POLITICAL ROUNDUP OF THINGS OTHER THAN TRUMP MEETING THE POPE
Written by Sofia Colombo
Trump met the Pope this weekend and it was hilarious, but that's almost all we've heard about. What else happened? This week was very busy, as usual. Trump met with Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, and received a really nice present from him: A letter on climate change!
Here's a roundup of what else happened:
US-led airstrikes in Syria killed 106 civilians; most killed were women and over 47 children. This makes this attack one of the deadliest on record in the years-long war in Syria. Was it really worth it, does that really justify the deaths of 47 children? You tell me.
An explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England left 22 dead from an ISIS backed bomber on May 22nd. Trump held a press conference addressing the attack where he said he wouldn't call the attackers “monsters" because they would "like that term” (???), but they were “evil losers.” Ariana Grande said “our response to this violence must be to come closer together."
Brazil's President Temer was secretly recorded in a conversation with meat-industry billionaire Joesley Batista, who was bribing government officials, which Temer encouraged. Protests for his impeachment spread across the country and eventually turned violent; fires were started and buildings destroyed.
Taiwan / Love
Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, making then nation the first Asian country to do so!
Ben & Jerry's imposed a ban on two scoops of the same flavor ice cream being served in its Australia shops, stating the ban would persist until same-sex marriage was legalized in the country. #loveislove
About two days before his college graduation, Richard Collins III was stabbed to death by a white supremacist in a hate crime. The killer, Sean Urbanski, was part of a Facebook group ‘Alt-Reich: Nation.' Collins' killing was caught on video and is being investigated as a hate crime by the FBI.
This past weekend in Portland two men died, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, Ricky John Best, and a third, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, survived, protecting two young girls, of which one was black and the other Muslim. The girls were being yelled at with hate speech, such as “go back to your country” and to “kill themselves” and when the three men stepped in and attempted to stop the man they were stabbed to death, while the third is expected to live.
Last week France’s new administration passed a law that requires models to get certificates of health from their doctors, in an effort to prevent “unhealthily thin fashion models” from walking. The law is also geared towards changing women’s beauty standards by helping to mediate between extreme beauty ideals and health concerns.
Sweden recently listed their entire country for free on Airbnb. What they really meant was all publicly-owned land is free to Airbnb. “It’s a place where you can eat berries from the ground, sleep under the stars, swim in the lakes and roam freely.” Go Sweden <3