Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Meets International Criticism, Protests

On December 6, President Trump announced his decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Eventually, steps will be taken to move the U.S. embassy there, from its current location in Tel Aviv.   Why is this so important? For one, it reverses 20 years of American diplomatic policy.  Since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of…

Mnangagwa Sworn in as Zimbabwe’s Interim President

After a week of self-imposed exile, Zimbabwe’s former Vice President returns and is sworn in as interim President. Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, fled to South Africa when then-President Robert Mugabe, 93, replaced the Vice President with his wife, Grace Mugabe.  What followed was a confusing but peaceful military coup to take control of Zimbabwe’s government. Correspondents…

Lebanese PM Resigns as Tensions Rise

The Lebanese Prime Minister attempted to resign this past weekend, and is now allegedly under house arrest. On Saturday, PM Saad al-Hariri made a televised announcement of his abrupt resignation, citing fears of an assassination plot as the reason.  His father, former PM Rafik Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. In his announcement, Hariri mentioned the…

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

This week, a federal judge took steps to block President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly blocked implementation on the grounds that it was likely the transgender service members who had sued the Trump administration over the ban would win their suit. The…

A Brexit Breakdown

PM Theresa May has made some decidedly big promises for the future of the UK post-Brexit.  Even though the ruling was declared final after the 2016 referendum, there were and are still many details that need to be hammered out before the UK will be able to leave the European Union.  Here’s a breakdown of…

This Week in Space

Two Dead Stars Collide In August, the collision of two dead stars was observed.  Two neutron stars in a distant galaxy –NGC 4993, some 130 million light-years from us– spun around each other, drawing closer and closer until they finally met in a violent explosion.  A ‘nova’ is the abrupt increase in a star’s brightness;…

The 2017 Nobel Prizes

Since 1901, Nobel Prizes have been awarded nearly every year in the categories of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economic Studies.  The decisions, announced in Stockholm, Sweden (except for the Peace Prize, which is announced from Oslo, Norway), are always eagerly awaited by the international community.  Though the ceremony is not held…

The Independence Movement in Catalonia

Over the weekend, a region in northeast Spain voted to become independent.  Even so, it’s entirely possible that won’t happen. Catalan officials announced a staggering 90 percent of those who had voted had said ‘yea’ to the question of independence, according to the New York Times.  (To put that in perspective, about half of Catalonia’s…