Egypt is the Arab world’s most populous country, with 96 million inhabitants, which is expected to reach 119 million in 2030. Egypt is mostly uninhabitable desert, so people are concentrated near the Nile. Many Egyptians view children as caretakers for their parents in old age. Poor families view children as sources of income. The standard of living is declining, and the government is promoting the slogan “two is enough.”
The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called on the US to withdraw the decision. The vote was 128 countries rebuking Trump, with 35 countries abstaining, and only nine countries, including Israel and the US, voting in favor of the new capital. Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, said she would note which countries opposed Israel and the US. Trump threatened to cut off US foreign-aid to those countries.
The Department of Education announced that all 5- to 16-year-old students will be required to take sex-ed classes that are “sensitive” to all sexualities and identities. Critics say that children are too young to understand adult sexual relationships such as homosexuality and transgenderism, so the “appropriate” understanding will be taught based on the social and ethical standards of government employees, including those who are gay and transgender. Input is invited from parents, but opposing views are not welcome.
US deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21% last year, and for the second straight year dragged down American life expectancy. The government figures put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015. For the first time, the powerful painkiller Fentanyl, and its close opioid cousins, played a bigger role in the deaths than any other legal or illegal drug, surpassing prescription pain pills and heroin. The highest drug death rates were in ages 25 to 54.
Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial (instead of dismissing charges) in the Bundy Ranch case saying US prosecutors willfully withheld critical evidence from the defense. Prosecutors maintained the FBI was not involved in the standoff and that no video surveillance or sniper teams were used. They charged defendants with making false claims about snipers and videos in order to incite militia groups to their defense. All of Bundy’s claims were true, and the government was lying. Judge Navarro will decide if all charges will be dismissed at a hearing on Jan. 8.