Bravo Ben's Blog of the Big World By Ben Grundman

The ISIS controlled city of Aleppo, Syria has become a international story, because of the way Syrian president Assad has been fighting the battle. Bombs are being dropped on rebel targets, but many civilians are being killed, many others are fleeing as refugees. Personally, I beleive ISIS must be stopped, but not when there is such a high civilian death toll. Date: 12-8-16

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/04/middleeast/syria-civil-war/

Post 2: Trump and Taiwan- Donald Trump is taking heat for taking a phone call from Taiwan, something that hasn't been done since 1979. Trump claims Taiwan called him, and that it was purely a congratulatory call. Many experts criticized Trump for this saying that China will consider this an insult. I personally think that a president should be able to accept calls from anybody, and that if it was purely un-diplomatic there is no harm in it. 12-9-16

http://fortune.com/2016/12/05/donald-trump-china-taiwan-twitter-call/

Green party candidate Jill Stein, who was a candidate running for presidency started a petition demanding a recount in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. As of today Wisconsin recount is 95% complete with little to no change in the results. The Michigan recount is still being debated, but the one in Pennsylvania was just blocked by a federal judge. There is a large debate of weather or not the recounts should have been started. I personally believe that the Pennsylvania recount isn't required. Stein asked a for a federal recount which would cost the taxpayers, Donald Trump won Pennsylvania by 70,000 votes no recount in America has EVER reversed such a large outcome, therefore a recount in the state would cost taxpayers more money while the chances of the result being changed are a recount at best. Date: 12-12-16 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/12/us-judge-rejects-green-partys-pennsylvania-recount-case.html

The Yemen civil war, which involves the Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi led coaltion, has recently taken a turn in a different direction. Until recently the Houthi rebels have taken the large important city of Aden, but just now the coalition has retaken it. however the coalition has been accused of atrocities and they have a blockade on emergency aid and supplies. Personally I think the rebels should be stopped, but blocking aid is worng.

The battle for Mosul, Iraq has been pretty sucsesful, The Iraqi army is slowly regaining the ISIS controlled stronghold, with a new estimated figure of 2000 dead ISIS fighters, it sounds a little harsh but ISIS is the enemy, so the more casualties on their side, the better, plus if Mosul is liberated that will be a crushing blow to ISIS.

On May 19 an Egyptian airline crashed killing all 66 people on the plane, however recently traces of explosives have been found on the bodies of the victims and a criminal investaegation is now underway. Personally I believe the criminal investegation is a very good thing I hope they sucseed and find out if someone might be responsible.

China has recently seized a underwater US drone that was collecting non classified material, the US government has sent an official protest to Bejing demanding the drone be returned. I personally beleive that this is a serious insult to America, and China should return it with an official apology.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/chinese-warship-swoops-under-u-s-vessel-and-snatches-american-underwater-drone

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot dead while speaking at a art gallery. The killer was a on duty police officer, and after shooting Karlov reportedly shouted "We die in Aleppo, you die here", "Do not forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Ahkbar." Karlov was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds. A statement released from the russian foreign ministry said that the attack was an act of terrorism, the motivations and identity of the terrorist is still being investigated. I think this IS an act of terrorism and shouldn't be tolerated.

Recently, in Berlin, a truck plowed through a popular market, killing 12 people and injuring 48. It was discovered that police had the wrong suspect, and the real one is on the loose still. I think that the world as a whole should find a way to stop these attacks, and punish those responsible.

Al-Shabab, a terrorist group based out of Africa, car bombed a police station in Mogadishu, killing 29 people. Security forces were brought to the scene. Al shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks over the radio. I think all terroist groupd should be fought and defeated.

For my final blog post I decided to write about a happy story. A man and his family's beloved dog went missing around thanksgiving, they searched for a while but couldn't find her. Eventually the family babysitter saw her at an animal adoption center and notified the family. The dog, Daisy, was reunited with her family on Saturday. I wrote this entry because it is important to remember that their are a lot of good stories in the world to. 12-23-16.

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1964/Man-Is-Reunited-With-Lost-Dog-At-Pet-Adoption-Event-VIDEO-

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