A group of Columbia University professors are facing backlash for allegedly promoting anti-Semitism and pro-Palestine indoctrination in their classrooms. The professors, who are part of the university’s Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures department, have been accused of creating a hostile environment for Jewish students and using their positions to push a biased agenda. The controversy has sparked a debate about academic freedom and the line between political activism and education. The university has launched an investigation into the matter, while some students and alumni are calling for the professors to be held accountable for their actions.

Read more at: https://nypost.com/2024/04/17/us-news/the-columbia-university-professors-ripped-for-allegedly-antisemitism-pro-palestine-indoctrination/

In a surprising turn of events, a firebrand populist has won the opportunity to lead Croatia in a new direction, away from its pro-EU and pro-Ukraine stance. This victory marks a significant shift in the country’s political landscape and has raised concerns among EU officials. The new leader has promised to prioritize the interests of Croatian citizens and to challenge the current pro-EU policies. However, his controversial statements and past actions have sparked criticism and uncertainty about the future of Croatia’s relationship with the EU.

Read more at: https://www.politico.eu/article/firebrand-populist-wins-chance-to-steer-croatia-away-from-pro-eu-and-pro-ukraine-path/

Bryan Kohberger, a former University of Idaho student, was charged with the murder of his roommate and her boyfriend in 2016. However, new evidence has emerged in the form of cell phone data that could potentially exonerate him. The data shows that Kohberger’s phone was not in the vicinity of the crime scene at the time of the murders, contradicting the prosecution’s timeline. Kohberger’s defense team is now pushing for a new trial based on this evidence, while the victims’ families are left grappling with the possibility that the wrong person may have been convicted.

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bryan-kohberger-university-idaho-murders-cell-phone-data-alibi/

Twitch, the popular live streaming platform, is rolling out a new feature that resembles TikTok’s style of content discovery. This feed, called “Recommendations,” will show users a curated selection of short videos from channels they may not follow. The goal is to increase engagement and help smaller creators gain exposure on the platform. However, some users are concerned about the potential impact on the community and the shift away from Twitch’s traditional focus on live streaming.

Read more at: https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/17/24133457/twitch-tiktok-style-feed-rollout

The recent trend of memes featuring actor Mark Ruffalo beheaded and naked has caused controversy and sparked discussions about the use of violent imagery in political discourse. The memes, which were created in response to Ruffalo’s vocal criticism of former President Trump, have been deemed inappropriate and potentially harmful by some. However, others argue that they are a form of satire and a way to express frustration with the current political climate. This controversy has also brought attention to the ongoing legal battle between Trump and adult film star Stormy Daniels, with some speculating that the memes may have been created to distract from the hush money scandal. Some have even suggested that the memes could have an impact on the 2024 presidential election, as Ruffalo has been rumored as a potential candidate.

Read more at: https://www.businessinsider.com/beheading-mark-ruffalo-naked-memes-sunk-trump-hush-money-jurors-2024-4

Micron Technology Inc. is set to receive over $6 billion in grants from the Chips for America Act, a program aimed at boosting domestic semiconductor production. The announcement, expected next week, comes as the global chip shortage continues to impact various industries. The funding will support Micron’s efforts to expand its manufacturing capabilities and increase its production of advanced chips, which are crucial for the development of technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence. This investment is seen as a significant step towards reducing the United States’ reliance on foreign chip suppliers and strengthening its position in the global semiconductor market.

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-17/micron-mu-to-get-over-6-billion-in-chips-act-grants-in-announcement-next-week

The Indonesian volcano Ruang has erupted, spewing ash and smoke into the air and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The eruption, which occurred on the island of Sulawesi, has caused flights to be cancelled and disrupted daily life in nearby cities. Officials are closely monitoring the situation and urging residents to stay away from the danger zone. This is the first major eruption of Ruang since 2002, and experts warn that it could continue for several days.

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/04/17/indonesia-volcano-eruption-ruang/

In a bizarre case in Brazil, a man who had been declared dead by his family was discovered to be alive and well, despite his death certificate being issued and his funeral being held. The man’s family had used his death as a way to obtain a bank loan, but their plan was foiled when the man showed up at a bank to apply for a loan himself. The incident has sparked outrage and calls for stricter regulations to prevent fraud and exploitation in the banking system. The man’s family is now facing charges for falsifying documents and attempting to defraud the bank.

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/04/17/brazil-dead-man-bank-loan/

The University of Southern California has faced backlash after canceling the valedictorian speech of a Palestinian student, citing concerns over its political content. The student, who had been selected to give the commencement address, had planned to discuss her family’s experience living in Palestine and the ongoing conflict in the region. The decision has sparked criticism and accusations of censorship, with many calling for the university to reconsider and allow the student to share her perspective. This incident highlights the ongoing debate over free speech and the silencing of marginalized voices on college campuses.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/17/usc-valedictorian-speech-canceled-palestine

The stock market saw mixed results on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 closing slightly lower while the Nasdaq ended the day in positive territory. Tech giant Nvidia’s stock surged after reporting strong earnings, while Taiwan Semiconductor also saw a boost in its stock price following its earnings report. Investors are keeping a close eye on the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, as well as the Federal Reserve’s upcoming decision on interest rates.

Read more at: https://www.investors.com/market-trend/stock-market-today/dow-jones-futures-sp-500-nasdaq-nvdia-stock-taiwan-semiconductor-earnings/

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