Adding Insult to Injury to the Brazilian Rain Forest

The Brazilian Amazon is still on fire. The fires that decimated the forest in the past year were no accident. Most of the land in the area has been cleared to create land for agriculture. With the forest occupying nine nations, deforestation rates are increasing. The agribusiness sector is the primary beneficiary of the deforestation. […]

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Midwestern Flooding Bursts Arkansas River Levee

Source: USA TODAY, CNN, Daily Mail   The Arkansas River ripped through a 40-foot section of a levee around 75 miles northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas early in the morning of Friday, May 31. This prompted flash-flood warnings and evacuations in rural areas around Dardanelle and Holla Bend. The flash flood alert warned that some […]

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Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Nears Closing

Sources: NPR, CBS, ABC   The state license at a Planned Parenthood in Missouri, the last abortion provider in the state, will expire at midnight on June 1, 2019. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a law last week criminalizing most abortions after eight weeks. The law has yet to take effect; instead, the dispute between […]

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Anonymous Op-Ed in NYT Causes Chaos

Source: The New York Times, The New York Times    On Wednesday evening, the New York Times published an account by an unnamed member of the Trump administration about resistance figures operating from inside the government. In the piece, the official claims that “many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions […]

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Hungary is Intentionally Denying Food to Asylum-Seekers

Source: NPR, Al Jazeera, Newsweek  Hungary’s government has stopped providing food to adult asylum-seekers who have appealed their denied cases. Authorities have both refused to provide food and denied individuals permission to purchase their own food. The government is also blocking attempts by outside groups to donate food, according to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights watchdog group based in Hungary. […]

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Chicago Mayor Will Not Seek Re-Election

Source: Chicago Tribune, FOX News    Two-term mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election. He abruptly dropped his bid for a third term as mayor, stating instead that he wanted to begin a new chapter in his life.   Rahm Emanuel has spent 23 years in politics, making many personal sacrifices […]

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Deadly Earthquake Hits Japan

Source: BBC, Al Jazeera  A powerful earthquake has hit Hokkaido in northern Japan, damaging towns and cutting power to millions across the island. Three reactors at the Tamari nuclear plant were running on backup generators, and landslides were triggered in a dense forest on the mountainside of a rural town, covering homes. One day after the quake, some 1.6 […]

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Hurrican Lane Poses Massive Threat to Hawaii

Source: CNN, The Washington Post  Hurricane Lane, a dangerous, Category 4 storm, is pushing closer to Hawaii. The islands have already begun to experience excessive amount of rainfall, exceeding 30 inches in some places, and waves as high as 25 feet tall are beginning to crash down on the south side of the state. The resulting flooding […]

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Canada Moves to Legalize Marijuana After Senate Vote

Sources: Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Financial Post On June 19th, 2018, Canada’s senate voted to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana, making it the second country in history to do so. Recreational use will become legal in mid-October after legislation cleared its final hurdle. This marks a wholesale shift in how the country approaches […]

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Travel to Africa

Global News Blog Summary: In addition to “becoming one” under the Church of England, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are becoming one with wildlife. They two arrived in Botswana late last week to celebrate a birthday; it also served as an important meeting between Markle and Prince Harry’s group of friends. After a night of […]

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