Under the Radar: April 2-8, 2018

Welcome to Newscoop’s “Under the Radar” —

the weekly review of important news no one’s talking about.

Hi, I’m Zoe Licata, with Newscoop’s Under the Radar for April 2-8.

Protests continue near the Israel/Gaza border, with Palestinians in the midst of their 6 week “Great March of Return,” which began March 30th. As guaranteed by UN Resolution 194, they are seeking the right of return to their ancestral homes and homelands from which they were forced when Israel was created in 1948. Israel has responded to the mostly non-violent protests with open fire, having already killed 29 protesters and wounded thousands. The situation is currently under investigation by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

And more is being revealed each week about the Facebook data breach for more than 87 million Facebook users. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie described the way in which his employer, Cambridge Analytica, worked with Donald Trump’s campaign to build software that harvested Facebook data to influence millions of American voters in the 2016 presidential election. This is not the first time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been under fire for privacy issues relating to his company, and he is expected to testify this week before the U.S. Congress. More and more policymakers and privacy organizations are calling for U.S. digital privacy regulations similar to those that protect the rights and privacy of citizens of the European Union.

And there was more horror and suffering in Syria this week. On April 7, Syrian forces launched a chemical attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma, killing more than 70 (most of them women and children). Chlorine gas and sarin were the suspected agents. Upwards of 500 were injured. Trump tweeted out his exasperation. The EU called for an immediate international response. Russia labeled the reports fake news. And Israel took all of it as an opportunity to launch its own missile attack on the Syrian T-4 military base, where it claims Iran has a presence.

And lastly, the much-beloved former president of Brazil, Lula da Silva, surrendered to police on April 7 to begin the 12 year prison sentence handed down by what is being seen as a corrupt judiciary. Da Silva has been one of the most popular politicians in the world, fighting for the rights of working men and women in Brazil. The New York Times, 12 U.S. congressmen, Noam Chomsky, and numerous other prominent intellectuals and politicians see the corruption charges against da Silva as an attempt to prevent an extremely popular candidate from running in the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil.

It’s more than a little concerning right now to watch so-called “populist” leaders around the world use their offices to enrich themselves and consolidate their power — while Lula da Silva sits in prison.

This has been Newscoop’s Under the Radar – the tip of the iceberg of important events that get far too little attention. Tune in next week for more.

 

 

 

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