Monday January 30, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Sunday night, two gunman opened fire on those who were attending services at a Quebec Mosque. More than 50 people were attending the service when the shooting began. 6 people were killed in the attack. One alleged shooter was arrested on site and the other alleged shooter was captured a short time later. The Canadian authorities are treating the shooting as a terror attack. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement, “”We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refugees. Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.” In June last year the same mosque was the target of an Islamophobia incident when a pig’s head was left in front of the building, with a card saying “bonne appetite”.
2. The travel ban that was President Trump enacted by executive order, has been called unconstitutional and many have vowed to stop what Trump signed ion Friday. The ban has been called by many a Muslim ban. It appears to be the same ban that Trump campaigned on when he called for an immediate shut down of any and all Muslims attempting to enter the U. S. The executive order, signed Friday, caused mass confusion at airports across the country as the law was enacted while people were in flight to come back to the U. S. Many were green card holders who had been vetted by Homeland Security and immigration services. The detaining of those were in flight cause great confusion and numerous protest broke out across the country. President Trump blamed the media for calling the travel ban a Muslim ban even though, it was those who supported the detainees calling it a Muslim ban.
3. President Trump has appointed his chief counsel Steve Bannon, to the National Security Council. The action took place after President Trump removed the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff from the council. This is the first time, since the start of the NSC, that one who has not gone through a confirmation hearing will be appointed by the President. Steve Bannon, just last week, called the media, the opposition party. He is the former chief of a news site Breitbart. Breitbart is an alternative news site that is stepped in conspiracy theories and supported Trump through the campaign season.
4. In Philadelphia, the travel ban that went into effect Friday night, by President Trump, ended up sending a Syrian family back to their home country even though they had been vetted for two years and had passed all clearance background checks. The family were Christians seeking refuge from the continuing unrest in Syria. President Trump reassured those who are against his Executive Order that Christians would be protected. Yet, this family was sent back to Syria.
5. Veterans Stand, a U.S. military veterans group announced that they would help with the protests surrounding the Standing Rock Native American tribe position to stop the pipeline, Dakota Access. Veterans Stand created a GoFundMe page last week to support a network of protesters camped out near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. It seeks to raise $500,000 to buy supplies for campers, provide car rides for volunteers and create a rapid response ability. It has raised about $19,000 in two days. the group stated on the GoFundMe page, “We stand in unity with our brothers and sisters in Standing Rock (and beyond) and our community is ready to mobilize.”
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