Why Trump’s Missile Launch is Hugely Significant for International Relations

The US launched a missile strike on Shayrat airfield in Syria at the beginning of April in a move that gained a lot of media attention, and may have indicated a shift in US foreign policy. In the confusion of allegiances, motives, and contradictions, the six-year war in Syria remains highly complicated, and this has only been exacerbated by President Trump’s recent foray into warfare. The POTUS previously had emphasised his isolationist position, and opposed action when President Obama was faced with a similar situation in 2013. A week later, Trump also authorised the largest non-nuclear bomb ever to be used in combat against ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, potentially signalling an abrupt change from an inward-looking US to its having interventionist foreign policy.

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Facebook’s Fact-Checkers Fighting Fake News

Just days after the American election, Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said “I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way — I think is a pretty crazy idea. Voters make decisions based on their lived experience.” Yet with the German parliamentary election happening in September this year, the social network is introducing new tools to counter the spread of fabricated news stories in Germany, which mostly blackens Angela Merkel. In a similar fashion, the Czech government has very recently set up “anti-fake news” units, scrutinising disinformation and attempting to counter it.

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Trump Appoints Anti-Vaxxer to Lead Vaccine Safety

Since winning the election in November, President Donald Trump’s appointments to federal agencies and commissions have been nothing short of controversial. Many have taken issue with his appointing of Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, of Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department, of Scott Pruitt to administrate the Environmental Protection Agency, of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education… The list goes on. And a pattern to his appointments has emerged. What many of his appointees have in common is their former antagonism to the agencies and commissions they will now be in charge of. President Trump’s most recent appointment continues this pattern and affirms his stance against the left in matters of public health.

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Female Scientists Write Open Letter to Trump

Thousands of female scientists around the world have signed an open letter pledging their dedication to equality, the environment, and science following Donald Trump’s election victory. At the time of writing, 11300 women from 91 different countries had added their names to the letter that committed them to support under-represented groups in the sciences, engage with the wider public and mentor the next generation of scientists, amongst other things.

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Top 5… People It’s Okay To Punch

In the enveloping darkness of a Trump presidency and the ever-looming Brexit, the news recently offered us one small, hopeful chink of light – neo-nazi and “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer got punched in the face on live national television, twice. While debate raged on about whether it is or isn’t ok to punch Nazis, the internet got to work, making endless mashups using the sound of fist colliding with racist face in place of drum beats, power chords and bass drops. While violence is never the answer, sometimes you can’t deny the raw, cathartic playground joy of seeing a terrible human being getting royally decked. With that in mind, here’s our list of the top 5 people we’d like to take our anger out on.

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Trump Restricts Funding for Pro-Abortion NGOs

The Mexico City Policy was first enacted in 1984 by Ronald Reagan and has since been rescinded by Bill Clinton in 1993, reinstituted by George Bush in 2001 and rescinded once again by Barack Obama in 2009. However, Donald Trump has followed the Republican party line and reinstituted the policy, in what some have seen as an gesture of mutual support to the hardline anti-abortion campaigners within the party, including his own vice president Mike Pence.

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