Al-Baghdadi: Dead

On Saturday, October 26th, President Trump tweeted out that “Something very big has just happened!” Curiosity, excitement, and slight panic by some ensued until it was revealed the next day by the President that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was dead following a U.S Special Forces operation in northwestern Syria. U.S Intelligence had long been trying to capture or kill al-Baghdadi, and he is the most prominent terrorist leader that has died as a result of U.S operations since the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The Trump Administration’s Syria Policy

On October 6th the Trump Administration drastically modified its policy on the U.S. Military presence in Syria. The Trump Administration allowed Turkey to take a more aggressive role in Kurdish-held territories backed by American troops, and also withdrew American troops from key locations in Kurdish-held Syria. Despite the success of the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, many foreign policy analysts believe that the United States has lost its foothold in combating the Assad Regime and preventing the spread of ISIS in the region. The United States’ longtime ally in the region, the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has lost ground to Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States.

Irish President visits Fordham

On Monday, September 30th, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, spoke on refugee crises, the history of Irish immigration, and the role of universities in such times. His lecture, which he has titled “Humanitarianism and the Public Intellectual in Times of Crisis,” touches on some of the topics which were relevant in the current global and local political landscape.

Nothing is Sacred—Not Even Justin Trudeau

With American media outlets transfixed by this nation’s ongoing 2020 campaign for the presidency and control of the Congress, attention was diverted this week to a scandal roiling the federal elections of our northern neighbor. Having led the government since 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—known for his youthful charm, dazzling hair, and boy-next-door looks—is vying for a parliamentary mandate to return his ruling Liberal Party to power in the October 21 election. He has spent his first term cultivating an image of himself and his party as the gracious stewards of a 21st century Canada that welcomes refugees, confronts climate change, steers global foreign policy from conflict, and maintains a working relationship with an American president who shares few of the PM’s goals—or his alluring, “bring-him-home-to-meet-your-parents-and-pray-he-proposes-at-dinner-because-those-babies-would-be-so-damn-cute” charisma.

Planet Remains in Flames; Young People Understandably Terrified

As any teenager who’s ever had to spend 30 minutes explaining to their parents how to reset a modem will tell you, younger generations often get stuck dealing with older people’s problems. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than the current state of Earth’s environment— namely, the fact that it’s gone to shit. Pollution, deforestation, lack of renewable energy sources, the hole in the ozone layer single handedly created by cans of hairspray in the 80’s, you name it. People really dropped the ball when it came to taking care of the planet.

Stoking the Flames

Around 4 a.m. on September 14th, ten drones flew over Saudi Arabi sinking a total of nineteen missiles into Aramco oil processing facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais. Fourteen of the strikes destroyed storage tanks, three damaged processing trains, and the remaining two did not hit any infrastructure or equipment. Thankfully, no one died in the attacks; though the number of injured remains unknown. The attack halted half of Saudi Arabia’s daily oil production, representing five percent of global production. Saudi officials and business leaders expect production to return to baseline by the end of September and will tap into reserves to maintain current export levels.

Pringles, Sour Cream and Blindness

Pringles, deli ham, french fries, white bread, a British teenage boy. These all seem like harmless things, but according to Bristol University they are a recipe for blindness. Recently in the United Kingdom a teenage boy’s picky eating habits led to complete vision loss. He would only eat Pringles, french fries from a local restaurant, white bread, and slices of ham. To me, this seems like a completely acceptable diet. It hits every food group: carbs and ham. But according to researchers, this diet’s lack of key nutrients and certain vital vitamins and minerals has the potential to cause optic neuropathy: a fancy, scientific way of saying you’re irreversibly blind.

Up the Junction

In America, the world of European politics can be a bit of a foreign concept to us (Pun is entirely recognized). As complicated as the feuds and policy decisions of the United States government are, Europe is far worse than you could imagine. This article is going to dive in on the most eminent disaster-in-waiting to face Europe; Brexit. Brexit, or the British exit from the European Union, has been over a three year process all started by a referendum to leave the E.U. in June of 2016. Now I know what you’re thinking, “If they already voted to leave, why didn’t they leave already?” Well curious reader, on the original ballot it never asked questions about how they should leave or what the parameters of a deal with the E.U. to leave would be, leaving all of that up to the law makers.