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.
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.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, Fordham’s Humanitarian Student Union (HSU) and Nuclear Age Peace Foundation hosted a panel of foreign policy experts and activists to discuss global denuclearization and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has called for a federal government bailout for taxi drivers. During a Congressional hearing to with taxi drivers and reform advocates on September 27th, she opined that “regulators supervising bank and credit unions [engaged in] predatory lending and collection practices that has led many taxi drivers, some of [her] constituents, to suicide.”
To say that I’ve been on some bad teams in my life is an understatement. Aside from an unprecedented run of three straight undefeated seasons in elementary school rec soccer, my lifetime winning percentage in sports is probably somewhere around .350. When I got to college, I thought I’d make friends with kids who are great at sports. I would taste intramural glory, and my cup would runneth over with the spoils of victory. Instead, I joined the paper, Pep Band, and the intramural part … let’s just say has gone in a different direction.
A woman hopped over the fence into the lion exhibit at the Bronx Zoo last Saturday, September 27th. Caught on video, her close contact with the big cats was posted across multiple Instagram pages, including her own. The woman’s video opens with her handing her phone to a man, saying “Yeah I’m about to climb over, I want to get closer to them.” The man responds with “you’re not supposed to do that.” which is unheeded by the trespasser. “Go ahead and fall in there. See what happens.” he adds. The lion takes notice of the woman, making eye contact and stepping slightly closer to her. The woman starts waving at the animals, while someone in the background asks if the man holding the camera knows her. “Can you tell her to get back? It’s probably not safe” “I told her, she don’t listen to me.” In another video, the woman is seen waving at the lion, calling out “Hi baby, baby! Hi I love you!”
YouTube personality Onision (real name Gregory Avaroe) is no stranger to controversy. He’s been admonished for illegally damaging wetlands near his home in Washington state, openly mocking an anorexic YouTuber, and filming his ex-girlfriend in a seizure state instead of taking her to the hospital. Most recently, though, he and his husband Kai (previously known as Lainey) have been accused of emotional and sexual abuse, and of grooming children––specifically young girls––from a young age.
It has been recently become known that in the gaming industry there have been a serious amount of infringements on worker rights. In order to deal with the demand of gamers constant demand for new content, games, or new characters and DLC, game developers have been working overtime and order to deliver a polished finished product. A few months ago news broke that the development team for Red Dead Redemption Two was worked to the bone to produce the now award-winning game. In similar fashion there were complaints that NetherRealm Studios was being too demanding of workers time for the newest edition the in Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat 11.
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.
America is gearing up to say, “You’re fired!” And this time, it’s Donald Trump himself on the chopping block. For almost the entirety of Trump’s reign in the Oval Office, there have been calls for impeachment. But as of Sept. 24th, when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of the president, the wheels have finally been put in motion. After allegations that President Trump withheld foreign aid from Ukraine to pressure its leader, President Volodymyr Zelesky, to investigate former Vice President Biden surfaced, Pelosi finally yielded to the wishes of many progressives in the Democratic party and has announced an official impeachment inquiry. However, the road ahead is not a smooth one. With Congress split along party lines as to whether or not the president has even committed an offense worthy of investigation, the future of this process is not clear. What is certain is that the coming months are about to be a fascinating battle over the amount of power Americans believe held by the Chief Executive.