In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday October 17th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
The Supreme Court Ruled Against Overturning North Dakota’s Controversial Voter ID Law.
The Supreme Court ruled to uphold a North Dakota voter identification law which requires that voters present an ID which includes a residential address in order to vote, potentially restricting the rights of Native Americans in the state who do not have residential addresses.
Native Americans living on reservations often do not have residential addresses, but have IDs which feature P.O. boxes. Native Americans are North Dakota’s largest minority population, comprising over 5 percent of the state’s population.
The state government says that residents without a street ID should contact their county’s 911 coordinator to sign up for a free street address and request a letter confirming that address. A group called Native Vote ND has been sharing those official instructions on Facebook.
Canada Becomes World’s Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace.
Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. The Canadian government will pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less.
Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana.
Washington State Strikes Down Death Penalty, Citing Racial Bias.
The Washington Supreme Court has struck down the state’s death penalty, saying that it is imposed arbitrarily and with racial bias. The ruling makes Washington the 20th state to abolish capital punishment.
According to the ACLU, this state supreme court is the third to do so citing concerns about racial disparities, along with Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Saudi Arabia Delivers $100 Million Pledged to U.S. as Pompeo Lands in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia sent the Trump administration $100 million for American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the Islamic State. The money, promised this summer was delivered the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate of a missing Saudi dissident.
Mr. Trump threatened “severe punishment” if it was confirmed that Saudi Arabia killed Mr. Khashoggi. But after speaking with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, he suggested that “rogue killers” could have been responsible and dispatched Mr. Pompeo to Riyadh to see the Saudi king.