Wisconsin Governor Declares State of Emergency

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has issued Executive Order #209, declaring a State of Emergency after a fatal officer involved shooting.

The Executive Order was issued yesterday, in response to a Milwaukee County request for Public Safety Assistance. The State of Emergency was declared in response to citizen protests and “an escalation of civil unrest in Milwaukee County.” The Milwaukee County Sheriff has requested assistance from the National Guard to provide security and other essential services.

Violent protests erupted after police shot dead an armed suspect during a traffic stop on Friday. According to police, the 23 year old man was armed with a handgun loaded with 23 rounds of ammunition. The man has not yet been identified, and it’s unclear at this time as to whether or not he fired any shots. A second suspect was arrested after fleeing from the vehicle.

Within hours, scores of people took to the streets to protest. The protest quickly became violent as protesters threw rocks and bricks, set a gas station on fire, and fired gunshots. One police car was also set on fire, and the windows of two more squad cars were smashed. One officer has been injured after being struck by a thrown brick.

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett announced that at least three people were arrested in relation to the protest. He also issued a plea for peace, saying “If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done.”

The officer involved in the fatal shooting has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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Tensions between Russia and Ukraine Escalate

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko has put the military on its highest state of combat readiness, while Russia announces plans for War Games for in the Black sea.

On Thursday, President Putin blasted Poroshenko for allegedly sending agents into Crimea to perform acts of terrorism. According to the Kremlin, that same day Putin conveyed a meeting of top military commanders to examine ““scenarios for counter-terrorism security measures along the land border, offshore and in Crimean airspace.” This comes in the wake of a recent skirmish, where the Russian Secret Service (FSB) says they prevented the commission of terrorist acts in Crimea, by the Ukrainian Chief Directorate of Intelligence. Russia claims two of its soldiers were killed in the incident.

Ukraine says the allegations are false, and that Russia is fabricating a pretext to escalate hostilities between the two countries. Ukraine’s UN ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko has said that Russia has placed over 40,000 troops in the border region, and that this accumulation of force could reflect “very bad intentions.”

A “quiet” war is  ongoing between Ukraine and Russian backed separatists, that has killed over 9,500 people. Last month was the bloodiest since the conflict began, with 42 Ukrainian soldiers killed.

The newspaper Ukraine Today is reporting that, in light of these recent events, Russia is considering breaking off diplomatic relations.

This latest flare up comes amidst many other international developments that occupy attention elsewhere. One notable distraction is the heated election in the US between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the EU – to which Ukraine had sought membership in, in 2008 – is undergoing its own problems. Aside from the UK voting to leave the EU, many EU member countries are struggling to cope with the mass influx of refugees exiting their war ravaged countries.

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7 Fast Facts About The War on Terror

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In a speech on September 20, 2001, George W. Bush asserted that “our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”

It’s been almost 15 years since the 9/11 attack, here are 7 fast facts about the War on Terror :

Fact #1: the 9/11 attack was carried out by 19 men affiliated with Al Qaeda. Fifteen of them were citizens of Saudi Arabia. Two others were from the United Arab Emirates. Another was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon.

Fact #2: 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report were classified by the George W. Bush administration, and were only released to the public on July 15, 2016. The newly declassified pages mention an indirect link to a Saudi Prince, who is a former ambassador to the US.

Fact #3: despite initial allegations that Iraq was somehow connected to the 9/11 attack, in a speech given on September 11, 2006, George W. Bush admitted that Saddam Hussein had no hand in the attack. “I am often asked why we are in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks.”

Fact #4: A Scripps Howard poll conducted in July, 2006, found that 36% of Americans believe the US government was complicit in the 9/11 attack.

Fact #5: Last year the country that was hit hardest by terror attacks was Iraq, where over 2,400 terrorist attacks were carried out. The country with the second most attacks was Afghanistan, which endured over 1,700 terror related attacks.

Fact #6: The War on Terror has, directly or indirectly, killed over 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan, 80,000 in Pakistan, and 50,000 people in Libya.  That data is from a report made by The Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).

Fact #7: Forbes Magazine estimates the the War on Terror, between 2001-2015, cost American taxpayers $1.7 trillion dollars.

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