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Mar
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Guilty! Stealing American convicted of Spying in North Korea

American Spy Convicted, Warmbier, Wyoming, Ohio

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

American student Otto Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia was convicted and sentenced in a short trial in North Korea’s Supreme Court.   The high court found the undergraduate guilty and sentenced him to 15 years in prison and hard labor on Wednesday. 

Warmbier was arrested as he attempted to leave the country; he entered the country with a group on a New Year’s celebration tour in early January.   North Korea convicted him of an anti-state crime with “the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its manipulation.” 

The severity of the plan came to light in a statement to reporters from Warmbier, He said he was offered a used car worth $10,000 if he could steal a banner for the mother of a friend.  He added that if he was detained and didn’t return, $200,000 would be paid to his mother in the form of a charitable donation. 

Tue
15
Mar
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President Putin Pulls Out of Syria

U.S. backed Rebels

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Russian Head of State Vladimir Putin announced Monday that troop withdrawal would began in Syria.  For six months Russian Troop have occupied and intervened on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and against the U.S. Backed Syrian rebels. 

U.N brokered peace talks brought about the surprising decision from president Putin.  The pull out is expected to begin on Tuesday as American’s head out to vote in the nations primary election.   The U.S. is hoping the Russian decision will force Bashar to strike a deal with Rebel forces in Syria. 

Mon
14
Mar
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Palestinian Teacher Wins $1 Milion

Hanan, Palestinian Teaher, Global Teacher Award

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub from the West Bank was awarded Global Teacher Prize in Dubai on Sunday.   The elementary teacher grew up in a refugee camp and has been awarded $1 million.  The award recognizes the “outstanding contribution” she has made to her profession.

In a post award interview she said of the award, "is a win for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular."  She continued, "Believe in your ideas, work on them, convince people of your ideas, challenge the whole world, convince people of your ideas so you can spread them and you will find yourself here."

Fri
11
Mar
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Brazil's Former President facing criminal charges

Lula

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Former Brazilian president is facing legal problems as prosecutors have indicted, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as a corruption investigation rolls on.   Mounting allegations of a Petrobras corruption scandal also threatens the current president Dilma Rousseff, who is defending herself from impeachment attempts on a separate set of charges.  Lula da Silva says the charges are a political football. 

 

Lula says Charges are Politically Motivated

Thu
10
Mar
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Eclipse Seen by Thousands

Indonesian Eclipse

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Citizen of Indonesia starred upward seeking a glimpse of the only solar eclipse of 2016.   As the eclipse changed the horizon the crowds gathered with 4,000 of them wearing a free pair of glasses to protect their eyes from the rare natural phenomenon. 

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over the earth.   This year’s event was about 88 percent visible for the onlookers. 

Indonesian authorities promoted the eclipse, but many were not able to see the planetary alignment due to inclement weather. 

Wed
09
Mar
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US Drone Strikes target Somalia

Somalia Strikes

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The Pentagon admitted U.S. airstrikes in Somalia killed more than 150 people believed to be militants with al-Shabab during a graduation ceremony from a training camp.  The strike marks one of the deadliest during the U.S terror offensive. 

Officials deny any civilian causalities but would not sure of the effectiveness of the strikes that were both drone and manned flights.  Whitehouse spokesperson Josh Earnest said, "The fighters, who were scheduled to depart the camp, pose an imminent threat to U.S. and African Union mission forces in Somalia. Their removal, the removal of those terrorist fighters, degrades al-Shabab’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Somalia, including recruiting new members, establishing bases and planning attacks on U.S. and AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) forces."

Tue
08
Mar
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Turkey takes over Newspaper Sparking Citizen Protests

Turkey protests

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The largest newspaper in Turkey has been taken over by the state.  Police raided the offices of the newspaper Zaman after a court ruling moved the paper into state management without providing the reason why. 

Mon
07
Mar
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Harvard Law School revisiting Racist Past

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The Harvard Corporation, owner of the famed educational institution that is its namesake law school has received a request to change the crest instituted in1936. 

You are probably are familiar with the three sheaves of wheat from the coat-of-arms of the Royall family.  The family was slave owners on the island of Antigua and later moved their wealth and family to Massachusetts after a violent slave revolt displaced the family according to a book about Harvard law School’s start.

An excerpt:

Fri
04
Mar
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Flint Water Crisis Scheme Points to the Governor's Office

Flint, MI

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Onlookers are calling the Flint water contamination crisis an international human rights violation perpetrated by the State of Michigan and the City of Flint.  New details have come to light suggesting Michigan loaned Flint $7 million in April of last year to pull the city out of emergency management control.  Part of the agreement prohibited the city from returning to the Detroit system without state approval.  This clause tied the city’s hands, a condition imposed after Governor Rick Snyder’s office was made aware of the dangers with the quality of Flint’s drinking water. 

Thu
03
Mar
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Indiginous Mayan Women Triumphant!

Beautiful Mayan Woman, US Backed Dirty Wars

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

A ruling in Guatemala, against two ex-military higher-ups has been confirmed.  The duo has been convicted of forcing 11 indigenous Mayan women into sexual slavery during the US backed South American dirty wars of the 1980’s. 

A paramilitary officer and a former lieutenant colonel have been sentenced to 360 years in prison.  The Mayan women fought for decades to realize this outcome. 

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