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Happy Monday! Here are some awesome links to get your week started:

The French Election

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver covered the French election, explaining the process and the main contenders. With the election starting this Sunday, it is important now more than ever for everyone to know about election and their implications regardless whether or not we live in France. 

French Elections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Turkey Referendum

This past Sunday the people of Turkey voted in a nationwide referendum on the powers of the president. The incumbent President Erdogan, who campaigned for extending the powers, gained the most power, with both sides fighting bitterly. Here is a break down by The New York Times for what this means. 

https://nyti.ms/2oMd3ZM  &  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/world/europe/turkey-referendum-erdoga…

Syria, Explained

The chemical attack of last week, along with the dropping of the MOAB in Afghanistan on Thursday, put Syria back into the spotlight after a few weeks of the foreign press moved the spotlight away. If you’re confused on the issue and what Russia has to do with it, please enjoy this video on how the civil war started and all of the sides that are currently operation within Syria.


The People’s House

Donald Trump has spent 7 out of his 13 weekends at his estate in Mar-a-Lago, Florida and people have started to notice. While it’s not unusual for a new president to travel outside of the White House during their first months in the position, this is the most times a president has gone to an estate such as Mar-a-Lago, and has welcomed a foreign leader there. The Center of American Progress Action Fund has created a website that tracks when President Trump is at his estate and how much money it costs. 


Irina Alejandro is a sophomore at the University of Houston, getting a major in political science and two minors women's studies and international affairs. In her spare time she loves singing loudly in the shower, forcing herself to workout, and talking excessively about politics. She also enjoys long walks on the beach, going to PTA meetings and crying over minor inconveniences. If you want to contact her for a date, leave a comment on one of her articles.
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