The Sunday Subject – May 15, 2022

Ten people were killed in a mass shooting at the Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo on Saturday.

The shooter, Payton Gendron of Broome County, was a white-supremicist who live-streamed the massacre and left a racist manifesto online. U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross stated she hoped to let the world know what Buffalo is “going to do for our community and other communities in this great nation to make sure this type of crime is stopped.”

Shireen Abu Aqleh, a respected Palestinian journalist, was shot dead while reporting on a raid carried out by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

The Israeli army stated Aqleh may have been shot by Palestinian gunmen, while several witnesses say she was shot by the Israeli forces. Aqleh was the eighth Palestinian to die in the Israeli army’s raids on the Jenin refugee camp.

Amid protests and a dire economic crisis, Mahinda Rajapaska resigned as prime minister of Sri Lanka.

The country is facing soaring food prices and fuel and medicine shortages. Anger over the government’s handling of the crisis led to pressure on the ruling family to step down. Ranil Wickremesinghe, an opposition leader and former prime minister, was appointed as prime minister in an attempt to defuse the protests.

Ferdinand Marcos has won the Philippines’ presidential election.

Known colloquially as “Bongbong,” Marcos is the son of a former dictator who was overthrown by revolution in 1986. Sara Duterte, daughter of outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte, won the vice-presidency. Both victors’ parents remain controversial; some Filipinos have expressed concerns about the country’s future as a democracy.