1 Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan: Over 20 Killed
A suicide bomber drove an explosive truck into a hospital in southern Afghanistan. The resulting blast killed at least 20 and wounded over 90 others. As if on cue, the Taliban claimed responsibility for this act of terror.
The Taliban have conducted attacks almost daily since peace talks with the United States fell through.
Of course, America hasn’t sat idly by while terror organizations wreak havoc on the region. The US conducted a drone strike to target ISIS operations hours before this suicide bombing. Over 16 were killed and dozens were wounded. Non-combatants were allegedly killed as part of the US attack, but America is working with local officials to confirm the facts.
With so much focus on the major powers and political narratives in the Middle East, it’s easy to overlook the individuals impacted by all of this violence. Below is a collection of stories about the average person caught in the middle of the constant conflict. Although it’s heartbreaking to recount some of these events, understanding the real price of war is essential to building a brighter future for everyone.
Normally you only hear about the conflict in Afghanistan when theres been a major bomb blast… But we spent 1 month in one of the country's busiest hospitals, and realised how often people's lives are torn apart in incidents you never hear about. These are some of their stories: pic.twitter.com/h5v8LyaFcg
— Secunder Kermani (@SecKermani) September 19, 2019
2 Government May Avoid Another Shutdown
A new funding bill passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 301-123 that could keep the government open through November. Some were worried the bill wouldn’t make it past the House when it was pulled due to a lack of consensus around healthcare funding and aid for farmers. The Senate should take up the measure next week.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in the Democrat tradition, calls for a compromise between both parties for the sake of this funding bill.
The Republican majority should sit down with Democrats on the appropriations committee and get a bipartisan process back on track.
That’s how we get appropriations done.
No one wants to resort to a continuing resolution or, god forbid, another Republican government shutdown. pic.twitter.com/3LhterUQ91
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 12, 2019
Chuck is acting like he forgot the fiasco surrounding the funding bill for Trump’s wall in early 2019. Democrats chose to shut down the government for an entire month, the longest shutdown in history, just to get in Trump’s way. There’s no such thing as a compromise with Democrats unless they get everything they want.
3 Trump to Sic EPA on San Francisco
Hoping to deal with what he believes to be a national disgrace, President Trump is having the EPA crackdown on San Francisco over the city’s homelessness problem. Trump views the problem as an environmental one. Even San Francisco residents complain about the cleanliness of their streets and the number of homeless sleeping on sidewalks.
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) September 19, 2019
If San Francisco has a homelessness problem this severe, why isn’t the city attempting to solve the issue? While we may never know all of the city council’s reasons, it’s obvious something needs to be done in light of their incompetence in addressing the problem. That’s precisely what Trump’s goal is.
Governor Gavin Newsom, and other California officials, asked Trump for federal funds to expand programs that would shelter the homeless. It seems that Trump’s shaming tactics have pushed the Democrat-run state into action at last.
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