Today, President Trump signed an executive order, reinstating the controversial “Mexico City Policy.” The order says that no U.S. funding can go to NGOs around the world that provide abortions or even give referrals for women seeking abortions. The rule does not effect abortions in cases of incest, rape or when the mother’s life may be in danger.
USAID currently gives about $600 million aid to organizations in countries around the world that provide health and reproductive services to women and families, with the ultimate goal of reducing mortality rates for infants and mothers.
The move isn’t a major surprise. The policy was first created by the Reagan administration, was tossed out by President Clinton, revived by President Bush and once again removed by President Obama—who, like Trump, signed the order in the days after he took office. Discuss
Scientists reported that the Earth's temperature in 2016 is the highest on record. The second highest? 2015, which beat 2014's record.
This is the first time that three consecutive years are the warmest ones on record, adding to concern among scientists and some of the general population about how rising global temperatures will affect the way people exist on the planet.
This finding comes right before President-elect Trump takes office. He has previously promised to give global warming and climate change less weight, even having a climate change denier head his EPA transition team.
Scientists say the fact that the years are all consecutive points to the bigger problem.
“A single warm year is something of a curiosity,” said Deke Arndt, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief of global climate monitoring told the Times. “It’s really the trend, and the fact that we’re punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we’re undergoing big changes.
The biggest effects of the warming can be seen in places like the Arctic, where temperatures were 20 to 30 degrees higher than normal in several places and ice has been visibly melting. And on the other end of the spectrum, India experienced its hottest day in its recorded history in May: 123.8 degrees.
According to NASA, the planet's temperature increased by more than half a degree between 2013 and 2016, which may sound innocuous, but is drastic and the largest change in NASA's recorded history. Discuss
Jeremy Courtney of the organization Preemptive Love Coalition posted a powerful video on Facebook this weekend, explaining how a Muslim man in Iraq built a cross for his Christian neighbors after their church was destroyed by ISIS.
The city of Mosul is being liberated from ISIS, who destroyed churches and persecuted the population while in control of the area. But, as Jeremy Courtney explains, these kinds of stories—of Muslims coming alongside of Christians—aren’t the kinds we’re used to hearing about, even though they happen all of the time in Iraq.
Marwan is a Muslim. But when Marwan came into this church, he couldn’t accept the fact that these other guys who claimed to be Muslims were rampaging through this place, destroying the signs and icons of his Christian friends, his Christian compatriots, his Christian neighbors. And so, our Muslim friend Marwan helps fashion this cross together.
A new report from Oxfam demonstrates just how large the global wealth gap has gotten. Currently, eight of the richest individuals in the world have as much combined wealth than half the world’s entire population. Their latest report found that 1 in 10 people living right now survive on less than $2 a day.
Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International explained to the AP, "Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy.”
The 8 include tech moguls Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, American business leaders Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett, Spanish entrepreneur Amancio Ortega and Mexican telecom owner Carlos Slim Helu.
The group will be presenting their latest findings to leaders gathered at The World Economic Forum. Discuss
The news camerawoman who caused an international outrage in 2015 when she was filmed tripping refugees near the Hungarian border has been sentenced. A judge in the case did not accept Petra Laszlo’s explanation that she was somehow reacting in self-defense. However, she was not charged with a hate crime associated with acts committed because of racial motivations. Another cameraperson even filmed her tripping a man carrying a small child.
Laszlo will not serve an jail time in the case. Last year she was fired from her job, apologizing for the incident, but then said she planned on suing Abdul Mohsen, the Syrian father who she tripped in the video.
Parts of the Mazzeh military airport compound were in flames early this morning.
According to the Syrian government, this was the third strike by Israel recently, leading the army to release a statement: "Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against [this] terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators," they said in part.
Israel has not commented on any of the previous strikes, though experts say that the strikes are to signal to Syria that they don't want Syria with such advanced weaponry.
Syria is still in the midst of its own civil war, thus experts say it would be unlikely for it to strike back at Israel. Israel has been clear that they will not be a part of the ongoing Syrian civil war.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry wrote to the U.N. Secretary-General and the president of the U.N. Security Council saying that the attacks would not have happened if it weren't for "direct support from the outgoing American administration and French and British leaderships." Discuss