“Is anything happening in the world?” This question frequently arises during the weekly Urchin Meeting (UMtg). As a matter of fact, yes! There’s a lot going on in the world, it’s just not airing on the major American news networks: NBC, CBS, and ABC.
For those interested in more than Lindsey Lohan’s jail sentence and Mel Gibson’s nasty court case, here’s a quick recap of news from around the world.
In March of this year, the BBC reported claims that child defects in Fallujah were on the rise since the American invasion of Iraq in 2004. Now, a recent report, due for publication, depicts the significantly higher ratio of child mortality, birth defects, leukemia and other cancers as compared to that of Iraq’s neighboring countries. The rise in genetic damage is higher in Fallujah than in Hiroshima after the first nuclear attack.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claims Colombia is a haven for terrorists and orders the military to be on maximum alert along the Venezuelan-Colombian border. On the flip side, Colombian Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Luis Alfonso, presented photographs of Colombian rebel camps claiming they were taken in Venezuela. Over the past eight years, relations between Colombia and Venezuela have been strained, but this, reports the BBC, is an all time low.
In 2008 Kosovo seceded from Serbia. Today, two years later, the UN rules Kosovo did not break international law and is now an official legal state. Serbia, however, stated today that they will never recognize the former province as an independent state.