Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
“'We have kids brought in from math and science schools, and when they see an airplane flying, they think it’s magic,' Dr. Ndao said. “But if you give them any math problem, they can solve it.'” As I was looking for articles to discuss for this week, the article by Dionne Searcey caught my attention in part thanks to that quote. While not totally relevant to the weeks course work, in the GLS492 class we've been talking alot about Africa and what the best way to help poverty stricken areas to prosper might be. Even with all of the discussion, it never really occurred to me that education potentially would not be applied to the real world. For me, it seems so obvious that the things you learn in school apply to earth and the world runs in regards to what we learn, however the thought that some may not put these two together is very strange to me. Essentially the article talks about this event that is organized by a man named Sidy Ndao from Sengal. He is a professor of engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and organizes the event to help students in Africa learn STEM skills. While the article doesn't go much into details, because the situation is still relatively new, it talks about some of the students who seem passionate to learn and willing to listen to new ideas. Ndao's issue with the schools in Africa is that they focus on memorization, not practicality and critical thinking, which can be seen in the opening quote. I actually think that his concern is quite important to take into account, hopefully his project picks up and somehow spreads into the school systems, as it will be beneficial when these clearly intelligent girls understand what they are learning fully and can apply it to better their homes.
Venezuela's economy, which is highly reliant on oil, has been damaged by falling oil prices. This economic crisis is now effecting public hospitals, which are supposed to provide care for free. However, patients are now being required to find a way to fund their own treatment - which many cannot do. Often, families and patients can't afford to pay for these treatments until it's too late.
Even if the patient can pay for treatment, there is no guarantee that they can actually get the treatment. Equipment is broken, operating rooms are not able to be sterilized - and nobody can afford to fix these issues.
A large shipment of medicine was just delivered to Venezuela, which may help people get the treatment they need. However, some people believe that this economic crisis will not end until Venezuela's government stops controlling the price of oil and the exchange rate.
NATO, which is in charge of the installation, has assured Putin that the defense system is not capable of offensive movement and therefore not a threat to Russia. It is being set up as means of protection against states in the Middle East, like Iran. Putin remains nonetheless vigilant and says that he will retaliate if he feels that his country is being threatened by the NATO installations.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
The bill includes several specific instances in which such a beating could occur, which include: turning down sex, not dressing as he likes, interacting with strangers, talking too loudly, failing to wear a hijab, or gives others cash without her husband's permission.The bill also prevents the use of birth control without their husband's consent.
Many see this bill as a direct response to a failed measure that would have extended protection for Pakistani women. Punjab Women Protection would have allowed protection for abused women. However, the council rejected the bill, which they deemed "un-Islamic"
Just as the Punjab Women Protection bill failed, many expect this bill to fall short of the necessary votes.
A recent survey from the World Value Survey found that 70 percent of Pakistanis said a man beating his wife was never justifiable.
Iran is backing this invasion, which worries the United States. The US is afraid that an invasion will ignite sectarian sentiments to join ISIS. The fact that the US clashes with Iran in their approach of how to fight ISIS seems to be a consistent trend for the overall war against ISIS in Iraq. Both countries want to fight ISIS, but they have different, oftentimes purely contradicting, ideas on how to do it.
African students studying in Indian universities are gathering to hold an anti-racism rally next week.
Africans attacked on Thursday said "they were racially abused and attacked by a mob."
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has tweeted that she "had spoken to police about the attacks and had asked them to meet the African students who were planning the demonstration at the Jantar Mantar site in Delhi."
Heads of African diplomatic missions in Delhi "refused to attend Africa Day celebrations in protest at the murder of Congolese national Masunda Kitada Olivier."
African nationals in Delhi claim to be living in a "pervading climate of fear and insecurity."
African students and nationals alike are being racially attacked in India. Indian officials are taking measures to enforce the unacceptability of this behavior, and to protect these African students and nationals living in fear in India where they should be able to live in peace, and safety.
- Livia Gazzolo
In stampede at last year's Hajj pilgrimage, hundreds of pilgrims, most of whom were Iranians, died causing tensions to rise again between Iranians and Saudis.
The dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia is of course rooted in religion. Iran, being predominantly Shia, and Saudi Arabia, being predominantly Sunni, have developed very tense relations over the years. This move to keep Iranian citizens from fulfilling their once-in-a-lifetime commitment to take the Hajj pilgrimage, however, is a new step taken by Saudis against Iran; it is a step too far.
"The Iranian Hajj Organization said: "Saudi Arabia is opposing the absolute right of Iranians to go on the Hajj and is blocking the path leading to Allah."
Though the Saudi foreign ministry "offered "many solutions" to Iran's demands during two days of talks," they continued to insist that "Iran's Hajj conditions were "unacceptable.""
Following the execution of Iranian Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others charged with terrorism in Saudi Arabia, enraged Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi embassy. Saudi Arabia cut ties and diplomatic relations with Iran, and Iranian Hajj pilgrims fell victim to this ongoing religious turned political conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
- Livia Gazzolo
Cumulatively, the total number of rescues of refugees in this area has reached an astonishing 13,000 this week. These are numbers that are capable of raising eyebrows on an international spectrum, which could lead to international help for these migrants to have a safer voyage to Europe.
As more and more residents are being executed from refusing to join the extremists, the Prime minister of Iraq and others are working on safe escape routes in the city. For any family that is in immediate trouble has been told to raise a white flag over their house if they are indeed trapped.
By: Katie Cotter
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
"Armed Muslim mob in Egypt attacks elderly Christian woman, parades her naked through streets of Cairo"
In the village of Karma in the Minya province, a group of armed Muslim men assaulted a 70-year-old woman and looted and burned down seven homes in the village. The incident resulted from an alleged affair that the woman's son had with a Muslim woman. In Islam, a Christian man is not allowed to enter into a relationship or marry a Muslim woman unless he converts to Islam. Oppositely, a Muslim man can marry a Christian woman. Acording to her and eye witnesses, she was "dragged out of her home by the mob who beat her and insulted her before they stripped her off her clothes and forced her to walk through the streets as they chanted Allahu Akbar, or 'God is great.'"
The elderly woman reported the crime 5 days after it occurred because of the humiliation brought on to her by the attack. Attiyah Ayad, who witnessed the attack, described the culprits shouting slurs and firing rounds in the air in order to scare onlookers. At this time, police officers have arrested 6 suspects and have begun searching for 12 more. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has issued a statement in which he condemns the actions of the culprits and has given the military a month to restore property damage. While Egypt's president has changed election laws so that Christians, a minority group in the country, may run for office and allowing for more churches to be built and renovated, it has don't little to combat the discrimination faced by this religious group.
Again, apologies for the topic, but terrible things do happen and it's important to discuss them.