Artist: Robert Ariail 07/20/16
The world is coming to an end😨 If you’ve been reading the news, there's a good chance you agree. An abundance of evil and violence being displayed all over the world makes it seem like the end is just around the corner. However, one thing I picked up from The Art of Thinking Clearly - review coming soon - is that increased knowledge of horrible news doesn't necessarily mean that it occurs more often than it did in the past. It could just be a case of the availability bias, where news sources and the readers are more active, so word gets around easier and people are more aware than they previously were.
Two weeks ago we dealt with new cases fueling the Black Lives Matter campaign. Last week countries were finding out just how weak their security systems were. Keep reading for a recap of some of the devastating news from the latter.
|Coup Gone Wrong|
In the wake of the attempted military coup in Turkey on Friday July 15th, President Erdogan used Facetime on a 5in screen to address his people urging them to go out in the streets and stand up against the militants. Given the urgency and turn of events, social media played a powerful role is allowing Erdogan to maintain his position as the head of state.
290 people were killed and more than 1400 injured (CNN). Thousands of civilians and military officers have been arrested in the aftermath of the attempted coup. Also, the Turkish Lira took a 5% hit against the $US as a result.
President Erdogan blames his old time rival - Fethullah Gulen, leader of the Hizmet group, for the subordination of junior military officers. He called on POTUS to extradite Gulen from Pennsylvania where he has lived for the past 16 years, so he can be persecuted in Turkey.
Gulen's appalled by the accusation and denies any association with the attempted coup. Something about the force behind the attempted coup sounds ridiculously familiar. When will governments learn not to harbour dangerous organizations which later turn against their authority? Think about sources that claim Boko Haram started in Nigeria with support from the government even though their mandate was different similarly, that Osama Bin Laden was trained and funded by the US government in the 70s. These are just a few that I know about. Imagine how many more cases are out there. There should be step by step guide of "how not to make enemies" in politics. I think there a few things you shouldn't do without being ready for the repercussions. Such as, trying to shut down your former ally's education centers - something President Erdogan was accused of doing.
Apparently, the Gulenists who used to be allies of President Erdogan when he was the Turkish PM are behind the attempted coup. Their relationship turned sour when the President tried to shut down some of their learning centers around the country. The attempted coup is stated to have occurred months before a planned purging of a number of Gulenists from the Turkish Military. It's all speculation, but if it's accurate, it would definitely explain why they're trying to take over the government.
I can't imagine how awkward times are for the the people who planned the coup without garnering enough support and planning properly. It’s evident just how poorly organized they were given that even people who don't support Erdogan's government have condemned the attempted coup. At the end of the day, President Erdogan emerged victorious and is in a better position to continue his military purge.
| Bloody Bastille |
While dissatisfied militants in Turkey were planning a coup, a truck - used as the weapon - drove into a crowd of tourists and locals participating in the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France last Thursday night. Quatorze juilliet, marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1889 by angry Parisians in an attempt to demonstrate their disapproval of the king's power. This marked the beginning of the French Revolution which lead to the formation of the French Republic. Bastille Day has been celebrated since 1880 as a national holiday. During the attack, 84 people were killed, 10 of whom were children and teenagers and many more were left injured. The man responsible for the attack, Mohamed Lahouaijej Bouhlel, was shot dead by the police. The police have tried to link him with a terrorist group but haven’t been successful.
Amidst all the violence and hatred it was refreshing to see that businesses such as hotels and taxi companies stayed open to help victims and families, reunite and get back to safety.
Since a lot of people are following the US presidential election, here are Clinton's and Trump's reaction. Hilary emphasized the need to focus on gathering intelligence rather than increasing and applying military force at times like this. In accordance with his anti-immigration stance, Trump calls for the decision to allow Syrian refugees into the US to be overturned. Furthermore, former US Rep, Newt Gingrich calls for the testing and deportation of any muslim in the US who believes in the Sharia law; seems a bit extreme.
France has been in a state of emergency since the Paris attacks of November 2015, which left 130 dead. Following this recent attack, the state of emergency has been extended by 6 months until the end of January 2017. While under the state of emergency, French police have additional power to search and place people under house arrest.
Sometimes, it may seem like there's no hope and there's nothing we can do. I disagree because every little helps and everyone has the capacity to play a positive role in the realization of world peace.
Are you doing your part?
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