By: Lisa Librenjak
KASHMIR, INDIA – Valentine’s Day this year wasn’t full of love and chocolate kisses in Kashmir, India. On Thursday, February 14th dozens of Indian paramilitary police were killed after a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden vehicle into the convoy. Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. India, Pakistan and China all claim partial or complete ownership of Kashmir. India and Pakistan have been fighting over Kashmir since both countries gained their independence in 1947. India’s Government says it has “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack and says it will downgrade diplomatic relations with the country. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group recently claimed responsibility for the attack.
NIGERIA, AFRICA – Nigeria, Africa’s largest democracy is battling against the spread of fake news. Old news from the country’s most controversial election in 2011 is being brought back to life by Nigerians who don’t know any better but to believe the false claims. A journalist from Cross Check Nigeria named Lolade Nwanze is working on this issue with a group of nearly 15 media houses who have joined together to fight news. Twitter and Facebook have responded and say they will keep a closer eye on monitoring fake accounts and trends.
WESTMINSTER, UK – The Oakland Teachers’ Union isn’t the only strike that’s bringing in attention. On Friday, February 15th students in Westminster, United Kingdom come together and protest in a strike for action on climate change. The school walk out is called School Strike 4 Climate and has gained popularity in over 14 countries. Parents of the striking children are behind their child’s progressiveness because they believe this is an exceptional circumstance for an absence and it is they who are most affected by climate breakdown. A global strike will be held next month on Friday, March 15th and will reach new participating countries such as Uganda, New Zealand and Colombia.