Seven Continents: World News Roundup
Sensible Reason is happy to bring you our world news roundup. News from every contenent across the globe. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, here’s a little crash course on some interesting things that have been going on across the globe:
North America: You have undoubtedly heard about the bombing in Boston and its fallout, and that was undoubtedly the biggest news of the week, but for the sake of this piece we’re going to look at something else. Up in Canada, authorities successfully thwarted a terrorist attack that would have derailed a passenger train traveling between New York and the Toronto area on Monday. Two individuals, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who were “receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran,” were arrested before any damage could be done—certainly great news. Kudos to all the authorities involved who prevented more destruction and sadness. Great job.
South America: Down in Venezuela, a new president was elected! His name is Nicolás Maduro, and he was the mentee of the recently deceased socialist leader Hugo Chávez. While he was sworn in, officials had already agreed to do a partial recount of the votes, as Maduro’s opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski, refused to acknowledge his loss. This means that there is a chance that Maduro could still be striped of his presidency, even though he was officially sworn in. Isn’t politics fun?
Europe: Just yesterday, French Parliament passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and adoptions by same-sex couples. After the nation’s president, Francois Hollande, signs the bill, France will join New Zealand, Uruguay, Denmark, Argentina, Portugal, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands as the countries who have granted their citizens this basic civil right, showing once again that the U.S. isn’t as progressive as we often like to think.
Africa: The French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya and a number of houses and shops around it were severely damaged after a car bomb exploded in front of it yesterday morning. One guard was severely injured and another and a number of residents suffered minor injuries. This is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the nation’s capital. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, but there are far too many bombings going on in this world of ours…
Asia: North Korea reverted to its old ways this week and asked Mongolia for some food. While the country’s new leader, Kim Jong-un, has been doing his best to portray the Democratic People’s Republic as being strong and on the verge of starting a war, this move backs up my previous claims that this whole thing could be a ruse. North Korea has learned that if it needs food (which it often does), the best way to get it is to threaten to blow something up (most often South Korea) until someone gives it what it needs. While the possibility for war still lingers on the Korean Peninsula, this is now feeling like a retread of something we’ve done many times before, so hopefully they get what they want and things can settle down for a while.
Australia: Australia’s 23 millionth person arrived Tuesday night! Good for them, their nation is strong and thriving, always good to see. The problem is they have no idea yet who the 23 millionth Australian was. While it could be a newborn infant, likely born in Sydney, there’s a good chance it was an immigrant coming to the country for work from overseas somewhere. A great mystery, and only time will tell if they get it all sorted out.
Antarctica: Not too much to report from Antarctica, which is probably a good thing. An interesting study about massive icequakes occurring when earthquakes happen was presented though, which is pretty cool.