In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun


Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 


Saudi Woman Fleeing Family Flies to Canada After Gaining Asylum. 

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, fled to Thailand last week accusing her family of abuse. She fled her family while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation and grabbed international attention by starting a social media campaign for asylum.

She had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. Canada has granted her asylum and she hopes that the international attention on her flight from oppression will be a catalyst for change.


Theresa May’s Brexit Vote, Voted Down by Parliament.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for leaving the European Union was voted down by parliament. It was the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.

If nothing else happens it will be a no-deal Brexit. A “no-deal” Brexit is where the U.K. would cut ties with the European Union overnight with no transition period.

The U.K. would lose trade agreements it had with other countries as a member of the EU, all of which would need to be renegotiated alongside the new agreement with the EU itself.


Conneticut Judge Orders Alex Jones To Turn Over Infowars Internal Documents To Sandy Hook Families. 

The families of victims in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, must receive internal documents at Infowars, the internet and radio show, whose host Alex Jones, has spread the false claim that the shooting was an elaborate hoax, a judge ruled.

The ruling was a legal victory for the families, which filed a defamation lawsuit against Alex Jones, who traffics in conspiracy theories, and Infowars last year. The suit argued that peddling bogus stories was essential to the business model of Infowars, which sells products including survivalist get, gun paraphernalia and dietary supplements.


Democrats Boycott Meeting With Trump at White House To Negotiate Government Shutdown.

Congressional Demoncrats have rejected an invite from Donald Trump to attend a lunch meeting at the White House, as he looks to build support for his border wall without Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

More than 800,000 missed being paid their paycheck, with hundreds of thousands of “essential” workers being forced to turn up to their jobs.


Judge Orders Trump Administration To Remove 2020 CEnsus Citizenship Question.

A federal judge in New York has ruled against the Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered the administration to stop its plans to include the controversial question on forms  for the upcoming national head count “without curing the legal defects”.

Furman found that the decision by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census was “unlawful”.


Research Shows That Black and Latino Youth Are Disproportionately Targeted With Junk Food Ads. 

Junk food comprised 86% of ad spending on black-targeted programming and 82% of spending on Spanish-speaking television in 2017, according to a study recently released.

In 2013, black youth saw 70% more food-related ads than their white peers. By 2017, black children saw 86% more than white kids, and black teens saw 119% more than white teens, the study found.

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