisoning in Nigeria

Robert Tomaszewski
Lead poisoning is happening in Nigeria. Doctors without borders are running a lead poisoning intervention program. The outbreak of lead poisoning has killed 400 inhabitants since its discovery in the Zamfara state in 2010 according to Aljazeera.

Gold mines are largely to blame, the gold mines are full of lead, which presents a very dangerous work hazard. The process of grinding rocks to get gold ore litters the soil with lead. Children are dying as a result according to Aljazeera, being the most vulnerable to the disease.
This puts a tension of the mining industry which is very lucrative for Nigerians, but at the same time, poses a health risk. I expect this to slow the growth of gold as a commodity.

Populism Abroad: Italy and The U.S. Election

In an article for The Christian Science Monitor, written by David Iaconangelo, there is an exploration of Italy's latest political developments. Following in a very close pattern with other European and United States influence, Italy has decided upon a constitutional overhaul referendum popular vote on December 4th. This could potentially change the very structure of the country's political system. However, opposition found in the form of The Five Star Movement--the native populist movement--is stepping up effort to keep the referendum from passing. It is curious how close the movement in Italy resembles the movement in the United States. The demographic is nearly the same-- mostly white, less educated, and in a lower socioeconomic status. The movement is even led by someone with no prior political experience, an Italian comedian. The trend of former fringe populist groups gaining political momentum is something to be noted as politics continue through Europe over the next months and years.

Benjamin Ubert

Former President of France Concedes

Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France, conceded today after being third in the latest primary results.  Sarkozy said he wishes the best for the country that he loves, and however France is affected in the future, will affect him personally.  The Primary is now between Francios Fillon and Allain Jupe.  The winner of the primary will receive the nomination to run for President of France.  This could have a big impact on relations between the U.S. and France depending on who becomes the next French President.

-Andres Terronez

The Dead Sea is drying out

The salt lake called the Dead Sea that borders Isreal and Jordan is shrinking at a rate of 3.3 feet per year. It is believed that the reason behind this is mainly human action. With the Dead Sea requiring so much of it's water coming in from other sources, when all the water it used to be getting supplied with is being consumed or used for other things, there is not enough water supplied to maintain water levels. Jordan and Isreal signed a deal last year to build a canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea in order to help fix its water level problem. The sea is the lowest point on our planet at over 1,000 feet below sea level and is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world at 34% salinity.

Mitch Reid

Egypt-Israel Relations Reach New high

The Two prime ministers of Egypt and Israel are working together to create a new partnership in the Middle East region. Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian prime minister, net with Benjamin Netanyahu,of Israel, at his home in Jerusalem earlier this year and watched the final to the Euro cup together. This is just one instance in which the two countries have put aside differences to work together. Political Analysts have concluded that the relationship between these two nations is the strongest it has been since Israel's founding in 1948. Evidence of this is Egypts decision to vote to Israel into a UN committee member position; Egypt has never voted in favor of Israel. The two countries have worked together recently to fight against ISIS sympathizers in the Sinai peninsula, and working to destroy and flood tunnels used to smuggle weapons and KFC across the border.

 Egypt-Israel Relations at Highest Point in History

Rodney Ross

Syria: Aleppo pounded by 'heaviest bombardment' since war began

Aleppo is back under fire after a three-week hiatus from violence.  In the past 5 days, almost 300 people have been killed in the bombings.  Hospitals have become a huge victim as none in the city are operating at full capacity or considered functioning.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the actions as indiscriminate shelling that has killed or maimed hundreds of civilians including children.  He let out a statement reminding everyone that the bombing of civilians is a war crime and that those responsible for what is going on in Syria will one day be brought to account.

Chris Buechner

Donald Trump and the U.N.: Signs of Clashing Views on Many Issues

Donald trump has many clashing views with the United Nations. The UN is watching trump closely to see what he is going to follow through his foreign policy ideas. The world now more then ever needs America to commit to world affairs and there scared that "trump is dangerous from an international stand point" they also think it's going to be another Bush and Bolton fiasco. Since trump is looking to appoint Bolton Again. Trump prides himself on making deals but the UN isn't just about making deals for its own national interests it's mostly about making deals for the collective good. 

-Maria Dementieva 

Trump Meets With Romney as He Starts to Look Outside His Inner Circle

Trump is meeting with with different individuals,  such as Mitt Romney in order to look outside his inner circle. A republican strategist thinks it is to reassure some of the establishment that he is going to reach out to them, and that’s an important part of healing the party. What was most suppressing is that he met with Michelle Rhee. Choosing her for the secretary of education position really shakes things up. Previously she angered teacher unions by firing teachers that produced students who has poor results. Trump believes that statistically  she showed the results we want in our school and she is the step in the right direction.  

-Maria Dementieva 

White Nationalists Celebrate ‘an Awakening’ After Donald Trump’s Victory

This group called alt white movement have gained more of a voice through trumps victory. They feel that trumps words and ideas truly describe a true American foreign policy. Geared toward actual white Americans. They feel that "immigrants and muslims  have there right to freedom of speech" but  shouldn't be able to because "the values they represent don't represent America". They are hoping also with trims victory they will gain more of a political voice. It's critics call it a rebranded version of the Ku Klux Clan. 

-Maria Dementieva 

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, to seek fourth term

Angela Merkel, Germany's center-right leader, announced on Sunday that she will seek a fourth term as chancellor in the next general elections. As the country's first chancellor, Merkel has been in office since 2005. But she expects the next election will be the toughest campaign to date, being challenged by the populist right-wing AfD party, and the CDU's defeat in several states in September due to her open-door policy for migrants. The general elections are expected next year.

-Mirina Uchida-

Angela Merkel to stand for fourth term

Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany is seeking a fourth term.  Merkel's announcement came after she met with party leader at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin. Merkel expects this to be her toughest campaign so far, and "vowed to fight for our values and our way of life". Merkel also recognizes that she will face challenges from both the right and left of the political spectrum. She also told reporters that "the decision to run for a fourth term had been 'anything but trivial after 11 years in office. The article also points out that even though Merkel's poll numbers have slipped she retains wide support throughout Germany.

-AC Christopherson

Everything Will Be Okay

The new president of the United States has people all over the world concerned, specifically the racial groups he has targeted. Soon-to-be former president Barrack Obama tried to alleviate that cognitive dissonance that Latin America has. On Saturday, he spoke with a group of students and young leaders from Latin America, as part of his last trip overseas as president. He talked about trade policies and Donald Trump's allegations of closing up borders. Many fear that he will end trade with some countries, but Obama reassured that once Trump how the trade benefits both countries, he'll just leave it as is. Obama stated that the world is too interconnected nowadays for a leader to focus only on its nation because every decision a leader makes will affect another nation. He also talked about restoring ties with Cuba earlier in his campaign, but who knows if it will really happen. Obama believes that the relations between Latin America and the United States should not change much. He said "the best way for my daughters to be secure in America is to make sure people in Guatemala or El Salvador are also feeling secure because if they're not, that may spill over the border to us". I like his point of view and I agree with it. The gang violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras has gotten out of control. People's lives are in danger. I found it interesting that people are also arguing that democracy does not work well with development. Obama defended that by saying that democratic countries perform better than non-democratic parties.

--Jazmin Galindo

Syria war: Aleppo self-rule plan rejected by government

A proposition for peace was written up in an attempt to settle some of the conflict in the war ravaged Syria this week, and ultimately ended up being unsuccessful. The agreement would mean rebel fighting forces would withdraw from eastern Aleppo under the conditions that they are allowed to hold on to the territory. The call for peace comes after a school was hit by rebel forces, killing eight children in the area. Reports of chemical weapons being used by rebel forces have also come in, complicating matter even more. A total of 32 people were either injured or killed in these attacks. The rejection of the treaty by the Syrian government was justified by officials stating that it would be insane for them to leave their people held hostage by some 6,000-7,000 potential jihadi gunmen.

Tanner James

Trump election: Mitt Romney considered for secretary of state

This news comes as a bit of a surprise to many people including myself. The two men have exchanged choice words about each other. Trump stated how Romney was a "failed candidate" and a "choke artist" while Romney called out Trump on his temperament being unfit to be President. These words were exchanged prior to Trump's recent win in the United States Presidential Election. The two men met at Trump's golf course in New Jersey and were speculated to be discussing a potential position for Romney as part of Trump's administration. Vice President elect Mike Pence confirmed the notion by stating, "It was a warm and a substantive exchange and I know he is under active consideration to be secretary of state". If Trump decides to appoint Romney to Secretary of State; it will be interesting to see the dynamic between the two, specifically how they will work together.

-Drew Truckenmiller

Mexico Urges Migrants to Keep Calm

Mexico has issued an eleven point plan addressing fearful Mexicans after the election of President elect Donald J. Trump. While the plan does not address Trump by name, it urges migrants not to be afraid because the Mexican government will be there for them in these times of uncertainty. In a meeting between Trump and officials from the Mexican government earlier in the year, the two parties disputed over who will pay for the wall. The Mexican President has also stated that the Mexican people feel hurt by some of the comments Mr. Trump has made about Mexicans being "rapists and drug dealers". The banks have also announced another key move to brace for life under the rule of Trump. The bank has announced it will raise interest rates which is not good news for the Mexican economy. Their economy has been struggling and it appears it will continue to slump.

Alex Khatcherian

Suicide bomber strikes in Kabul

An ISIL claimed suicide bomber on foot struck a government vehicle, killing at least six people and several injured. The bombed vehicle was carrying national security officers in Kabul. Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi put the death toll at six, including five civilians and one military official in the blast which occurred close to the defense ministry. Four people were killed and 128 others were wounded when a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, last week.

Anisha Venkatesh babu

115 dead as train derails in north India; some still trapped

An overnight passenger train derailed early Sunday in northern India, killing at least 115 people. Daljeet Chaudhary, a director general of police, believes the death toll will continue to rise because some of the most devastated coaches that derailed have not become accessible yet. An estimated 150 people were injured. The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear. The impact of the derailment was so strong that one of the coaches landed on top of another, crushing the one below. Accidents are relatively common on India's sprawling rail network, which is the world's third largest but lacks modern signaling and communication systems. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

-Chase Gozdziak

Saturday, November 19, 2016

India Offers Some Relief to Chaos It Created With Currency Ban

According to the New York Times, the Prime Minister of India has placed a ban on high currency bills. Because of this, it has caused for retail commerce to slow, farmers having almost no customers and people have been waiting in long lines just to retrieve their money from ATM's. This past Thursday, the government cut the exchange limit in half from approximately $60 to $30. This is in their hopes to provide more evenly distribution of cash. However, there was an exception made to families who had wedding to celebrate, because of the wedding season in India. Another exception would be made to farmers in order to pay for the labor and produce at markets. The purpose of this was to drain out black money in the system. The additional downside includes the currency shortage in their transition.

Alexa Ortiz

Egypt Jails Journalists' Union Chief, Two Others for 2 Years

In Cairo, Egypt on Saturday, an Egyptian court sentenced two years of prison time for the head of the journalists’ union and two of its board members for housing their colleagues wanted by the law and spreading false news. This decision comes after Egyptian authorities have been searching for ways to dwindle uprisings against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. This resentment comes as the economy is on the decline. The union said that it’s going to appeal the verdict of it’s members. The union believes that the verdict is a message to the whole union, and not just against the three members prosecuted. People have been prosecuting outside government buildings in Cairo, protesting the verdict. It will be interesting to see how this all ends. Egypt is said to have the worst detentions of journalists after China. With the increase of media coverage about this specifically, I wonder if Egypt will continue detaining journalists or if they will let up on their harsh rule. Something tells me this will continue, though, as it has been a trend since the early 2000’s.

-Lauren Whelan

Friday, November 18, 2016

UN Climate Talks End With Pleas for Trump to Join Fight

The first U.N. climate conference after the Paris Agreement closed Friday with delegates trying to appeal to President Elect Donald Trump to join the battle against global warming and invited him to see its impacts in Pacific islands. Because of the sudden possibility that the U.S. could withdraw from the emissions pact adopted in Paris last year, countries have rallied in support of the deal and said that they would continue to forge ahead no matter what. In this deal more than 190 countries, including the U.S., pledged in the deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which are blamed for the rising temperatures, sea levels, worsening droughts and heat waves. President Elect Donald Trump said during his campaign that he would cancel the Paris Agreement and withdraw American tax dollars from U.N. global warming programs.
- Taylor Sikora

Zika Virus No Longer an "Emergency"

Recently the World Health Organization has lifted its nine-month declaration on the Zika virus, which means that they are recognizing the epidemic is here to stay. The infection has been linked to birth defects in almost 30 countries, and Brazil reports over 2,100 cases of nervous system malformation. Going forward, Zika will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency, rather as an existing disease which will be dealt with mainly by nations internal to the threat.
Please see the link below for the full article!

-Nicole Simos

Obama and E.U. Leaders Agree to Keep Sanctions on Russia

Berlin — President Obama and several European leaders “unanimously agreed” on Friday to keep sanctions in place against Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, amid concern that President-elect Donald Trump would soften the United States’ stance against Moscow.
The show of solidarity came as American allies — and Ukrainians themselves — have been unsettled by uncertainty regarding what kind of foreign policy Mr. Trump will pursue.
With surging populist movements straining alliances and Mr. Trump’s election upending the political calculations of many countries, Ukraine may be among the most vulnerable to the shifting political winds.
David Soto

Trump Meets with Japanese PM, Begins to Outline Foreign Policy

Trump Tower in Manhattan is flurrying with activity this week as it becomes the headquarters for the transition of the president-elect. Anyone and everyone who is being considered for an office in the next administration (or simply someone the president-elect would like to meet with) is flocking to the Manhattan skyscraper this week. One of Trump's guests on Thursday was the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. Prime Minister Abe was one of the first foreign leaders to congratulate Mr. Trump via telephone on his victory in the election, and offered to meet with Trump since he happened to be visiting New York the following week. The Prime Minister left the meeting saying, "I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence," and described the meeting as "really cordial." Trump and Abe are at some odds already over statements made by the president-elect during his campaign that Japan should pay the United States for the military defense provided by the latter to Japan. Trump is also firmly opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that Prime Minister Abe worked hard to get approved by Japan's Diet (legislature). Even so, Abe wanted to focus on building a successful personal relationship with Trump rather than debating with him about his policies. Trump has also met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as well as Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, all in the interest of developing a foreign policy for the next administration. There have apparently been communication issues between the members of Trump's transition team and their counterparts in the Obama administration, including workers in the State Department, who are supposed to assist these new officers by giving them advice and briefing them on important issues. Trump's team finally reached out to the State Department yesterday.

Justin Wysocke

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Free Press? Turkey's Erdogan Jails 120 Journalists

The jailing of journalists in Turkey is a response to a crackdown on news media following the attempted coup in July. Turkey has now surpassed China as the world's biggest jailer of journalists. Many of these charges are retroactive, which could undermine law in Turkey. Thousands of people, not just journalists, have been jailed for simply insulting President Erdogan. These people are often charged with terrorism. News outlets are being taken over by friends of the President and now, and most of the news published is not critical of the Turkish government. Turkey has a history of suppressing free speech.

-Hannah Friedle

Monday, November 14, 2016

'Running among bullets': Mosul Families tell of Desperate Flight from ISIS

Families trying to leave Mosul to escape the conflict with ISIS are packed into trucks. Children are passed along and put into the truck, while others, like mothers, grandmothers and sisters, climb in and pack the trucks tight. There is no sitting in these trucks. Now these people are safe, where hours earlier they were making the treacherous walk through the eastern part of the city, where Iraqi forces are trying to force their way back in. One woman says that when she was walking with four children, trying to make their way towards the area with trucks, they walked through showers of bullets, trying to make it to the area safe. Half of her home was destroyed after mortar rounds started hitting her house. Women are leaving behind their husbands, whom will be screened at another location to weed out any possible members of ISIS that are hiding among the civilians, and many of these women do not want to be separated from their husbands, because they do not feel safe spending the night with their children in the camps without them.

-Allie Downer

Bombing Continues in Yemen

Bombing in Yemen has been going on for over a year now and it has had devastating effects on Yemen's already fragile economy. Civilians have felt the effects of this bombing the most as schools, hospitals, homes, factories, bridges, and stores  have been hit by bombs meant for rebel groups. Saudi-Arabian and American trained pilots are to blame for the bombings which shines a bad light on the U.S despite its attempts to distance itself from the war. Many of the planes and weaponry used by Saudi-Arabia is also American made. Those suffering from the bombing blame America for all of the destruction and there has been an increase in mistrust and hate towards the U.S. Thousands have been displaced from their homes and are struggling to make ends meet. Ironically Saudi-Arabia is one of the top leaders in donating aid to Yemen despite being the main reason for aid in the first place.  Even with the aid, however, Yemen faces long lasting economic troubles for the future.

-Mynk R.C.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump election: EU leaders expect 'strong partnership' with US

Leaders of the EU have been quoted expecting to create very strong relationships with the U.S. following the success of president-elect Donald Trump's campaign. The European leaders say they are not yet completely certain of Trump's plans, "but expect good ties." The EU is eager to open negotiations and plans on taking action with Trump as early as this week. Many of the members that attended the EU meeting claimed that the meeting was somewhat premature and was full of hysterical comments made by state leaders.

-Tanner James

Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles

In recent news regarding President-elect Donald Trump, he has appointed Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon to chief of staff and chief strategist respectively. Priebus has been a chairman of the Republican National Committee while Bannon has a media executive for Breibart New Network. Priebus brings a key factor to the table as he is said to have close ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan. This connection could serve to promote common ground between Ryan and Trump as Ryan has spoken against Trump's policies during Trump's campaign. Since both houses of congress are under Republican control, it is imperative for the Donald Trump to connect with traditional Republicans in order to achieve goals and tasks.


-Drew Truckenmiller

China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea enter a Renweable Energy Network

Entrpeneurs in China, Russia, and South Korea have signed a Memorandum of understanding that seeks to create an "Asian Super Grid." This "super Grid" aims to transport power from a sizable number of renewable sources throughout the continent and to other parts of the world. It plans to connect grids across nations, regions, and continents with over 10 gigawatts of electrical capacity. Many businesses have adopted this plan for the future, as they foresee the prices for renewable energy dropping significantly in the future. They plan to utilize smart energy grids to help efficiently provide energy to the planned regions

-Mohammed Khan

The refugee crisis and the Greeks: One year on
Robert Tomaszewski
Greece is in a state of mutual xenophobia one year into the peak of the crisis.  some greeks "feel as though they live in a foreign country or that refugees have no respect for Greece." according to Aljazeera.
On the Island of Lesbos, Maria Makeogianni owns a restaurant that for six months has fed refugees for free. She said "I have never been afraid of the immigrants or the foreign people. I am afraid of the Greeks," She has been shunned by her neighbors for helping the immigrants and she no longer gets customers in her restaurant. Immigrants are being blamed for the economic downturn in the island which is only serving to fuel xenophobia.

European Leaders Gather to Grapple With Donald Trump’s Victory

The EU had an emergency meeting of foreign ministers today, 11/13. This meeting  was the latest sign of the global disquiet after the election where Donald Trump has become our president. It can be speculated that this could be a result of Trump questioning some of the central tenets of American foreign policy.Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, hastily scheduled the dinner meeting after Mr. Trump’s victory, which threatened the unity in a continent already reeling from crises over Greece’s debt, migration and Britain’s decision to exit the bloc.There were concerns in some European capitals that scheduling the gathering before Mr. Trump appointed a secretary of state or announced his policy agenda may cast too much doubt on his ability to devise a working relationship with Europe. Leaders from Britain, France, and Hungary decided to skip out on this gathering. What the EU is worried about, or having a problem with, is the fact that Trump said he will only defend countries that fulfill their obligation to us. There is also the threat of a new tie between Trump and Putin through the Trump presidency where the EU doesn't know how it will affect their relationship with the United States. An analyst added that while some may think that this will bring the EU closer together, there is a more than likely chance that this could spread the EU apart more. It will be interesting to see how it will all play out as there has been previous cooperation between the US and the EU for quite some time.

Lauren Whelan

According to CNN, President Elect Donald J. Trump is once again, battling with his greatest enemy: the New York Times.
On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted: "Wow. The @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the "Trump phenomenon." 
The New York Times replied saying their subscribers had in fact gone up. Although still unknown if Trump will have full control over his Twitter account after officially gaining office, he mentioned in an interview Friday that he would be 'very restrained.' 
For the full article, please see the link below:
-Nicole Simos 

Myanmar Air Force helicopters fire on armed villagers in Rakhine state

The Myanmar government has released a statement that Air Force helicopters have opened fire on attackers in a troubled region of the country.  They said that over 500 men swarmed the soldiers carrying knives, guns, and spears.  Two soldiers were killed in the conflict and six attackers were killed while another 36 were arrested.  The state where the violence occurred, Rakhine, is home to a group of Rohingya Muslims.  Rohingyas are a stateless ethnic minority that has faced discrimination for years.  The government of Myanmar actually denies recognition of the term Rohingya and has been accused of targeting the subgroup that they refer to as "illegal Bengali migrants" although military officials say they are only targeting "insurgents".

Chris Buechner

World Leaders Offer Mixed Reactions to Donald Trump's Election Victory

Businessman Donald Trump has claimed victory in the United States' historic presidential election, against the odds predicted by pre-election polls. The majority of world leaders gave optimistic statements in reaction to this result, saying that they look forward to working with the next president of the United States. Notably, however, many of these optimistic messages did not offer congratulations to the new president-elect. Some of those that made positive statements included some global centers of power. The leaders of China, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Turkey all congratulated Trump on his victory, with the leaders of Russia, Canada, and Mexico stating that they were looking forward to working with the next president's administration, while stopping short of congratulations. The leaders of Russia, China, and India, three of the world's fastest developing nations, spoke of their desires to improve relations between the United States and their own respective countries, particularly in trade. The leaders of Israel, Venezuela, the Czech Republic, and the Philippines were all particularly pleased with the result, with the President of the Czech Republic praising Trump for avoiding "political correctness" and Israeli leaders hoping that Trump's win will be favorable for Israel in their conflict with Palestine. Other foreign leaders gave statements that did not hide their displeasure or skepticism at the election's result. The President of France said that the victory "opens a period of uncertainty." President Hassan Rouhani of Iran made a firm statement that Trump's victory will not have any impact on Iran's policies. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia stated that she is "extremely saddened" by Trump's victory, due to her fear that trade deals with the US and Africa will now suffer. The Prime Minister of Denmark urged Danes to give Trump "the benefit of the doubt" while the Swedish Prime Minister says that Swedes were "prepared" for it, suggesting that they braced for an undesired result. These mixed reactions raise anticipation for Trump's performance as the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth.

Justin Wysocke

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended

It has been a year since the Paris attacks and 130 people were killed by so called Islamic State. According to Prime Minister Manuel Valls, France's state of emergency that was enforced after the terror attacks is reportedly to be extended to "protect democracy." The city of Paris had memorial ceremonies to remember the victims.

-Mirina Uchida-

Aleppo residents get warning by text message: You have 24 hours to leave

Residents of the eastern part of the city of Aleppo in Syria received text messages warning them of the likely "strategically planned assault using high precision weapons". The text message urged the sick and wounded people of the city to flee. The Syrian government issued out this warning to the citizens and also offered up an ultimatum to the rebels against the government in Aleppo to lay down their arms and surrender. Reporters have received intel that witnesses have seen fighter jets skirmishing in the skies above Aleppo. The city can not handle much more damage as it has already been devastated for the past month.

Mitch Reid

The Bataclan of Today

A year after the terror attack on the French music venue, the Bataclan, the Christian Science Monitor had journalist Sara Miller Llana interview locals about feelings since the attack, and those since. On the qualitative data side, Llana noticed a very somber mood in the area of Paris. There is a memorial in front of the venue, and locals have said they view the location as a place to think. The venue just opened again on November 12, with none other than former Police frontman and now solo artist Sting as the first to play since the attack. However, the significance of the venue reopening has shown a very distinct policy of France to be wary of threats, but to not allow fear to change the lifestyle of its people. Locals say they still are wary, and often have thoughts attacks, but the attitude of the people is set on rebuilding and taking care of those affected by last year's Bataclan attack and the others since. Policy in France still is working to deal with the attacks in relation to other states, but on the inside, rebuilding shows that life does go on for those that have suffered before and that healing can take place.

Benjamin Ubert