“Whatever challenges come before us, I will always believe our nation’s best days lie ahead.” Former President George W. Bush at the dedication of his presidential library on April 25, 2013
WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2013
Nation: Boston still mourns, but answers are forthcoming.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, more is becoming clear about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the terror suspect who was captured alive, and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. During police questioning, 19-year-old Dzhokhar admitted to the attacks and cited the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as motivation. He also indicated he and his brother acted independently, and identified New York’s Time Square as their next possible target. Wounded in the manhunt that shut down most of the Boston-area, Dzhokhar is now listed in fair condition. The White House has said that he will not be treated as an “enemy combatant” inciting controversy.
World: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has crossed the line.
The White House said Thursday that intelligence has confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Syrian President Assad has crossed over a “red line” as termed by President Obama last summer, meaning that this move could provoke military response. The question now: what action will the President take? The White House has stressed that “given the stakes involved” the United States will investigate further to establish “credible and corroborated facts” before deciding on a course of action.
In Bangladesh, horror amid the rubble.
On Wednesday, a building housing several clothing-making factories collapsed reportedly killing 194 and injuring many others. Police had ordered the garment building be evacuated the day before it’s deadly collapse, but this order was not followed and more than 2,000 people stayed working. Many of the clothes produced there are for Western retailers and this disaster highlights the dangers workers still face.
Politics: Turns out the ricin investigation is not so simple.
Charges were dropped Tuesday against Paul Kevin Curtis, the original suspect accused of sending ricin-laced letters sent to the President, a U.S. senator and a state judge. Prosecutors said that the “ongoing investigation has revealed new information,” but didn’t elaborate, and Curtis’ lawyer has implied that the man may have been framed.
Airport delays? The Senate is trying to fix that.
After reported airport delays, the Senate wrote and passed a bill on Thursday to lighten the impact of sequestration and its related furloughs on U.S. airlines. The sequestration debate is in full swing in Washington as some lawmakers lobby to roll back the cuts while others argue that sequestration cuts are necessary to reining in an increasing national debt. The House is up next.
Business: Twitter was hacked and the market reacts.
On Tuesday, The Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked. The tweet that resulted from the hack falsely reported two explosions in the White House and an injury to President Obama. No such event occurred, but the tweet alone was enough to send the market into a dizzying downfall. Within minutes, the AP’s account was suspended and the White House confirmed all was fine. The market was able to correct itself and later made up for losses but this incident makes clear the affect social media can have on a much broader level.
Women’s Affairs: Problems remain in India, especially against women.
Painful memories resurfaced this week when a five-year-old girl was raped and nearly killed in India. The attack has sparked outrage similar to that which followed the recent death of a 23-year-old girl who died after a violent gang rape on a moving bus in Delhi. But with this attack, the public face of India’s ongoing issue with rape has taken on a disturbing new level, shedding light on another plaguing issue, child assault. Let’s hope the public outcry pressures the country to protect its women and children.