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  • Hello again everybody good to see you again after that break, hope you are having a great 2018!

  • Just want to let you guys know I just finished writing the next four scripts for the next four episodes.

  • And we will film this coming Wednesday. You know the deal after we film

  • We put the footage into post-production when we got to edit it

  • I sent the stuff to Ken, he does the animations.

  • So that means the next country episode Kuwait will be up on January 17.

  • In the meantime, I kind of want to do this new thing I want to do a monthly world news update

  • I want to cover major events and topics that have happened worldwide on every

  • Inhabited continent because I feel like it's important to not only just learn about this world

  • But also learn about what's going on in the world.

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  • I'm a very visual learner.

  • So thank you Joko's Pocket Planet you guys rock!

  • So that being said let's jump into some news!

  • Alright, so here are some of the stories that I wanted to cover our first continent is Africa and the first story is:

  • Nollywood! For those you don't know Nollywood is the term used for Nigerian Hollywood.

  • In the past few weeks,

  • one Nollywood flick has really stood out.

  • "The Wedding Party" is a record-breaking flick that has spent seven weeks at the top of the box office grossing out 1.5 million dollars.

  • This happened shortly after the highest-grossing Nigerian film of all time, 'A Trip to Jamaica' had just premiered.

  • Two record-breaking box-office hits back to back.

  • Now, I know that 1.5 million dollars doesn't seem like a lot.

  • But keep in mind the African film industry usually works on an incredibly independent

  • low-budget format production quality is usually minimal at best and CGI, let's just say-

  • Yeah.

  • But considering this exponential growth in film revenue

  • it really kind of seems like the African film industry has a promising future. So who knows, let's see what happens!

  • Next continent: South America the story: "Phantom" workers as new year rolls in Argentina's parliament has cracked down and has started to begin proceedings on removing

  • "Phantom" or "Gnocci" workers.

  • As in people who only show up once a month to collect their salary checks.

  • The government has now implemented a new attendance control system

  • and has begun removing 160 parliament members from their positions and 30 have already resigned after confronted with evidence of their absenteeism.

  • I mean I get it people always try to work the system, but I mean come on if you don't show up for work

  • That's not good

  • So uh good for you Argentina getting things done next continent, Oceania specifically Australia, and the story:

  • Devil's breath nine backpackers from France Germany Italy and Morocco were sent to a hospital around the Perth area in Western

  • Australia after they had just taken a drug that they thought was cocaine but apparently it wasn't

  • professionals tested this substance and found out that it contained high o seen also known as The Devil's breath which in high doses can cause

  • seizures, paralysis, and unconsciousness.

  • Cocaine and other such substances are illegal in Australia and right now authorities are looking further into this.

  • Next continent: Asia, we have two stories the first one: Iran protests now this story has been going on for over a week

  • So I feel like it's not really new or recent news

  • But basically for those of you that don't know earlier on this year mass

  • Protest has sprung up over 40 cities across Iran the unrest was initially sparked by inflation Rises and corruption which then turned into a fight

  • Against the elite some people even shouting death to the dictator in reference to the Ayatollah the protests are mainly centered around

  • Economic issues however as of right now

  • It's kind of spiraled into more more things the Ayatollah and government have blamed outside enemies for causing this disruption of course

  • They haven't specifically specified on who the enemies are but if you look at Iran's

  • diplomatic measures that you can probably figure it out after sanctions were lifted in 2015 a lot of the population assumed that the new

  • revenue resurgence would trickle down into the population

  • however It kind of didn't and to this day

  • Unemployment is still around 12% the cost of food and other such items have increased the government has also encouraged counter protests by pro-government forces

  • They claim to have squelched a lot of the opposition and as of right now the US

  • is considering new business bans on certain companies that assist the Iranian government.

  • I find stuff like this kind of fascinating

  • I mean if you watch the Iran episode you'll know a few things first of all Iran has a very young modernized population

  • and they've gone through years of living under a government that kind of reluctantly does not want to see change,

  • but the government is getting older, and it's kind of like only a matter of time until the younger generation grows up

  • So I'm kind of interested in seeing what will happen out of all this,

  • but for what it's worth in the past Iranian people have definitely shown that they know what they want.

  • Story number two from Asia:

  • Winter Olympics!

  • North and south for the first time in two years North Korea has accepted talks with South Korea scheduled for January 9th at the Panmunjeom

  • truces own on the DMZ talks will cover details related to issues

  • involving improving relations the Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyongyang in South Korea

  • Details on who will be attending the meetings is still yet to be determined

  • but this is a very interesting move especially after all the sanctions and

  • international outrage against North Korea after all of the ballistic missile tests also considering that North Korea

  • protested the last Olympics that were hosted in South Korea in 1988.

  • It's very interesting that this is the moment that North Korea decides to reach out to South Korea who knows how the talks will go,

  • but the world is watching and we will be updated when South Korea lets us know what's up?

  • Next continent Europe, two stories: the Norwegian Court has backed up oil exploration in the Arctic

  • Norway as Western Europe's largest oil producer recently dwindling oil production has forced the Norwegians to kind of consider

  • Possibly searching other areas after long talks and debates especially with Greenpeace they decided to move forward and explore the Arctic of course it comes with controversy

  • but you know got to make that oil.

  • Story number two: stolen jewels!

  • On wednesday the Qatari Royal jewels were stolen from a display in doges palace in Venice the jewels were worth millions and millions of dollars

  • Police say the alarm was not working properly when the thieves

  • Acted and the alarm sounded off too late after the items were taken

  • It's doubtful that the thieves would be able to sell the items off the black market

  • Due to the fact that you know they could be easily recognized so if they were able to make any profit from it they would

  • Have to take out that jewels

  • individually and sell the pieces by parts.

  • To this day the authorities are still looking and investigating into the incident.

  • And finally the last continent, North America! two stories, first story: the cold hurricane the bomb cyclone has officially hit the East Coast causing more than three thousand flight

  • Cancellations as snow and frigid winds pummel the land. From satellite images, it literally looks like a freezing hurricane.

  • Story number two:

  • marijuana and Jeff Sessions a few days ago Jeff sessions the Attorney General of the United States

  • Rescinded the Cole memo which was put into place during the Obama years this memo basically gave the rights to the states

  • Individually to vote on whether or not they wanted to legalize and decriminalize marijuana

  • By whatever protocol they thought fit as of right now eight states and DC have legalized recreational marijuana

  • And twenty-nine states have legalized medical marijuana

  • This sole act of sessions rescinding the memo was kind of strange considering that the majority of people both Democrats and Republicans

  • Are in favor of legalizing marijuana even Trump during his campaign was in favor of the Cole memo.

  • But he was also the only presidential candidate who was campaigning saying? He would use federal authority to shut down sales of recreational marijuana in states like Colorado.

  • Yeah, I wouldn't do that, no.

  • You wouldn't let him?

  • No.

  • even if you picked them as-

  • Well, I don't know, I mean you're asking me. I wouldn't- I wouldn't do that, no

  • Oh, so you think Colorado should be able to do what it's doing. No. I think it's up to the state

  • Yeah, I'm a States person. I think it should be up to the states absolutely those

  • You know Trump is really not a fan of Jeff Sessions, and you know honestly at this point

  • It's kind of like we have a lot of big problems.

  • Quite frankly, I find it strange that this whole issue is such a central part of contention in our country right now considering how many bigger?

  • Issues we have I mean taking away state voter ship is almost to me it almost kind of seems like a very unnecessary

  • Evasion of like real issues, but anyway politics, but yeah, those are pretty much all the main stories. I wanted to cover

  • I'm pretty sure there are so many more. I could have done, but uh my first time doing this come on

  • Give me a break. It's my first time in the meantime

  • Thank you for your patience and waiting for the next country episodes

  • In January 17th, Kuwait will be out!

  • In the mean time, thank you for watching subscribe if you'd like and stay cool stay tuned

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Hello again everybody good to see you again after that break, hope you are having a great 2018!

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