Reflecting on November 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 into local U.S. news and other events that happened around the globe during the previous month. What can we learn from it to make our future better?

Rare Earthquake in South Korea

South Korea Earthquake

During the month of November, a rare earthquake in South Korea resulted in a delay of university entrance exams. Though exams were postponed, there have not been any reported deaths. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Min Kyung-suck/Newsis via AP    

Indonesia Evacuates from Bali Volcano

Bali Volcano

During the month of November, an eruption warning for Mount Agung volcano was issued. In light of the warning, 40,000 people have been evacuated, but Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency stated they need to evacuate tens of thousands more in preparation. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Nyoman Hendra


Earthquake in Delaware

Earthquake Firefighter getting ready for duty

During the month of November, an earthquake in Delaware was reported to be 4.1 magnitude. The shake was felt in Baltimore and New York, as well, but no injuries have been reported. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Dee Marvin


Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico Increased

The Damage of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

During the month of November, President Trump agreed to increase the amount of aid given to Puerto Rico after devastating damage due to Hurricane Maria. This new agreement has increased FEMA’s coverage from 75% to 90%. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File

Five Dead from Flash Flood in Malaysia

Malaysia Flooding

Malaysia has been experiencing torrential rains, resulting in a flash flood that killed five people on November 5. Troops have been deployed to help rescue thousands of people displaced by the increasing flooding. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo

Vietnam Storm Kills 61

Vietnam Flooding

During the month of November, Vietnam’s government stated that an estimated 61 people have died as a result of flooding. As flooding continues, the government worries that reservoirs are reaching capacity and dams are close to breaking. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Hau Dinh

Landslide in Colombia

Colombia Landslide

After days of heavy rain, Colombia experienced a mudslide on November 8 that left 4 people dead and another 18 listed as missing. 3,000 people were evacuated before the landslide occurred due to the regularity of landslides in Colombia. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Maria Luisa Garcia

2017’s Deadliest Earthquake hits Iraq and Iran

Iraq Earthquake

During the month of November, both Iran and Iraq were struck by a deadly earthquake that left over 500 people dead and thousands more injured. The earthquake was recorded to be a magnitude of 7.3. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Costa Rica Struck by an Earthquake

Costa Rica Earthquake

During the month of November, US Geological Survey revealed that Costa Rica had experienced a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. An official death toll has not been released, as emergency response agencies continue their work. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Esteban Felix

Deadly Floods Hit Greece

Flood in Greece

During the month of November, flash floods in Greece killed approximately 15 people. Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara are the three cities with the most damage, and the country is currently in a period of mourning after this disaster. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris


France Ends State of Emergency

Police Officers Stand in Front of Eiffel Tower

During the month of November, France announced that two years after the terrorist attack in Paris, it would be ending its state of emergency, replacing it with a new anti-terrorism law. This new law grants police extensive power, which has caused many citizens to fear that their individual liberties are at stake. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Christian Hartman, Pool via AP

US Citizen Charged in Zimbabwe

Martha O'Donovan

During the month of November, The Zimbabwe government charged a US citizen with attempting to overthrow the government. Martha O’Donovan allegedly tweeted that President Mugabe was a “selfish and sick man,” prompting the police to arrest her. If convicted, O’Donovan could face up to twenty years in prison. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Future Saudi King Seeks Anti-Corruption

King Salman

The future king of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, has announced that he is going to perform an anti-corruption purge on both political and business elites. On November 5, Prince Alwaleed, who has been accused of money laundering, was among those arrested. Shortly after this announcement, a helicopter crashed near Saudi Arabia’s border, killing Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and seven officials as he was returning from an inspection tour. Information regarding the crash has not yet been released. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Saudi Press Agency, via AP

Kenyatta’s Victory Challenged by Petition

Kenyatta Accepting his Win

After winning 98% of the vote late last month, a petition was filed on November 6, challenging President Kenyatta’s victory. The petition was filed by lawyer Harun Mwau, and the courts have until November 14 to make a decision regarding the results. Otherwise, Kenyatta will be sworn in on November 28. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/ Sayyid Abdul Azim

Syria Claims Defeat over Islamic State

Syrian Troops

On November 9, Syria declared victory against the Islamic State after its three year rule. The announcement came after Syria captured the jihadists’ last town, though the Islamic State still remains in control in the desert regions of the country.(Reuters)

Syrian Central Military Media, via AP

New Delhi Declares Pollution Emergency

New Delhi Pollution

Entry of trucks and construction work was halted in New Delhi as the capital of India declared a pollution emergency on November 9. According to Reuters, the U.S. embassy reported that the “measure of tiny particulate matter PM 2.5 showed a reading of 608… when the safe limit is 50.” (Reuters)

AP Photo/R S Iyer

U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Zimbabwe Released on Bail

Martha O'Donovan

Imprisoned earlier this month, Martha O’Donovan was released from a Zimbabwe prison on bail early morning of November 10. O’Donovan and her lawyers have remained silent about the case. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Fire on a Congo Train Kills 30

Congo Train Accident

On November 12, a derailed train in Congo caught fire, killing about 30 passengers and wounding another 26. Eleven of the thirteen cars caught fire. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Lionel Healing, Pool

61 Dead in Syrian Market Town Airstrike

Syria Market Place

During the month of November, Three air strikes hit Aterab, killing an estimated amount of 61 people. Aterab is a de-escalation zone, which had noticed less bloodshed before this attack. (Reuters)

Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP

Australians Favor Gay Marriage

Australia Pride

In a poll performed on November 14, 61.6% of voters in Australia voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage. The Senate has been presented with a bill to change the law that could potentially amend the law. (BBC)

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

Zimbabwe’s President Under House Arrest

President Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, was placed on house arrest by the military on November 15. The military seized the local TV station and claimed their goal was to eliminate “criminals.” The President has been reported as safe, as well as his family. (BBC)

AP Photo

France Announced as Host of 2023 Rugby World Cup

France poses with Rugby World Cup

During the month of November,  it was announced that France beat South Africa and Ireland in votes to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. This will be France’s second time hosting the event, after successfully doing so in 2007. (BBC)

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

70 Years of Marriage for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

France poses with Rugby World Cup

Queen Elizabeth of England will celebrate her 70th wedding anniversary with Prince Philip on November 15. The happy couple will celebrate with a small family gathering rather than hold a public event. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

50 Killed in Nigeria Mosque Attack

The Attack in Nigeria

An estimated 50 people died at a mosque in Nigeria on November 16 after a suicide bomber entered. Though no group has claimed responsibility, the act is suspected to have been performed by Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Jossy Ola

100 Militants in Somalia Killed with Airstrike


During the month of November, the U.S. launched an airstrike against al Shabaab, claiming to have killed over 100 of its militants. The Pentagon stated that the attack was coordinated with Somalia’s government. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

Egypt Mosque Attack Death Toll Reaches 305

Egypt mosque that was attacked

A militant attack on a mosque in Egypt on November 24 has left 305 people dead and another 128 wounded. More details have yet to be released. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Tarek Samy

Zimbabwe’s New President Sets Sight on Citizens’ Needs

President of Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new President of Zimbabwe, revealed his plan for the country on November 24. Mnangagwa highlighted his intention to focus on the needs of citizens, attempting to bridge many gaps that have appeared between groups. In another speech on November 28, Mnangagwa granted a three month amnesty period for the return of public funds in hopes of mending the country. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Rohingya Refugees to be Housed by Bangladesh


On November 28, Bangladesh announced that they will temporarily house 100,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar. The country plans to develop Bhasan Char island into a liveable community for the Rohingya muslims seeking to escape violence. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

Kenyan President Kenyatta Sworn In

Opposition supporters are arrested

On November 28, President Kenyatta was sworn in after a controversial election period. Riot police used teargas on the scene shortly after Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, promised he would be sworn in later in December. During his speech, Kenyatta did his best to urge citizens overcome the division that had occurred during the election. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Khalil Senosi

War Criminal Dies in Court

Croatia War Criminal

On November 29, Slobodan Praljak, a former Bosnian Croat general accused of war crimes, swallowed poison after proclaiming his innocence. The judge immediately suspended the trial as an ambulance rushed to the courtroom; however, Praljak later died in the hospital. The courtroom is now being treated as a crime scene. (CNN)

Robin van Lonkhuijsen,Pool Photo via AP

Australia Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Gay Marriage Passed by Australian Senate

On November 29, the Australian Senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The vote was passed 43-12, after an overwhelming amount of people expressed their support in a recent survey. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

North Korea Successfully Launches Missile

North Korea Missle

On November 30, North Korea successfully launched a missile, stating that it now possesses the power to hit the U.S. mainland. President Trump has commented, stating, “we will handle it.” (CNN)

AP Photo/Vincent Yu



Historic Wins on Election Night

Historic Election

November 8 proved to be a historic election for minority and LGBTQ candidates. Along with various cities who elected their first African-American mayors, New Jersey elected its first Sikh mayor. Two openly transgendered candidates also defeated their opponents during their states’ elections. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

9 People Sickened by Legionnaires at Disneyland, 12 Overall in California


On November 11, Disneyland shut down after 12 people were reported to be sickened by legionnaires, 9 of them in the park at the time. It is suspected that the disease spread from two infected cooling towers, which have since been decontaminated. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File

Trump Travel Ban Partially Allowed to Go Into Effect

President Trump

On November 13, a California U.S. Appeals Court stated that six countries will be affected by a new ruling that approved part of President Trump’s travel ban. Travellers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad may be denied entry if they do not have familial or “formal, documented” relationships connected to the U.S. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

California Shooting Leaves 5 Dead

California Shooting

On November 14, a gunman descended on Corning, a small community in Northern California, first killing his neighbor and then turning his attention to Rancho Tehama Elementary School. The elementary school was secured before the gunman could enter, but he continued to shoot at the walls and doors. In the end, four people were pronounced dead and another ten wounded, including a student of the elementary school. The suspected gunman, Kevin Janson Neal, was shot and killed by police upon arrival. On November 15 it was announced that the death toll was actually 5 as the body of Neal’s wife was found late Tuesday night. (CNN/Reuters)

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

21,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked From Keystone Pipeline

Oil Leak

During the month of November, the operator of the Keystone Pipeline announced that 21,000 gallons of oil had leaked in South Dakota. The pipeline was shut down in the morning and is currently being investigated. (CNN)

AP Photo/James Nord

Tax Overhaul Bill Passed

Tax Overhaul

Republicans’ $1.4 trillion tax overhaul bill was passed in the House in 227-205 vote on November 16. The bill decreases corporate rates to 20% and modifies overseas taxes. (BBC)

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

President Trump Halts Decision to Lift Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports


President Trump lifted the ban on elephant trophy imports in the early morning of November 17; however, after much criticism, he announced hours later that he was halting this decision. President Trump announced the delay in a tweet, where he said a new decision will be made once facts are reviewed. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File

First Female Mayor Elected in New Orleans

LaToya Cantrell on the right

On November 19, New Orleans elected its first female mayor: LaToya Cantrell. Cantrell’s victory will coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city when she takes office in May. (Reuters)

Cheryl Gerber/AP Images for NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans

Review of Gun Background Checks System Ordered by Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions Attorney General

Following the shooting at a small Texas church, Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the gun background checks system on November 22. The shooter, Devin Kelley, had previous domestic assault charges which would have prevented him from purchasing a gun had they been correctly reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This error has prompted Sessions to ensure that all data is properly being reported to the NICS. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Cliff Owen

U.S. Navy Plane Crashes

U.S. Navy Plane

On November 22, a U.S. navy plane carrying 11 passengers crashed in the Philippines Sea. Of the 11 passengers, 3 have been reported as missing and the remaining eight have been rescued. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File


Keystone Pipeline to Resume

Keystone Pipeline

On November 27, TransCanada is set to restart the Keystone pipeline, which leaked earlier this month. Investigations and clean-up are still in progress at this time, so the pipeline will be reopened at a reduced pressure to avoid another mishap. (Reuters)

DroneBase via AP

Suit Filed Against Air Force

Mr. Holcombe

After failing to report the domestic abuse charge against Devin Kelley, the Air Force has been under investigation, and families of those killed in the Texas church shooting have filed suit against the Air Force on November 28. The Holcombe family, who lost eight family members in this tragedy, claim that Kelley would not have been able to perform this heinous act if the Air Force had followed protocol. (CNN)

AP Photo/Eric Gay

Gunman Killed in Reno Shooting

Reno Road Closed

On November 28, a gunman fired from a high-rise condominium, prompting police to shut down various streets in Reno, Nevada. Police immediately raided his room, killing him in the process. No other fatalities have been reported. (CNN)

AP Photo/Scott Sonner


Suspect in Tampa Serial Killer Case Arrested

Memorial for one of the murder victims

The city of Tampa, Florida has been enveloped with fear for the past two months, as police released a statement saying they expected a serial killer was on the loose. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was arrested on November 29, and has been accused of being responsible for the four deaths. Donaldson III was arrested after handing a handgun to a McDonalds coworker, who later called police. The gun has been identified as the murder weapon for all four victims. Though Donaldson III admits to owning the gun, he maintains his innocence. (BBC)

AP Photo/Chris O’Meara


President Trump Leaves for Asia

President Trump boarding Air Force One

On November 3, President Trump boarded Air Force One for a twelve day trip to Asia, the longest trip to Asia by a recent president. The purpose of President Trump’s trip is to apply pressure to North Korea as he focuses on resolving the nuclear crisis. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP

US Senator Rand Paul Assaulted

Senator Rand Paul

On November 3, it was reported that US Senator Rand Paul was assaulted in his Kentucky home by a neighbor. Previously thought to only have suffered minor injuries, it has been stated by Doug Stafford that Senator Paul has suffered “five rib fractures including three displaced fractures.” (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Church Shooting in Texas Leaves 26 Dead

The church at which the shooting took place

On the morning of November 5, as members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs met for congregation, suspected gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, opened fire. The shooting killed 26 people and wounded another 20, 10 of whom are still in critical condition. Kelley was found miles away, dead in his car from a gunshot wound, though police are still unsure whether it was from his own gun, or that of a neighbor. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Darren Abate

Greek Life Suspended at Florida State University

Greek Life Suspended

After Andrew Coffey, a student pledging a fraternity at Florida State University, was found dead on November 7, the campus decided to suspend all greek life pending investigation. Alcohol is believed to be involved, but information will not be released until an autopsy. The suspension came after a number of similar cases have been reported at universities across the country. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Joseph Reedy


Trackable Pill Approved by FDA

Bottle of Pills

A new sensor has been added to the Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets, which are used to treat schizophrenia, on November 14. The patient wears a patch that then transmits the data to his or her smartphone. This sensor could help patients remember to take, or when he or she took, his or her pill. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File

Pentagon Data Leaked on Cloud

Various hard drives

On November 29, it was reported that exposed Pentagon data had been discovered on the cloud in late September. Many sensitive details were unprotected, as an unsecure hard drive was discovered; however, the data has since been secured. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Cliff Owen


1 Million Vehicles Recalled by BMW

BMW Logo

On November 3, BMW announced it will recall one million vehicles in North America due to fire risks. Some issues are due to wiring, while others may be caused by issues with a valve heater. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File

EU Expected to Cut CO2 Emissions by 2030

CO2 Emissions

The European Commission proposed a bill on November 8 that ultimately requires car manufacturers to lower carbon dioxide levels by 2030. The progress is expected to be gradual, but the end goal is a 30% decrease, (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file


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