What’s Up in the World Wednesday: Ignored Protests, Ebola Outbreaks and Resignations

Hong Kong Media are providing wall-to-wall coverage of the protests calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as compared to mainland China where there has been little to no mention of the unrest. This contrast in news coverage clearly displays the “one country, two systems” policy that has been in place since the former British colony reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. You can read more about the cause of the protests here and reporting by the Associated Press about the protests here. What do you think about a nation denying media coverage about a political protest?

Last night the first Ebola diagnosis was made in the US. This comes months the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history began ravaging West African countries, including over 3,000 deaths according to a World Health Organization report. Read why the Center for Disease Control says Americans shouldn’t worry here.

This afternoon Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, has resigned following a series of embarrassing incidents. These security gaffs include a man scaling a White House fence and allegedly running through the buildings main level before being apprehended, and the Service allowing an armed contractor with a criminal record to ride on an elevator with the president. You can read more about the White House intrusion here and more about the resignation of Pierson here. What lengths do you think the Secret Service should go to to protect the president? Read more food for thought here.

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