Alleged Airstrikes Leave Over 85 Syrian Civilians Dead
On Tuesday, it was reported that a series of US-led coalition airstrikes killed masses of Syrian civilians. Both the US and France have been connected to the attacks; the Syrian Foreign Ministry is demanding action from the United Nations. The news was quickly met with the explanation that the “coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters”. The US Pentagon said that an investigation was underway to determine the validity of the reports. Activists have taken to the internet to demand greater coverage of these events, pointing out the significant attention that the Nice attack in France garnered for the same death toll.
It’s a Grand Old Party
The GOP Convention (July 18-21, 2016) has dialed down to an end and the Trump campaign has seen a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. On Monday night, Melania Trump delivered a speech that was quickly called out for plagiarism. Parts of the oration were taken from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. On the fourth day of the convention, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel made history by declaring “I am proud to be gay” to the conservative audience. He was met by applause and support. Later, Donald Trump mentioned his intention to “protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology”. The official Republican Party Presidential candidate delivered a long acceptance speech that was passionate, yet also dark in its discussion of world terrorism. However, most would agree that Ivanka Trump delivered the most effective speech of the convention. She spoke of equal pay for women and advocated for her father eloquently, even deeming him “the people’s champion”.
IOC Retests Reveal 98 Cases of Olympic Doping
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) retested samples from the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Olympic games and found scandalous results. A total of 98 samples were found to have used drugs during the 2008 and 2012 games. Any athletes found to have used illegal substances from the results of the new tests will be barred from participating in the Rio games. Vladimir Putin released a statement that “there can be no place for doping in sport” in response to the Russian “state-sponsored doping program”. In November 2015, all Russian track-and-field teams were banned from participating in the Rio 2016 games, but now some are asking for the nation to be completely banned from the event. The Rio games begin on August 5.
Kardashian v. Swift
Entertainment media had a field day this week as a massive celebrity feud erupted between Kim Kardashian, the infamous reality TV star, and Taylor Swift, the 26-year-old musical juggernaut. The affair began with the release of Kanye West’s song “Famous”. It included controversial lyrics that mentioned Swift by name. Swift responded negatively, claimed that she did not approve the lyrics, and even labeled it as having a “strong misogynistic message”. Then, on Monday night, Kardashian defended her husband by releasing a recording of Swift and West discussing the lyrics. Twitter erupted with the hashtag #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty. Fans and celebrities alike voiced their opinions regarding the public disagreement, causing a storm of headlines.
Dark Matter Stays Dark
Using 20 months of collected data, scientists from around the world attempted to locate and investigate dark matter, the universe’s most elusive substance. However, the recent investigation using LUX (Large Underground Xenon experiment) has turned up nothing. These results are being officially released at the Identification of Dark Matter conference hosted in Sheffield, England. Future investigations will be made using LUX-ZEPLIN, a successor project to the LUX.
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