Friday, December 30, 2016
A 2016 year end round up!
By SJ Otto
Once again it is time for a review of the important stories that that shaped our lives, or should I say; made us queasy. So here the events and stories that made 2016 the year that was:
The Flint Michigan water scandal broke. We saw that government turned its head while poor people had to suffer through an antiquated system of a sub-standard water system.
This was the month a great friend of mine and
Kansas writer Tim
Pouncey died. He was well known here in Kansas.
rejected North (Democratic Peoples Republic of) Korean peace talks. For the
rest of President
Barack Obama's term the US has had nothing but belligerence for that
country. The DPRK has developed a nuclear bomb arsenal to protect themselves.
There was a major terror attack on Brussels, in an airport, by ISIS (Islamic State). It was a tragedy, but NATO countries should expect this from a
Middle east group they are at war with.
Peace talks had begun between the Columbian Government and the Armed Revolutionary Forces for Colombia (FARC) to end their civil war. Since the guerrillas were only fighting for reforms they got what they wanted. The war ended and the can now be a political party.
We had an election:
The Democratic Party cheated to stop the supporters of Bernie Sanders- Many young people across the country were disappointed to find out that the Democratic National Committee intentionally tried to stop Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The Orlando Gay Club Shooting was probably the worst terrorist shooting this country has ever seen. Almost 50 people shot in a gay club in
The shooter decided he was inspired by ISIS.
There was massive flooding in
An Earth-like planet was discovered around Proxima Centauri, which is the closest star to earth.
There was a Syrian ceasefire. It went no where. It didn't last. The fighting was completely unnecessary and all it did was cause human suffering.
A new abortion clinic opened in Oklahoma City, owned by South Wind Women's Service. The South Wind organization has fought to bring legal abortion services to the women of
Kansas and opening in Oklahoma was a major step against the
anti-abortion crowd and their religious-right backers.
Fidel Castro died, bringing an end to more than half a century of standing up to the
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has stood up to the
there was a failed coup against the government of Tayyip Erdogan. So now he has
grabbed power in what can only be described as a fascist take-over. He is
slowly taking away the people's democratic rights.
The Koch Brothers, David and Charles are in the process of taking full control of a
university known today as .
The brothers have given lots of money to the school and have demanded a lot of
control over it, by them. They have created a "culture of fear." Wichita
Trump has appointed an ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, who is nothing but trouble. He is farther to the right than their present leader Benjamin Netanyahu. He plans to move the US Embassy to
and he plans to support the Israeli settlements on the West
Bank which will pretty much kill any chance of a peace agreement.