World News Whiparound

What in the world is going on?

Sanjana Chava and Kailani Jackson

Trump and Climate Change

The Trump administration has been pro-fossil fuels when it comes to supplying energy for the citizens of the United States. However, it seems that action may cause a lot of harm to our future. The Fourth National Climate Assessment established that climate change will damage the health of the US and cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars. When asked by CNN to provide a statement on the new climate report by, Trump stated, “I don’t believe it,” and followed with “Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been and that’s very important to me.”

Building the Wall

In a recent interview, Donald Trump addressed the issue of building the border wall and immense cost of continuing construction. Trump stated that $5 billion will be needed to fund the wall and if the cost of funding for the wall is not met, he would consider shutting down the government. He also stated $5 billion is only needed for the physical wall; however, the costs will be much more in order to pay for border security. Currently, negotiations are being made between the Democrats and Republicans, both in the House and the Senate, and Trump has said he will find another solution if the Democrats are not willing to support the funding.


Brexit vs. UK Economy

A new report by the UK Government details that the Brexit deal, which is the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, will hurt their economy. Prime Minister Theresa May has come up with a plan to support the economy, but with her plan, once the UK decides to break off the European Union in May the economy will become smaller by 4% by 2030. Although, without her plan, the UK economy could become 7.7% smaller and risk falling into a recession.


Yellow Vests Abroad

A sea of yellow-vests hoisting flags of break-away political parties and demands for tax plan changes flood the streets of Paris and beyond for the fifth weekend straight. Complaints against President Macron and his economic policies drive the working-class in their fight for change. Macron has already promised a raised minimum wage and killed a controversial fuel tax rise, according to the BBC.

According to the Associated Press, over 1,000 people were arrested in Paris last weekend, and injuries have been sustained to both civilians and police. Police have used what Amnesty International has deemed “extremely heavy-handed” response to crowds, including rubber bullets, stingball grenades, and tear gas.

Worldwide, the yellow-vests have spread and Rolling Stone says “there have been yellow vests in Sweden, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands…Alberta, Canada…Basra and Baghdad” protesting together despite a wide, wide range of political alignments. The movements, all attacking local issues, together attack the issues of misrepresentation and detrimental self-interest by politicians.