Welcome to the paper’s Damage Report!
In order to keep readers up to date with current events, we decided to start this weekly feature, in which we present short, concise explanations of major topics that have occurred that week in the news. As well, we will link to other articles that will provide further information, as well as other articles we believe coincide with the story. This feature will be published every Friday.
We are sorry for not releasing a report last week. We try to always be faithful to our release schedule, but sometimes things get in the way.
Also this report is featuring our brand new News Team. Declan Murphy will now be working as a News co-Editor. Nick Peters is still staying around as News co-Editor.
Your News Editors,
Nick & Declan
Trump Pulls Out of Paris Climate Deal
As some had been predicting, President Trump announced on Thursday that the U.S. would be pulling out of the Paris climate change accords. The Paris accords, signed under the Obama administration, set worldwide goals for limiting temperature change and was nearly universally agreed upon. Trump’s announcement poses serious threats to both the climate and the international order. Reneging on the climate change agreement signals that the U.S. is willing to turn its back on the international order when it suits its own interests. Further, some speculate that U.S. withdrawal from the Paris deal will encourage other states (most notably, China) to withdraw, further accelerating global climate change. Many cities and states have announced that they would still follow the Paris accords personally, to the ire of the President.
New York Police Sergeant Charged with Murder of Bronx Resident
On Wednesday, Police Sergeant Hugh Barry was charged with the murder of Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old woman and resident of the Bronx. This horrible event had occurred on October 18th. Sergeant Barry had assisted other police officers in responding to multiple complaints of a lady (Ms Danner) who was acting crazy. They went to confront her, however, she was allegedly hostile, holding a baseball bat and scissors according to the police reports. In the confrontation, the Sergeant had fired his gun at her, killing her. Immediately after this incident, Sergeant Barry was stripped of his badge and gun. In discussing the incident, the mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio criticised the sergeant, saying that he had not followed the proper police procedures in dealing with people who have mental problems. He cited how the sergeant did not try to use his taser first. A GoFundMe page has been created in support of the Sergeant.
Trump Will Not Move Embassy in Tel Aviv
The Trump administration announced this week that it would not be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, instead keeping the existing embassy in Tel Aviv. This is directly at odds with Trump’s promise to do so during the campaign. However, by keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv, the Trump administration seeks to keep the peace between Israel and Palestine, while moving the embassy may have provoked conflict. For his part, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu merely expressed his thanks for the Trump administration’s continued support of Israel. This is the latest development in the Trump’s administration’s nebulous Israel policy. Trump has vacillated between encouraging peace and being extremely pro-Israel. This move suggests that Trump may pivot toward the accepted two-state solution, but this is far from clear.
Tragic Suicide Bombing in Kabul Kills 80
On Wednesday, A terrorist attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed 90 people; alongside injuring potentially hundreds more. The explosion was staged in a busy area of the city adjacent to foreign embassies. The Taliban has denied involvement, but Afghani officials believe it was the work of the Haqqani faction of the Taliban. This comes amidst discussions of the U.S.’s continued role in Afghanistan; the long war did not successfully quell the insurgency, as demonstrated by this attack. Officials have not identified a perpetrator, but an investigation into the bombing will continue. Tragedy occurred again on Friday, when an antigovernment protest in response to the bombings, which demanded the resignation of leading Afghan officials, turned violent, resulting in the deaths of 4 people. The people of Afghanistan, and the world, mourns those lost in this incredibly deadly attack.
Nasa Launches Mission to Sun
On Wednesday, Nasa announced that it is planning to send a spacecraft close to the surface of the sun. The spacecraft was originally named the Solar Probe Plus, however, has now been renamed the Parker Solar Probe in honor of Euguene Parker, a renowned astronomer. It is named after Parker not just for his status, but also for his theory on solar winds, a theory he created in 1958, which was then subsequently proved in a NASA mission in 1962. The probe will travel towards Mercury, and eventually, in its journey it will hit the sun. Upon reaching the outer layers of the Sun, the probe will begin to take data on a number of different factors, including Parker’s solar winds. The probe will travel at a speed of 430,000 mph, making it, on record, the fastest man-made object ever created. This is very exciting news for the future of space research. The probe is set to launch sometime in the summer of 2018.
Nick Peters – News co-Editor
Declan Murphy – News co-Editor