Breaking the Bubble

Jess Kaplan, News Editor

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Domestic:

A white supremacist manifesto was sent to students at Syracuse University after a string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents. Students are protesting the administration’s inability to address the issues and lack of protection for students of color. They have taken to social media with the hashtag #NotAgainSU to tell stories of how the recent events have affected them. Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has criticized the University’s mishandling of the situation: “That these actions should happen on the campus of a leading New York university makes this situation even worse.”

On Tuesday Nov. 19, the two federal guards who were on duty the night of Jeffery Epstein’s death were charged with conspiracy and filing false records. The guards were supposed to check on Epstein every half hour. The guards were instead online shopping, watching sports, and sleeping. Both guards have pleaded guilty and were released on bond.

 

International: 

Afghanistan’s government released three prominent Taliban figures from hostage in exchange for two Western hostages, as well as 10 Afghan soldiers. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said the release is meant “to facilitate direct peace negotiations.” The move may also help the United States restart peace talks, which broke down earlier this year.

Adolf Hitler’s birth home in Branau, Austria is set to be turned into a police station to prevent it from becoming a center for neo-Nazis. The handling of Hitler’s birth home has been a point of contention for more than 70 years. The Austrian government plans to hold an EU-wide architectural competition to redesign the building. The winner of the competition will be announced in early 2020.

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