U2 urges fans to vote ‘yes’ for abortion
International | Referendum to repeal Ireland’s Eighth Amendment set for May 25
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/04/18, 05:37 pm
IRELAND: This week Irish rockers U2 went all-out to proclaim their support for repealing Ireland’s Eighth Amendment in a May 25 initiative that would legalize abortion on demand. While the band has made it a signature issue, lead singer Bono, well-known as a Christian, doesn’t seem to be taking the lead on this.
TURKEY: Ahead of the trial continuation on Monday for Andrew Brunson, the American pastor in prison in Turkey, his home church in the United States has prepared a five-day prayer guide and is hosting prayer vigils. This timeline of the Brunson case also explains how it’s become political “hostage diplomacy.”
YEMEN: The presence of American ground forces at the Saudi-Yemen border taking on Houthi rebels (as opposed to Islamic State–type fighters) is a marked escalation in U.S. involvement in a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
IRAQ: The vote in ethnically divided, ISIS-plagued Kirkuk will be all-important as Kurds, Arabs, and others go to the polls in nationwide elections in one week. One reason you aren’t hearing much about the upcoming election? Fifteen years on from a U.S.-led war, Iraq is a modest success everyone in Washington is still running from.
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