By Yara Del Rio-Dominguez |Staff Writer|
Nov. 10: North Korea Publicly Executes 80 people
Eighty people throughout seven cities were executed this month in North Korea, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows and prostitution.
Citizens gathered by the thousands and filled a sports arena to watch the public execution of eight people by a firing squad.
CSUSB Student Gabe McClellan said, “That’s crazy North Korea is going to great lengths to punish their people for watching TV shows we watch here in the states, and then covering it up.”
Watching unsanctioned foreign films or TV shows, especially from the capitalist South, is a serious offense in North Korea.
Nov.12: Hawaii Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Hawaii has become the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States.
Hawaii’s Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the legislation Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 and the law will take effect Dec. 2, 2013.
Hawaii hopes that by legalizing same-sex marriage wedding tourism will boom, bringing in about $217 million to the state by the year 2014.
Nov. 12: Russian Law Maker Wants To Outlaw U.S. Dollar
A Russian law maker has proposed legislation to outlaw the U.S. dollar deposits and transactions, claiming that U.S. currency is on the brink of collapse.
It has been rumored that if the U.S. debt continues to grow at the rate it is going now, the value of a dollar will drop by 2017.
Tourists will be encouraged to spend their money, convert it to rubles or any other currency that isn’t the U.S. dollar or leave it to the bank to convert the amount at the average exchange rate of the previous year.
The ban on the U.S. dollar would take effect one year after the passage of the proposed legislation.
Nov.14: New World Trade Center
The first office tower to be completed on the original World Trade Center site has opened. The new office tower is 978 ft. tall, has 72 floors, and offers 2.5 million square feet of space.
When revealed it created uproar within the community with many citizens believing it could be potentially used for another terrorist attack.
The New World Trade Center was built in an effort to memorialize the destruction of the Twin Towers.The United States lost its vote at the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) on Nov. 8, according to The New York Times.
The U.S. stopped financial contribution to the organization in 2011. Any country that does not pay its dues for two years loses its right to vote in the General Assembly under UNESCO’s constitution.
Nov. 14: SnapChat turned down Facebook’s $3 billion offer
SnapChat co-founder Evan Spiegel refused to sell to Facebook because he believed it was a terrible fit, and Facebook might try to depict SnapChats’ best selling point, privacy.
SnapChat currently does not bring in any revenue to be worth $3 billion offer, but has decided to deny the offer in hopes of a higher offer down the road.
“Its obvious money isn’t their goal. They took a risk turning down Facebook’s offer. They’re not making any money as it is now. Maybe it wasn’t a wise financial decision of their own,” said student Scott Kolarik.