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  • Born June 21, 1983 Edward Snowden is an American computer scientist, former CIA employee, former American intelligence contractor, and to some a patriot who is best known for his reveal of classified NSA information in 2013. Snowden took national spotlight when he revealed multiple global surveillance programs ran by the NSA and Five Eyes Intelligence Agency. After working for the NSA, Snowden went to Hong Kong to meet with journalists to reveal classified NSA documents to The Washington Post and The Guardian. After revealing classified information, the US government charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government information. In response, Snowden escaped to Russia seeking asylum. Edward Snowden’s current whereabouts are unknown, many speculating that he lives in Moscow. Edward Snowden is the subject of an international debate over government secrecy and surveillance. Snowden is many things to many people; he has been called a whistleblower, patriot, traitor and American hero.⁣
Writer: @kathryn.mcauliffe⁣
Media: @mariaberni_⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politcaldebate #snowden #usa #america #american #CIA #NSA #espionage #russia #moscow⁣
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  • Born June 21, 1983 Edward Snowden is an American computer scientist, former CIA employee, former American intelligence contractor, and to some a patriot who is best known for his reveal of classified NSA information in 2013. Snowden took national spotlight when he revealed multiple global surveillance programs ran by the NSA and Five Eyes Intelligence Agency. After working for the NSA, Snowden went to Hong Kong to meet with journalists to reveal classified NSA documents to The Washington Post and The Guardian. After revealing classified information, the US government charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government information. In response, Snowden escaped to Russia seeking asylum. Edward Snowden’s current whereabouts are unknown, many speculating that he lives in Moscow. Edward Snowden is the subject of an international debate over government secrecy and surveillance. Snowden is many things to many people; he has been called a whistleblower, patriot, traitor and American hero.⁣
    Writer: @kathryn.mcauliffe
    Media: @mariaberni_
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politcaldebate #snowden #usa #america #american #CIA #NSA #espionage #russia #moscow
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  • 338 8 2 hours ago
  • Writer: @m.moser8⁣
Media: @beckettmcdowell⁣
The Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä, announced on March 8th, 37 days before the general elections, that the coalition government would resign. Finland previously has had a very devoted health care system but "spending has declined over recent years" and future growth in spending was also seeked to be reduced (Reuters). Furthermore, this government was not able to pass thorough reforms in health and social care that it perceived as necessary. Other issues include other "budget cuts", workers having to do more work for lower income, the "penalizing" of "jobless people who fail to show they are actively seeking to improve their situation,” and allowing for more competitiveness between taxi companies (Bloomberg). Hence, 60% of Finish people, according to a poll by newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, is said to agree with the resignation of the government. The government will still perform its functions as a "caretaker" before the elections take place. (Sources: Reuters and Bloomberg)⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate⁣
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  • Writer: @m.moser8
    Media: @beckettmcdowell
    The Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä, announced on March 8th, 37 days before the general elections, that the coalition government would resign. Finland previously has had a very devoted health care system but "spending has declined over recent years" and future growth in spending was also seeked to be reduced (Reuters). Furthermore, this government was not able to pass thorough reforms in health and social care that it perceived as necessary. Other issues include other "budget cuts", workers having to do more work for lower income, the "penalizing" of "jobless people who fail to show they are actively seeking to improve their situation,” and allowing for more competitiveness between taxi companies (Bloomberg). Hence, 60% of Finish people, according to a poll by newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, is said to agree with the resignation of the government. The government will still perform its functions as a "caretaker" before the elections take place. (Sources: Reuters and Bloomberg)⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate
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  • 438 7 8 hours ago
  • Writer: @giulia.nld⁣
Media: @beckettmcdowell⁣
EU leaders have agreed on a plan to postpone Brexit beyond the 29 of March until 2 May if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week. If the deal is not agreed upon, the EU will allow for a delay until 12 April to give the UK time to either get the deal through or to suggest a new plan for the future. Theresa May has stated that MPs now face a clear choice: either to support the withdrawal deal and allow Brexit to proceed in an ‘orderly manner’ or face the potential to partake in European elections. May further stated that she ‘will make every effort to make sure we can leave with a deal and move our country forward’. European Council President Donald Tusk has revealed that until 12 April, all options are viable to the UK government whether that be a deal, a no deal, a long extension or the revetment of Article 50, the article stating the procedure for member withdrawal from the EU. Following this date, if the UK has not decided whether to partake in European parliamentary election, the possibility of a further extension will become ‘impossible’.⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate⁣
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  • Writer: @giulia.nld
    Media: @beckettmcdowell
    EU leaders have agreed on a plan to postpone Brexit beyond the 29 of March until 2 May if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week. If the deal is not agreed upon, the EU will allow for a delay until 12 April to give the UK time to either get the deal through or to suggest a new plan for the future. Theresa May has stated that MPs now face a clear choice: either to support the withdrawal deal and allow Brexit to proceed in an ‘orderly manner’ or face the potential to partake in European elections. May further stated that she ‘will make every effort to make sure we can leave with a deal and move our country forward’. European Council President Donald Tusk has revealed that until 12 April, all options are viable to the UK government whether that be a deal, a no deal, a long extension or the revetment of Article 50, the article stating the procedure for member withdrawal from the EU. Following this date, if the UK has not decided whether to partake in European parliamentary election, the possibility of a further extension will become ‘impossible’.⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate
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  • 263 1 10 hours ago
  • Writer: @itskemalffs⁣
Media: @mariaberni_⁣
On March 20, 2019, a bus carrying 51 schoolchildren was hijacked by its driver and set alight on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. The bus driver Ousseynou Sy, a 47-year-old Italian citizen, was arrested shortly after the incident. Sy, armed with a cigarette lighter and two canisters filled with petrol, had tied the children up with electric cable. Local authorities reported that petrol had been spread around the bus in an attempt to set it ablaze with the children inside. Italian authorities were able to smash the rear windows and let the passengers off before the bus burst into flames. 12 students suffered minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital as a precautionary measure. The suspect’s motive for the hijack is still unclear. Reports have suggested however that the bus driver was angry about Italy’s migrant policy. Police spokesman Marco Palmieri declared in a statement that the suspect had shouted "stop the deaths in the Mediterranean" during the incident that lasted over 40 minutes.⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate#schoolbus #bus #hijack #italy #milan #migrant #policy #arrest #students #fire
  • Writer: @itskemalffs
    Media: @mariaberni_
    On March 20, 2019, a bus carrying 51 schoolchildren was hijacked by its driver and set alight on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. The bus driver Ousseynou Sy, a 47-year-old Italian citizen, was arrested shortly after the incident. Sy, armed with a cigarette lighter and two canisters filled with petrol, had tied the children up with electric cable. Local authorities reported that petrol had been spread around the bus in an attempt to set it ablaze with the children inside. Italian authorities were able to smash the rear windows and let the passengers off before the bus burst into flames. 12 students suffered minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital as a precautionary measure. The suspect’s motive for the hijack is still unclear. Reports have suggested however that the bus driver was angry about Italy’s migrant policy. Police spokesman Marco Palmieri declared in a statement that the suspect had shouted "stop the deaths in the Mediterranean" during the incident that lasted over 40 minutes.⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #schoolbus #bus #hijack #italy #milan #migrant #policy #arrest #students #fire
  • 544 13 13 hours ago
  • Writer: @M8hew⁣
Media: @rubi_bazz⁣
The 2008 Financial crisis was the worst crisis since the 1930s Great Depression, and was followed by a slowdown nicknamed the Great Recession. Within two years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index many consider to be a barometer for the economy, reached historically highest and lowest points. Prior to the crisis, the economy saw record levels of the issuance of loans, doubling the amount of debt within 7 years. A majority of these loans were used for speculation and purchasing real estate, 51% going to properties and 32% going back to the financial sector. As a result, home prices started soaring. However, the majority of loans issued had high risks of default, which are called subprime mortgages. At one point, oversaturation in the market led to the decline of home prices, causing many of these subprime mortgages to default. As mortgages defaulted around the world, banks started going bankrupt. After the crisis, banks lost confidence and limited lending, slowing down the economy. The failures led to a $700 billion bailout package by the fed, and saw a 31.8% decline in home prices along with a 9% unemployment rate.⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politcaldebate#greatrecession #wallstreet #money #finance #subprime
  • Writer: @M8hew
    Media: @rubi_bazz
    The 2008 Financial crisis was the worst crisis since the 1930s Great Depression, and was followed by a slowdown nicknamed the Great Recession. Within two years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index many consider to be a barometer for the economy, reached historically highest and lowest points. Prior to the crisis, the economy saw record levels of the issuance of loans, doubling the amount of debt within 7 years. A majority of these loans were used for speculation and purchasing real estate, 51% going to properties and 32% going back to the financial sector. As a result, home prices started soaring. However, the majority of loans issued had high risks of default, which are called subprime mortgages. At one point, oversaturation in the market led to the decline of home prices, causing many of these subprime mortgages to default. As mortgages defaulted around the world, banks started going bankrupt. After the crisis, banks lost confidence and limited lending, slowing down the economy. The failures led to a $700 billion bailout package by the fed, and saw a 31.8% decline in home prices along with a 9% unemployment rate.⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politcaldebate #greatrecession #wallstreet #money #finance #subprime
  • 421 0 20 hours ago
  • Writer: @midesonline⁣
Media: @stphxng⁣
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first global health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). The FCTC is one of the most quickly ratified treaties in U.N. history and it aims to “protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke” by setting worldwide standards stating the dangers of tobacco and limiting its use. The WHO FCTC sets rules regarding the production, sale, distribution, advertisement, taxation and foreign investments of tobacco products. The treaty was adopted at the 56th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 21, 2003, and became effective on February 27, 2005. It has been signed by 168 countries and is legally binding in 181 ratifying countries. There are currently 15 U.N. states that are non-parties to the treaty including Argentina, Switzerland, the United States, Indonesia, Monaco and more.⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politcaldebate#whofctc #who #tobacco #unitednations #health
  • Writer: @midesonline
    Media: @stphxng
    The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first global health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). The FCTC is one of the most quickly ratified treaties in U.N. history and it aims to “protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke” by setting worldwide standards stating the dangers of tobacco and limiting its use. The WHO FCTC sets rules regarding the production, sale, distribution, advertisement, taxation and foreign investments of tobacco products. The treaty was adopted at the 56th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 21, 2003, and became effective on February 27, 2005. It has been signed by 168 countries and is legally binding in 181 ratifying countries. There are currently 15 U.N. states that are non-parties to the treaty including Argentina, Switzerland, the United States, Indonesia, Monaco and more.⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politcaldebate #whofctc #who #tobacco #unitednations #health
  • 315 1 23 hours ago
  • I took a political compass test and these were my results, swipe left to see a guide with certain leaders.I thought it used language to deter you from some answers but overall it was fine.
  • I took a political compass test and these were my results, swipe left to see a guide with certain leaders.I thought it used language to deter you from some answers but overall it was fine.
  • 4 1 22 March, 2019
  • El Chompo is back.
  • El Chompo is back.
  • 409 3 21 March, 2019
  • Writer: @midesonline⁣
Media: @beckettmcdowell⁣
Insulin is a natural hormone that controls a person’s blood sugar levels, and an irregularity in insulin levels could cause problems such as vision loss, organ failure and loss of consciousness. In 1923, insulin was sold at around $1, but a vial of insulin from the three major brands (Humalog, Apidra and Novolog)  are now sold at retail prices around $300. Even accounting for inflation, that's a price increase of over 1,000%. In 2017, 26-year-old Alec Smith died after being unable to afford his insulin price of $1,000 nor could he afford a proper insurance plan. The average out of pocket monthly diabetic medicine cost for Americans is $360. Many diabetic patients are protesting against pharmaceutical companies and insurance providers for lower insulin costs. In addition, some Americans are even travelling to other places such as Canada and Tijuana, Mexico in order to purchase cheaper insulin. ⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate#insulin #diabetes #diabetic #healthcare #medicine #pharmacy⁣
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  • Writer: @midesonline
    Media: @beckettmcdowell
    Insulin is a natural hormone that controls a person’s blood sugar levels, and an irregularity in insulin levels could cause problems such as vision loss, organ failure and loss of consciousness. In 1923, insulin was sold at around $1, but a vial of insulin from the three major brands (Humalog, Apidra and Novolog) are now sold at retail prices around $300. Even accounting for inflation, that's a price increase of over 1,000%. In 2017, 26-year-old Alec Smith died after being unable to afford his insulin price of $1,000 nor could he afford a proper insurance plan. The average out of pocket monthly diabetic medicine cost for Americans is $360. Many diabetic patients are protesting against pharmaceutical companies and insurance providers for lower insulin costs. In addition, some Americans are even travelling to other places such as Canada and Tijuana, Mexico in order to purchase cheaper insulin. ⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #insulin #diabetes #diabetic #healthcare #medicine #pharmacy
    [Photo via: Getty/Talaj]
  • 547 16 21 March, 2019
  • Writer: @giulia.nld⁣
Media: @beckettmcdowell⁣
Over the last few days, large groups of Palestinians have taken to the streets to demand an improvement in the economic situation and living conditions in the Gaza strip, criticising Hamas, the militant Islamist group ruling the strip. Protesters chanting ‘we want to live' have gathered around nine locations in Gaza’s city centre and in refugee camps, protesting specifically about the economic hardships caused by the blockade on movement of people and goods by Israel and Egypt and by the recent increase in taxes in Gaza. Protesters state their movement is ‘a peaceful, popular youth movement’, who ‘don’t want to change political systems’ and who simply want to ‘get [their] rights’. Amongst these rights are the right to jobs, equality and freedom, states one of the organisers Moumen al-Natour. These protests mark the biggest mass public opposition to Hamas since the group took control of Gaza in 2007 and the Hamas response has been harsh, with online videos showing security personnel hitting people and shooting in the air, with dozens of people having been arrested since. Hamas has blamed its political rival, Fatah, for stirring unrest to destabilise Gaza and undermine the Hamas' authority. These protests are amongst a few of recent signs showing the crackdown in command of Hamas, including the firing of two rockets on Thursday from Gaza to Tel Aviv for the first time since 2014.⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate
  • Writer: @giulia.nld
    Media: @beckettmcdowell
    Over the last few days, large groups of Palestinians have taken to the streets to demand an improvement in the economic situation and living conditions in the Gaza strip, criticising Hamas, the militant Islamist group ruling the strip. Protesters chanting ‘we want to live' have gathered around nine locations in Gaza’s city centre and in refugee camps, protesting specifically about the economic hardships caused by the blockade on movement of people and goods by Israel and Egypt and by the recent increase in taxes in Gaza. Protesters state their movement is ‘a peaceful, popular youth movement’, who ‘don’t want to change political systems’ and who simply want to ‘get [their] rights’. Amongst these rights are the right to jobs, equality and freedom, states one of the organisers Moumen al-Natour. These protests mark the biggest mass public opposition to Hamas since the group took control of Gaza in 2007 and the Hamas response has been harsh, with online videos showing security personnel hitting people and shooting in the air, with dozens of people having been arrested since. Hamas has blamed its political rival, Fatah, for stirring unrest to destabilise Gaza and undermine the Hamas' authority. These protests are amongst a few of recent signs showing the crackdown in command of Hamas, including the firing of two rockets on Thursday from Gaza to Tel Aviv for the first time since 2014.⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate
  • 432 4 21 March, 2019
  • Writer: @carrieschaff⁣
Media: @barabayer⁣
On 19 March, President Donald Trump hosted a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with the Venezuelan crisis and trade at the top of the agenda. President Trump’s meeting with President Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics”, was the first face-to-face meeting of the two. Both leaders declared Juan Guaido as the rightful president of Venezuela, and Brazil has allowed the U.S. to give humanitarian aid to Venezuela at Brazil’s northern border; however the meeting included discussion of further action with the possibility of Brazil using its relationship with the Venezuelan military to act as an intermediary in the crisis. The two also discussed the U.S. granting Brazil “major non-NATO ally” status and a site in Brazil for U.S. commercial space launches.⁣
#politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate#trump #bolsonaro #US #Brazil #trade #Venezuela
  • Writer: @carrieschaff
    Media: @barabayer
    On 19 March, President Donald Trump hosted a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with the Venezuelan crisis and trade at the top of the agenda. President Trump’s meeting with President Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics”, was the first face-to-face meeting of the two. Both leaders declared Juan Guaido as the rightful president of Venezuela, and Brazil has allowed the U.S. to give humanitarian aid to Venezuela at Brazil’s northern border; however the meeting included discussion of further action with the possibility of Brazil using its relationship with the Venezuelan military to act as an intermediary in the crisis. The two also discussed the U.S. granting Brazil “major non-NATO ally” status and a site in Brazil for U.S. commercial space launches.⁣
    #politics #news #currentevents #politica #politik #politicalscience #politicalcompass #balancetheballot #youth #voting #mun #debate #discussion #politicaldebate #trump #bolsonaro #US #Brazil #trade #Venezuela
  • 524 3 20 March, 2019