Recap: Week of Feb.16 – Feb.22

Daniela Quijano, Editor

International Affairs

  • Venezuela arrests mayor of Caracas

Intelligence agents in the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro arrested the mayor of Caracas this past Friday. The reason for the arrest was to allegedly uncover the answers to the crimes committed in the city. Read more here.

Tropical cyclone Marcia made landfall in Australia Friday morning, the Australian Meterological Service warned of ‘very strong winds’. Although the storm has weakened people are still required to remain cautious.

Russian military planes were flying near the city of Cornwall although Russian military states that the planes did not cross into British airspace. The European Leadesrship network listed more than 40 ‘close miliatry encounters between Russia and the West’ in the months between March and October of 2014 alone.

  • ISIS burned up to 40 people alive in Iraq

Reports saying that ISIS burned alive up to 40 people near the town of al-Baghdadi in Iraq were confirmed to be true. Read more about the incident here.

Domestic Affairs

The Department of Homeland Security warns of the danger of right wing sovereign extremists that could pose an equal threat as that from Islamic Terrorist groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center said that by some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 citizens involved in some kind of sovereign extremism.

The death of two patients at the University of California at Los Angeles have been attributed to the drug resistant bacteria CRE and allegedly, 179 people have been exposed.

The Bourbon virus, spread by ticks or other insect bites, was the cause of a man’s death in Kansas. This is the first report of a person dying because of a virus of the thogotovirus classification.

A bill in Oklahoma would ban AP U.S. History and replace it with a new curriculum. State Representative Dan Fisher believes that the course emphasizes negative aspects about The United States  and believed the class should be taught differently.