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Posted by: Gabriel Sherieff
15/09/2017

 

North Korea launches second missile over Japan. The missile, thought to be intermediate range, flew further than any previous missiles tested by the regime and triggered emergency sirens minutes before it passed over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido this morning. Japan has warned North Korea that it has “no bright future” and has called for an UN Security Council emergency meeting. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has called for the major oil suppliers to the regime, Russia and China to apply pressure by indicating their intolerance for such reckless missile launches and take direct action of their own. The launch could be read as a show of defiance days after the UN Security Council approved new sanctions against the regime following the previous missile sent on the 29th August. Today’s missile flew higher and further, suggesting the regime is making advances in its weapon programmes. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, has branded the launch “absolutely unacceptable”. US defence secretary James Mattis has declined to comment on a possible military response. Beijing has yet to officially respond but experts in the country believe that it is unlikely China will make any radical moves and that recent UN sanctions should be given a chance to work before further action should be taken. (Source – The Guardian)

Google sued over sex discrimination. Three female ex-employees of Google have filed a lawsuit against the tech giant citing unequal pay for comparable work. The three women filed the suit in a San Francisco court stating that Google discriminates against female staff by paying lower wages and providing less promotional opportunities and advancements than those available to male staff with comparable qualifications. Kelly Ellis, one of the women who filed the suit said “it’s time to stop ignoring these issues in tech”. Silicon Valley is well known for its sexist culture and like other companies in the sector Google has faced previous questions surrounding the company’s treatment of women. About 70% of Google’s workforce are men and 75% of it’s leadership positions are held by men. Google said it would review the lawsuit but disagreed with the "central allegations". Google is also currently under investigation by the US Department of Labor over pay practices. (Source – BBC)

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have not changed Trump’s mind about climate change. Trump infamously stated that climate change is a “hoax” and once President he pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement. When asked by a reporter if the first two natural disasters during his presidency had changed his mind on climate change Trump said “we’ve had bigger storms than this.” He expanded on his argument by discussing storms from the 1930s and 40s saying that “you’ll see storms that were very similar and even bigger.” On the first leg of his tour through storm ravaged Florida, Trump lamented the “tremendous power” and “devastation” of Hurricane Irma. However, Irma made history as the most extreme hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic and Harvey set the record for the most rainfall in the continental US. Together, these two disasters marked the first time in recorded history that two Atlantic category 4 hurricanes hit the US in a single year. Scientists have been warning for years that climate change will produce more and more of these record breaking storms, and that the warmer temperatures in the ocean and atmosphere super-charges them and will make future hurricanes even bigger. (Source – The Independent)

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