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News: “Brexit” Update

by Joshua Adoh

The term Brexit stands for “British exit,” describing Britain plans to soon exit the rule of the European Union (EU).

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So, why is the United Kingdom leaving the Union?

Well, the UK is leaving the Union due to the referendum, or public vote, being passed to support this exit, according to BBC News. This referendum was held on June 23rd, 2016.

The big question that was on everyone’s mind during the referendum was, “should the UK leave or remain in the Union?” The leave side won 52 percent to 48 percent. The date for the UK’s exit was initially set to be March 29th, 2018.

The UK and the other EU countries are currently discussing the withdrawal agreement, discussing more of how the United Kingdom will secede from the EU, rather then what will happen after they leave.

According to BBC News, the withdrawal agreement has two documents, one draft that is a 585-page agreement on Britain’s withdrawal and another 26-page statement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Each discuss the commitments over citizens’ rights after Brexit, stating that people will be able to work and study where they currently live, and to be joined by family members. A 21-month transition period will be held after the UK’s departure, to allow time for trade talks.

The UK will continue to follow all EU rules during this period in order to give governments and businesses more time to prepare for long-term changes.

According to Bloomberg News, the most pressing issues of the Brexit development is: “Government may present the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament next week. This encapsulates the Brexit deal in law.”

Senior members of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative MP’s met recently amid increasing frustration with May’s leadership.

All the discussion of Britain exiting the EU has been flipped on its head. So much has happened that even the President has been forced to step in.

Rachel Johnson, the sister of arch-Brexiter Boris Johnson and former BBC North America correspondent Gavin Esler, is a candidate of those apart of Change UK.

Each candidate believes the same things – that the old political parties let them down.

“Our political system is a joke, it’s a worldwide joke, they’re laughing at us – not with us but at us,” said Gavin Esler during the Change UK candidates announcements. “I’ve joined the Remain alliance to stop Brexit, fix Britain and move on to reform the EU. The first move is a people’s vote, because we have to stop Brexit now.”

The Change UK party is looking to make some real changes, but are experiencing pressing opposition from the Labour Party who is currently working hard to get Parliament to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the legislation that allows Brexit to happen.

“The Labour Party’s official position is that it accepts the divorce part of the deal, and just objects to the bit about the future relationship with the bloc,” stated Bloomberg News.

Brexit does not seem to be getting resolved anytime soon, so you can sit tight and leave it to The Brave News to supply you with constant updates.

 

News: Beloved Notre Dame Cathedral Burns In Fire

by Nikolas Molina

On Monday, April 15th, the famous Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in a roof fire. Although it was a roof fire, it still damaged many sacred artifacts during the burning.

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The fire was fueled by the surplus of wood due the the framework of the 13th century. building, according to Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, the cathedral’s rector.

The main artifact and most precious of the cathedral was saved, the Crown of Thorns. Some believe it was once placed on the head of Christ.  

A copper rooster that sat atop the spire was recovered intact, and Mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed the Tunic of Saint Louis and other major works were also saved.

“A number of artworks will be taken to the renowned Louvre art gallery in the coming days. A series of paintings, called ‘Mays de Notre Dame,’ will be transferred there as well,” stated CNN.

The facade and twin bell towers survived along with the cathedral’s main bell, Emanuelle.

The trio of rose windows that date back to the 13th century also survived. The original Great Organ, the cathedral’s altar and a golden cross are still intact amid the scorched debris from the blaze.

According to CBS News, a total of 16 rooftop statues were luckily removed a week before the fire. The statues depict the 12 apostles and four evangelists. Candelabras, gilded furniture and other valuable pieces retrieved from the Notre Dame Cathedral were taken to city hall in Paris after the fire.

The spire on top of the Notre Dame dramatically collapsed during the fire, and the relics inside the spire did not survive.

“What they didn’t save were the relics that were in the spire of the cathedral itself,” said Candida Moss, professor of theology at Britain’s University of Birmingham.

Due the damage caused to the cathedral, the cathedral fundraising efforts neared the $1 billion mark a couple days after the fire.

Multiple French billionaires joined an international effort to raise funds to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral. However, the donations have sparked a debate about income inequality and the worthiness of the cause, stated USA Today.

The discussion was sparked by two billionaires, Francois Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault, who each donated more than $100 million to the efforts.

Cosmetics company L’Oréal, along with the Bettencourt Meyers family and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation were other top donors to the cause.

The quote among the critics – from USA Today – stated that the mega-donations prove social problems could be quickly addressed if the wealthy were motivated to do so.

“If they can give tens of millions to rebuild Notre Dame, then they should stop telling us there is no money to help with social emergencies,” said The Washington Post’s Philippe Martinez.

“With a click of their fingers, TWO French billionaires have given €300 million to restore Notre Dame. Just imagine if billionaires cared as much about (uhhhh) human people,” said Carl Kinsella on Twitter.

Comments like this could backfire towards the rest of the public, because the very wealthy get a lot of scrutiny for hefty donations, which may lead to some not donating to charity organizations in the future.

 

News: Sri Lankan Bombings Take The Lives of 300 Plus People

by Samuel Rodriguez

On Easter Sunday, the nation of Sri Lanka experienced a devastating tragedy, as six suicide bombers successfully launched six separate attacks throughout the country.

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Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean just southwest of India.

Three of the six bombers attacked luxury hotels, while the other three attacked churches as they had Easter celebrations. In total, the attacks claimed the lives of at least 321 people and injured 500 more, according to CNN.

On Tuesday, the ISIS terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attacks as the group’s Amaq news agency called the bombers “Islamic state fighters,” according to The New York Times.

The Sri Lankan government stated that the bombings might have been a retaliation for the killings of 50 people last month in New Zealand, and that two Islamic extremist groups might have been involved.

The attack is seen to many Christians around the world as an assault on their religion. At one Catholic church in Negombo, more than 100 people were killed, according to The Washington Post, as the attack took place on Easter, one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar.

Less than eight percent of Sri Lankans are Christian, with the majority of the nation being Buddhist. The Christian minority of Sri Lanka was undoubtedly targeted by ISIS to presumably make a statement to the rest of the world in response to the Mosque massacre.

According to CNN, the Sri Lankan government confessed on monday that it failed to act on multiple warnings before the attack. A government spokesman said that some of the warnings came from foreign intelligence agencies. The F.B.I. has joined the investigation as accusations hinder over the Sri Lankan government’s failure to recognize and act on credible warnings about the bombings.

The nation of Sri Lanka is trying to rebuild and spur a sense of nationalism to its people, so as to help one another and grow together. No official proceedings have been announced by the government, as the country is still in mourning and figuring out various ways to help its people.

 

60 Days 60 Nights: Remembering The Life of Nipsey Hussle

by RJ Johnson

“The longest 60 days and 60 nights that any Los Angeles area local could experience.”

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Memorial for Hussle in front of his Marathon Clothing store in LA – NY Times

With the death of rapper and community hero, Nipsey Hussle, there has been an uproar in the LA streets that puts natives within these neighborhoods in danger.

Los Angeles gang “Rollin 60s Crip” – originally formed from the Westside Crips in 1976 – has an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 members, making it one of the largest gangs in the Los Angeles area.

Nipsey Hussle was affiliated with Rollin 60s Crip, and his death on March 31st, 2019 sent shockwaves through the communities that he helped build and maintain. Nipsey was shot multiple times by former Rollin 60s affiliate Eric Holder.

Hussle died right in front of his Marathon Clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

“Later that day, there were 19 people being transported to hospitals after being stampeded, after a stabbing had occurred,” according to NBC News.

A shooting killed one person and wounded three others in Los Angeles near the funeral procession route for the late rapper.

60 Days, 60 Nights is the gang retaliation of senseless violence and crime from the Rollin 60s gang that is potentially going to take place after Nipsey’s death.

Members of the Rollin 60s gang thought that the killer of Nipsey was from a rival gang, but it ultimately ended up being one of their own.

This, however, did not hold these gang members from considering a violent crime spree, mirroring the one that took place in 2015 in South Central LA, which had 27 victims of random shootings with six casualties in only five days.

Out of 20 of the shootings that happened in this five-day time period, two occurred in broad daylight. There was no time, or precautionary measures that locals could take that would help hide them from the chaos taking place.

Since this, the 100 Days, 100 Nights period was sparked by two rival gangs, one being “Rollin 100s Crip” and the next gang involved being unknown. We can only hope that 60 Days 60 Nights does not start because of internal affairs within the Rollin 60s gang.

100 Days 100 Nights was a bet between two gangs to see who could get to 100 kills first or who would last the longest during the 100 day killing spree.

During these periods of time, gang members don’t care who they hurt. Mothers and children have also been victims of circumstances, being caught in crossfires in these neighborhoods.

Immediately after the death of Nipsey Hussle, Fox News host Laura Ingraham showed her true feelings towards the artist, by using the song “FDT” by famous LA rapper YG, sparking a lot of controversy.

The song is retaliation from the minorities, primarily of Latino and African descent, to our current President Donald Trump.

Ingraham brings up the chorus of the song, using it to belittle Nipsey and his political stance, when really Nipsey wasn’t affiliated with the song at all.

“F**k Donald Trump, F**k Donald Trump, yeah yeah, F**k Donald Trump,” states YG’s chorus.

Although these lyrics were quite harsh, Nipsey Hussle wasn’t the one who was reciting them throughout the song. It was YG.

“So the chorus, it goes on and on. Is that related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans?” questioned Ingraham on her segment “The Ingraham Angle.”

With Ingraham only waiting a couple hours after Nipsey’s death to publicly call him out, she received a ton of backlash from other celebrities and artists.

Snoop Dogg, T.I., The Game, and other celebrities are requesting that Fox fire Ingraham for her disrespect of the late rapper.

Now that Nipsey Hussle’s funeral has passed, the commotion in LA has began to settle down.

Natives remain hopeful that another gang war does not arise from all that has taken place.

 

News: Indian Anti-Satellite Missile Test Fails Horribly

by Nikolas Molina

On March 27th, 2019, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, announced that the country had successfully launched an Anti-Satellite missile in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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India was the fourth country to use an Anti-Satellite weapon, according to TNW.

Thankfully, this test on the satellite was not aimed for anyone and also did not violate any international laws.

According to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, the test created 60 pieces of debris in space, that are mostly greater than 10 centimeters.

“That is a terrible, terrible thing, to create an event that sends debris in an apogee that goes above the International Space Station,” stated Bridenstine to NBC.

The debris from this test can cause danger to the ISS (International Space Station), the fellow humans living on it and all the experiments taken place in space.

“We are charged with commercializing Low Earth Orbit; we are charged with enabling more activities in space than we’ve ever seen before for the purpose of benefiting the human condition. All of those are placed at risk when these kind of events happen and when one country does it. Then other countries feel like they have to do it as well,” continued Bridenstine.

Bridenstine said that NASA has identified around 400 pieces of orbital debris from the test, including the 60 pieces greater than 10 centimeters in diameter that the agency can track and 24 that have traveled through the space station’s orbital height.

The 24 pieces that have traveled through the height of the ISS has risen the risk of the ISS of being hit by debris by 44 percent.

Bridenstine confirmed that the astronauts will be safe and if anything happens they can move the ISS to avoid damage.

TNW reported the response of Tapan Misra, senior advisor to the ISRO chairman, saying Tuesday that the experiment was not an explosion, but “more like a bullet,” and that the resulting debris will burn out in six months because it was only 300 kilometers in space.

Daniel Porras, the space security fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, talks about a Chinese demonstration in 2007, where much of the debris from that test is still in space.

“The Chinese demonstration was carried out at 800 kilometers and was widely condemned because of the resulting space debris, which will likely stay in orbit for decades or longer. India’s demonstration was conducted at 300 kilometers, so the debris will likely be out of orbit in months. For this reason, the reaction has been much less,” reported TNW.

India’s test has annoyed a lot of agencies and governments. Although there is no consequences of this test, the view of India being a peaceful country while trying to make scientific advances has taken a blow.

 

News: 2020 Presidential Election Voter Guide

by Lucas Agatep

As the 2020 Presidential elections come up multiple people have thrown in their hat to contend with current President Donald Trump.

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Recently at the beginning of the year many Democratic politicians have announced that they will by running for President with only one other Republican candidate, so far, trying for the position.

For the Democrats there are people like:

Cory Booker 

The current member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.

Has focused his campaign on racial inequality and discrimination.

Before he became a member of the U.S. Senate Booker was the 38th Mayor of Newmark, New Jersey from 2006 to 2013 and a member of the Newmarket Municipal Council from the Central Ward from 1998 to 2002.

Pete Buttigieg 

As a openly gay man, an Afghanistan War veteran and current Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg is trying to be the “next generation” President. 

His current political message is unclear to say the least but what he has expressed for his campaign is that a new generation should take charge of America.

Julian Castro 

Was the 16th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration from 2014 to 2017. 

On the campaign trail he has put his focus on education, Medicare and affordable housing.

Prior to running for President, Castro was the the Mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014 and a member of the San Antonio City Council from the 7th district from 2001 till 2005.

John Delaney  

Delaney was a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 2013-2019 who represented Maryland 6th Congressional District. Was the first person to decide to run for President in 2020 back in 2017.

His campaign has been mostly to address issues related to globalization, automation and technology. 

Prior to being in the House of Representatives Delaney was the cofounder and CEO of CapitalSource, co founder and CEO of Health Care Financial Partners, and as well Blueprint Maryland which is a nonprofit organization made to create jobs in Maryland’s private sector.

Tulsi Gabbard 

Is another current Democratic member in the United States House of Representatives from Hawaii. 

On the campaign trail Gabbard highlights her experiences in the military during the Iraq War and expresses her view on the current foreign policy of the US.

Before becoming a member of the United States House of Representatives Gabbard served in the U.S. Army since 2003 and has been deployed twice to the Middle East. She was also a former member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004 and a member of Honolulu City Council from 2011 to 2012.

Kirsten Gillibrand 

A current Democratic U.S. Senate from New York.  

Her campaign targets issues that are both social and economic, sexual assault in the military, Medicare for all and universal paid family leave. 

Before working in the Senate Gillibrand was apart of the US House of Representatives from New York’s 20th district in 2007 to 2009.

Kamala Harris 

The current Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California.

 She has focused her campaign on economic issues, debt-free college, tax cuts and Medicare.

Before she was a part of the Senate Harris was the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 till 2017 and 27th District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.

Amy Klobuchar 

A Democratic member in the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.

 Klobuchar has concentrated her campaign on automatic voter registration, reduced money in politics and re-implementing environmental policies terminated by the Trump administration.

Before becoming a member of the U.S. Senate, Klobuchar was Court Attorney of Heppenin County in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1999 to 2007. She was also a partner of Dorsey and Whitney, and Gray Plant Mooty which are two Minneapolis law firms before becoming Court Attorney.

Bernie Sanders 

Coming back for a second attempt at getting the Presidency Bernie Sanders, who is a current Independent member in the U.S. Senate from Vermont and a caucuses with the Democratic Party is trying to challenge Trump again for the position.

Sanders is using the same message that he used back for the 2016 Presidential election which is mostly about implementing socialist programs and fighting racial inequality.

Sanders has the longest history in politics compared to the rest of the candidates. While in college he was the protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee during the civil rights movement. Years after college he became the 37th Mayor of Burlington from 1981 to 1989 due to being re-elected three times.  Then became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Vermont’s at-large district from 1991 to 2007 only later to be elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 taking office in 2007. Finally in 2013 Sanders became the Chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affair Committee till 2015.

Elizabeth Warren 

Is another current member of the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Warren has put economic issues as her main message in her campaign. Issues including taxation on the wealthy, student debt relief, the Green New Deal and Medicare for all.

Prior to her becoming a member of the Senate, Warren was the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel from 2008 to 2010 and Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2010 till 2011.

Marianne Williamson 

Who is a author, entrepreneur and activist who has written thirteen books having four of them became New York Times best sellers. 

Williamson has concentrated her campaign on support for the Green New Deal, slavery reparations up to $100 billion and Medicare for all.

She is also the founder of an organization called Project Food Angel, which is a volunteer program delivering food to homebound people with severe illness and disabilities. As well the cofounder of The Peace Alliance, a nonprofit organization that support in peace projects.

Andrew Yang 

An entrepreneur and founder of a nonprofit organization Venture for America. A organization that helps graduates and new professionals startup their own companies.

Yang’s centerpiece of his campaign is what he refers to as “The Freedom Dividend” which is a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 per-month for every adult aged American.

Prior to running for President Yang himself as founder or executive work on different startups and early stage growth companies from 2000 to 2009. He has also written two books “Smart People Should Build Things” in 2014 and “The War on Normal People” in 2018

John Hickenlooper 

Till recently was Democratic Governor of Colorado from January 11, 2011 until this year on January 8. 

For Hickenlooper’s campaign, it mainly targets on implementing environmental protection laws, Medicare and to expand more on gun control.

Before he became Governor of Colorado, Hickenlooper was the 43rd Mayor of Denver from 2003 till 2012 and Chair of the National Governors Association from 2014 to 2015.

Jay Inslee

Is the current Democratic Governor of Washington. 

Inslee made climate change the foundation for his campaign. His method on doing so is by funding into more clean energy sources, developing industries based on this message and producing electric vehicles.

Before becoming Governor, Inslee was a member of Washington’s House of Representatives from the 14th legislative district from 1989 to 1993, a member of the US House of Representatives from Washington’s 4th district from 1993 to 1995 and then only later to be a member of US House of Representatives from Washington’s 1st district from 1999 to 2012.

The Two Republican Candidates are:

President Donald Trump 

Current President Donald Trump is obviously running for his second term in office. Over the past year he has had multiple rallies talking about his policies and economic changes under his administration, as well promoting his future plan to run again for his second term as President. 

He is still going with his America First platform for his campaign but is potentially changing his slogan from “Make America Great Again” to “Keep America Great” which he has hinted at in some of his speeches.

Bill Weld 

In recent years Weld left the Republican Party to join the Libertarian Party in 2016 as running mate for former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson. Then to only return to the Republican Party for the 2020 election.

For why he is willing to challenge another Republican, Weld has criticisms on Donald Trump’s decisions on economic policies and also his personality viewing Trump as unfit and immature for the position.

Before all this Weld was the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997, as well the US Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division from 1986 to 1988, and US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1981 to 1986.

With the year only beginning there is still potential for other people to enter in the race for the position of President. While unconfirmed they have expressed consideration on entering in. People like:

Stacey Abrams (Democrat)

Was a member of the US House of Representatives 

Michael Bennet (Democrat)

Currently the US Senator from Colorado 

Joe Biden (Democrat)

Was the Vice President of The US under the Obama Administration 

Steve Bullock (Democrat)

The current 24th Governor of Montana 

Andrew Gillum (Democrat)

Was the 126th Mayor of Tallahassee 

John Kerry (Democrat)

68th US Secretary of States

News: The Venezuelan Crisis

by Joaquin Medrano

“Ni Jesucristo resucitado podrá conmigo,” (Not even Jesus Christ resurrected can beat me) said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Since 1999, Venezuela has been in a humanitarian crisis as a socialist regime took over government under ex-president Hugo Chavez. Hugo Chavez set up the grounds for an economic inflation in Venezuela, making prices for necessary things, like toilet paper or even water, unobtainable for citizens.  

Hugo Chavez died in 2013, from cancer complications, but before dying, he set up one of the worst governments ever seen in world history, leaving a new dictatorship under Nicolas Maduro’s rule.

Maduro has claimed to be the greatest leader Venezuela has ever seen, he has confronted against so-called “imperial governments” such as the USA, and verbally attack its leaders, such as ex-president Barack Obama and current president, Donald Trump.

Maduro has stuck the Venezuelan government in a reign of terror, Maduro is not only corrupted, but he and his government are keeping the economic inflation and violation to freedom of speech in Venezuela, things that started with Hugo Chavez.

“Multiple countries from around have seen the need that the people have in Venezuela, they have heard a cry from help, they are informed about the corruption that one person can cause, and they are here to help those in need,” stated BBC News.

The situation really took a pivotal turn this year, as opposing forces lead by Juan Guaido are supported by many governments, some even recognizing Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, instead of Maduro.

Nicolas Maduro really doesn’t like the idea of countries supporting Guaido, and this was seen on Saturday, February 23rd.

Back in the Colombia/Venezuela border, there were trucks filled with humanitarian aid for Venezuelans that were stopped by military forces sent there by Maduro. This angered the people and countries like the United States who sent that help specifically for Venezuelan citizens.

Maduro decided to burn that aid, many resources helpful for those in need were burned just for his own satisfaction and people were not happy. Unfortunately, the protests became quickly violent, and as of March 1st, there’s been 285 people were injured and 37 hospitalized on the Colombian side of the border, according to Colombia’s foreign minister, and an unverified number of deaths.

Countries like the United States, Colombia, Canada, and Brazil were involved in the aid. This not only angered the government, but it also called for an act to stop Maduro.

These countries’ support for Guaido continues to increase and ask for his recognition to take place as soon as possible.

This act from Maduro is not only putting political and economic alliances in danger, but also many lives and many resources, if there’s anything we could do.

“[There is] a need to keep praying for the Venezuelan people and support all efforts that help save the population from further suffering,” Pope Francis asks for, according to Vatican News.

There are also many organizations like Alimenta Venezuela, Comparte Por Una Vida, and SunRisas that bring help to those in need.

 

 

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