We know you’re busy out there crushing your goals, so we’re keeping you in the loop on what’s going on in the headlines. Powered by Pressed News, here are five things you need to know from this past week—from border wars to shining the spotlight on a deserving woman’s voice.
1. BORDER WARS
23 Kurdish fighters have been killed in Syria since Turkey’s invasion began on Wednesday. Turkey has already conducted 181 airstrikes in the country.
Can you back up and fill me in?
That’s what we’re here for. On one side you have the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish army backed by the U.S. On the other side are the Turkish-backed Syrian Arab fighters.
The Kurds are an ethnic group in northeastern Syria and the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East. There is a deep loathing between Turkey and the Kurds. But, the Kurds are a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS and currently guard 11,000 ISIS prisoners. On Sunday, Trump made the decision to pull U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria because he had enough with the wars. Turkey, who views the Kurds as a terrorist group, saw the opportunity to move in, and, not only take out an enemy, but also seize hundreds of miles of land along the Turkish-Syrian border.
This sounds bad.
Without the U.S. to keep the peace, Kurdish fighters have had to leave their posts guarding ISIS attackers and fight Turkey instead. So, who’s watching ISIS? Trump defended his decision by saying, “They didn't help us in the Second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy." But, should it be a tit-for-tat situation?
More than 60,000 Syrians have fled from the border towns between Syria and Turkey. Shells and rockets have hit Turkish border towns, killing four people. Both Republicans and Democrats have condemned Trump for leaving the Kurds high and dry, and are putting together sanctions (penalties) against Turkey.
2. PRAYER, INTERRUPTED
A 27-year-old German man shot and killed two people on Wednesday after trying to enter a synagogue in the German city of Halle where Jews were observing the holy day of Yom Kippur.
The suspect live-streamed the attack on Twitch, Amazon’s video gaming platform, where he made anti-Semitic comments. Wearing a helmet and camouflage, the attacker drove to the synagogue and shot at its door. When he tried but failed to get into the synagogue, he shot two people nearby instead. There were more than 70 people inside the synagogue at the time, and through the building’s camera system, they could see a man that “looked like he was in the special forces.” The attacker has since been arrested by police. Yom Kippur is considered one of the holiest days in Judaism.
3. ALLONS Y
Last night, Canada’s top party leaders participated in the second French and final debate of the federal election (reminder: Oct. 21). The leaders of the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Green Party, People’s Party of Canada (PPC), and Bloc Québécois all arrived to make one last plea to Canadians. On climate change, most of the leaders agreed that something has to be done, though they disagreed on what. PPC leader Maxime Bernier said we “shouldn’t fear a crisis that doesn’t exist” and argued that climate change should be left to the provinces to handle. The leaders also took aim at PM Justin Trudeau for the SNC-Lavalin scandal and for his deficit spending. On the topic of assisted dying, all the leaders said, in some way, that they would adjust the law to allow people to choose how they want to end their lives. Here's how the leaders are currently polling.
4. WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK
A second whistleblower has come forward claiming to know even more details about President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. ICYMI, Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats after a whistleblower revealed that the prez tried to bargain with Zelensky to investigate his rival, Joe Biden, in exchange for help from the U.S. military. The whistleblower, who is a CIA officer, called out the conversation as being of “urgent concern.” The second whistleblower, who also works in the intelligence community (FBI, CIA), provided info that backs up the original whistleblower’s complaints about the call and said they have “firsthand knowledge” of the events. Trump’s Republican allies came to the president’s defence, saying more isn’t always better. As for Trump, he passed on going to his golf resort to stay in the White House and tweet about his frustration instead.
5. GOOD NEWS
A homeless woman in L.A. is finally getting the spotlight her beautiful voice deserves. Emily Zamourka’s voice went viral after the LAPD posted a video of her singing opera in the subway. Now, a Grammy-nominated producer is offering the 52-year-old a contract and a chance to bring her captivating talent to the masses. In the meantime, a GoFundMe campaign has raised over $76k for Zamourka, who was a trained violinist in Russia and moved to the States in her 20s under political asylum. A wonderful reminder that everyone deserves to live out their dreams.
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