Terror in France

Chandler Foster

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Officers located and confronted ISIS affiliates on November 15. Photo by MCT Campus

A number of Daesh (the name
which the Islamic State’s enemies
have taken to calling ISIS) terrorists
launched a coordinated series of suicide
bombings, mass shootings, and
hostage takings around Paris on Friday,
November 13. Days later, Daesh
also officially claimed responsibility
for the bombing of a Russian Metrojet
over the Sinai Peninsula. While
terrorism has been rampant in the
Middle East for some time now due
to Daesh, these renewed attacks on
the Western world have reinvigorated
the War on Terror.
The Parisian attacks, which left
129 people dead and injured hundreds
more, began at 9:20 p.m. local
time. Hostages were held in the
Bataclan Theater in a standoff with
police for three hours. Simultaneously,
attackers detonated suicide
vests at four other locations around
the city, including Stade de France,
where French president François
Hollande was in attendance. Daesh
followers were quick to take to social
media, with hashtags like “#Caliphate_
State_Strikes_France” and
“#Crusader_France_On_Fire”. Following
the attacks, Hollande swore
that France, “Will be merciless toward
the barbarians of Islamic State
group.”
In the immediate wake of the attacks,
Hollande hosted an emergency
meeting of the French Cabinet,
where they declared a national state
of emergency. Curfews were imposed
for the first time since the 1960s, borders
closed and the French military
was dispatched to the streets. “#porteouverte”
(open door) was started by
Parisians on the night of the attacks
to welcome those who were unsafe
traveling home and provide shelter
and protection for the night. President
Hollande’s suggestion to extend
the state of emergency for the next
three months was officially upheld
by the French parliament.
The border is now open, but restricted
and the curfew has been
lifted. As for military patrols, 17
year old Parisian Flore Partout said,
“There are [sic] military presence but
only on sensitive places like religious
places, main streets or big stores.”
Despite the recent terrorism, the
state of emergency makes Partout
and others feel safe in their city, “It
allows searches more easily and globally
it enables faster investigations,
[wire tapping], and faster process,”
Partout said.
Though at least on suspect is still
at large, attack coordinator Abdelhamid
Abaaoud was killed in a police
raid on the Wednesday following the
attacks.
French forces followed up on
this, “act of war” with a series of
airstrikes in Daesh controlled Syria.
Jets launched from the French aircraft
carrier Charles de Gaulle have
repeatedly attacked Raqqa, Daesh’s
central city. French airstrikes have
also extended into Iraq. This increase
in attacks comes following a French
statement to “redouble and coordinate”
its attacks, accompanied by
Hollande’s vow that, “[They] will
intensify our strikes, we will choose
targets that will do the most damage
possible to the terrorist army.”
“It is not they who will destroy
the Republic. The Republic will destroy
them,” Hollande said.
Raqqa has also faced attacks from
Russian cruise missiles, following
the responsibility claims of a Russian
tourist plane bombing. Dabiq
magazine, Daesh’s English publication,
announced in its November
19 issue, entitled “Just Terror” that,
“On Saturday, [October 31] , the soldiers
of the [Islamic State] succeeded
in downing a Russian airliner above
[Sinai] with more than 220 Russian
crusaders onboard, all of whom were
killed, [thanks be to God]. This was
to show the Russians and whoever
allies with them that they will have
no safety in the lands and airspace of
the Muslims, that their daily killing
of dozens in [Syria] through their airstrikes
will only bring them calamities,
and that just as they kill, they
will be killed, by Allah’s permission.”
Many people feel that this may
signal Daesh’s tolling of their own
bell. Having already made enemies
of the 2nd and 3rd largest nuclear
super powers in the world (the US
and France respectively) Daesh went
for the top by claiming responsibility
for Russian attacks. Political expert
Charles Krauthammer said, “They
have a reputation of being utterly
ruthless — you don’t want to mess
with Boris.”
The world continues to watch
Daesh, hoping to stay one step ahead
of the terrorist group.

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Hanover High honors veterans

Callie Robinson

Thanksgiving Day isn’t the only
day in November to give thanks for
those around you. On November 11
each year, citizens across the United
States honor the veterans who have
served their country.
At HHS this November, students
showed their respect to these remarkable
men and women through the
11th annual Veterans Day Assembly.
The assembly has been held in the
schools auditorium all 11 years.
While originally organized by a
former HHS teacher, Mike Bishop,
in recent years the assembly has been
run by United States history teacher
Brian Letourneau with help from student
volunteers, many from his AP
United States History classes.
“This assembly is worth doing every
year, as it’s an important way of
bridging gaps between students in
making sure that they have this common
experience,” Letourneau said.
“It’s interesting how all of the veterans
we honor have ties to this school,
whether they are a family member of
a student, or one of HHS’s own teachers.”
To begin the assembly, the HHS
Symphony Orchestra played a piece
titled “Arlington” which is written
to reflect on the Arlington National
Cemetery, where over 400,000 veterans
and their family members are laid
to rest.
“It’s a different experience playing
music in the assembly instead of just
attending it,” band member Jarett Torok
said. “I enjoyed playing our musical
tribute to the veterans with the
Symphony Orchestra. Being on the
stage made the assembly even better
as I got to see a different view of the
veterans and the students presenting
their stories. It’s touching to see the
school honor local veterans with such
an eloquent ceremony.”
Following the musical performance,
Letourneau gave his opening
remarks, welcoming and thanking
every one who attended for being respectful
as the veterans stories were
being shared. The audience then rose
for the national anthem, presented by
the HHS Symphony Orchestra and
the JROTC program.
Each year, about seven veterans
from the community are invited to attend
this assembly in order to be recognized
for their service by the HHS
student body and faculty.
A student volunteer is paired with
each veteran, often times one of their
relatives, and presents a synopsis of
the veteran’s youth, time in the military
and a current life update. HHS
senior Ashton Hughes had the pleasure
to meet with a veteran that she
had no family relation to and presented
his story for a second time.
“It was a lot different doing this the
second year than the first,” Hughes
said. “I was a lot less nervous to speak
in front of the school and could focus
more on honoring a deserving veteran.
My favorite part of the experience
is getting to meet with a veteran
and hear their personal stories. One
of the veterans I interviewed told me
all about his time serving during the
Korean War and it was fascinating to
hear about his stories that happened
decades ago. I love seeing the veteran
that I interviewed attend the assembly
and how much they enjoy being
there.”
While the student is presenting
their veteran’s story, a slideshow with
pictures of the veteran throughout
their life is played. After each veteran’s
story was presented, they stood
up and walked across the stage to be
recognized and to receive a boutonniere
from the student volunteer.
The veterans honored at HHS this
year were Thomas Grant Sr., Bill
Stiff, Doug Stell, Daryl Chesley, Carl
Chesley, John Ziolkowski and Scott
Shaver.
HHS put on another successful and
impactful assembly to honor these
courageous veterans, and will continue
this tradition in the following
years.

Primaries approaching

Garrett Gauntt

The primary election deciding
who will represent the two parties
(Republican and Democrat) for
the presidential election are in full
swing and poll dates are only a
few months away. As the election
approaches American citizens are
beginning to see frontrunners in
the race for each party.
For the Republicans, the race
has mostly been between the
world renowned neurosurgeon,
Ben Carson and the businessman,
Donald Trump. Trump has held
the lead in this primary for many
months now but recently Ben
Carson has been improving in
popularity.
Recently, Florida’s Senator
Marco Rubio has also been gaining
support. Rubio is a young Senator
but has more background in
politics than Carson and Trump.
In recent debates, he has been
declared the winner by big media
centers such as the Washington
Post and Politico. The Wall Street
Journal attributed his success in
the polls to him being a moderate
Republican.
The Democratic primary race
has only seen two big contenders
for the spot. Hillary Clinton, the
former secretary of state has held
the lead in the Democratic race
for many months now but is still
criticized for her past scandals such
as the most recent email scandal in
March of this year. In this scandal,
she used her private email server to
handle official business and when
it was investigated some of the
emails and servers were wiped or
destroyed. Fox news and CNN both
say this may be a huge weakness in
her campaign.
The proclaimed socialist Bernie
Sanders is in second place in the
national Democratic poll. As a
socialist many think if he does not
win he will run as an independent
canidate due to that fact that he was/
is the longest running independent
canidate in U.S congressional
history. Sanders, in an interview
with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce, has stated that the
main reason he does not want to
run independent is “[he does] not
want to be responsible for electing
some right-wing Republican to be
president of the United States.”

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