YOUR WEEKLY POLITICAL ROUNDUP

Written by Sofia Colombo

It has already been a long summer, and we are just getting started. Here’s a shortlist of what you may or may not have missed, and what you actually need to know about it.

Philando Castile

July 6, a date we passed last week, was the one year anniversary of the shooting of Philando Castile. Castile was told he was pulled over because his brake lights were out. New video evidence has been released that proves the officer lied and actually pulled him over because, “The two occupants look like people that were involved in a robbery, The driver looks like one of our subjects just because of the wide-set nose.” Castile’s family recently reached a settlement of three million, while the officer who killed him was acquitted of the crime.

Ghana

Students from the All Nations University in Koforidua, Ghana successfully launched the country's first successful space satellite this week! Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sent congratulations to the team as this is an exciting and wodnerful advancement for the Sub-Saharan African nation. 

The Donald

Trump has been very busy lately in the areas of both domestic relations and foreign. He attacked Obama through Twitter (again) with unfounded claims. He went on several rants, with one attacking CNN, and rechristening them as FNN, Fake News Network. In all his Twitter activities have been what they usually are, vulgar, embarrassing, and unnecessary.

Trump’s White House also ‘declined’ to acknowledge Pride month, a deviation from his early insistence that he was ‘an ally of the gay community’.

And finally the summit. What is the G20 summit he just attended as representative of the entire nation? The summit highlights discussion on global economic growth, international trade and the world financial market. Many pictures and videos from the summit portray Trump being more or less ignored, and lacking the respect previous US leaders entertained. Deviating from previous traditions and enraging many, he also had Ivanka, his daughter, sit on a hearing at the summit, which also contradicted Ivanka’s previous statement on staying out of politics. Also important to note is mass protests occurring in Germany due to the summit. Thousands of protesters filled the streets to voice their rage over the summit standing as a way for 20 countries, particularly powerful western countries, to discuss decision making over the entire world. 

Travel Ban

Donald’s railing against the judiciary system has quieted a little ever since the Supreme Court ruled in his favor for part of the ban. The Court allowed for the provision that unless foreigners from the affected countries only enter the United States if they have a ‘bona fide relationship’ with a US citizen.

Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling recently celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the first release of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ back in 1997, which led to a mass following of the world of Harry Potter and the book being translated to 68 languages and selling nearly 400 million copies across the globe.

Thomas Jefferson

Remember the story of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson? Another page was recently added as the alleged quarters of Sally Hemings were discovered on Jefferson’s property. Many news outlets reported Heming’s as being the ‘mistress’ of Jefferson; clarification: she was his slave, he owned her, there was is no consent or alluding to a "mistress" title when you own another person. Read: Sally Hemings wasn’t Thomas Jefferson’s mistress. She was his property.

Appropriation

Kendall and Kylie Jenner were recently gutted on social media after they disrespectfully pasted their images over that of rap legends Tupac and Biggie, and over Ozzy Osbourne’s image, to sell t-shirts. They issued apologies after Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy, and Biggie’s mother demanded them to do so and expressed their outrage over the t-shirts. They are currently being sued by the photographer of Tupac and Biggie.