Saturday, June 29, 2013

WEEK IN REVIEW: JUNE 23-29, 2013

Amongst events happening around the world this past week...

*South Korea has issued a country wide "Cyber Alert" after several attempts by computer user(s) unknown to hack into government and military systems. Meanwhile, the Presidents of South Korea and China are meeting in hopes of finding ways to reduce the tension(s) with North Korea.
*Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj has been reelected President of Mongolia.
*Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, has stepped down; giving the title and control of the country to his son Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani.
*United States President Barack Obama is currently in South Africa and got to meet Nelson Mandela's family, despite local protesters urging him to return to America. Mandela himself is unfortunately still in the hospital trying to recover from a lung infection.
*UNESCO has designated several World Heritage Sites in North Korea.
*The 100th Tour de France Cycling competition is now underway!
*The Air Pacific airline is now known as Fiji Airways.
*Astronomers have discovered 6 planets orbiting the star Gliese 667C, and 3 of them might be habitable!
*Civil unrest continues in Northern Pakistan, Syria, and Afghanistan.

*The Supreme Court ruled the George W. Bush administration's "Defense of Marriage Act" unconstitutional. While it is up to the individual states whether or not to allow same gender marriages (striking down California's "Proposition 8" later that day on legal grounds), those within such a marriage cannot be denied the same benefits that a traditional (man/wife) married couple have.
*Meanwhile, that same Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voters' Rights Act of 1965 that protected African Americans and other minorities on the grounds that it was "dated", leaving many pundits fearful of new suppression attempts in the future with the objective of increasing voter turnout for the Republican Party.
*The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins to win the 2013 Stanley Cup in professional hockey.
*The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins won the 2013 College Baseball World Series for the first time in the school's history.

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