Global Glide: Big News Nov. 9-15

Editor in Chief, Lucy Arnold, documents this weeks biggest news.


Editor in Chief, Lucy Arnold, documents this weeks biggest news.

Lucy Arnold, Editor in Chief

Global Glide is a weekly news feature that gives a brief summary of major current events in the nation and in the world. Tune in to find out what’s going on!

Global and National News:

Paris and World in Shock after Nov. 13 Terror Attacks

Friday night, three teams of terrorists ripped through Paris, staging coordinated attacks at six major locations and devastating the City of Light and the world. All within an hour, three bombs detonated outside the Stade de France during a France-Germany soccer match; armed attackers fired bullets at and around several restaurants; and three assailants opened fire on a rock concert at the Bataclan theater. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Bataclan suffered the highest death toll; at least 89 people were massacred as the attackers fired indiscriminately into the crowd and took hostages. French elite police units stormed the building several hours after the start of the attack, killing one of the assailants. The other two detonated suicide belts before they could be reached. Suicide bombers were also responsible for the havoc at the stadium and at one of the targeted restaurants.

Several days after the attacks, the total death toll stands at at least 129, and at least 352 people are wounded. French President François Hollande has stated that the attacks were planned in Syria and organized in Belgium. Seven of the eight terrorists believed to have been involved (including one French citizen, several French nationals, and a Belgian resident) are now dead. A massive manhunt is underway for the remaining suspect, who is still at large and dangerous.

Soon after the terror events, the French Defense Ministry launched a series of air strikes on Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold. President Hollande has declared that France is in a state of high emergency, pledging to tighten border controls and security measures in the coming months. He also plans to call a United Nations Security Council Meeting to discuss the threat that ISIS poses to the global community.

At least 26 U.S. states have stated that they will not take Syrian refugees. This is largely due to news that one or more of the attackers may have posed as a refugee to get into Europe. Officials in six states (including Washington), however, have stated they they will still accept refugees. The United States are also on edge due to a recently-released ISIS video in which a fighter declares that Washington D.C. is one of the organization’s major targets. Nevertheless, the U.S. is joining the other nations of the world in showing compassion and solidarity for France.

Beirut Bombings

France is not the only nation that faced unexpected ISIS-wrought devastation last week. On Thursday (one day before the Paris attacks), over 40 people lost their lives to double suicide bombings in Beirut, Lebanon. ISIS has also claimed responsibility for these explosions, and a would-be suicide bomber and survivor of the incident revealed that he was an ISIS recruit.

The devastation in Beirut is very similar to that in Paris; the Lebanese population is deeply shaken as it mourns its dead, and at least 239 people are wounded. These people are also confused and hurt that they have received so little of the international support pouring into Paris, even when their city suffered a very similar atrocity.

Democratic Debate

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley engaged in the second Democratic presidential primary debate on Saturday. Sanders and O’Malley used the opportunity to knock Clinton on several main points, such as her financial connection to Wall Street and her affirmative vote for war in Iraq in 2002. Put on the defensive, Clinton’s showing was not as strong as it was in the first debate, though the former secretary of state remains the strongest candidate in terms of followers.

Especially since the debate occurred the day after the Paris attacks, one of the central discussion topics was how to respond to terrorism. All three candidates shared unique perspectives: Clinton emphasized that more focused and organized efforts will be necessary to defeat ISIS, while Sanders suggested that the country can use its global leadership position to help end the terrorist organization. O’Malley stated that fresh leadership and new approaches will be crucial to the stopping of ISIS.