In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday October 18th 2017
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Two Car Bombs in Somalia Killed Nearly 300 People.
A truck bomb killed over 320 people and wounded 300 more at a busy intersection in the capital, Mogadishu. Just a few hours later, a second explosion rocked the suburb of Medina, setting dozens of vehicles on fire. The government has accused al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group that has been waging a bloody insurgency in the country for more than a decade, of carrying out the attacks.
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Earlier this year, a drought in Somalia caused an historic famine that affected at least 5 million people. The United Nations reports Somalia, has averted the worst but that the country remains fragile and famine continues to stalk its people.
Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the National Football League.
Colin Kaepernick claims team owners colluded to keep him from being signed. The statement said the grievance was filed “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.” Kaepernick, who is still a free agent, first took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem before a 2016 preseason game. He kneeled to protest the treatment of black Americans, particularly by police.
President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his threat to fully withdraw the United States from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, while holding out the possibility that fixes to the accord may prevent an American pullout. Justifying his decision last week to decertify the 2015 pact under U.S. law, Trump said the United States had been taken advantage of in negotiations the Obama administration conducted and that he was tired of it. He said that’s why he refused to confirm to Congress that the deal is in America’s national security interest.
The Deal has to be re-certified by the United States President every 90 days by declaring that Iran is in compliance. By not certifying, we will begin to stop the intense scrutiny of Iran that is so important to preventing them from acquiring a nuclear weapon. We won’t know if and when they stop complying because we will have removed ourselves from the process.
Shonda Rhimes Is The Third Black Woman Inducted To The Television Hall Of Fame.
On Thursday, Rhimes joined the ranks of Oprah Winfrey and Diahann Carroll, who were inducted in 1993 and 2011, respectively. Rhimes and her production company, Shondaland, have been behind massive television hits Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Private Practice from 2005 to present.
California Becomes the First State To Ban Pet Stores From Selling Non-Rescue Animals.
Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday signed into law bill A.B. 485, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group. Private breeders can still sell animals independently.