By Bobby M.
In case you missed any of the news over Christmas weekend, here is a brief recap regarding much of what happened. Not everything will have a hyperlink, so if you would like more information, please highlight and google it.
The biggest news of the weekend involved Trump officially claiming he is Putin’s lapdog when he publicized a letter from him. This came just days after the both of them used the news to discuss how the two of them want to increase nuclear weapon proliferation. More big news involved yet another musical icon dying in 2016, George Michael has died at the age of fifty-three. Our world in music also lost Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard, Prince, and David Bowie this year. And the final major headline of the weekend was the United Nations voting to condemn Israeli settlement plans in Palestinian lands. The resolution was sponsored by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela and voted yes on by 15 members of the UN Security Council, but Obama got the blame for it because he had the United States abstain from voting due to his administration’s view that these settlements hurt the chance of peace in the Middle East. The rest of what is listed below may have been harder to hear about…
- A Russian military plane bound for Syria crashed with no one surviving from its 92 passengers. Terrorism is not suspected
- Christmas day was ruined for many in the Philippines as it was hit by powerful typhoon. Thousands are left stranded, both travelers and residents
- 16 people killed in Mexico over the holiday weekend in brutal fashion invoking the name Red Christmas
- Fake news story prompts Pakistan to make nuclear threat against Israel
- A major earthquake hits Chile registering 7.7 near the coast and the country’s resort region. Thankfully no deaths or major damage reported other than many under power outages
- Berlin market terrorist attack suspect killed in a shootout in Milan Italy after extensive manhunt
- FBI issued warnings for potential terrorist attacks by ISIS at church services across the United States. Fortunately, nothing happened
- Trump aide named to top communications position in his administration declines job days after it was offered
- Carrie Fisher hospitalized after heart attack on plane flight from the United Kingdom
- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth misses state sponsored Christmas church service for first time in years due to what was reported as a massive cold
- A shooting at a New York City nightclub leaves 1 killed and 5 wounded
- Trump administration goes on another witch hunt, marking the third time he has sought info from current government programs. This time involving those working anti-extremism
- Newt Gingrich says that Trump does not have a plan to defeat ISIS despite campaign promises. He also thinks using Trump’s use of Twitter to dictate foreign policy is brilliant