This week in news: February 26 – March 4 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Seven Maryland police officers arrested
  2. Trump gave a speech to Congress
  3. Sweden reintroduced a military draft
  4. EU may revoke visa-free travel for US citizens
  5. Battle for Mosul continued
  6. Jordan executed 15 people in one day
  7. Somalia and South Sudan plagued with famine
  8. Samsung chief to be indicted on bribery and embezzlement
  9. China made more steps to combat pollution
  10. SpaceX to fly two people around the moon in 2018

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This week in news: February 19-25 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Flooding in California
  2. Dakota Access Pipeline protests continued
  3. Protests held against Republican politicians
  4. German intelligence service reportedly spied on media outlets
  5. Car bombs exploded in Syria and Somalia
  6. The fight to retake Mosul continued
  7. China temporarily banned coal imports from North Korea
  8. Famine in South Sudan and Nigeria
  9. Australia plane crash killed 5
  10. NASA discovered 7 potentially habitable exoplanets orbiting one star

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This week in news: February 12-18 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. U.S. National Security Adviser resigns
  2. California dam problems prompt evacuation of almost 200,000 people
  3. Protests in Romania and France
  4. Operation begins to take western Mosul from ISIS
  5. Annual Amani Festival in Goma
  6. Suicide bombing in Nigeria
  7. Relative of North Korean leader is assassinated
  8. Bus crash in Taiwan kills 32
  9. Out-of-control bushfires damage homes in Australia
  10. India space agency launches 104 satellites from a single rocket

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This week in news: February 5-11 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Super Bowl LI
  2. Continued controversy over the Dakota Access pipeline
  3. DeVos and other cabinet confirmations
  4. Immigration raids in several states
  5. Evacuations in Greece to defuse WW2 bomb
  6. Protest in Iraq
  7. Stadium stampede in Angola
  8. Afghanistan suicide bomb
  9. North Korea conducts missile test
  10. Natural disasters kill 12+ people in Indonesia and the Philippines

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This week in news: January 29 – February 4 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. President Trump’s temporary travel ban was blocked
  2. US raid in Yemen leaves at least 25 dead
  3. Protests at Berkeley over conservative speaker
  4. Delaware prison hostage situation
  5. Canadian shooting at a mosque
  6. UK votes to begin Brexit
  7. Protests in Romania
  8. Iranian missile test, and sanctions
  9. Clashes in the Congo
  10. New brain interface allows paralyzed people to communicate

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The Top 10 Dystopian Books To Read (If You’re Concerned About Government Power)

“Dystopia” refers to a broad range of stories, and therefore everyone has their own recommendations for what the “must-reads” are. Lists generally include Orwell’s famous 1984 – and greatly diverge from there.

Although a list’s offerings often have common themes, they don’t always feel similar. For example, one list put The Lorax next to The Maze Runner and The Crucible. These three have dystopic themes while being very different. I can understand why they’re on the same list. But I wanted a lineup which was more specific, more related to each other, and couldn’t easily find such a list. So I created my own:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell (1949)
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1986)
  5. The Children of Men by P. D. James (1992)
  6. Shockwave Rider by John Brunner (1975)
  7. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (1990)
  8. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (1935)
  9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)
  10. The Running Man by Richard Bachman (1982)

While this list isn’t perfect (or comprehensive), it’s cohesive enough to feel like a good start. These are all popular works you’re likely to hear about (if you don’t already know about them).

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The Roots of Trump’s Immigration Ban

(Disclaimer: I denounce a pure immigration ban. Trump’s executive order is flawed, and it is rightfully being criticized. This post is for informational purposes only.)

Some people have been asking why Trump’s recent “Muslim ban” only includes certain countries. A fair question. Other people, like David Frum at The Atlantic, pointed how if this is meant to deter radial Islamic terrorism, then it’s a highly ineffective ban. Why did the Trump administration choose these 7 countries?

The countries in question, for reference: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

If you’ve paid really close attention to the news over the past couple of years, and have a good memory, you’ll recognize that those countries have been grouped together before. The Obama administration singled them out for travel restrictions.

So if you’re asking why Trump picked those 7 countries for his ban: Trump didn’t pick them. All Trump did was take an already-existing list and expand on the restrictions. If the recent immigration ban ends up as a court case, you can bet that the Trump administration will try to cite the previous administration’s actions as precedent.

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This week in news: January 22-28 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. President Donald Trump signed over a dozen executive orders, the source of many headlines throughout the week
  2. Severe storms created chaos in the southeastern USA
  3. Chile is experiencing “the country’s worst forest fires ever”
  4. Internet blackout in Cameroon
  5. Conflict in Somalia kills 28
  6. Paris to begin experiment with driverless buses
  7. UK court rules Parliament must vote on Brexit
  8. Israel approves controversial new settlements
  9. Train derailment in India kills or injures 100 people
  10. Physicists claim to have turned hydrogen into metal

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This week in news: January 15-21 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Barack Obama commuted sentences for hundreds of inmates, including Chelsea Manning
  2. Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States
  3. Women’s march
  4. “El Chapo” extradited
  5. Brazilian prisons remain unstable
  6. Three shootings in Mexico
  7. Bus crashes in Italy
  8. U.S. performs air strikes in Syria and Libya, some of Obama’s final actions
  9. Nigerian air force mistakenly bombs aid camp
  10. Turkish plane crashes into a village

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This week in news: January 8-14 rundown

TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Obama allows NSA to share more private information collected without warrants
  2. Report finds that Ukraine attempted to influence US election
  3. Probe into Chicago police finds history of abuses
  4. Unverified dossier released by Buzzfeed makes claims about Trump and Russia
  5. Guy who shot up a church is given death sentence
  6. Bombs in Afghanistan kill 50
  7. US sends thousands of troops into eastern Europe
  8. Takata agrees to pay penalties over dangerous airbags
  9. Volkswagon agrees to pay penalties over emissions scandal
  10. SpaceX deploys satellites

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