FSRN Weekly Edition – June 24, 2016
- UK votes to leave EU; PM David Cameron announces resignation
- Capitol Hill Democrats sit-in on U.S. House floor demanding action on guns
- U.S. Supreme Court tie upholds lower court ruling on executive actions on immigration
- Colombian government and FARC rebels sign historic bilateral agreement to end conflict
- Deadly police crackdown against protesters in Oaxaca sparks shows of support for teachers
- Travel restrictions and medical shortages complicate care for cancer patients in Gaza
Decades after joining in the European Union, more than 17 million voters in the United Kingdom have opted to leave. FSRN’s Andrew Connelly reports from London.
Congressional Democrats intensified their calls for gun control legislation this week in the wake of the massacre of 49 people at an LGBT club in Orlando. FSRN’s Nell Abram has more.
U.S. Supreme Court tie upholds lower court ruling on executive actions on immigration
The U.S. Supreme Court is nearing the end of its term, and a number of important cases remain including Whole Women’s Health – a Texas access to abortion case that court watchers say will come Monday. Thursday brought outcomes in two other major cases. In a surprise ruling, the court upheld affirmative action in college admissions. While calling for “strict scrutiny” of racial preferences, the decision also calls for “considerable deference” to universities in defining diversity on their campuses. And as Lena Nozizwe reports, the still incomplete bench tied in the long awaited case involving President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Heads of state and high-ranking officials from across Latin America gathered in Havana, Cuba Thursday to witness a historic moment; the signing of a bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels. The ceasefire is being celebrated as an end to the longest-running civil conflict in the Western Hemisphere. Robert Packard has more.
A teachers’ union protest in southern Mexico has grown and intensified after federal police used deadly force to clear highway blockades in the state of Oaxaca last Sunday. At least nine people were killed – all of them civilians, all by gunfire – making the police action one of the deadliest directed against Mexican protesters in decades. Shannon Young reports from Oaxaca City.
Since the 1994 installation of the Palestinian Authority, cancer patients in the Gaza Strip have traveled outside of the territory to receive medical care. In the ensuing years, political shifts in the region have made it increasingly difficult for these patients to cross borders. FSRN’s Rami Almeghari files this story about one Gaza oman with cancer who has spent seven years making these cross border journeys for treatment.