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Russia Vetoes U.N Resolution on Syria

On Wednesday, April 12, Russia vetoed a United Nations’ Security Council Resolution that denounced Syria’s use of chemical weapons on its people. The resolution also required that the Syrian Government would allow an investigation to be conducted regarding the attack.  Although ten of the Security Council’s members expressed their approval, the resolution nevertheless failed to pass. The countries of France, Britain and the United States drafted the failed resolution (UN News Centre).   Lambasting Russia for their veto at the United Nations (U.N.), U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley…

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United Kingdom Suffers Fatal Terrorist Attack Near Parliament

London, England was struck by a deadly terrorist attack outside the perimeter of the Parliament this past Wednesday. The perpetrator, fifty-two year-old Khalid Masood, drove his vehicle into police officers and civilians on the Westminster Bridge.  ABC News reports that after the perpetrator “crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament,” he proceeded to assault  “an officer who was standing guard” with a knife (Winsor, Kutsch, & Jacobo, 2017, para. 13). The officer, forty-eight year old Keith Palmer, died of his injuries. The attack’s perpetrator was fatally shot on…

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Secretary of State Discusses North Korea’s Missile Threat During Trip to Asia

On Sunday, March 19, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concluded a diplomatic trip to the countries of China, Japan and South Korea.  During his visit to Asia, Tillerson addressed the increasing threat North Korea poses to not only its neighboring countries, but also to the United States. The New York Times reported on March 18 that the country of North Korea has “conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine” (Sang-Hun, 2017, para. 1).  Due to their steady enhancement of their missile systems, North Korea could…

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President Trump Issues a Revised Travel Ban

On Monday, March 6, President Trump issued a revised travel ban in order to remedy the legal issues that have befallen his original executive order. The order maintains a ninety-day restriction on the admission of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States. The revised order, however, lifts the travel restriction on Iraqi nationals. While the executive order requires that “additional scrutiny” should be allocated for Iraqi nationals before they are permitted to enter the United States, the order purports that “Iraq’s commitment to combat…

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Luck o’ the Irish

Families are all different in the way they celebrate their heritage. Some celebrate with special food on different days, some celebrate certain holidays, and some go their whole life without celebrating at all. I have never gone a day that I didn’t hear from my family how special and awesome it is to be Irish. For as long as I can remember, my family and I would spend St. Patrick’s Day together, getting away from school and work. We would wake up early in the morning, dress in our favorite…

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Trump Administration May Make Adjustments to Controversial Executive Order

During an address at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany this weekend, U.S.  Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly revealed that there may be changes made to President Trump’s Executive Order 13769. Formally titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the executive order is commonly referred to as President Trump’s travel ban. The order restricts entry into the United States by individuals from seven countries. Soon after the order was issued, the states of Washington and Minnesota requested a temporary restraining order to prohibit…

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Presidential Statement Concerning Executive Order on Immigration

On February 3, President Jim Reynolds sent an email to the Wilmington College students, faculty and staff concerning the recent Executive Orders and his concerns and reflections on the the issue using the frame of the institution’s history. Dear Wilmington Students, Faculty and Staff: Over the past several days, I have spent much time in introspection concerning our College, its connection to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the values we hold important, and the recent events surrounding Executive Orders issued by the President that will curtail the immigration of…

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President Trump Signs Refugee Vetting Order

Concluding his first week in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that restricts entry into the United States of foreign nationals. The order calls for the “suspension of issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of countries of particular concern” (whitehouse.gov). Joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Trump announced the implementing of “new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” Trump stated that the order seeks to keep “the very threats our soldiers…

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International Trips Through the Decades, Peace Resource Center Creates Timeline

  At the end of 2016, Tanya Maus, Director of the Peace Resource Center, directed the creation of a timeline titled “Wilmington in the World, the World in Wilmington.” The timeline, available on Sutori.com, has images and descriptions of international opportunities offered to Wilmington College students, staff and faculty. Examples of study abroad and international travel from 1999 to the present are on the timeline. Many of the opportunities are still available to students at WC. “I will be sharing this with my classes as they ponder how to continue their global…

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Amnesty International Meets to Discuss Spring Plans

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]mnesty International met with students for a round table on November 18 to discuss the possible events and awareness activities promoting human rights in the spring semester. A handful of students from many organizations and backgrounds attended the discussion and gave their opinions. In November, Amnesty is partnering with Matt Hursey and a group of students lobbying Representative Steve Stivers’ office in Wilmington on November 28 under the group title “FCNL Advocates for Immigration Reform.” From December 6 through 12, WC Amnesty is campaigning “Write for Rights.” On amnestyusa.org, the…

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