Weekly Hot Topics – May 21 2015

A lot has been happening across the world this week and Weekly Hot Topics is here to catch you up on all the news before the weekend. Start a conversation about news!

This week…

RamidiThe Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS forces despite the presence of elite Iraqi soldiers this Sunday. The significance of this disaster has many questioning the current strategies of the United States and other forces fighting Islamic militants in this region. The Iraqi government has reversed its previous stance and has begun arming Shiite militias for combat in the Sunni province of Anbar.

LabelOne opinion on the event: Arming militias will lead to later power struggles. Do you support this opinion? Support it now or add your own.


Oil Spill

A twenty year-old oil pipeline ruptured near the Santa Barbara coast earlier this week, spilling an estimated 105,000 gallons. As crude oil leaks into the Pacific ocean, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and closed beaches in the affected region. The company who operates the pipeline, Plains All American Pipeline, has taken full responsibility and will pay for all damages related to this incident.


One opinion on the story: Regulations on the petroleum industry must be strengthened. Support this opinion or add your own!


Emily Blunt CannesScandal erupted at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, but it wasn’t over what was on screen. A group of women were refused entry to the red-carpet because they were not wearing high-heeled shoes. Cannes director, Thierry Frémaux, denied allegations of this dress code, but festival staff gave more uncertain responses.


One opinion on the event: Feminism is still needed. Click here if you agree or add your own opinion here!

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