Reflecting on September 2017

As we reflect during these challenging times. Remember, there are forces out there working on manipulating you and everything around you to lose hope in yourself and fellow humans. Don’t fall for it.

You have a choice to be on the side of good or the side of evil against your own people. While we may have our differences, we all bleed red and every negative situation affect us all.

Remember that the enemy seeks to destroy when they think you are not looking, so stay engaged in your politics, local and national.

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

Furthermore, HATED, BIGOTRY, RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA, ANTI-SEMITISM, MISOGYNY, are not acceptable in our society.  Remind them how history judged individuals like Hitler.

 

Content below is a snapshot recap into local U.S.  news events others that happened around the globe during the previous month,

 

Harvey Projected to Become Second Worst Hurricane to Hit U.S.

The aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Gilchrist, Texas

During the month of September, relief agencies estimate that Hurricane Harvey, may become the second most devastating storm in U.S. history after Hurricane Katrina. The material cost of the storm is projected to be up to $125 billion, in comparison to the $140 billion cost of Katrina.

(AP), Photo Source: Reuters

 

Hurricane Irma

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During the month of Hurricane Irma first reaches Category 2 as it approaches the Leeward Islands. The hurricane will reach Category 4, going on to become the greatest Atlantic hurricane to pass beyond the Caribbean. The storm causes widespread devastation  across several Caribbean countries, promoting housing crises and food shortages. Irma makes landfall in Florida, where several million lose power. (CNN), Photo: Getty Image

 

250 Dead After Earthquake in Mexico

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At least 250 people were reported dead after a 7.1-quake hit Mexico on September 19, 2017. Mexico’s President- Enrique Pena Nieto- has called a “new national emergency” in light of this tragedy. Mexico has dedicated three days of mourning to all the victims, according to CNN. (CNN), Photo: Getty Image

 

Earthquake in Mexico Kills 90

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During the month of September, an 8.1 earthquake strikes off the coast of Mexico, near the Chiapas region. Tremors are felt for several hundred miles. The Mexican armed forces are dispatched to begin searching for survivors or casualties within the rubble of collapsed structures, and aid workers provide medication to those who left prescriptions in their destroyed homes. Mexican officials declare the official death toll to be 90 decreased, through the count may rise. (CNN), Photo: AP

 

Trump averts shutdown through surprise deal with democrats

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During the month of September, to the surprise of many and as a major upset to congressional Republicans, President Trump made a deal with Democratic leaders to pass a temporary budget. This deal will prevent the government from defaulting on its debts, and fund federal programs until December. The importance of federal assistance in providing relief to Hurricane Harvey victims is a prime cause for the compromise.

(The New York Times) Photo Source: AP

President trump announces end to DACA

 

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During the month of September, the White House announces that it will bring an end to DACA, the program meant to provide young undocumented immigrants a means to full legal citizenship and benefits. The move meets stiff opposition from the executives of many major companies, who widely employ DACA beneficiaries. Republican and Democratic senators reintroduce the measure to the floor of Congress, with hopes of re-implementing it.

(The New Times), Photo Source: Dallas Post Tribune

 

Kaspersky lab products to be removed

 

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During the month of September, the Trump Administration told government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from computers, amid concerns that the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.  (Reuters), Photo Source: Reuters

 

Martin Shkreli sent to Jail

 

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Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who is waiting for sentencing for fraud, was sent to jail on September 13 after a federal judge revoked his bail because he had offered $5,000 for a piece of Hillary Clinton’s hair. (New York Times), Photo Source: Getty Image

 

University of California to Sue Trump Administration

 

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It was reported on September 8, that the University of California is suing the Trump Administration on Friday over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. (CNN), Photo Source: ABC7 San Francisco

 

15 Attorneys General Oppose Trump Transgender Military Ban

 

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During the month of September, lead by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, these attorneys general argue that “nothing about being transgender inhibits a person’s ability to serve in the military or otherwise contribute to society.” (Associated Press), Photo Getty Images

 

South Korea and U.S. Revise Defense Treaty

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During the month of September, the governments of South Korea and the United States meet to discuss South Korea’s missile systems in light of recent aggression from the DPRK. They reach an agreement to lift restrictions on South Korean ballistics, raising the limits on range and capacity for Korean missiles. President Moon Jae-in maintains his policy of detente with the North, but welcomes the expanded strategic flexibility. (Reuters), Photo: Reuters

Kenyan Court Voids Election Results

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During the month of September, following intense scrutiny of last month’s elections, the Supreme Court of Kenya motions to discount the results of the previous election. Watchdog groups estimated that over a million votes were fraudulent or tampered. The court called for a new election to take place in the coming weeks, to the vexation of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his supporters, who had seemingly eked out a close victory. (BBC), Photo: AP

 

North Korea Conducts Historic Nuclear Test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting Korean People's Army Unit 323

 

During the month of September, the North Korean government announces that they have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. The bomb causes tremors for a significant distance, and the seismic readings lead experts to estimate  the bomb to have a yield around 120 kilotons. This is one of the largest nuclear devices ever detonated. The bombs dropped on Japan had around 45 kilotons together.

(Reuters), Photo: Getty Images

 

Catalonia Begins Bid for Independence

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During the month of September, the parliament of Catalonia approves a call for a referendum on Catalonian independence from Spain, following presentations from pro-independence advocates. The president of Spain urges that the government in Barcelona ignore the bill, but many expect that parliament will vote in favor of separating from the rest of the country. Many in Catalonia, a region whose primary language is not Spanish, feel that their interests are not represented in the Cortes Generals, the legislature of Spain. (Reuters). Photo: DAY DONALDSON / FLICKR (CC BY 2.0)

 

Myanmar Government Rejects ARSA Proposal

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During the month of September, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army announced that it would pause “offensive military operations” until October 9, so aid groups could assist Rohingya refugees. The Myanmar government rejected a proposed ceasefire on September 11. (CNN), Photo: Getty Images

 

Norwegian Prime Minister Re-elected

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During the month of September, Norwegian Prime Minister,  Erna Solberg, won another term in office with a victory for her centre-right coalition in the country’s general election on September 12. The victory marks the first time a centre-right government had been returned to power in the country since 1985.

( TheWeek), Photo: AP

 

Suspected Russian Airstrike in Syria

 

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During the month of September, approximately 34 civilians-including 9 children-have been killed from September 10-12 along the River Euphrates in Syria, in what is suspected to be Russian airstrikes. (BBC), Photo: Reuters

 

The Philippines Suspends Trade with North Korea

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During the month of September, the Philippines suspends trade with North Korea to comply with U.N. resolution over the country’s recent missile tests.

(Reuters), Photo Reuters

 

30 injured in London Bombing

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During the month of September, a homemade bomb exploded at the Parsons Green train station in London. 30 people were injured in the attack.

(BBC),  Photo: Getty Image

 

New High Tech x-ray Laser Debuts in Germany

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During the month of September, researches and backers in Hamburg inaugurated the European X-ray free-electron laser, the most advanced x-ray device to date.   The laser will allow for exceptionally high detail mapping of molecular surfaces, as well as the ability to stitch together high speed images to see the motion of molecules. (BBC), Photo: XFEL

 

Snow Leopards No Longer Endangered

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During the month of September, it was announced that snow leopard was no longer considered “endangered,” as its conservation status had been moved to “vulnerable.” (BBC), Photo: AFP

 

 

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