Well I’m a day late with this but it’s been a busy week.
The INTERNATIONAL news continues to report on the American elections. I think many Americans would be surprised at how much coverage it gets over here in the UK. But like the European referendum it does get boring after a while.
It’s difficult to pick out international stories that are not full of doom and gloom, especially when you read about more attacks in Syria claiming lives. The fight against ISIS seems to be on many fronts. There are stories of how a port in Libya has been reclaimed from ISIS. Clearly a victory but again, at what cost.
I tried to find a positive or fun story but even this one that caught my eye Spongebob Square Pants causing furore in Iran turned out to be quite depressing. This was a case of an Iranian footballer being suspended, allegedly, for wearing trousers with a motif similar to the Spongebob SquarePants motif which were deemed inappropriate and against Islamic values.
“The public furore around the Makani case has caused a stir among the authorities who fear it could put the cultural integrity of the country in jeopardy.
Observers have suggested that to the government, Makani's trousers represent a step towards individuals straying from conservative religious teachings of the clergy and how Islam should govern their daily lives.”
I don’t think drawing attention to these and other cases and inciting international input, particularly on social media, will help the authorities' cause.
The LOCAL news is much more positive as the Queen continues to celebrate her 90th birthday. Yesterday saw the Trooping of the Colour and other events are taking place this weekend.
All links are courtesy of the BBC website. Opinions are my own.