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  • Erica Na

Week of December 10

International

Israel-Hamas

  • More than 500 Harvard faculty members signed a petition in support of Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay, who continues to face pressure to resign after her controversial congressional hearing, in which she failed to acknowledge calls for genocide of Jews violated harassment codes. On Tuesday, Harvard’s board voted for her to stay president. 

  • The UN General Assembly voted to demand a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, calling for the aid of all hostages, including their release. In addition, Biden urged Israel to scale back their military campaign as thousands of Palestinians face starvation and disease. Over the last three months, over 18,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza Strip.


Russia-Ukraine

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with President Biden and Congress in Washington to highlight the pressing need for a military and economic aid bill. Zelensky failed to persuade Congress as House Republicans refused to approve funding without immigration and border policy changes. 

  •  Conversation about Ukraine’s membership in the European Union began almost two years ago. On Thursday, the EU agreed to speed up membership talks.

 

US Politics

Abortion

  • The Texas Supreme Court ruled against Kate Cox, a mother seeking an abortion under Texas’ “medical emergency” exemption policy, sparking a tense legal battle. As a result, Cox left the state to undergo the procedure elsewhere. 

Impeachment

  • House Republicans approve an impeachment inquiry into President Biden as they attempt to search for any signs of misconduct that might connect him to his son’s legal troubles.  

 

Other

  • Tennessee is grappling with the damages caused by a number of severe storms and tornadoes that killed at least 6 people. More than 30,000 people are left without power. 

  • This year, the Nobel Peace was granted to Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian human rights activist known for her fight against oppression of women. She is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in Iran for her alleged actions and propaganda that endangered national security. 

  • Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was allowed back onto X following his 5-year ban after violating the platform’s abusive behavior policy. A year ago, he was ordered to pay over $1.4 billion to the families of Sandy Hook victims and is now asking that they accept $55 million over the course of 10 years, a pitiful fraction of what is rightfully owed. 

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