TODAY IS INDEPENDENCE DAY IN ALBANIA.
THE GRAND OLE OPRY CELEBRATES ITS
90th RADIO ANNIVERSARY TODAY.
DECEMBER 1st IS THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF
ROSA PARKS' STANDING UP FOR HER CIVIL RIGHTS.
*The territorial disputes in the South China Sea continue.
*Mauricio Macri is the new President-elect of Argentina, after winning a run-off election.
*Pope Francis is on a formal Papal visit to Africa, urging everyone who will listen to heed the words of peace and turn away from violence; amongst other messages.
*Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to start coordinating attacks against Middle Eastern terrorists with other countries, but warns that the recent actions of Turkey may jeopardize Russia's service. Meanwhile, Turkey says it has a right to defend itself, but has exercised restraint in past incidents, citing that the recent downing of a Russian SU-24 warplane was the result of a border dispute and not an aggressive act against an ally.
*The Ukraine has banned all Russian aircraft from its airspace. Meanwhile, Russia has stopped all natural gas supplies to the Ukraine, saying that country must now pay in advance for any purchases.
*The United Kingdom is considering the possibility of leaving the European Union, but the matter will not receive a formal vote of its citizens until 2017.
While there were thankfully no new/major acts of terrorism reported this past week, such violence MUST come to an end!
*Former South Korean President (1993-1998) Kim Young-sam is no longer with us.
*Arthur Brooks of the musical Impressions has passed away.
*Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone is no longer with us.
*Novelist Hazel Holt (the Sheila Malory series) has passed away.
*Hazel Adair (co-creator of the long running British soap opera Crossroads) is no longer with us.
*Actor David Canary (Bonanza, All My Children) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Author Dan Fante (Chump Change, Mooch) has passed away.
*Film producer Elmo Williams (High Noon, The Longest Day; Tora, Tora, Tora) has passed away.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*After many states with Republican Governors announced they refuse to accept refugees from terrorism in the Middle East, the American Civil Liberties Union is now challenging their position, for only the President can officially deny foreign refugees safe harbor in America.
*Meanwhile, Texas Governor George Abbott has requested non-profit organizations based in his state to stop helping Middle Eastern refugees.
*President Barack Obama has ordered a formal inquiry to see if reports concerning American military encounters against ISIS/ISIL forces were altered to present a more positive spin.
*The Center for Disease Control reports that, due to constant public health budget cuts over the past two decades, sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in 15-24 year olds.
*An anonymous donor has given $2.2 MILLION dollars to help reduce the national debt!
*A gunman opened fire within a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado; killing at least five people, including police officers, while injuring several others. The reason(s) why remain unknown at this time.
*Turing Pharmaceuticals has only dropped the $750 per pill price of Daraprim (a parasite infection treatment) to hospitals, NOT the general public!
*The 2015 US Presidential Medal of Honor recipients are (alphabetically) Yogi Berra, Bonnie Carroll, Shirley Chisholm, Gloria and Emilo Estefan, Billy Frank, Junior; Lee H. Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Willie Mays, Barbara Mikulski, Itzhak Perlman, William Ruckelshaus, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, and Minoru Yasui.
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