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‘Noah’ banned in Islamic states

On March 28, Paramount Pictures will premiere its much anticipated film, “Noah,” featuring Russell Crowe, in the United States.
 
However, some groups are upset with the movie about the biblical figure. Director Darren Aronofsky’s Hollywood film adaptation of the well-known biblical story is already receiving harsh criticism about his creative choices.
 
Aronofsky is…

Ukraine’s Crimean region votes to join Russian Federation

 
Since the beginning of the month, Russia and Ukraine have been up in arms over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to invade Ukraine’s land.
 
The spark ignited back on March 1, when Putin ordered Russian troops to occupy Ukraine. Most recently, Putin had his sights set on the region of Crimea – a…

Search continues for missing Malaysian Flight 370

 
Although there is no definitive information surrounding the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared March 8, officials are now exploring the possibility that the plane’s route was purposely changed.
 
The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic…

Curse on the Black Sea

 
 
As you may have read earlier, one of the biggest news stories that has been covered this week was the Crimean vote on March 16 to become a part of the Russian Federation. The decision did not particularly come as a surprise, and almost anyone familiar with the situation knew that Russia would…

Egyptian military increases crackdown

 
 
Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country’s biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny…

Boehner invites Pope to address Congress

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church commemorated the first anniversary of his election as pope on Thursday, March 13. Congressional leaders took this as an opportunity to invite Francis to Washington to address Congress.
 
Although the pope has not announced any formal plans to visit the United States, Speaker of the House John Boehner…

Venezuela erupts in violent protests

 
 
The death toll has risen to 13 and more than 150 have been injured in clashes between pro and anti-government protesters in an increasingly divided Venezuela.
 
Small, sporadic protests began to spring up across Venezuela earlier this month, encouraged by opposition leaders Maria Corina Machado and Leopoldo Lopez. The turmoil escalated on…

Ukraine gains new president following protests

 
On Feb. 23, the Ukrainian parliament voted in a special session to temporarily hand over presidential power to speaker Oleksandr Turchinov. This comes after the impeachment of President Yanukovych the day prior. The vote to impeach Yanukovych was made by “an overwhelming majority of parliament,” according to ABC News.
 
Yanukovych, who has fled…

Arizona bill may permit LGBT discrimination

 
Arizona’s House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday, Feb. 20 that would allow business owners to use their religious beliefs as a reason to deny the LGBTQ community business. The bill’s fate is now in the hands of GOP Gov. Jan Brewer, who vetoed related legislation last year, but has said that she…

A Europe we don’t know

While it seems that the crises in Ukraine may be over at last, there are few things that should be noted. First of all, we must be thankful, hope and pray that no more bloodshed such as what we saw last week in Ukraine will continue.
 
Of course that seems to be a given.…

Clinton leads Democrats for 2016 presidential nomination

 
“I’m not even posing those questions. I am really looking forward to stepping off the fast track that I’ve been on. I’ve been out of politics as Secretary of State. I don’t see myself getting back into politics.”

 
This was the response from Hillary Clinton in 2013 when asked whether she would consider…

Snowstorms strike Eastern Seaboard

 
 
The East Coast was hit with yet another snowstorm on Thursday Feb. 13. The storm, with its heavy snow, winds and ice, was the reason for 1,600 flights being canceled Friday and was responsible for 21 deaths, according to NBC News.
 
East Coasters faced harsh wind and snow that later turned into…

Situation in Central African Republic declared a genocide

 
On Wednesday Feb. 12, Amnesty International announced that an ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic had begun. In a report,  Amnesty International stated that “militia attacks have led to a Muslim exodus of historic proportions.” BBC News reports that attacks on Muslims began last year after the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebel…

Slowly but surely

When Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the problems of climate change during a conference in Jakarta on Feb. 16, it could have been interpreted many ways. By liberals, it was a call railing against the problems our environment faces at the hands of conservatives who only work to prolong this condition. Meanwhile, conservatives…

At least 20 killed in Ukraine as violence reaches new levels

 
 
Amid cries of “Glory to Ukraine!” and with flaming tires lighting up the night sky, thousands of riot police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the sprawling protest camp in the center of Kiev on Tuesday, Feb. 18 following a day of street battles that left 18 people dead and hundreds…

Prisoners freed against U.S. wishes

 
Sixty-five prisoners were released from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan last Thursday, Feb. 13 despite harsh warnings from the United States not to do so. The Afghan Review Board determined that there was not enough evidence to warrant the incarceration of these individuals, many of whom have been connected to the Taliban.
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Citizen Vain

Last week, New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that he would be the city’s first mayor in over 40 years who would not be involved with the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His reasoning: it was a protest against the city’s decision to not show the gay pride flag during the parade.
 
When…

Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

 
The Al Jazeera network is a Qatari-owned news broadcasting channel based in Doha, Qatar. Recently, the network has been making headlines themselves due to the fact that five of its journalists are being detained in Egypt. These journalists, along with an additional 15 whose names were released on a charge sheet by Egyptian police,…

Unemployment benefits die in Senate

 
Despite the emphasis President Obama placed on unemployment rates during his reelection campaign, as well as his 2014 State of the Union address, the Senate failed to pass a three-month extension of unemployment benefits last week. Fifty-nine senators voted to pass the legislation Feb. 6, one vote away from what was needed to break…

Syrian conflict continues as peace talks break down

 
Conflict between the Syrian government and opposition forces continues as the first round of attempted peace talks did not achieve the desired conclusions. The first session of the Geneva II peace talks was the first time the Syrian government and the opposition had met face to face since the outbreak of the conflict three…

Chasing Olympic Gold: United States men’s hockey preview

 
The last time the United States men’s hockey team won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics, the Americans had to defeat their arch nemesis, the Soviet Union.
 
To recreate the “Miracle on Ice” 34 years later, Team USA will have to beat the host country, Russia, in group play.
 
If the…

Justice Department seeks death penalty for Tsarnaev

 
The Justice Department announced they would allow lawyers to seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been accused of killing and injuring spectators and participants at the Boston Marathon finish line last year.
 
“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev targeted the Boston Marathon, an iconic event that draws large crowds of men, women and children…

Republicans stand against immigration reform

 
Conflict amongst the Republican Party has has reached a high point as members are at odds with one another over immigration reform. On Thursday, Jan. 30, House Republican leaders came one step closer to reaching a bipartisan agreement. The GOP drew up a document that outlined a plan for the approximated 11 million illegal…

Obama faces more challenges before 2014 midterms

With the 2014 midterm elections just a few months away, President Barack Obama has found himself at odds with some members of his party as well as Republicans.
 
One of the first matters Obama has been facing is the Keystone Pipeline XL. This oil pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada to south of the Gulf…

Protests erupt throughout Ukraine

Pandemonium is erupting in Ukraine as protests escalated this past week. According to CNN News, protests began back in November after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign a European Union trade agreement, choosing instead an agreement that favored strong economic ties to Russia, despite the people’s objections.
 
Protesters are now demanding that the…