5 Things to Know (January 23-27)

This week has been an override of politics, mainly in America. Donald Trump has just started his first few full days of his term and is already taking action into some of the promises he made to America. Aside from that, there has been some good news with the Women’s March, however, some unexpected news as well. Interested to find out? Well, that’s why we’re here. Here at 5 Things to know, we’ll get you up to speed in 5 minutes.

1) Construction of “wall”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel walk along a section of fence at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In the first few days of his presidency, Donald Trump has already been making plans to build the wall across the US-Mexico border. In this process, it was also promised that he would speed up the deportation of undocumented immigrants. “Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders,”  says Donald Trump to the employees of the Department of Homeland Security. The US-Mexico border stretches for 1,954 miles, and would take around 10 and a half billion dollars to construct. Trump says that the method of payment will be through reimbursement by Mexico through US taxpayers; which the Mexican government has openly denied. Trump also released executive orders for boosting the ranks of Border Patrol forces by an additional 5,000 agents as well as for 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in order to carry out deportation activities faster.

2) Torture or “enhanced interrogation”

Trump: Waterboarding isn't torture

The senate voted against the military and all other government agencies using violence as a means or “enhanced interrogation” and extracting information through the use of torture. “Current law already bans torture, as well as cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Trump, on the other hand, states that we should “fight fire with fire”, and stated that he wishes to use torture questioning techniques, such as “waterboarding” against terrorists for the safety of the country. “Reconstituting this appalling program would compromise our values, our morals and our standing as a world leader — this cannot happen,” says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat. Despite wanting to implement it, the law is clearly against torture as a means of interrogation.

3) Mary Tyler Moore

Actress Mary Tyler Moore, most famous for her roles in TV sitcoms such as The Mary Tyler Moore show and The Dick Van Dyke Show passed away at the age of 80 on January 25th. Later on in her career, she was also able to produce and direct films, and inspired many young women to have high impacts in the entertainment industry. Many TV hosts and actors tweeted their grievance for her death. “Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres. “My heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength,” said former co-star Ed Asner on Twitter.

4) Women’s March

A large crowd walks down Pennsylvania Avenue after the start of the Women's March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, January 21. Organizers said the march is sending a message to Donald Trump that "women's rights are human rights." Similar protests unfolded across the country.

About 1 million people marched on the streets of Washington D.C, and other American cities along with nations around the world marched to proclaim and support women’s rights and their discontent for president-elect Donald Trump. Many big stars also made an appearance in the event and even made speeches to express their dissatisfaction. Filmmaker Michael Moore, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, musician Alicia Keys and other speakers emotionally attacked Trump for his views on immigration, Muslims, and women. “It’s important to show strength in numbers,” said Jennifer Turney of Weathersfield, Vermont, who travelled to Boston to march with three friends. “We’re standing up for everyone’s rights.”

5) 2 and a half minutes closer to midnight. 

Chart showing adjustments to Doomsday Clock since 1947

The apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, state doomsday scientists with the rise of conflicts, warming earth and the election of the new American president. The doomsday scientists, who study how far the world is from entering total chaos, have moved the hand of the symbolic doomsday clock from 3 minutes till midnight last year, to 2 and a half minutes this year. The BPA or the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists created this clock in 1947 as a measure of how chaotic the world will later be. They stated, “Disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons made by Donald Trump, as well as the expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change by both Trump and several of his cabinet appointees, affected the Board’s decision, as did the emergence of strident nationalism worldwide.”




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