What to Know This Week!


Though the price of gas is getting lower and the value of the US dollar is getting stronger, hunger and homelessness are still rampant issues in our country. A recent report has shown that the rate of homeless children is at an all time high. One in every 30 children is homeless, and California accounts for 1/5th of homeless children with nearly 527,000 kids. At least 2.5 million children were homeless at some point in 2013.


A State of Emergency has been declared in Missouri as they wait for the grand jury’s decision on whether or not to prosecute the police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed teen Mike Brown on August 9th. Protests have been vigilant since Brown’s death, citing rampant police violence.


A second person in the United States has died of Ebola. Dr. Martin Salia was being treated for Ebola in Nebraska after contracting it in Sierra Leone while treating patients. He was brought to the US on November 10th when he was already experiencing kidney and respiratory failure, and he died on November 15th. Two other people who came back into the country with Salia were also infected with Ebola, but they have made full recoveries.


Protesters in Nairobi, Kenya, banded together to take a stand against violence against women in the area. This stemmed from an assault on a woman wearing a short skirt; she was attacked by a group of men who grabbed, yanked, and pulled on her clothing until she was naked. Authorities have not been able to identify the men in the attack, so protesters are taking matters into their own hands by letting the public know that clothing is not a trigger for sexual assault.


Japan has slid back into a recession following a sales tax hike that has put pressure on the housing and business development markets. After a pattern of slowing economic growth in both China and the European Union, a recession in Japan — the country with the 3rd highest economy in the world — is likely to add to growing economic uncertainty around the world.


Finally, former President George W. Bush explained in an interview with Sean Hannity that he will not criticize President Obama or the office of the President because it’s bad for not only the country, but for the presidency itself. Bush has made a point to stay out of the limelight since leaving the White House, and he has stayed out of politics since then as well.



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