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'War on Boko Haram': African, Western nations unify in hunt for Nigerian girls

'War on Boko Haram': African, Western nations unify in hunt for Nigerian girls | Chris Stevenson Current Events Articles | Scoop.it
A security summit about Nigeria and Boko Haram agreed on "a plan of action" for countries to share intelligence to find more than 200 abducted schoolgirls.
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"Boko Haram is an organization that is linked to terrorism in Africa and whose will is to destabilize the north of Nigeria, certainly, and all the neighboring countries of Nigeria and beyond that region," said French President François Hollande.  Nigeria and four neighboring countries will share intelligence and border surveillance in the hunt for more than 200 Nigerian girls still held by Boko Haram.  However, it doesn't stop there.  Western Nations are also getting involved by providing technical expertise and training to the new regional African effort against the extreme Islamists.

 

It seems most of the world is coming together to take Boko Haram down. You see it in the media with celebrities supporting, very influential politicians supporting, and many others.  It's only a matter of time before the girls are found and Boko Haram is brought to justice.

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Pro-Life Group: Congressman Wants Cheap Abortions For His Daughters

Pro-Life Group: Congressman Wants Cheap Abortions For His Daughters | Chris Stevenson Current Events Articles | Scoop.it
Congressman Gary Peters (D-Michigan) condemned a Michigan anti-abortion group on Thursday for accusing of him of trying to "make abortion accessible and cheap for his daughters."

The special interest group Right To Life recently sponsore...
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On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1/21/14), Peters wrote a Facebook update decrying restrictions on abortion and saying, "As the father of 2 daughters, I want to make sure that critical health care choices are accessible, affordable, and protected."  This started an uproar with a pro-life group because their argument was that he was spoke out of concern for only his daughters and that he wanted cheap abortions for them.  This is important because Congressman Gary Peters is running for Michigan's soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate against Republican Terri Lynn Land.  He later

condemned the mention of his teenage daughters during a campaign stop Thursday.  It read,

I’m proud to be the dad of two amazing teenage daughters, and I’m also proud of my record fighting to protect critical access to women’s health care.

Women’s health care is a serious and significant point of contrast in the U.S. Senate race, and it is outrageous that Land’s allies would cheapen this debate and distort my support for women’s health care. For Land’s special interest allies to include my teenage daughters in their attack crosses the line.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 11:32 AM
You provide a summary but need to include a more detailed analysis providing your own insight into the story or issue, including connections to what we’re learning in class. Several connections could be made between this article and the women's rights issues mentioned in Ch.4 of the text.
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Epic flooding in Balkans raises fears about landmines surfacing

Epic flooding in Balkans raises fears about landmines surfacing | Chris Stevenson Current Events Articles | Scoop.it
As if the deadly flooding inundating much of the Balkans wasn't alarming enough, rescuers must now grapple with the risk of land mines resurfacing.
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To add on to the already dangerous flooding situation, rescuers have another concern.  Landmines from the Bosnian war may start to resurface due to the landslides from the flood.  The mammoth flooding has already killed at least two dozen people in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Massive swaths of Croatia are also submerged.  They're saying that three months of rain fell in just three days.  This is important because it's another natural disaster and the US may get involved.


I think that they should, if they haven't already, issue a warning about the landmines.  They do have to be extra careful in  dealing with this because they don't want any more lives lost.  The UN should get involved because, in my opinion, the Balkans need the help.  If the US were to get involved, the President would be acting as either CRISIS MANAGER or CHIEF EXECUTIVE.



 


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Big Measles Outbreaks Linked To Troubling Trend

Big Measles Outbreaks Linked To Troubling Trend | Chris Stevenson Current Events Articles | Scoop.it
A recent measles outbreak at a religious preschool in Vancouver with a vaccination rate of nearly zero points to a troubling trend. Large outbreaks in the past year are closely tied to pockets of unvaccinated individuals within insular religious comm...
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This article talks about how a recent measles outbreak at a religious preschool in Vancouver with a vaccination rate of nearly zero points to bad from 2013 to the present.  This article is very important because the state and religious people have a conflict because religious beliefs prevent a lot of persons to get vaccinated.  19 states grant exemptions for personal anti-vaccine beliefs.  This can create a huge problem because children are getting infected seriously.  This article is important to me because I would not want to live somewhere where people don't take the vaccine because of their religious beliefs.  I respect their religion, but I wouldn't want to get infected.

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