Aug 08 2014
Daily News Flash with Courtney Morris on US Bombing of Northern Iraq, End of Gaza Ceasefire, and Conviction of Renisha McBride Killer
Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, sitting in for Maya Rockeymoore. Courtney is an assistant professor of African American and women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s news headlines:
US fighter jets have begun dropping bombs near the Iraqi city of Irbil to stave off the militant group ISIS. President Obama authorized the strikes on Iraq yesterday, justifying them on the basis of protecting US advisers in the Kurdish city of Irbil. Rebel soldiers from ISIS have taken over many cities in northern Iraq in the last few months. Among the lives at stake are a group of thousands of Iraqis from the Yazidi ethnic group who are trapped on a mountain and could starve to death. There have been airdrops of food and water to the population by aid groups. News media are reporting that the Obama administration is worried about being dragged into a prolonged conflict. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article about the story.
A 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza between Israeli forces and Hamas has ended with no agreement in place. Israel resumed shelling in Gaza this morning killing a 10 year old Palestinian boy. Rockets aimed at Israel from Gaza also resumed, causing minor injuries to one soldier and one civilian. Al Jazeera is reporting “a lower intensity in attacks compared with earlier in the conflict.” Meanwhile Palestinian negotiators remain in Egypt trying to come to some agreement. They want an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the freeing of hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners, while Israel is demanding a complete disarmament in Gaza, including of Hamas. Click here for an Al Jazeera article about the story.
A white man named Theodore Wafer was just convicted of second degree murder and manslaughter of Renisha McBride, a 19-year old African American woman. In a case that drew parallels with the Trayvon Martin shooting, McBride was fatally shot by Wafer after she knocked on his door at night when her car crashed. McBride’s parents addressed the press after the conviction and said they were satisfied with the jury’s decision. Wafer will be sentenced later this month and faces a possible life imprisonment. Click here for a Washington Post article about the story.