What Is Really Going On In The World?
In Part One of this post, I posted on a bit of a bad mood. I was upset, angered and disgusted by what was happening in the world at that time, and judging by some of the comments, I think it showed. OOPS. So this time, I'm going to start with all the un-reported good news this week and then finish on some (mostly) un-reported stuff that's maybe not so good, but nevertheless should be heard or spoken about. Mostly, the stuff you will read in this post won't be on major headlines of BBC News or Al-Jazeera, and this is the whole point of me bringing this news to the forefront of your minds.
You may read this post, close it, and continue with your daily life. That's fine. I hope to at least make one person think a little deeper about our world though, postitive or negative. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section or over on Twitter @LeaBellaBlogs
So this is not so much an un-reported peice of news but as a Liverpool FC fan, I feel it should be mentioned. It is the Champions League Final in Madrid this weekend and this is such a big final, equally for Spurs fans too! However, even better for budget airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair who have predicted to be sending more flights to Madrid than ever today, Friday 31st May, as around 9,000 flights are scheduled to leave the UK - just today! That will be a record for the UK for the most flights to leave the country in one day! Good luck to both sides in the Final, but I'm rooting for the REDS!
More good news this week, this time from California US. The headline read "The World's Tiniest Survivor". Saybie, the world's tiniest baby, weighed just less than an apple when she was born at 28 weeks gestation. Known as a "Micro-preemie", this baby is the worlds smallest baby to survive being born so early. She was carefully looked after and monitored and eventually sent home with her new parents weighing a healthy 5.6lb. What an absolute miricle of a story, and one that sits pretty close to my heart too. (BBC News, US & Canada).
Being a travel blogger, one of the main headlines that was tucked away in the depths of the BBC News website that caught my eye this week was this: "You Can Now Catch A Train From Wigan To North Korea".
Let's delve into this one a little more.
So, North Korea, as we all know is a strict country with really restrictive access for tourists. When I read this I was in shock. How? Here it is, an what a great move for Wigan too. Lupine Travel, which is based in Wigan, has put together a one-month trip departing on 25 April 2020. Intrepid travellers would travel 5,000 miles by train from North West England to North Korea's capital Pyongyang. How insane is that! It involves 9 trains altogether and will set you back a shiny £3145.00 for the entire journey including most train travel but not all, and all of your accomodation. Personally, knowing that you can visit North Korea and travel through many other countries along the way including China and Russia, sounds like something I might just enquire about.... :)
What Else is Happening in the World Now?
So this is the section that people didn't enjoy so much in my part 1 post. I agree, everyone is totally entitled to expose themselves to whatever they do or don't want to read on the internet, but for me, it is important to know about all the dangers in this world too. The not so good news that no one wants to hear about yet we are surrounded by it every day. I'm not saying that everyone reading this, or even myself, has to become a 'do-gooder' and wish for world peace, because that ain't ever gonna happen love, but, I think it's important to understand that there is more going on in the world than you may realise or hear about.
Let's get into it.
"Moroccan Suspect Admits Killing Scandinavian Hiker".
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found beheaded in an isolated area in the Atlas Mountains, Africa in December. The suspected leader of a jihadist cell has told a Moroccan court that he beheaded one of two Scandinavian hikers and "regrets it". OK, now maybe it was me that was living under a rock this time round, but I didn't even know about this brutal murder until I was conducting my research for this blog post. The sad part about this is, once again, it is terrorism related. ISIS have claimed responsibility for this incident, and although only on a small scale compared to some attacks, it's still an attack again on Westerners. When will all this ISIS terrorism stop? Why wasn't a bigger deal made about this murder? It happened in one of the most visited peaks in Morocco, a place often visited by tourists and travellers of all races and ethnicities, more needs to be done to reduce these incidents. Was it oppourtune? Maybe. Were the members of ISIS groomed to feel a certain hatred towards people with white skin? More than likely. Will it stop people travelling? I really hope not.
Now let's talk about the on-going situation in Syria. No-one likes to talk about it - especially here in the UK. But it is happening. The situation may have calmed slightly over in the Middle East but the fact is, it is still a war torn country that has produced so many refugees. After doing a bit of digging on Al-Jazeera.com I came across this headline:
IS fight: US-led coalition says it killed 1,300 civilians in Syria and Iraq [since 2014].
Let's process the facts for a moment. 1,300 civillians. Civillians who are innocent people in their own country. OK. However, a UK-Based monitoring group have said that actually the true death toll of civillians in Syria is actually closer to 13,000. Why was this allowed to happen?
Firstly, there is conflicting counts here from both the USA and the UK. As countries that generally support each other in the world, why are the counts so different?
During my reading of this particular artical, I read the following lines:
"any unintentional loss of life during the defeat of [IS] is tragic. However it must be balanced against the risk of enabling [IS] to continue terrorist activities, causing pain and suffering to anyone they choose".
I'm not sure where exactly I sit on this argument. Part of me agrees, a big part of me disagrees. Is this to do with the capabilities of the military forces? Is this to do with IS being so far spread across the territory that it's a case of IS and locals being too intergrated and avoiding killing civillians in the airstrikes is anavoidable? I'd like to know what the human rights NGO think of this. Ultimately, there is still a war being faught in Syria, and even Afghanistan is still 55% under ISIS ruling. This is not changing quick enough. We are not the minority.
Do you have any news to discuss? Let's get a debate in the comments section. Please remeber to respect other people's thoughts and opinions when commenting.