France’s far-right National Front (FN) on Sunday gained a record 27.7 percent of the vote in the first round of regional elections, a victory that may have been helped by the November 13 Paris attacks. Sunday’s result, just three weeks after the terrible attacks in Paris that cost 130 lives, put the FN 2.5 percent ahead…
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By Alexandra Van Erven
Even though it didn’t make national headlines, something really important happened in San Francisco over the course of the last few weeks.
Major protests have rocked the Bay Area after five local activists endured a 17 day hunger strike in an effort to force out San Francisco’s police chief.
The chief in question, Greg Suhr was accused by the strikers of not being responsive to the concerns of members of minority communities after a series of police involved shootings.
The hunger strike ended last week after doctors implored the strikers to stop it for their own health and safety, but the movement to reform the city continues.
Last Monday, May 9, nearly 100 impassioned citizens of San Francisco took to the streets in front of City Hall, calling for the resignation of Suhr.
The protesters circled the city hall roughly a dozen and a half times, doing so for the protesters who had to make sacrifices such as not eating for nearly two and a half weeks.
“One for every day the hunger strikers did not have food in their bodies,” Benjamin Bac Sierra, one of the organizers said according to ABC 7 News.
The Frisco Five protesters had been at it for 17 days and had camped out in front of the Mission District police station, going days without food and without shopping in order to protest police brutality, killings, and racism.
Police also allegedly injured four journalists who were covering the protests, further escalating the situation:
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 9, 2016
These protests seem to be having some of the desired effects, with multiple sources claiming that San Francisco supervisors Jane Kim, David Campos, Eric Mar and John Avalos are all calling for Suhr to be replaced, therefore becoming the first San Francisco elected officials to do so.
“Chief Greg Suhr has served San Francisco for over 30 years and we should thank him for that service,” Jane Kim said in a press release. “But even he must acknowledge that leading a culture shift in that department would be easier and faster if there was new leadership there.”
And the Mayor of San Francisco has called for more money to fund police reforms. However, the hunger strikers do not seem to feel like that is a real fix for the problems gripping the city:
— Mission Local (@MLNow) May 12, 2016
RISE NEWS will continue to monitor further developments as this story progresses.
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Update: 11/05/2015- 12:15 PM EST
VICE News is reporting that the head of the Sharm El-Sheikh airport has been “promoted” to deputy chief of the Egyptian Airports Company for operations. The airport is the suspected point of entry for a bomb that was planted on a plane that crashed on Saturday.
From VICE News:
“When VICE News asked Egypt’s civil aviation authority about the removal of the Sharm El-Sheikh airport chief, the response was that Abdel-Wahab Ali had been “promoted” to deputy chief of the Egyptian Airports Company for operations — and that the move was ‘planned for some time.'”
— Avi Asher-Schapiro (@AASchapiro) November 5, 2015
CNN is reporting that U.S. intelligence has pointed to ISIS as the cause of the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed over the Sinai on Saturday.
From CNN: “The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter. The official stressed that there has not been a formal conclusion reached by the U.S. intelligence community. “There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane,” the official told CNN’s Barbara Starr.”
The British government also said today that the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed over the Sinai on Saturday “may well have been brought down by an explosive device”.
Prime Minister David Cameron will be holding an emergency meeting of COBRA– the British equivalent of the Situation Room.
The government has also announced that UK-bound flights from Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt will be stopped until experts can assess the security situation there.
According to Andrew Woodcock, the political editor of the Press Association, the government says that the measures are only “precautionary” in nature. Stay with Rise News as we follow this developing story.
#Breaking The Russian aeroplane which crashed in Egypt “may well have been brought down by an explosive device” – Downing Street
— Press Association (@PA) November 4, 2015
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The division between the Baby Boomer generation and Generation Y (Millennials) is the most important generational gap to date in American history.
But how are they different and why is there a so-called tension between the two generations?
Jim Tankersley explains this phenomenon in the Washington Post:
“Boomers soaked up a lot of economic opportunity without bothering to preserve much for the generations to come. They burned a lot of cheap fossil fuels, filled the atmosphere with heat-trapping gases, and will probably never pay the costs of averting catastrophic climate change or helping their grandchildren adapt to a warmer world.”
His article clearly identifies the qualities of the Baby Boomer generation that have contributed to the animosity that the rest of the country feels, and detriments to the economy are at the forefront of that anger.
The Economy’s downfall:
This is a frequent criticism of the Baby Boomer generation that has fueled the tension between them and younger generations, especially their children’s generation, Millennials.
Often, Generation Y is accused of being poor spenders and even worse savers; but with high tuition rates and a small job market, how can anyone save money?
Economic writer Michael Snyder references a recent survey that found, “that 47 percent of all Millennials are using at least half of their paychecks to pay off debt”.
Boomers who accuse Millennials of being lazy and poor are underestimating the fundamental difference that made their young adult life far easier than Generation Y’s, and that was a booming economy.
When the Baby Boomers began working, wages were higher and jobs were accessible with or without a degree.
Tankersely also explains “The typical U.S. household headed by someone who was 25 to 29 years old in 1975 saw its real income increase by 60 percent until it peaked and began to slowly decline before retirement”.
Compare that to Millennials, and Tankersely states, “For the 2001 group, the peak was just over 20 percent higher”.
So clearly, any economic agreement made between these two generations can be attributed to the conditions of the economy and less to do with drive or a motivation to work.
However, there is something to say for the ways in which Millennials view work that is unique from other generations.
A recent Gallup poll explained, “In addition to finding steady, engaging jobs, millennials want to have high levels of well-being, which means more than being physically fit. Yes, millennials want to be healthy, but they also want a purposeful life, active community and social ties, and financial stability.”
Millennials travel far more than any other generation, they do not jump right into any career, and they are the most diverse generation to date.
According to CNN, there are 76 million Baby Boomers, and 72 percent of them are white.
It then demonstrates that out of the 87 million Millennials, only 56 percent are white. Their multiculturalism makes them connected to the world beyond their niche and job, and allows them to move far and often.
Due to the nature of the Internet and the ability to access information with a touch of a button, Millennials have a different kind of motivation and connectedness to the world.
This difference of involvement has unfortunately resulted in a more severe lack of involvement in politics than any other generation when they were young.
Though the Internet is a tool, it has also decreased Millennial’s attention spans. That is why news outlets that write quick and fast articles are the most successful amongst this generation.
While Millenials news feeds are clouded with dozens of list form articles and short abbreviated news reports, Baby Boomers are reading more traditional news outlets that cater more directly to a political side.
There isn’t a clear answer as to which form is better or worse, but it is clear, that due to the condensed and diluted nature of these shorter articles, and a lack of political involvement, Millennials are perceived to be less informed on political or social issues.
Boomers will accuse Millennials of failing to congregate for any political protests, (Occupy Wall Street was unfortunately a poor example for Generation Y).
However, Millennials see the world through a computer, which allows them to access more of the world all at once as opposed to congregating over one issue at a time. That is a lot of power that the generation hasn’t fully discovered how to handle.
Secondly, what is often overlooked is what the Boomer generation was able to ban together and protest about, and that is the Vietnam War and the first media coverage through television broadcasts.
True, Millennials weren’t out on the streets protesting the Iraq war, but the majority of them weren’t at risk of fighting due to a lack of a draft. This is a sad reality, but without the personal threat such as what Baby Boomers experienced in 1969, a generation is less likely to oppose military involvement.
It isn’t fair to compare the ways in which Millennials protest injustice to how Baby Boomers did. Baby Boomers didn’t have the Internet; they had their voices in the streets; that was their tool.
Today, Millennials see thousands of posts on Twitter or Facebook exclaiming the injustices of the world and a dire need to improve these issues. They are extremely aware of the fatal state of the environment, and they are making noise about these things.
However, they are doing it in places where Baby Boomers do not go.
So is there really a fight between the generations? Of course not; and that’s because neither generation interacts in the same outlets.
If anything Baby Boomers are resented for causing so much damage to the environment and the economy, but Millennials lack of involvement in politics keeps Baby Boomers in control of the system and disengages any kind of battle between the two generations.
In his Washington Post piece Tankersley says, [if Baby Boomers want to improve the country], “They should take steps, right now, to reduce carbon emissions and head off a debt crisis. They should pay higher taxes or accept slimmer retirement benefits, and they should tell lawmakers to make cleaner energy a top priority.”
In any case, it isn’t accurate to pair these generations against each other because much of Millennials’ characteristics come from what their parents, (the Baby Boomers) taught them.
If you break the world and leave the clean up to your children, don’t give them a medal just for participating on a soccer team, it will make them narcissistic, and it will hinder individual drive.
Instead, teach them to use the voice you used in the streets, but to take advantage of the new tools they have to make that voice louder.
Baby Boomers should ignite a fire for their children to blaze through, they should support them, not criticize them for an economy and a job market that they did not cause.
They should view the millennial culture and Internet usage as a tool to more frequently talk about large issues on a global scale.
Yes, Baby Boomers’ parents hated rock and roll, and now our parents hate rap, but there isn’t a war between the two, just disagreements and different experiences.
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