The president of Myanmar (also known as Burma) as well as the country’s military chief recently took a face-to-face meeting with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s the first time all three have discussed reforms together, despite Suu Kyi calling for the meeting for months. The political activist is not allowed to run in the nation’s upcoming presidential election (because her children are British citizens), but has been internationally recognized for her efforts to push for democratic reforms in the country.
The rare meetings come just two weeks before President Obama will meet regional leaders during an international summit host in Myanmar. Critics of the government and military have accused the nation’s leadership of only holding the meeting for show ahead of the talks with President Obama ... Discuss
Astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is currently on board the International Space Station (ISS), posted this amazing image of a sunrise shortly after a rocket bound for ISS exploded on its launch pad in Virginia. The spacecraft was supposed to send supplies, food, water and equipment to the astronauts. Though NASA said they aren’t at an immediate risk of running out of provisions, the explosion obviously took a toll on the crew. Wiseman added this caption to the stunning photo: “Not every day is easy. Today was a tough one.” Thankfully, no one was injured during the explosion ... Discuss
Teenage Pakistani activist and education advocate Malala Yousafzai has announced that she is donating $50,000 to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to assist in the building of schools in Gaza. The agency is currently rebuilding more than 60 schools in the region that suffered damaged during the most recent, week’s-long violent conflict between Israel and Hamas. The 17-year-old, who just won the World's Children's Prize (which came with the $50,000 that is being donated), as well as a Nobel Peace Prize, for her work advocating for education rights for young girls—told reporters,
Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace.
Malala famously survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban after taking a stand for girls’ education, and has since started a global foundation dedicated to the cause ... Discuss
Officials in Mexico have arrested four members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang in connection with the disappearance of 43 college student in September. The details of the case are horrifying. On September 26, the group of student teachers went missing after an encounter with police officers and masked men near the town the of Iguala. None of the students have been seen since, but a mass grave was recently uncovered next to a near by trash dump.
The college students were planning on demonstrating at a political event for the town’s mayor and his wife—now the nation’s attorney general believes they masterminded the abduction with local police and drug gangs. The disappearance has sparked outrage and demands for answers in the country where more than 100,000 people have been killed by gang violence in the last seven years. So far, dozens have been arrested, many of whom are police officers with ties to the Guerreros Unidos ... Discuss
You can add “being a couch potato” to the list of things including “drinking soda” and “working a desk job” that are as deadly as a tobacco habit. From The Telegraph in the UK, “A landmark report by Public Health England (PHE) says lack of exercise is as dangerous as smoking—directly contributing to one in six deaths.” The paper says that the problem is so bad that “the welfare state in Britain could collapse under the burden of self-inflicted diseases.” Officials behind the report said that 10 percent of cases of stroke and heart disease could possibly be prevented if individuals who had almost no physical activity started moderately exercising regularly ... Discuss