Detroit: come for the abortions, stay for the decaying houses.
New data shows that the abortion rate in Detroit has reached an alarming 31 per cent. A total of 5,693 of Detroit’s 18,360 pregnancies in 2012 ended in abortion, while elsewhere in the country abortion rates have flatlined or decreased. The secret to Detroit’s abortion-craze? Decreased funding for family planning and contraceptives combined with good old fashioned poverty. In fact, Detroit is so poor these days that 22 per cent of the city’s buildings are blighted. And to make matters worse, the city’s Blight Task Force says it will cost $850 million and take up to five years to remove the 84,641 Detroit properties that are in a less than desirable condition. The feds have already made $456 million available for cleanup because… well, Detroit is a little short of cash. Detroit News
Obama makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan. And the surprise is… we’re not going anywhere! After Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field on Sunday night, Obama addressed the troops and reassured them that “America’s war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end” – although he left his big announcement for later. Obama did not meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the surprise visit because… they hate each other. But Obama did bring along country singer Brad Paisley – presumably as some kind of torture device. Once Obama got out of the country and safely away from the exhausted soldiers, he made his big announcement from Washington: the US will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after they conclude their combat mission at the end of this year. The plan is to begin a massive draw-down of troops in Afghanistan from 32,000 to 9,800 by the beginning of next year—if the Afghan government signs a bilateral security deal—and then work on a complete withdrawal for the end of 2016. But even though the troops will be sticking around a bit longer, Obama said he hopes that by the time he leaves office the longest war in American history will finally be over. CBC News
Long live xenophobia! The results of the European Parliament election revealed big some gains for anti-EU groups and far-right parties. Marine Le Pen in particular delivered a major victory for the far-right Front National party, which is both anti-immigration and anti-European Union. Marine Le Pen’s party topped the poll in the nationwide election, with 25 per cent of the vote. Le Pen declared the results a “massive rejection of the European Union” and a massive rejection of all immigrants. Le Pen said she would use her electoral mandate to “defend France” and fight “crazy measures like votes for immigrants.” The UK Independence Party also contributed to the “political earthquake” by winning first place with 27 per cent of the vote. UKIP, who define themselves as a “libertarian, non-racist party seeking Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union” are also known for their anti-immigration stance. BBC News
The Nigerian military has found the kidnapped schoolgirls! But they can’t tell you where they are and they definitely won’t attempt a rescue. Air Marshal Alex Badeh said the government has now located the missing girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram six weeks ago, but they could not take the risk of using force to rescue them. “Where they are held, can we go there with force? We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said. The missing girls are believed to be somewhere in the forests of northeastern Borneo state, near Chad and Cameroon and while the military won’t risk going there with force, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff said it was “good news for the parents.” If that’s his definition of good news, I’d hate to be in Nigeria on a bad news day. CNN
It’s tough to be a Jew in Europe these days… well not as tough as it used to be with that whole Holocaust ordeal, but it still ain’t easy being Jewish. On Saturday, a shooting at the Brussels Jewish Museum left four people dead: an Israeli couple, a museum employee, and a volunteer. The lone gunman escaped after the shooting, prompting a nationwide manhunt for the anti-Semitic attacker. Then, just a few hours later, two Jewish men were assaulted as they walked towards their synagogues in suburban Paris. A study last week showed that 74 percent of French Jews want to leave the country, with a significant portion fearing anti-Semitism. Turns out their fear is fairly warranted. CBC News