In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday April 18th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Dies at 92.
Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a former First Lady, died Tuesday, according to a statement from her husband’s office. She was the second woman in American history to have had a husband and a son elected President, after Abigail Adams.
Donald Trump Orders Strike on Syria in Response to Chemical Attack.
The United States, along with France and Britain, launched military strikes on Friday against three sites the Trump administration said were part of Syria’s chemical weapons program. The administration said the attacks were in response to a suspected chemical attack by Syria that killed more than 40 people near Damascus.
Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize, Makes History.
Kendrick Lamar is the first musician who is not a classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize award. Lamar earned the Pulitzer for his record album “DAMN.” Judges said the album shows Lamar is an expert in music, rhythm, storytelling, and the complexity of modern African-American life.
Trinidad And Tobago Moves to Decriminalize Homosexuality.
Trinidad and Tobago’s High Court ruled that colonial-era laws criminalizing consensual sexual activity between same-sex adults were unconstitutional. Trinidad and Tobago had in 2000 increased the maximum penalty for “buggery,” or anal sex, to 25 years’ imprisonment.
In March 2017, Jason Jones, an LGBT activist, took the government of Trinidad and Tobago to court, filing a lawsuit to strike down section 13 and 16 of the island’s Sexual Offences Act. He claimed that they were unconstitutional and a violation of his right to privacy and freedom of expression.
UK’s ‘Windrush Generation’ Face Deportation Threat.
Status of thousands of British residents who arrived from Caribbean decades ago have been denied basic rights after being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants. The problem is said to affect as many as 50,000 people who came from the West Indies to Britain after the Second World War, in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration.
Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized to Caribbean leaders over the Windrush generation controversy. The UK government “valued” the contribution they had made, she said, and they had a right to stay in the UK.
Starbucks to Close 8,000 Stores to Give Staff ‘Racial-Bias’ Training.
Starbucks will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for one afternoon to train its staff on how to avoid “racial bias” after the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia locations.
Nearly 170,000 Starbucks employees are expected to go through the training, which will become part of the onboarding process for new workers.
Washington D.C. Police to Learn Black History as Part of New Training Program.
D.C. police officers will take a course on critical race theory and visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of a new training program, so that officers can learn about the historical interactions between law enforcement and minority communities. The training addresses issues of bias and deadly force used against minorities.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) plans to have all 3,800 sworn officers and 660 civilian members complete bias training by the end of the summer.