Sunday news round-up: November 17th-23rd

An ongoing series that gathers some main headlines from the week, for people too busy to keep an eye on the news.

Top Story: Students clash with police over tuition fees protest: One thing that the Coalition did to forever damage its reputation was the raising of tuition fees, a move that students have never really forgotten or forgiven (some even blame Nick Clegg’s U-turn on fees as the main reason for his poor polling results). Around 10,000 people took to the streets of London to reaffirm their opposition to £9,000 tuition fees and austerity measures in general.

EU has no plans to hold Israel to account: Speaking to press, the newly elected EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini maintained that if Israel blocks the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, no action shall be taken by the European Union. Before the Union came to fruition, many European governments actively participated in the destruction of the Palestinian people, and continue to do so today.

  • Related: Israel to relax gun carry laws: In response to a brutal terrorist attack by two Palestinian cousins in Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch proclaimed that he would relax restrictions on gun carrying for the purposes of self-defense. Over 2,100 Palestinian civilians were killed in Israel’s latest terrorist offensive, but the international mainstream media was largely silent about the deaths of Palestinian children. Supporters of a two-state solution have long called for governments and media to treat Israeli and Palestinian civilian life equally, but it seems their calls have not been met.

David Cameron warns of another global recession: After Japan’s economy officially fell into recession, the British Prime Minister published a piece in the Guardian which warned that a financial meltdown may be imminent, which is why (according to him) the Conservative’s long-term economic plan must continue, in order to stave off any damage to the British economy. Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister of getting his excuses in early. UK food bank use, child poverty rates and the wealth of the 1% have all seen unprecedented rises under the Tory-led Coalition government.

Senate Democrats halt Keystone XL Pipeline: By a single vote, the U.S. Senate narrowly halted a bill that would approve the construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, a disastrous corporate venture that would create barely any permanent jobs, pollute the environment beyond repair and leave surrounding areas open to expensive and deadly spills. Amidst damning indictments of the fossil fuel industries and the increasingly frightening reports by climate scientists, the bill’s blockage has been hailed as a victory not only for environmentalists, but for the planet.

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