5 Things You Need to Know About What Went Down This Week - July 14

We know you’re busy so we’re breaking down the what’s happenings in the world. Powered by Pressed News, here is your round up of what you need to know about this past week.

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1. SOMALIA

A brutal terrorist attack in Kismayo, Somalia over the weekend killed 26 people, including a Canadian-Somali journalist named Hodan Nalayeh and her husband Farid Jama Suleiman.
 
What happened?
A suicide bomber attacked the entrance of the Asasey Hotel last Friday night. At least four Islamist extremists then took over the building for over 14 hours, killing 26 people and injuring 56. Somali troops eventually stormed the hotel – which politicians regularly stay in – and killed the attackers. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
Who was Hodan Nalayeh?
The 43-year-old was born in Somalia and moved to Canada when she was 6-years-old, first to Alberta, then to Ontario. She is the founder of Integration TV, an online video production company that shares “inspiring and uplifting stories” about Somalis around the world. She is the first Somali woman to own a media company. PM Trudeau condemned the attack and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen (who was born in Somalia) mourned the death of Nalayeh, saying “her work as a journalist… highlighted the community’s positive stories and contributions in Canada. She became the voice for many.” Nalayeh is survived by two sons.

 

2. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE

Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of Eric Garner's death. The 43-year-old died shortly after being taken down by police in Staten Island, New York in 2014. He was allegedly being arrested for selling loose cigarettes. You may remember this viral video showing a white police officer taking Garner (who is black) down by the neck while Garner is yelling “I can’t breathe.”
 
I remember this.
Well, it’s coming up again because earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said that it’s not filing criminal charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who grabbed Garner by the neck. The investigation has been ongoing for several years – in 2014, a jury in Staten Island let Pantaleo off the hook, and the officer has been on paid desk leave ever since. Yesterday’s decision was made by U.S. Attorney General William Barr (this William Barr), who was following the recommendation of New York prosecutors.
 
But there was a video!
True, but this particular case was a civil rights investigation. In the end, the DOJ said Pantaleo didn’t intend to violate Garner’s civil rights when he took him down and therefore didn’t deserve criminal charges. There is still another trial that could cost Pantaleo his job. But now that criminal charges are off the table, protests are expected in the coming days.

 

3. FACEAPP BUZZKILL

The app that’s giving you a sneak peek at your future self might be giving your data to the wrong people. When you give permission to FaceApp to access your photo gallery, you're also giving the Russia-based developer, Wireless Labs, permission to modify, reproduce, and publish the images through its AI. Don’t act too shocked - it’s all right there in the Terms and Conditions. FaceApp first came to market in 2017 but has gained momentum recently thanks to a new feature that allows users to age themselves. By uploading your photo to the app, you’re granting FaceApp free license to use, publish, and distribute your content at its leisure, even on an ad. The privacy policy also allows for third-party tools to collect data from your device, i.e. the websites you visit and “other information that assists us in improving the service.”

4. CALL IT WHAT IT IS

The House of Representatives (which is majority Democrats) voted to officially condemn President Trump’s racist tweets against four Democratic congresswomen of colour. ICYMI, on Sunday, Trump fired up his Twitter fingers and criticized “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” by telling them to “go back and help fix the broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” While he didn’t name any names, it’s believed that his comments were aimed at “the squad,” i.e. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Most people said, hey, this smells like racism. But Trump doesn’t think so. The House of Reps "strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour."

5. GOOD NEWS

A baby bird owes its life to one quick-thinking Uber user in Utah. Tim Crowley was sitting outside with friends when a baby bird suddenly fell from its nest. After snapping a pic and sending it to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, it was determined that the little one needed to go to the facility for help. Since Crowley and his friends had been drinking, they joked that they should call the bird an Uber. Hey, a good idea is a good idea. And Crowley managed to arrange a private Uber ride for the petite passenger. After some TLC, the bird will be able to take a trip back home at the end of the summer, sans Uber.

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