Weekly News Round-Up 11/29/15-12/4/15: Saving (or Stalling) the World in Paris

Stories of the Week

Terrorism hits Planned Parenthood, again. In the US, abortion clinics are regularly under attack and clinics are the perpetual target of violence. Last Friday, a gunman struck a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, killing one police officer and two civilians. An additional nine people were wounded. In the days since the attack, numerous Republican politicians have refused to fully condemn the murders. Both leading Democratic candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have re-issued their support for Planned Parenthood and abortion providers.

Paris climate talks (#COP21). Many of the world’s nations are in the midst of an intense series of climate negotiations in the French capital. The ideal outcome is an agreement-come-treaty promising to reduce carbon emissions globally. The US, however, has asserted that the final document will not be a treaty…which would essentially render it pointless.

Yet another mass shooting. In California, two (potentially three) shooters opened fire on a facility for individuals with disabilities. The two known shooters were a couple, who left the facility following a Christmas holiday party dispute and returned with weapons. Fourteen people were killed and another twenty-one (by most counts) were injured. This is unlikely to change the country’s gun laws, although the US has seen more deaths via guns in 2015 than it has days in the year.


Stefan Lins (Flickr) – The Marshall Islands

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Regional Updates

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Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Pope Francis tread into dangerous territory visiting a mosque in a violence-ridden neighborhood in the CAR.
  • Burkina Faso‘s election occurred without major fanfare, and ballots are now being counted. ETA: Roch Marc Christian Kabore has been elected leader of the country.



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