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Settlement on Moon

Russia and Europe are planning to work together on a space program to create a permanent space settlement on the moon. Luna 27, the name for the first stage of the project, will begin in five years time, led by Russian space agency Roscosmos and partnered with the European Space Agency.

The goal of the mission is to trek through the unexplored areas near the vicinity of the South Pole. In the beginning, most of the mission will be done with controlled robots but the end goal is to establish permanent moon bases. “The 21st century will be the century when it will be the permanent outpost of human civilization, and our country has to participate in this process.” said Professor Igor Mitrofanov, Space Research Institute. By the end of the year, Europe’s space committee will confirm their cooperation and begin the program.

 

Democratic Debate Drama

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee were the candidates debating on the democratic side. In order to prevent a one-on-one debate between Sanders and Clinton, candidates Webb, O’Malley, and Chafee were considered seat fillers by many with Webb even expressing his frustration that “I’ve been standing here for about ten minutes.” Seconds after the debate, CNN received a lot of flak on social media for posting biased headlines such as “Clinton’s Confident Sweep” or “Hillary Clinton Dominates…” CNN held a public poll on Facebook and Twitter for viewers to vote for the candidate that they think did best; Sanders received a whopping 83%, while Clinton received a 12% ‘dominance’ with over 12,000 total votes in the poll. Less than 24 hours after the poll was public, the post was deleted. Many journalists took to Twitter to expose this scandal, but CNN did not comment on the issue. Some point to Time Warner Cable’s endorsement to Clinton (Clinton’s 7th largest endorser), which coincidentally owns CNN, as the source of the bias to Clinton.

 

North Korea Demands Peace Treaty with US

After a meeting involving President Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, they talked about their willingness to discuss with North Korean President Kim Jong-un about peace talks. The catch is that it will happen only if North Korea is willing to stop all nuclear weapon developments and production. Kim Jong-un rejected the idea of ending their nuclear program, but still demanded for a peace treaty with the United States. Apparently, the only way to resolve conflicts in the Korean peninsula permanently requires the US’s involvement with a peace treaty. In the long run, Obama wishes to reach similar ease of sanctions with North Korea as they have reached with Iran with the Nuclear Deal in July. “We haven’t even gotten to that point yet, because there has been no indication on the part of the North Koreans as there was with the Iranians that they could foresee a future in which they did not possess or were not pursuing nuclear weapons,” he said.

 

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