Tuesday, February 28, 2017

'Hundreds' of US Jewish graves attacked in Philadelphia

Scott Shandler (L) and Jon Lattanzio re-set a tombstone


Summary:
The police have not yet found the anti-Semitic vandals responsible for trashing what is said to be about 500 graves in a Jewish graveyard. Less than a week prior, a Jewish cemetery was defaced in St. Louis, Missouri. Additionally, many different Jewish Community Centers (JCC) in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia received bomb threats on Monday. The FBI is also investigating over 50 bomb threats to different JCCs since January. It was reported that three Christian cemeteries near by in Philadelphia were undamaged. In a Buffalo suburb on Saturday, residents awoke to find much of their neighborhood to be defaced with anti-Semitic words and symbols. The Jewish community is calling to the federal government to take action to respond to the 'disruption and anxiety.'

Connection:
This connects to US History and our study of the Ku Klux Klan's hate crimes toward African Americans. Prior to the Civil Rights Movement, the KKK was very active in their acts of terrorism, murder, and assault; fueled by their hate-based ideology. This white supremacist organization  KKK targeted African Americans through lynchings, arson, rape, and bombings. 

Questions: 
Why do you think the vandals did what they did? And who do you think is responsible? 
How would you feel if your family member's grave was defaced? What would you want the vandals punishment to be?
What do you think Donald Trump should do to address this anti-Semitic hate in our country?

Uber’s dismissive treatment of sexism is all too typical in corporate America

Summary: Uber has recently under “fire” in what happened to Susan Fowler, who was a former software engineer, facing sexism and harassment from her supervisor. When she complained to the human resource team about this issue; the supervisor had a “stern-talk” and considered it a first offense, but when they talked to Susan Fowler, she was told to stay on that team or risk a performance review. Fowler mentioned that other employees were being harassed by the same manager and contradicting what HR said to her. When Fowler asked the director’s opinion on women’s representations of being an engineer, it mention that they need to step up and be better engineers. Another incident that happened was Uber ordered leather jackets for engineers, but were only for men. Fowler complained repeatedly to HR, thus causing them to believe that Fowler was the issue, not the manager. Fowler went to court against the company, but the company still sided with the harasser.
Connection: Throughout history, women have been treated differently. In the 1950s, women were encouraged to stay home, but some wanted to work. Those who work would have 60% pay of what a man would make for the same job.
Questions:
1. Do you think that Fowler's actions against her company were right? Do you think that the court was right? Explain.
2.Do you think that sexism such as this is common in many companies and how do you propose it can be fixed?

SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018




The Moon sets behind trees. File photo
Summary:  A US private rocket company, SpaceX,  has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the moon. This mission is planned to happen in 2018. The tourists have already paid a significant amount of money for this mission. The SpaceX CEO said that the two passengers will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them. The two tourists will make a loop around the moon. They will not be landing on the moon.  The United States has not sent astronauts to the moon since the early 1970s.

Connection: This connects back to US history because of the space race between the Soviet Union and the US. When the Soviets launched the Sputnik into space. Now it looks like a US private company wants to be the first one to take civilians into space.

Discussion Questions:
How much do you think it would be worth to take a trip around the moon?
If someone offered you a free trip to the moon would you go?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Underground network readies homes to hide undocumented immigrants


http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/23/us/california-immigrant-safe-houses/index.html











Summary: 
Reverend Zach Hoover, one of many religious leaders that have formed the Rapid Response Team, fights to protect potentially deported immigrants by building houses underground. The organization tries to protect immigrants rights by building private homes for them to hide from federal agents. This is just one of many examples of people protesting Trump's immigration ban, which prevents refugees from 7 predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US. His immigration policies also threaten non-citizens living in the US.

Connection:
Trump's ban on immigration can be compared to Japanese Internment during World War Two during which all Japanese decent people were forced out of the West Coast of the US. This was seen as cruel and unfair treatment but the government did it anyway because the Japanese were a war enemy and had to be prevented from spying and sabotaging the US. Trump has the same mindset about middle eastern immigrants as we are currently fighting the War on Terror. However, his actions have been seen as unfair and cruel to innocent immigrants.

Discussion Questions:
Do you think the immigration ban is justified?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trump's War with the Press

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-press-20170225-story.html

Summary: Donald Trump, the 45th president of the united states, has been attacking the press, and calling any news outlet that disagrees with his policies fake news. He has recently called the mainstream media the opposition party. In recent weeks, the media has been calling out Donald Trump's blatantly false statements to be met with a reply of "you are fake news". Donald trump will not be attending the White house correspondents dinner, a place where all parties poke fun at each other. He did not give a reason for doing so. 

Connection: During the Nazi Regime in Germany, the press was given the name of L├╝genpresse, or lying press. This let Hitler control the media, and consequently, gave a much more popular spin on what Hitler was doing. Donald Trumps attack on the media is an attempt to get the media to fall in line with the false statements that are being shown by the white house.

Questions: 1) How should the media combat the attempts by the White House to discredit them?
2) What can be done to combat fake news?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students




See the full article here

Summary: US President Donald Trump overruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and rescinded rules that allow transgender students to use their desired bathrooms. Ms. DeVos was clearly uncomfortable of the decision to drop the opposition and told the president that she is bothered by the fact that transgender students may experience potential harm due to the outcome. In a statement she released Wednesday night she stated that it is a "moral obligation" for schools to protect their students from discrimination and harassment. Gay rights supporters expressed displeasure and protested outside the White House, exclaiming the words "No hate, no fear. Trans students are welcome here". Although the decision has been made, individual schools will still let transgender students use the bathroom that they want and the effect of the decision will not be immediate.

Connection: Even though it was for a different reason, it is connected to the Civil Rights Movement where African-Americans fought for their rights that they truly deserved as they are part of "all" the men that are "created equal".

Discussion Questions: Will this decision affect not only LGBT students, but the whole community of students (the whole school/s)? What are your thoughts regarding this decision? As a student, how can you spread the message to LGBT students that they are loved and they are accepted?


Russian Ship 30 miles off U.S. Coast , Armed with Missiles
Image result for SSV-175 Viktor Leonov

http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/a-russian-spy-ship-armed-with-missiles-sailed-just-30-miles-off-the-u-s-coast-this-week/

    Summary:  Recent moves by Russia have put concern to the U.S. Military. Russia's most recent move involves a Russian spy ship (SSV-175 Viktor Leonov) seen sailing with missiles 30 miles off the U.S. coast. Other recent moves have also been more aggressive, the most recent aggressive move involves 4 Russian planes ( including 3 Russian attack Jets) flying "low and slow", about 200 yards away from a U.S. destroyer (USS Porter). The most aggressive move so far by Russia has been them deploying nuclear missiles in their own land. 

   Connection: Just recently we were talking about the Cold War and this this fits perfectly because this story involves Russia moving weapons around like its the cold war. During the cold war Russia sent nuclear missiles to Cuba and with a Russian spy ship recently being seen 30 miles off the the coast with missiles it is almost like its happening again. Also during the Cold War Russia and the U.S. both had high tensions with their carriers facing each other , this is like how Russia is flying close to U.S. ship. 

   Questions:
  1.    With Russia acting strange moving around nuclear missiles and weapons , Should we be concerned?
  2.    Should the U.S. react to these moves by Russia and should they let it be?
  3.    Is Russia violating the treaty between Russia and the U.S. that was made during the cold war?


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Drug Scare

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/world/asia/arrest-duterte-leila-de-lima.html?_r=0


Summary: A Philippine opposition senator and a harsh critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has been arrested by law enforcement agents after charges were filed in court due to illegal dealings with drug dealers inside the country's prison.  This happened when she was the justice secretary during the 2010 administration of the the past president.  Although she denied all charges, she states that this is all a political vendetta since she has led the investigation of the alleged extrajudicial killings of a number of drug suspects in Davao city while Duterte was still the mayor of that city. 

Connection: I think this connects with the red and the lavender scare because a lot of people have been accused and have been brought down because of possession of drugs. While the lavender and the red scare people afraid to be accused of communism and being gay while people are afraid of being accused of possessing drugs.

Question:
1. Do you think the senator, that was accused of possession of drugs, was being truthful and this is all a political vendetta?
2. Do you think that there is a hidden agenda with Mr. Duterte's actions if so what are they and if not why do you think not?



     

China bans coal imports from North Korea

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Original article located here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/19/asia/china-coal-north-korea-ban/

Brief overview of the article: On Monday Feb 20, 2017 China has announced that it would no longer be getting any coal imports from North Korea starting on Sunday and being in affect throughout the rest of 2017. This ban has gone into place due to the growing tensions between both countries because of North Korea's recent missile test that occurred the week prior. As news got out after North Korea's successful medium long-rage missile China rejected a shipment of coal that was coming through from North Korea. North Korean economist Ri Gi Song stated that they didn't really export much coal so the "so-called-ban" doesn't really affect them. 

Connection: I believe that this does connect to the cold war and the trouble that North Korea has caused in the beginning after WWII moving to present day and all of the issues that we currently have. 

Question: Do you believe that this ban is just the first step of the further tension with North Korea?
What do you believe is this ban is effective to ease tensions with North Korea?

Most of California is out of the drought


Article: 

Summary:
Recently, storms have filled up our reservoirs. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that less than 20% of California is dealing with any form of a drought, and no area in the entire state is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought. A year ago, 90% of the country was experiencing drought, a dramatic improvement. Despite all of this, the State Water Resources Control Board is waiting until May to pull back emergency drought regulations (regulations that restrict water use) even though there is much opposition. They cite groundwater shortages in some areas and want to wait until May when the rainy season ends.

Connection:
During the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and WW2, the government decided to ration out certain goods and services. While the government of California is not taking steps as big as back then, they are rationing out water to an extent.

Questions:
1.) While only briefly mentioned in the article, should California pull back drought regulations because of the rainwater coming in?
2.) Should we be optimistic about the rainwater, or still be worried for the future?

Kim Jong Nam Dead, Half-Brother of Kim Jong Un



The dictator's half brother has been killed in a "prank". On Monday, Kim was on his way to the airport to fly to Macau and felt as if he were grabbed from behind and had and hand over his face. Rumors were that he felt dizzy and was rushed over to a hospital in which he died en-route. On Wednesday, North Korea then placed blame on South Korea for the murder of the dictators brother. In Malaysia, two women believed to be part of the death of Kim, were arrested and were given information on Kim's girlfriend playing a large part in the murder. On Thursday, Siti Aishah, the girlfriend of Kim was detained and told her part of the story. She was paid money to play a part in a "prank" television show that would be a woman squirting water in people's faces and filming their reaction. She claimed that she had sprayed a few people prior to Kim but was given and special spray bottle for Kim. On Sunday, top official of the Malaysian police force stated they were looking for four North Korean men who fled the airport shortly after the incident.

Kim Jong Nam, left, was the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, right.
Connection
We are currently discussing the issue with the spread of Communism during the Cold War and North Korea is a communist country.
1.What do you believe was in the spray bottle that caused the death of the North Korean dictators brother?
2. Do you think that North Korea will have allegations against Malaysia with tampering with evidence?
3.Is it helpful that Kim is dead?

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/asia/kim-jong-nam-death-timeline/index.html

Is The Two-State Solution Dead?

IS THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION DEAD?



On February 16, 2017,  a meeting between the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump raises questions about what Trump meant when he said that there will be a One-State solution. Many are thinking about whether he meant that Israeli's and Palestinian's would live in harmony, or if there would be one state for just Israeli's, and the Palestinians would just be second class citizens. Moreover, people are also saying that Israel is already seen as a one state, so they're wondering if it would make a difference to just make it official. 

Connection to US History:  Donald Trump is not the only president that was interested in having a one-state solution between Israel and Palestine. 

Questions: 
1) Do you think there should be a one state or two state solution?
2) Do you think trump has the right to make it a one state solution even though Israel and Palestine are not in the US?
3) How do you think the Palestinians are going to feel when they no longer have a state for themselves? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peaceful Protest turn Brutal for EVERYONE!












Trumps inauguration was full of fun and foreseeing of America's future. But what happened that day was extremely horrible and very hard to hear about. A professional freelance photographer, had been wanting to try photojournalism and wanted to test his luck at Trump's inauguration. He went to a rally it seemed like but in time turned into a protest against the our president to-be. Imagine yourself a journalist taking pictures at a protest, and all of a sudden the police threatens you to get down and to relax. Once they've got you on the floor they spray the hell out of you with mace. That is what exactly happened with this guy. He thought that because he wasn't at all part of the protest and was peacefully taking pictures of it that he would be safe in an attack like this one. But he wasn't. In a way this could be considered police brutality because an innocent photographer who just needed pictures for his job, got assaulted and maced because of being there. 


News Article: https://petapixel.com/2017/01/21/shot-trump-inauguration-protests-got-bargained/

Connection: This relates to our current place we are at with trusting the authorities and the way that they handle certain situations. It doesn't matter whether black or white it's a matter of if they feel you are a "threat" to them and even if your not they will find a way to get their way.

Discussion Questions: 1.) Do you think this man should've been maced in his eyes causing pain for several minutes? 2.) Is there another way the riot police could've done their "jobs"? 3.) Would you prefer harsh and hard police or soft and nice police handling situations like this?


An Outcome of Trump Building the Border Wall

Map of Tohono O'odham Nation Reservation, Papago, AZSummary: President Trump signed his executive order to build the wall separating the US from Mexico. Whether he is aware of this or not, there is a Tohono O'odham tribe who has a reservation 62 miles of the border where Trump wants to build this border wall. The tribe has survived cleaving of their land for more than 150 years and the 62 miles worth of land belongs to them. The wall would split their tribe's traditional land in the US and Mexico. The wall is also going to threaten the ancestral connection that has not been terminated by even barriers, gates, cameras and Border Patrol agents that had become part of the landscape.


News Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/us/border-wall-tribe.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront 

Connection: This relates to our current president, Donald Trump, and his promise to build a wall during the election that would separate the US from Mexico. Also relates to the reservation owned by the Tohono O'odham tribe for more than 150 years.

Discussion Questions:
1) How would you react if you and your whole community were going to be separated by a wall?
    Chairman of the tribe asks: "If someone came into your house and built a wall in your living room,     tell me, how would you feel about that?" (Add your opinion on his question)
2) Do you think the border wall being built is more beneficial or non-beneficial towards our country?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Museum Removes Every Piece of Art Created by Immigrants


Summary: All artwork created or donated by immigrants will no longer be displayed The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. It is known as "Art-Less." And it's meant to highlight immigrants impact, even in the world of art. One of the main works missing is the portrait of George Washington made by an immigrant. Works of art made by immigrants are being covered with a black cloth and have a plaque stating, “Given by an Immigrant”. About 20% of the artwork in the museum is from immigrants.
Connection: This connects to Angel Island and the immigrants who wrote poetry on the walls explaining what they experienced on the Island. This shows how both immigrants back then and now have been mistreated for the art they create.
Questions: How do you feel about this policy? Do you think the Museums actions will help give immigrants a voice?

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/us/museum-removes-art-from-immigrants-trnd/index.html

Pakistan suicide bombing in 800 year old Shrine

Pakistani soldiers cordon off Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan after Thursday's attack.

Summary:  A suicide bomber walked into a shrine while people were praying and blew it up. About 200 or more were injured and of the dead 24 were children 4-8, and 16 were women. Thousands of worshipers were struct by the bomb, families, children. On a Thursday, people gathered at a 800 year old shrine, which to these people it is very sacred. The Pakistan military is trying to crack down on all these terrorist people but its very hard when a lot of these terrorist groups have power and are willing to take their lives for stuff like these because they have nothing to lose. ISIS has taken responsibility for the bombing. The Pakistani military blocked of the Afghanistan border and killed more than 100 terrorist and arrested a lot to throughout the country.

Connection: This connect to the Bombing in Hiroshima, Japan. During World War 2 because this bombing, although didn't kill thousands of people it still had an impact on people and was still devastating. No one likes to see anyone die, especially over a bomb.

Questions:
1.  Do you think if the Military catches a terrorist, should he or she be tried, and executed?
2. Why do you think terrorist targeted the shrine?
3. Do you think the US should get involved in some type of way to end terrorism because it could effect us too?

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/asia/pakistan-shrine-bombing/index.html

Mexico is ready to hit the U.S where it hurts: Corn


Summary:  Mexico Senator Armando Rios Piter has announced that he will be making a bill that will only allow Mexico to buy corn from Brazil and Argentina. This is a big threat to the US because Mexico is the top buyer of corn and without them, it will send a huge impact on U.S farmers. Recently American farmers sent $2.4 billion of corn to Mexico. The reason behind this is because Senator Armando Rios Piter said: [Its] good way to tell them that this hostile relationship has consequences, hope that it changes." This is another way of Mexico showing its willingness to Trump's threats. Trump wants Mexico to pay for the wall and he has threatened taxes on Mexican imports around 20 - 35%.

Connection: This connects to the embargo on Cuba since 1962 signed by President John F. Kennedy. This embargo has affected the U.S economy a lot. The U.S Chamber of Commerce disapproves the embargo, saying that it costs the U.S $1.2 billion annually in lost sales of exports.

Questions: 
1. Do you think this bill will be successful? Why?
2. Who will it affect the most?
3. Do you think Trump should resolve the problems with Mexico?
Bonus: Who do you think should pay for the wall? Or should there be a wall? ­čĺâ

Sources:
http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/13/news/economy/mexico-trump-us-corn/index.html
http://cuba-embargo.procon.org/ 

Day Without Immigrants


Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/us/day-without-immigrants-vignettes/index.html
Image: https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/53279473/AP_17047646887352.0.jpg

Summary: On February 16th, US Immigrants around the US went on strike to protest Donald Trump's immigration laws. Many businesses, especially restaurants were 7.1 million of its workers were immigrants, had to close for the day due to a lack of employee's. But, even employers joined in on the strike, putting up signs that their store was closed in supports of Americas immigrants. Other stores and restaurants showed support by actually remaining open, to show customers how important the work immigrants do is. Immigrants from all professions decided to join in on the strike, not just ones working in restaurants. Sanjuana Gonzales moved to the US when she was 18 years old and put herself through community college by working as a farmer. She eventually earned a master's degree in health care administration and now works for the Travis County government, managing contract for social service programs. She, too, participated in the strike that took place on Thursday.

Connection: This ties back to our unit on immigration and how immigrants were treated when they first arrived in the US.

Questions: Do you think the strike will have an effect on Trump's immigration policy? What would the US be like if all of a sudden all of our immigrants disappeared? How would the disappearance of our immigrants affect our everyday life?

Trump and Russia


The now president Donald Trump is not on the right page with his senior figures about Russia on twitter. After the NATO conference Mattis said we are not in the position to collaborate with Russia's military. Trump desires to work with Russia to improve relations with them and the United states. Tillerson spoke with the Russian foreign minister saying they are continuing violence in eastern ukraine. There was some controversy with his contact with the Russian ambassador.

What are your thoughts on the the president?

  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Plastic island

Plastic island: How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard

                                     
Picture/Article: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2016/12/world/midway-plastic-island/

Summary: Right now there millions of trash laying on the the midway beaches. Midway is one of the most remote places on the planet but one of the hardest hits by pollution. Most of this trash comes from America and China. The biggest garbage patch in the world is The North Pacific gyre. The trash you find on the beach is incredible.they say by 2050 there would be more trash in the ocean then there are fish.  How could we let Society get this way? None of the trash was used or brought here, it floted. The thing is that they never stop cleaning up there, it's just that the trash keeps on coming. This is very dangerous to the local sea animals and birds.the birds mistake the trash as fish and feed it to their young. The baby's stomachs can't digest the plastic so the died and get mixed up with the trash that killed them. How could we be so selfish and not care about trash when that garbage is killing our animals? How could we do that to them? 

Connection:  this connects to World War II because when the soldiers needed food they encourage the American people to salvage their food.  This connects because the soldiers needed food so therefore  American people took action and now the birds and the only way for them to get food it's for humans to stop pollution. 

Questions: what way do you think that will help with pollution? Do you believe we should encourage  not to used products such as styrofoam or plastic? What do you think would happen in the future if we keep on doing what we are doing? 

2 More People Arrested in Mysterious Death of Kim Jong Un's half-brother

Kim Jong Nam, left, was the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, right.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/asia/kim-jong-nam-arrests-autopsy/index.html


Summary:  Kim Jong-nam, the son of former dictator Kim Jong-il and half brother of present North Korea Dictator Kim Jon-un was assassinated at Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lampur Airport on February 14, 2017. Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son of Kim Jong-il and next in line to run North Korea, yet he fell out of favor when he traveled with forged papers to Tokyo to see Disneyland.
   Since then, he has been living in Macau, China, with his family and did not attend his fathers funeral, fueling speculations that he is banned from the country.
   On February 14, on his way home at a stopover in Kuala Lampur, he fell ill and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Investigations by local authorities has led to the arrest of several women with allegations of poisoning him at the airport.
   While authorities have completed the autopsy there has not been a public announcement as to the cause of death of Kim Jong-nam. The North Korean embassy has confirmed his identity, while the South Korean intelligence agency has indicated that he was poisoned by two Asian women.
   Interestingly, Kim Jong-nam was vocal about his desire for North Korea to have economic freedom and less focus on military.

Connection: Kim Jong-nams philosphy of open markets and democracy aligned with the ideology of South Korea unlike the close minded ideology of North Korea.

Questions:
1. Do you think Kim Jong-nams death was related to him aligning with the South Korean philosophy?
2. Do you think Kim Jong-nams death was to set an example to others not to bring a democratic point of view into North Korea?



Eyewear for the Colorblind



https://newsela.com/articles/EnChroma-colorblind-glasses/id/26986/

Summary: EnChroma glasses allow people who are colorblind to see color. The company, EnChroma is based in Berkeley, California and first developed the glasses in 2010. The goal of the company is to allow people to see the difference between red and green so that they have the option of driving without being a potential hazard. The glasses work for  4 out of every 5 people and cost about $269 to $349. They were recently tested on a 16 year old in Kansas and found to be effective.

Connection: Throughout history technology is continually developing which reflects on our growing economy. This relates to the increase of consumerism in 1950 and how people were buying more material goods, especially on credit due to their prices. As products are put on the market, people will constantly have the urge to buy these products.

Question: What impact do you think EnChroma and/or other technologies have on our economy? How might EnChroma be beneficial/hurtful to our society?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Baghdad Blast Kills 18 in Shia District of Sadr City


Summary: At least 18 people were killed and at least 42 people were wounded after a suicide bomber detonated a pick-up truck on a busy street in the Shia District of Sadr City. The bombing happened on Wednesday February 15th, 2017. No one has currently taken responsibility of the bombing, but in recent events many are suspecting ISIS.

Connection: This current event connects with the past event of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These were bombings that terrorized many innocent Japanese civilians such as this very recent bombing in Sadr.

Discussion Questions:
1. Do you believe this is the work of ISIS or a random act of crime?

2. Why are these happening so frequently in the Middle East? Explain your reasoning.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38985349

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Trump Gives OK for Dakota Access Pipeline

SummaryPresident Trump recently signed executive orders to advance the approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. These are pipelines that President Obama stalled and eventually denied the construction of, and that Native American Tribes and supporters from around the world have been protesting since before the pipeline even got its initial permit. The route for Dakota Access risks infringing on treaty rights and contaminating the water source of not only surrounding tribes, but also 17 million other Americans who get water from the Missouri River. West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin, has said that the construction will bring much needed jobs, however an influx of men moving into "man camps" that surround reservations put women living on reservations at risk. These man camps have caused an increase of crime, drugs, and sex trafficking into the communities. In Fort Berthold, North Dakota, there has been 168% increase in violent assaults against women and today 1 in 3 Native women will experience sexual assault. Reservation law enforcement is often left unable to help victims because in 86% of sexual assault cases on reservations, the assailant is non-Indian. This is due to a 1978 Supreme Court ruling that stripped tribal police of the right to arrest non-Natives who commit crimes on reservations, allowing criminals to get away with almost anything on Indian land. The pipeline threatens sacred cites and violates federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation act and the tribes are continuing to fight to halt its construction.
Connection: This connects to the brutal mistreatment of Native Americans that has been continuous since the very first Europeans set foot on this land and treaties between Natives and the American government, every single one of which has been broken by the US.
Questions: Do you think it was fair for the construction to begin without the consent of the surrounding tribes, who will be the vast majority of those affected by the horrible ramifications of the pipeline?
Should the ruling that reservation law enforcement cannot arrest non-Natives who commit crimes on their land be overturned?
Do you think that ruling raises the risks that Native women face?

Massive Oroville Causes Evacuation



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Summary: In Oroville, California, the hole in the Oroville dam cause a threat of flooding the area.  Approaching to Drain the lake by 50 feet and repair damage before a rainstorm can occur. About 180,000 residents in that area were forced to evacuate the surrounding area.

Questions: 
- Do you think this Dam will cause great destruction to many homes? 
- Is it possible to drain the lake 50 feet before a rainstorm?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Snowstorm Hits Northeast part of U.S.



A snowstorm hit the Northeastern side of the U.S. last night. A lot of people's supplies blew away and many people lost their possessions. The temperature of the snowstorm got to 60 degrees Farenheit and left 6 inches of snow. The major snowstorm hit New York the hardest and left it covered in snow.

This connects to the invasion of Poland from Germany. We learned about this in class and how this was the start of WWII. During this time it was really snowy and there was a major snowstorm there.

Do you think snowstorms have a big impact on the economy? Do snowstorms have an effect on air travel?

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/09/us/before-after-snowstorm-weather/index.html

Gun control Activists raise concerns about DeVos

Gun control activists raise concerns about DeVos

SUMMARY: If you are all not aware of who this is, this is Secretary Betsy DeVos is in the current process of receiving criticism of what they refer to as indifferent decisions she has been making. One argued that she does not have a plan that would react to protecting students that may or may not be exposed to the violence of guns. When she was elected in the Senate process her gestures and reactions to not opposing gun violence is what triggered organizations such as the Watts, demand action for gun sense to think otherwise of DeVos. Mothers across the nation are worried that the actions of DeVos has already set a stepping stone for education and gun violence and it is clear to them that she has made an impression that she does not oppose guns in schools. While disagreeing with DeVos they also state that she has no power over changing the status quo on gun control laws and education. She also includes that Gun Free School zones act excludes MOST guns form being in a school. (keyword:MOST) In my opinion I believe that DeVos is using this act as an ally to her choice of not verbally opposing guns in school that had given off a different impression. 

CONNECTION: 
This connects to the concern of education back in the past because of the feeding off the secretaries of education and their timeless desicions that they act on.African Americans in a very simple way , they struggled because of inequality, so going to school was very difficult where as now secretary of education is struggling to deny that she supports the idea of the allowance of guns in schools.

QUESTIONS: 
Do you believe that guns should be allowed in schools? Do you believe that this violates the 2nd amendment.






Immigrants Aren't Taking American Jobs
Summary: Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, has called for a crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying they compete directly against vulnerable American workers. He promises to cut back legal immigration with new controls he says would “boost wages and ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.” On the other hand, Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival, takes a view, saying immigrants contribute to the economy whether they are here legally or not, by providing labor for American employers and opening businesses that create jobs for Americans rather than taking them. 

Connection: This connects to the past when African American's had different working conditions than white people. They did not have the same rights because they were African American, and like these immigrants, they cannot really take any job opportunities because they are not American citizens, so they also have different rights.

Critical Thinking Questions: 
Do you think that immigrants should get the chance to work in the U.S? Why ? 

Trump finds the limits of executive power

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/donald-trump-travel-ban-politics/index.html


Summary: Three federal judges unanimously refused to restore the White House's controversial travel ban, laying down the most significant marker yet that Trump's vision of an administration rooted in the muscular use of executive power -- similar to that he enjoyed as a business leader -- will not go unchallenged. Someone asked if Trump was considering signing a new immigration executive order in the wake of the court's decision, a White House official said Friday that he hasn't ruled anything out.
Connection: This connects to when the Japanese were separated from everyone during World War II, because the U.S. government believed they were spies. 
Questions: How will this affect our future?
                  Will this ever change?
                  How does this impact the U.S. citizens? 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers

 

Link: https://tinyurl.com/h3448ul 

Summary: 

Before being put into office, many of Trump's supporters in California were located in the Central Valley. After being put in office, Trump has not backed down from his desire to ban illegal immigrants from being in the United States. Many California farm owners who supported Trump before are now backing down and fear the loss of their workers. Approximately 70% of farm workers in the US are living here illegally. The removal of illegal immigrants would drastically affect agriculture today. Not being able to pick and sell crops would be a huge loss for the State's (California) economy. California brings in $35 billion a year in crops and provides more of the nation's food than any other state. Farmers who voted for Trump now realize that if the administration were to actually weed out illegal workers, their businesses would cripple. 

Connection:

Illegal immigrants are sometimes looked down on by people. However, illegal immigrants are important when it comes to agriculture. Back in WWII, African Americans and other minorities were looked down on but they helped immensely in the war efforts. 

Question:

1. How important are illegal immigrants in agriculture?
2. If the removal of illegal immigrants were to happen, who would replace their jobs?
3. Do you think the removal of illegal immigrants is a priority that Trump should focus on?


Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss



Summary:
Trump's immigration ban is widely known throughout the California, as well as United states, but on Thursday February 9th, a panel of judges voted not to reinstate the travel ban.  This means theses judges are not allowing Trump's ban to go no any longer,  witch will not only help immigrants, but it will also keep helping innovation and the US economy.  This unanimous vote to stop the travel ban, is a great step to keeping america the land of opportunity for everyone, but as shown through this article, Trump still wants to enforce an immigration ban, as illustrated by his tweet.  Trump's tweet said "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!", this implies that trump believes immigrants are bad for this country, and affect the safety of this country in a negative way.  Although judges have kept this ban from staying in effect, Trump will continue to try and force and keep immigrants out of America.

Connection:
This connects to when President Roosevelt gave the order to intern Japanese Americans because, the immigrants trying to live and come to this country peacefully are being treated poorly and with little respect from the president.  Although these are two different situations, and both victims are of different ethnicities, the basic idea is still the same. Both President Trump and Roosevelt believed (Trump still does) that just because someone is different, or from another country means that they are dangerous, and should be contained, or not allowed to enter the country.  In both cases the United States president treated a minority poorly because they believed that specific minority was a breach in public/government safety.    

Questions:

1. Do you think immigrants are helpful or hurtful the the US? Why?
2. Do you think immigrants should be considered dangerous to the US? (elaborate)
3. How do you think Trump will try to get this immigration ban reinstated?

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