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Fred Thompson, a former United States Senator and well known actor died at the age of 73 after a battle with leukemia.
The Thompson family broke the news to the media in a statement.
“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” the statement read according to the Tennessean. “Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home,” the statement read in part.
From the Tennessean
“As an attorney, he helped lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. As a politician, he served the state of Tennessee for eight years as a conservative Republican in the U.S. Senate and briefly as a possible GOP presidential nominee. As an actor, he stared in some of the most prominent films and television series of his time.
At 6’5″ with a booming voice, Mr. Thompson and his larger-than-life persona played a role in several key moments that shaped the U.S. and Tennessee political landscape.”
Thompson was best known for his campaign for president in 2008 and for his role as the Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch in Law And Order. Thompson won 11 delegates in his 2008 race for the GOP nomination for the highest office in the land and dropped out after competing in 5 states.
Stay with Rise News as we continue to update this developing story.
Sad news from Tennessee: Fred Thompson died today in Nashville. A recurrence of lymphoma, per a statement. Quite a life.
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) November 1, 2015
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By Criswell Lavery
Before starting this article, I didn’t know a lot about Justin Trudeau.
Many (white, liberal Americans) think of the young Prime Minister and immediately connect him with the monikers “feminist”, “pro-LGBT”, “pro-choice”, all of which are correct.
But very few know much more about him.
I had seen a few articles floating around talking about his stance on foreign policy, his interactions with the First Nations’ peoples, and his meeting with Donald Trump, but never stopped to read them or look further.
Like many, I was blinded by Trudeau’s liberal social values and his fabulous hair, and thought of him only with a vague fondness.
This is a trap that many fall into, even in our age of easily accessible information.
We see articles about how he’s let over 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada since he took office in 2015, and don’t see the one about the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).
This agreement was set to reduce 98% of tariffs on trade between Canada and the European Union and cause a small increase in jobs.
It also has provisions which are very similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), providing corporations with a huge amount of privileges and legal rights, allowing for them to sue entire governments to change laws and standards that impede their function.
CETA gives Canadian and European corporations these same rights, as well as giving international companies bidding rights to areas in cities, First Nation communities, and providences.
Despite the job growth and tariff reduction, it’s heavily weighted to favor big business, which one would think our Disney prince Prime Minister would be against, right?
Prime Minister Trudeau had been pushing the agreement for months before it was signed in October 2016, and was ratified this February.
It’s been a big part of the reason recent press coverage has turned against Justin Trudeau, changing from their pretty steadily positive reporting to something a little more mixed.
He wholeheartedly supports CETA, which definitely did not fit with the ideal image of him that my little liberal heart had created.
And there’s plenty more where that came from.
A very controversial issue in Canada, just as it is in the USA, is indigenous peoples’ rights.
Like the tribes in the United States, the First Nations have been brutally treated and forced out of their lands since white people first got there, hundreds of years ago.
When Prime Minister Trudeau took office, he promised to bring the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into law in Canada.
This document affixes the inherent rights of indigenous people, including the right to self-determinism and the right to not be forced to assimilate to the incumbent culture.
While the protection of indigenous culture seems like it should be assumed and respected, it’s not currently legally required.
Despite frequent promises to bring this into the new Canadian administration, in July of 2016, Trudeau’s Justice Minister stated that they would not be adopting the UN’s Declaration into law, that it “makes no sense.”
In breaking this promise, Trudeau lost a lot of respect and trust among the First Nations.
In the following year, many new blunders involving the treatment of indigenous peoples have been made, one being the support of the Site C dam, a hydro-electric power generator being proposed to be built on the Peace River in British Columbia.
The dam would destroy ancient burial grounds and threaten traditional hunting and fishing grounds.
In addition, Canada’s energy need hasn’t grown in recent years, and they even have a surplus of clean energy.
The support of this project is another check on a list of broken promises and backtracking.
Here’s the thing, I don’t necessarily think that Justin Trudeau is a bad person.
I can’t make that judgement.
Do I disagree with many of his policies?
Do I agree with others?
I’m not trying to condemn everything he’s ever done, I’m trying to illustrate the very gray nature of politics today, and the dangerous habit people have to put things in black and white.
When we’re distracted by buzzwords and a certain Prime Minister’s blinding smile, we fail to hold people accountable for their actions.
We don’t demand answers or retribution when they mess up or don’t follow through.
As much as we might like to think so, Trudeau isn’t a Disney prince.
He’s human, and a powerful political figure.
Let your ideal go, and demand answers when you have questions, ask for retributions when promises are broken.
Disney princes are perfect.
People are not.
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Scores of students at the Ohio State University in Columbus are demanding widespread reforms and changes at the school after conducting a large sit-in at the President’s office.
According to Al-Jazeera, the sit-in protestors where quickly threatened with arrest by police and set off a fierce conversation on social media about whether the #ReclaimOSU movement had any merit.
— RFC.OSU (@RFC_OSU) April 7, 2016
The protestors seem to be from a slew of left leaning student groups that are demanding a mix of things from the school including:
-Demands by an organization called Real Food OSU “to create a just, transparent and democratic food system”. (Bottomline: they want 20% of campus food to be locally sourced and humanely grown by 2020.)
-Demands by United Students Against Sweatshops to “halt the Comprehensive Energy Management Plan which would further privatize our university.”
-Demands by the Committee for Justice in Palestine to “divest from companies that are complicit in Israeli apartheid.” (Some believe that Israel is conducting an apartheid like system. Others believe that calling Israel an apartheid state to be anti-Semitic.)
— Jumpman (@Younglionking7) April 6, 2016
“We do not know what companies OSU invests in and we do not know how our tuition money is allocated,” an excerpt from a list of demands of the protestors reads. “Requests to see this information have been denied. How is it that OSU refuses to tell us where our money is going?”
Not everyone agrees with the protestors.
A parody Twitter account has sprung up making fun of the group and their demands, indicating that they are overreacting to the circumstances on campus:
— Reclaim OSU (@ReclaimOSU614) April 7, 2016
After police reportedly refused to allow in food or legal representation to the protestors holed up in the President’s office on campus, students finally left after being threatened with academic sanctions.
Arrest is one thing;NO STUDENT has the money/time to be expelled. They silenced us by putting our whole lives at risk. We just want justice.
— angry brown girl ✨ (@diasporadesi) April 7, 2016
It is unclear whether the protests will continue today.
This is a developing story. Stay with RISE NEWS as we learn more information.
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