This week seemed to be a week of unity rather than conflict. Global backlashes against an ultimate superpower who signed something that would break much of humanity apart but also bring them together. However, in other parts of the world, conflict still continues to exist with shootings at in Quebec, and rising discrimination against the Rohingyas. Not familiar with these? No worries, that’s what we here at 5 Things to Know are meant to do.
1) Travel Ban
The highlight of the week was most likely Trump signing an executive order that prevented refugees from coming in for 120 days, and immigrants from 7 Muslim countries to enter the country for 3 months. The countries included Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. The backlash was global, where citizens from all countries and individuals nationwide in the US took to the streets, repeatedly shouting the chants “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here!” It also caused much tension for immigrant students and employees who are from these 7 countries, as they worry they may not see their families.
A conflict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukranian Armed forces have started raining attacks against each other in Eastern Ukraine. 8 Ukranian soldiers were killed in 2 days. “Russian occupation forces carried out massive attacks across the contact line using all available weapons, including (artillery, mortars, and tanks) — all prohibited by the Minsk agreements — and small arms,” said the ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The war started 3 years ago, known as the War of Donbass, and has still resulted in tensions between Ukraine and Russia, leading to the (still ongoing) conflict.
3) Rohingya Minority
Myanmar’s Rohingya are among the most persecuted groups on the planet, refusing to be accepted by both Bangladesh and Myanmar. And this week, a plan was announced to send thousands of refugees to an isolated island that is “mostly submerged by water”. The refugees are currently in Bangladesh refugee camps, but according to new government motives, they may be moved to Thengar Char Island. It is about 30,000 hectares in size and 37 miles away from the mainland, officially uninhabited and frequently flooded. A Bangladeshi government official called the plan “terrible and crazy”. “This is a terrible and crazy idea … it would be like sending thousands of people to exile rather than calling it relocation,” the official said.
4) Quebec Mosque ShootingSix were killed and eight were injured in a claimed “terrorist” attack in the Quebec Islamic Cultural center mosque. Witnesses stated that there were 2 men dressed in black who came into the Mosque at the time of prayer and shot at the men, women, and children. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences on twitter, stating that the attack was an act of terrorism. The suspect, known as Alexandre Bissonnette, was faced with 6 counts of first-degree murder and 5 counts of attempted murder, and authorities stated that he was known to post statements influenced by extreme right-wing French Nationalists. The motive is unknown as of now and will require further investigation.
5) Milky Way
The Milky Way, our home galaxy, is being pushed by an unseen force. Although it may seem like an unfriendly gesture, it is actually helping the galaxy journey through the universe as it expands. “Now we find an emptiness in exactly the opposite direction, which provides a ‘push’ in the sense of a lack of pull,” said Brent Tully, one of the study authors and an astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu. The movement is said to be caused by the movement of the galaxy from lower areas of density to higher areas. Thus, astronomists found that the push was caused by the Dipole Repeller, a cluster of galaxies with low density due to the absence of many galaxies, and the pull was caused by the Shapley Attractor, a cluster of galaxies with the presence of many galaxies and high density.