http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN15V13R?sp=true

In the next 20 months, four famines threaten to kill 20 million people

  • Caused by
    • War in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan
    • Drought in East Africa
    • Unaffordable food price increases
  • Humanitarian aid is at a record high but need continues to outpace it

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN15V2TW?sp=true

Samsung’s chief, Lee Jae-yong, was arrested over his alleged role in the presidential corruption scandal currently ongoing in South Korea.

  • Samsung is accused of paying bribes totaling $37.74 million to organizations linked to one of President Park Geun-hye’s closest friends, Choi Soon-sil, to secure government support of a merger. Choi is currently in detention facing charges including attempted fraud, extortion and abuse of power.
    • The merger helped Lee inherit corporate control from his father, Lee Kun-hee, who is incapacitated after a heart attack in 2014
    • Other charges include embezzlement, illegal transfer of property abroad and perjury
  • Indictment must happen within 20 days
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/world/asia/korea-samsung-lee-jae-yong.html

http://www.dw.com/en/world-order-in-crisis-mode-as-g20-meets/a-37565015

  • Notable Issues
    • Increasing aid to Africa to combat root causes of migration and flight
    • Testing Rex Tillerson and his willingness to align with Trump’s rhetoric
    • Germany is in an election year for Prime Minister and its holding of the G20 summit seems to be partially politically motived

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/midwest/ct-iowa-public-union-bill-20170216-story.html

Iowa Republicans have passed a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state

  • Critics say the law is aimed at crippling worker unions by reducing membership and reducing financial stability
  • There are roughly 180,000 public sector employees in Iowa
  • A similar law in Wisconsin has caused public and private union membership numbers to drop 40%

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-daca-20170216-story.html

The Trump administration is examining at few options that would not directly involve Trump to end the Dreamer Program enacted by Obama

  • A lawsuit brought by states
    • If governors challenge the program in court, Jeff Sessions could instruct his lawyers to not defend the program in court, exposing it to indefinite suspension by a federal judge
  • New legal guidance that details who is a priority for deportation
    • Jeff Sessions could direct Department of Justice lawyers to review the program
      • If the Justice Department determines DACA is not legal or a responsible use of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security would be instructed to stop awarding and renewing the two-year work permits currently in place under the program
  • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly could instruct US Citizenship and Immigration Services to stop issuing work permits via memo
    • Janet Napolitano created DACA via memo

 

Things That Make Me Laugh Then Cry

http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/michael-flynn-twitter-fake-1201988461/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/us/politics/leaks-donald-trump.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Interesting Read of the Day

http://www.theroot.com/open-letter-to-white-people-who-are-obsessed-with-black-1790856298

Mental Healing

Gallery: An intimate look at two Syrian refugee families

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