What’s Up in the World Wednesday

After treating Ebola patients in West Africa, a New Jersey nurse refuses to obey official’s instructions and seclude herself at home after being quarantined against her will. You can read the full story here. Do you think that people who contract the Ebola virus have the right to refuse seclusion?

Last night the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of World Series, 10-0. The winner of the World Series will now be determined tonight during Game 7 in Kansas City. Read more about the decisive Game 7 here. Can the underdog Royals take the Series with a home field advantage?

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.

What’s Up in the World Wednesday: Feminism and Air Strikes

Actress Emma Watson extended the formal invitation for men to join the fight for gender equality in a United Nations address on Sept. 21, launching the HeForShe campaign. In her role as the new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Watson spoke about the necessity for the sexes to work together in order to achieve universal equality. You can find a transcript of the speech here  or watch the full video here. In her speech Watson said “Gender equality is your issue, too,” in reference to males. Do you think that gender equality is an issue for both men and women? Do you think that the definition of feminism needs to be more inclusive? Post-address, Watson was met with sexualized internet backlash that you can read about here. What does this type of bullying say about climate of gender issues?

Another hot-topic this week was the United States’ airstrikes against Syria on September 23. The U.S. military said that their aerial bombardment of Syria was the beginning of a prolonged strategy that will continue over the next few months. The campaign is likely to become more difficult as the targeted ISIS militants retreat into populated areas. You can watch a Pentagon briefing about the Syrian airstrike campaign here. Said President Obama of the military action in Syria, “We will do what is necessary to take this attack to this terrorist threat. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.” What do you think about the airstrikes? Is it a necessary step to combat a foreign terrorist organization or irresponsible for the United States to target populated areas of Syria?

Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?” [2.27.13]

Some world news!

Pope Benedict makes last public appearance as Pope. His resignation has sparked several reactions in people. Read full story: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/27/world/europe/vatican-pope/index.html?hpt=wo_c1

Kids are awesome. In the last months many news have been around kids that are doing something good for their community. From Malala’s activism in Pakistan to Richard’s care for his community, they are very inspirational.  http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/26/tech/richard-turere-lion-lights/index.html?hpt=wo_mid 

Dengue fever triples in Brazil. Already 200,000 people have been infected with the fever this year. Interesting connections about health and developing countries. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-21585328

New developments on the BP Gulf oil spill. They say that they re not the only ones to blame. Follow the story:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21599916

Ballon tragedy: Hot air ballon caught on fire and killed 19 people. This happened in Egypt and the official report of what happened might take another three weeks to come out. http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/27/world/meast/egypt-balloon-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_inthenews

An American couple was found safe and sound after having been declared as missing for over a month in Peru. They had gone on a bike trek through some Peruvian tourist attractions: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/26/world/americas/peru-missing-americans/index.html?hpt=wo_c2


-Nico S.


Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?” [1.30.13]

Hello All! This week has been an exciting week for immigration reform activists in the US. After years of lobbying, advocating, and protesting in support of immigration reform there is finally a bi-partisan effort to make it happen.

If you missed President Obama’s speech about the plan, here is a link to watch it!


The Immigration issue is obviously important in the United States but  is also affected by and largely influenced by the world wide community. So here are a few commentaries, opinions and affects of the recent bi-partisan announcement from around the world.

BBC has a pretty straight-forward article that focuses on the basic outline of the plan. It also includes an interesting link to an opinion article about the reform plan by one of the editors.

Aljazeera seems to have a pretty positive response to the reform plan and strikes up interesting questions at the end of this article.

Mexican politicians are working to help cooperate with the US on this new reform plan and attempt to help secure the border and provide resources for those immigrants already in the United States. CNN international had more to say about it here.

I hope this helps to put this national issue more in perspective as a global issue. It’s important to realize that this issue is something that the international community is particularly passionate about and that affects many families and individuals around the globe.

-Michelle V.

Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?” [1.23.2013]

Hello Cortinians!

There are a lot of things happening outside of Creighton in our great big world! Here are some of the interesting, thought provoking and exciting things happening around us.

“The Moroccan government has said it plans to change a law that allows rapists to avoid charges if they marry their victims. The move comes nearly a year after 16-year-old girl committed suicide after being forced to marry her alleged rapist. Women’s rights activists on Tuesday welcomed Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid’s announcement, but said it was only a first step in reforming a penal code that does not do enough to stop violence against women in this North African kingdom.”


For all you environmentalists out there, I thought this tidbit about the XL pipeline was interesting. There is obviously growing pressure from congress for Obama to approve the pipeline but will the revised route appease the Nebraskan environmentalists?


Whether you love or hate Cats, apparently this New Zealand economist thinks the furry felines should be eliminated from New Zealand.


-Michelle V

Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?” [12.5.2012]

Hey everyone,

I know its hard to believe there is a world beyond the walls of the library/Skutt/(insert your favorite study place here) during these couple weeks, but its out there and here’s a couple of the key things happening in it.

One of the keys to providing a quality education is to have exceptional teachers. The American Federation of Teachers is suggesting an entrance exam similar to the bar exam for lawyers. Here’s a short summary (with a link to the full report if you have the time)!


Thought the revolution was over in Egypt? After a decree in which President Mohamed Morsi gave himself significant powers, there have been clashes between his supporters and an opposition group.


The American economy was a big point in the presidential election, but our current position is far better than some countries in the European Union. Here is a new plan put forward by Greece in an attempt to stabilize their economy, which is reeling with a current unemployment rate of nearly 24 percent.


Best of luck this week and next,



Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?” [12.28.2012]

Hello lovely people of Cortina!

I know it’s a busy week for us all but here’s a quick update on things that are happening around our world!

“In a vacant lot valued at $25 million, refugees in Phoenix have become accidental farmers in an unlikely urban field that is part of an ambitious plan to transform unused land.” http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/11/26/us/20121127_VACANT.html

“Rebels in eastern DR Congo say they have started withdrawing from territory they have captured from government troops, days after a pullout deal was reached in neighboring Uganda.”


“About 15% of the U.S. population experiences the problematic rhythmic change of the seasons. For these individuals, time itself is a stressor, and winter is often a season of despair.”





Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?”

The world is a happening place. Some good. Some bad.

In China, they are getting ready to unveil the leaders who will rule for the next 10 years. Tomorrow, a number of men will walk out in a particular order, and that is how the world will know who is filling what position.

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict has heightened in the last couple days as Hamas military chief Ahmad Jabari was killed in Israeli air strikes in the Gaza strip. “In a televised address on Wednesday evening, Netanyahu said: ‘Today we sent a clear message to Hamas and other terrorist organisations, and if it becomes necessary we are prepared to expand the operation.’ ‘Hamas and the terror organisations have chosen to escalate their attacks on the citizens of Israel in recent days,’ he said after consultations with his security cabinet.’ We will not tolerate a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by rocket fire.'” So far, at least 7 have been killed, 2 children. There are 60 more reported to have been wounded, 10 children.

Swingeing austerity in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal has sent unemployment soaring – there are now more than 25 million unemployed Europeans, and about one in every eight people in the eurozone is jobless. Figures to be released on Thursday are expected to show that the eurozone has tipped back into recession.” Europe is exploding with austerity protests.

I knew cars could be impounded…but ships? Ghana is holding Argentina’s Libertad in a debt dispute. Learn a bit about maritime law and the UN’s International Sea Tribunal.

Also, who doesn’t want a little heartwarming news? A little message in a bottle from Canada to Ireland. International surprises. Love that.

Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?” [11.7.2012]

While the US is concerned with elections, countries around the world are struggling with wars, freedom of the press, religious hostilities and social unrest.

Syria: A cease-fire mediated by the UN a couple weeks ago has completely failed. Syrian unrest stopped for religious holidays. President Bashar and Syria’s rebels are not even close to an agreement. War will not be ended by resolutions elsewhere.

Myanmar: Religious hostilities persist in areas of Myanmar as Buddhists block aid meant for Muslim refugees. Most of these refugees come from Bangladesh and have been accused of mistreating Buddhists.

Bolivia: A few days ago four armed men attacked a radio station in a small town in Bolivia killing one reporter. The event calls to question who was involved and for what reasons. The Bolivian government has been regulating social media more than any other government in the history of the country. Could the government kill their own journalists? 

China: The Mekong River runs through South East Asia and provides most of the fishing for the impoverished population of the region. In the last days the Chinese government has been pushing Thailand to build dams in the river for energy purposes. The project can drastically affect the population economically.

Greece:  The Greek people took over the streets again this Tuesday. New cuts in wages and pensions are about to be approved by parliament and labor unions have established 48-hour strikes that could develop into riots if the parliament votes for the spending.