Under the Radar:
March 26 – April 1, 2018

Hi, I’m Zoe Licata, with Newscoop’s Under the Radar for March 26 – April 1.

First, disturbing developments in the 140 square mile Palestinian territory of Gaza. Last Friday, March 30th, more than 30,000 Palestinians gathered near the Israel/Gaza border fence for the first day of their “Great March of Return” sit-in — a six week protest marking the anniversary of Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian ancestral land and homes. Israeli snipers used live ammunition to push back the largely peaceful protestors, killing 17 and wounding more than 750. The UN, the EU, and human rights organizations are calling for an investigation into the killings, but Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman says there will be none.

The 1.8 million inhabitants of Gaza have for the last decade been under blockade by both Israel and Egypt, with Gazans allowed to neither leave nor enter the country. The Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank are separated from each other by Israeli territory.

Then, back in the U.S., autopsy results were released on March 30th for the unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark who was gunned down by two police officers the previous week. The officers claimed Clark was threatening them, but that was contradicted by an independent autopsy showing that most of the 8 bullets hit Clark in the back. The young man was armed with only a cell phone.

And the Trump administration is now talking about requiring details of the social media activity of nearly all 15 million annual applicants for U.S. visas. That would include a five-year history of their social media identities, telephone numbers, email addresses and travel. The proposed policy is expected to cost the U.S. a ton of travel revenue.

And on March 29th, it was announced that Elon Musk and his SpaceX had received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to launch a series of satellites that would provide hi-speed internet to rural and developing parts of the world. It would also create interesting competition for an industry in which competition has been sorely lacking.

Wonder if this could be the thing that saves net neutrality…

This has been Newscoop’s under the radar. Tune in next week for another review of important events that are getting far too little attention.

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