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Terrorism, Tornados, Starvation, War and Nuclear Threats—And the World Spins Madly On

Robin Mizrahi

Posted on April 25, 2020 17:57

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With the media fixated on the coronavirus, it's as if nothing else in the world is going on — but unfortunately, there's no end to global catastrophes.

A horrific terrorist attack took place in France, in the small town of Romans-sur-Iser. Residents were doing their permitted essential shopping when a man fatally stabbed two people and injured five, before dropping to the ground on one knee to pray in Arabic.

Police arrived within minutes, and prosecutors said the 34-year-old Sudanese-born will be charged with murder with terrorist intent. The suspect is said to have been in France since 2016, having attained refugee status the following year. A search of his home found handwritten religious documents and statement about living in a "country of non-believers."

Venezuela's humanitarian crises continue to deepen. People of all ages are suffering from malnutrition and many are dying of starvation, and infant mortality rate due to lack of food has doubled. New, malnourished mothers cannot produce milk for their infants, and parents unable to feed their children are handing them over to orphanages, which are at full capacity.

The socialist economic decline has caused shortages of just about everything, including basic medicine such as insulin and antibiotics, and drugs needed to fight cancer, HIV, convulsions, etc. The government is refusing desperately-needed international aid unless it's accompanied by expressions of support for the current regime. 

The American southeast has been hit by a series of deadly mile-wide EF4 tornados, battering a 13-mile radius in Mississippi as well as swatches of Tennessee and Georgia. On Easter Sunday, an astounding 2.25 mile-wide tornado killed 20 people, making it Mississippi's largest recorded tornado. A week later, another deadly storm — with 170 mph winds and measuring 1.25 miles in diameter — devastated the same area, and killing one.

Two months ago, the U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement aimed at reducing the violence in Afghanistan — and ultimately ending the 18-year-old war. U.S. General Scott Miller, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has been meeting with Taliban in Doha to discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops in exchange for the Taliban forbidding any groups to attack the U.S. or its allies.

In a concession to the Taliban, and for the sake of "national reconciliation," the Afghan government released 200 Taliban prisoners. But the Taliban claims that they were the denied the right to choose which prisoners they wanted released first, and that the U.S. has been supporting the Afghan government's security operation. The fighting continues, and the Doha agreement withers.

Although Beijing claims that it continues to follow an international accord banning all nuclear tests, the Pentagon claims it tested a new submarine-launched missile with a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the entire United States. U.S. intelligence satellites monitored the test launch, and the State Department will soon release a report.

And if you don’t know the song "World Spins Madly On" by The Weepies, check it out here.

Robin Mizrahi

Posted on April 25, 2020 17:57

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