What’s going on with the world today (23/04/2017)?

I woke up today (Probably more like yesterday because I’m finishing this post a few hours from midnight) and asked this to myself, not because I was feeling sorry for the world or regretful on behalf of the human species, I asked this in the simplest sense of the question after realizing that I’m honestly not so sure. The advance in technology and specially communication is causing the world to change faster and faster and in my case, it doesn’t help to live a loner’s life alienated by choice from regular news, the only things I find out come in the form of memes from Facebook or at family dinners on holidays.  So, I decided to make a little research and this are the three main news I found out  today:

1.- War

The first article I came across was this:

“Mourning declared after scores of troops die in Afghan base attack”

by Abdul Matin and Hamid Shalizi

From: https://www.yahoo.com/news/death-toll-afghan-attack-rises-140-officials-052205812.html

Yes, apparently half or even more than half of the world is currently at war, here is the map I found in Wikipedia that shows the places of the ongoing conflicts (all the painted areas).

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Taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_armed_conflicts#/media/File:Ongoing_conflicts_around_the_world.svg

I was surprised not to see U.S.A., but then I realized that the map refers only to the places where the war is actually taking place, in other words, to my understanding, these are the places where bullets are flying and bombs are exploding. I was planning on commenting about war, but that has to be another post, it’s too much of a subject to comment on a paragraph.

2.- Science (In protest)

Second article I found:

“March for Science: Protesters gather worldwide to support ‘evidence’”

By Laura Smith-Spark and Jason Hanna

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From: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/22/health/global-march-for-science/index.html

 

International Marches took place today as a respond from many people to the threats of the President of USA Donald Trump, about making cuts to the budget that support scientific research and programs. I believe this must be treated carefully because, even though, our first instinct may be to sign up for the next protest near you, maybe making cuts to the budget isn’t the worst idea ever, they don’t have to be if they are made in a smart way, I mean, does people really need millions of dollars spent for research about Mars? Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s amazing all the latest discoveries about space, but is that a priority over fighting drug abuse, domestic violence or the decrease of education’s quality? Now, if the cuts to the budget are directed to close projects related with global warming or medical research and investing in more weapons of mass destruction then I guess I would have no choice but to be signed up in the next protest.

 3.- More War

The third article:

“Sure hope the US doesn’t go to war with North Korea over the weekend”

By Dylan Matthews, Naomi Shavin, and Dara Lind

From: http://www.vox.com/2017/4/14/15300224/vox-sentences-north-korea-nuclear-test

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First, I want you to know that I tried to end this post with something interesting and perhaps cheering, but this one looks too important not to mention. So, it seems nuclear missile tests will probably take place tomorrow on behalf of North Korea, in response, President of USA, Mr. Donald Trump has sent an aircraft carrier directed to North Korea as a warning sign.

I was shocked, like I said, I’ve avoided what’s happening with the world for a while, however, after chatting about it with a friend, she told me that even though things have been escalating for a while now, and the situation is pretty tense, it always seems as if tomorrow was going to start the Third World War, and that I shouldn’t worry about it. I guess she is right, I remembered that the reason why I stopped following the news was because 99% of the times it won’t matter if you saw them or not, what you can do with the information you get as small pills is pretty limited and 100% of the times you’ll feel like the world is about to explode, but in case she isn’t right, well, thanks for reading this post, and good luck on WW3!