What You May Have Missed on the News

Kelly McKenna ’17, Staff Writer

Brexit  

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke on Tuesday about Britain’s next steps in cutting ties with the European Union (EU).  In her speech she said that it is time for “division and discord” to be over. She confirmed that Britain is determined to regain control of migration from the European Union and rejected the supremacy of the European Court of Justice. May noted that “what [she is] proposing cannot mean remaining in the single market.” She knows as well as nations affected by Brexit that it is in their best interest to support Britain in their transition.

Women’s March

On January 21st following Trump’s inauguration, marches around the world took place to advocate for equal rights for women and to defend marginalized groups. More than 200 organizations have signed on as partners for the marches including Planned Parenthood, which is at risk of losing funding under the new President’s term, the NAACP, and the National Organization for Women and Human Rights Watch.  Citizens of participating cities around the world such as, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, and San Jose, are marching in solidarity with America and also advocating for rights of women in their own countries.

Gambia President

The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has gone to extraordinary measures to keep his power after his loss in the election. Since he can’t get  the election results to the Supreme Court until May due to a shortage in judges, he declared a 90-day state of emergency a day before his official mandate ends, saying that there was foreign interference in the election (sound familiar). Regional leaders who had come to try and persuade Yahya Jammeh to hand over power were unsuccessful.  This conflict could continue to take the country down a dangerous pathway which may lead to a civil war if not solved. (More background info in last week’s Global news Link.)

Malaysia Airline Flight 370

After nearly three-years the search for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has come to a halt. The Australian government, which was added by China and Malaysia in their search, said the chances of finding the air plane have diminished and a lack of credible evidence was found in the 46,000-square-mile radius in the waters of Australia. The family members of those lost on the plane expressed their anger on the news calling them “irresponsible” and “quitters.” Australia said that this didn’t mean they have given up for good, but until they have a better plan, they have suspended the funding for search parties.

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