THE GRIND: No Charges for Kenosha Officer, Turkish Teachers Protest Rector Appointment, Sudan and Israel Closer to Normalizing Interactions, and more!

The bi-weekly digest of news stories for the week and weekend.

The Grind
Well, it seems that 2021 is entering like a lion and not quitting any time soon. I am in the process of gathering information on the incident that transpired at the Capitol January 6.
I do not condone what happened. I have no problems with PEACEFUL protests, but when your peaceful protest cross the line into violent acts to get your point across, you deserve everything you get.
I said the above when Antifa and BLM rioted, and I will say it here as well. Peacefully protest all you want. Do not breach anything, destroy anything, hurt anyone.

With that being said the incident will have its own post which will be posted on Saturday. This should give me the time I need to get as much information as possible. With that said, let’s get on with the news digest.


Turkish Educators Protest Erdogan-Appointed Rector

Istanbul’s Bogazici University saw teachers protesting against President Erdogan’s choice of educational rector. They were joined by hundreds of students. Both groups assert the appointment of Melih Bulu was done undemocratically. The two dozen faculty members gathered on the campus during the inauguration of the Bulu and turned their backs to the rector’s building.

When asked, Bulu said he would not resign, saying his appointment was according to global standards. He also went on to say the students of the university can protest wherever they wish.

Bulu joined President Erdogan’s AK party which was founded approximately two decades ago and then placed his name in the running for a parliamentary election.

Via Politico

Biden Looks Toward Obama Vets for National Security Roles

Roles such as Deputy National Security Advisor, Deputy Secretary of State, and Secretary of State-designee will go to people who served in the Obama Administration.

One major nomination will be Wendy Sherman for Secretary of State-Designee. Under the Obama administration, she was under the secretary of State for political affairs. Her most notable negotiation was being the lead in the Iran Deal.

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No more “Like” buttons on Fan Pages

After the latest tooling of its Fan Pages, Facebook has eliminated the “Like” button from them.
The reason given?

“We are removing Likes and focusing on Followers to simplify the way people connect with their favorite Page.”

Sudan One Step Closer to Normalizing Relations with Israel

Sudan becomes another country to sign the “Abraham Accords”, a move which was rejected by Sudanese political parties. The move will give access to the Sudanese government of over 1 Billion in annual financing from the World Bank, to whom they owe arrears.
This may be why the Acting Minister of Finance Hiba Ahmed and Mnuchin signed a memo in Khartoum in an attempt to clear the country of said debt.

The Sudanese political parties are planning to coalesce an opposition front in regards to the agreement. The former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi stated the people did not have to accept the deal to normalize relations with Israel.

Via AP News

No Large Crowds at Mardi Gras

In the latest showing the impact of COVID, Wednesday in New Orleans opened it’s annual Mardi Gras Carnival with the absence of the usual bloated streets and cacophony of carnival goers.

Though COVID restrictions in the state put a stop to the crowds and scheduled celebrations, it has not dampened the spirits of the people in the state.

The annual “Tableau de Jeanne d’Arc”, otherwise known as the living pictures event hosted by The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc will have stations of costumed party-goers sparring as knights, sharpening their swords, and feasting with a roasting pig in the background. The troupe pays homage to the fallen French hero every year at Mardi Gras.

A group that usually gathers to mark the start of the Mardi Gras season with a street car masquerade party, The Phunny Phorty Phellows, will be dispersed along the street car route and be watching from the sidewalks.

They will still be able to enjoy the famous King cake, however. The cake is a tradition for the carnival where there is a small figure of a baby in the cake. It is customary that the person who receives the slice of the cake pays for the cake next year.

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Jacob Blake Family Attorney Angry

“This does nothing to help the issue of mistrust,” is the statement uttered by Ben Crump, one attorney for Jacob Blake’s family in response to the district attorney’s decision of not levying charges on the officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back.

A federal civil right investigation is still ongoing.

Sources for post:

Turkish university teachers protest against Erdogan-appointed rector: MSN
Biden to tap more Obama vets to fill key national security roles: Politico
Facebook drops ‘likes’ button from public pages: Reuters
Sudan signs deal to normalise relations with Israel: Aljazeera
Pandemic-era Mardi Gras: No big crowds, but plenty of cake: AP News
Jacob Blake family attorney blasts lack of charges in shooting: MSN

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