Saturday, April 18, 2015

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: APRIL 12-18, 2015

TODAY IS ZIMBABWE'S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
APRIL 22 IS ADMINISTRATIVE'S ASSISTANTS DAY.
APRIL 22 IS EARTH DAY!
APRIL 24 IS ARBOR DAY!

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*As both countries strive for improved diplomatic relations, United States President Barack Obama wants to remove Cuba from the States who Sponsor Terrorists list.
*Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demands that any agreement with Iran over their nuclear program includes a clause where Iran officially recognizes and will not act against Israel's right to exist.
*The European Union has officially charged Internet giant Google with Anti-trust Breach allegations.
*Wikileaks has recently posted a lot of material originating from the cyber attack against Sony Pictures Studio.
*Space X has yet to successfully recycle their Falcon 9 rocket after a mission.

BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE...
*Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorized the delivery of the S-300 missile air defense system to Iran, despite protests from Israel and the United States that Iran is a known terrorist sponsor.

TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*For reason(s) unknown, terrorists attacked the South Korean embassy in Tripoli, killing 2 guards while wounding another. Security otherwise successfully repelled the attack. Then the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli was bombed later that same day. ISIS/ISIL forces have claimed responsibility for both events.
*It has been confirmed that Al-Qaeda forces have captured the Riyan Airport, along with the seaport and oil terminal in Al Mukalla, Yemen.
*Civilians are fleeing the city of Ramadi, Iraq; after ISIS/ISIL forces initiated an attack.

PASSING PARADE...
*Author G√ľnther Grass (The Tin Drum, Dog Years) is no longer with us.
*Singer Percy Sledge ("When A Man Loves A Woman") has left the stage.
*Herb Trimpe, famed comic book artist and co-creator or Wolverine, has passed.
*Former diplomat and historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor is no longer with us.
*Actor and anime voice artist Kinya Aikawa has taken his last bow on life's stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*Hillary Clinton has formally announced her campaign to win the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016. Political analysts are already applauding her stragety of not only linking herself to America, because then any attack ads against her would also appear to be attacking the country itself; but also actually announcing an agenda (helping working families succeed, climate change, clean energy, and building small businesses) for her first term, should she be elected President in 2016.
*Florida Senator Marco Rubio has announced his hope of becoming the Republican nominee for President in 2016.
*While Jeb Bush is still "exploring the possibility" of running for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016, there is evidence to suggest that as Governor of Florida, he directed almost $2 billion dollars in pension funds to companies that supported his brother George W.'s 2000 and 2004 bids for the Presidency.
*Congress is fast tracking the United States joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, despite protests that much of the details have yet to be made public.
*As both countries strive for improved diplomatic relations, President Barack Obama wants to remove Cuba from the States who Sponsor Terrorists list.
ELSEWHERE...
*Wal-mart has suddenly closed 5 stores between Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida without any advanced warning. These 5 locations recently experienced "plumbing problems". While the company has announced plans to eventually repair and reopen the stores, no building or construction permits have yet to be applied for at post time, and it has been noted that most of the locations were sites where employees have demonstrated for better wages.
*George Lucas now plans to build a low income housing project on property he owns in Marin County, California; despite protests from local residents of the exclusive neighborhood, who previously rejected Lucas' proposal to build a movie studio on the land.
*Former professional football player Aaron Hernandez has been convicted of first degree murder.
*Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters Professional Golf Tournament.

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