Weekly news round up: Nov. 27

Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

By Matthew Farr

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Last week was an exciting one for news in the U.S. and around the world. Here is a quick sampling of some of the top stories:

Cuban leader Fidel Castro dead at 90

Fidel Castro, who in the 1950s led a guerrilla army to a dramatic victory against the U.S.-favoring government in Cuba, has died at age 90. He led the small island nation for 50 years, embracing a Soviet-style communist dictatorship, and constantly thumbed his nose at the U.S. Castro’s death was celebrated in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, which has a large population of refugees who fled Cuba when Castro took over. President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama also made comments on his death. The people of Cuba will take part in a nine day period of mourning, mandated by the government.

For more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/cubas-fidel-castro-who-defied-us-for-50-years-has-died/ar-AAkLXMO?OCID=ansmsnnews11  

Stein launches vote recount in Wisconsin

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein has launched an effort to request a recount of votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. As of Sunday, she has enough money to request a recount of the votes in Wisconsin. Stein launched the request for funds after data showed discrepancies in electronic voting machines in the three states. The Clinton campaign has said that they will take part in the effort. President-elect Donald Trump has called the effort “a scam.”

For more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/25/green-partys-stein-files-for-wisconsin-recount.html

Standing Rock protesters to be kicked out of campsite

The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that they are going to forcibly remove protesters who have been protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The announcement comes after several protesters were injured, and was made to “protect the general public from the violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement officials that have occurred in this area,”according to a letter the Corps sent to the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II. The Corps plans to create a “free speech zone” where activists can protest the construction of the pipeline.

For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/us/dakota-pipeline-protest.html?_r=0

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