Thursday, 21 March 2013

RECAP: Around The World Today?

Today is Friday the 22nd of March,
Recap on news going on around the world.


ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC

NORTH KOREAN MILITARY THREATENS U.S PACIFIC BASES

The North Korean military has caused tension in the U.S,  stating that  U.S. Military bases in Guam and Japan are within its "striking range."
"The U.S. should not forget that the Andersen Air Force Base on Guam where the B-52s take off and naval bases in Japan proper and Okinawa where nuclear-powered submarines are launched are within the striking range of the DPRK's precision strike means," the North Korean military said Thursday. Enquire Here.


CHINESE WORKERS DEMAND GREATER SHARE OF WEALTH
Despite Beijing's economic growth,, 400 million Chinese workers still live on less than $2 a day.
Chinese workers are demanding a greater share of the wealth and better access to social services whilst working for the nation. Enquire Here.


AUSTRALIA'S PRIME MINISTER RETAINS LEADERSHIP

Julia Gillard will remain Australia's Prime Minister  after opening the leadership to a vote of the parliamentary party. Ousted premier Kevin Rudd declined to go up against Gillard, against all expectations and public assumption. Both Gillard and deputy treasurer, Wayne Swan, were  re-elected by their parliamentary colleagues to lead the party and the nation. Enquire Here.

EUROPE:

ROYALS HEAD UNDERGROUND

Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge have  to taken London's city streets to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. Once below the surface the royals will see a restored the underground train carriage dating back to 1892. Enquire Here.

 NEWLY ENTHRONED ANGLICAN LEADER COMMENTS ON GAY CONTROVERSY

Justin Welby was enthroned as the new Archbishop of Canterbury Church of England two days after Pope Francis was officially inaugurated. Bishops and leaders of other faiths were among those gathered for the ceremony at historic Canterbury Cathedral. 
Welby remarked on same-sex relationships at the gathering, saying, "You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship." His remarks on same-sex marriage will most definitely reignite the debate.Enquire Here.

AMERICAS:

ISRAEL HONOR'S OBAMA AS HE DECLARES POSSIBLE PEACE OUTCOME

U.S President Barack Obama encouraged young Israelis to urge their leaders to seek peace with Palestinians. Obama acknowleded the Jewish state's right to exist and defend itself saying,
"Our very existence, our presence here tonight, is a testament that all things are possible" Obama said.  Praised by the youth, Obama went on to say,
 "Given the demographics west of the Jordan River, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine". Enquire Here.

SENATOR ROB PORTMAN NOW IN FAVOUR OF GAY MARRAIAGE

After a  long time opposing the vote for gay unity, Rob Portman of Ohio has now announced he is a supporter of Gay Marriage. Could this have anything do do with his son's sexual orientation? 
Portman further quotes, "I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married". Enquire Here. 


NEVADA TRAINING EXPLOSION KILLS YOUNG MARINES
Seven young marines were killed in a training tragedy earlier this week in the Nevada dessert. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.  All victims were between the ages 19- 26 years. Families have spoken of the struggle to accept the loss of their loved ones. Enquire Here. 

AFRICA: 

SEODI WHITE OPPOSES TRADITION OF 'WIDOW CLEANSING' ON YOUNG GIRLS.
Head of the Malawian Women in Law in Southern Africa, Seodi White is at the forefront of the battle of curbing "Widow Cleansing" in South Africa. White strongly opposed the sexual act, and will continue to promote education to stop young girls from giving up on school and marrying in their early teens. Enquire Here.

SUICIDE CAR BOMBING LEAVES 10 KILLED

Ten people have been killed, after a suicide bomber drove a car with explosives into the bus just outside the National Theatre in Mogadishu on Monday morning. 
The prime minister's office has yet to release further information on the the attack, as Somalia and its capital are still facing civil issues between a weak government and Islamist militants. Enquire Here.

MIDDLE EAST:


SYRIA'S PRESIDENT GREETS PUBLIC VICTIMS
President Bashar Al Assad made a rare public appearance, surprising the families of those killed in the recent terrorists attacks. You tube video shows president arriving outside the education centre. Enquire Here.

LEAKED AL QAEDA DOCUMENT REVEALS NEW TARGETS
Younis al Maretni,'s 2010 letter to Osama Bin Ladin has revealed frightening attack operations proposed by the Al Queda group. Mauretani is the Al Qaeda planner believed to have  investigated sites for potential terrorist action. Tunnels, bridges, damns, pipelines and Internet cables were among the few the designated targets disclosed. Enquire Here.

KINGS INTERVIEW RAISES TENSION

Jordanian King Abdullah has angered Muslim groups, in his recent interview with an American magazine. The kings controversial statement in the magazine,  closely relates his Muslim brotherhood as a masonic cult. "The article ... contained many fallacies, as statements were taken out of context," an informed royal court source said in a statement quoted by the state-run Petra news agency. Enquire Here.


Does anybody have a comment to make on the above stories.
 First of all I am shocked that "Widow Cleansing" is still a prominant tradition for young women in South Africa - Thank you for speaking to the world about this Seodi! Secondly, Julia Gillard retains her position as labor leader and prime minister of the nation - you may win your parliamentary vote, but you still have to win the peoples vote.
Interesting Times Ahead. 




J.E

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