These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi surprised many, particularly in the Arab world, when he voiced his support for the Syrian government. Sisi said in an interview with a Portuguese broadcaster that Cairo’s priority was to support the national armies of countries that are fighting extremists, like Syria. He also emphasized that only a political solution to the Syrian crisis would work and that Egypt respected the will of the Syrian people.
That stance is expected to draw the anger of the Arab states that have been supporting the terrorists in Syria, particularly Saudi Arabia.
The death of El Comandante
The leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 90. His death was announced by his brother, Raul, who has been leading Cuba ever since 2006, when Fidel was hospitalized for surgery. The Cuban government has declared nine days of national mourning to mark the death of the revolutionary icon. His passing has prompted emotional scenes in Cuba and oversees. Many were tearful and devastated by the news. Many world leaders and political figures also paid tribute to Castro, with some praising him as an iconic leader. Yet, some people, including the Cuban dissidents living in the US, celebrated the revolutionary leader’s death.
Anger in North Dakota
For several months, hundreds of Native Americans in the United States have been protesting against a controversial access oil pipeline, which is projected to go through North Dakota. Native Americans from scores of tribes have been camping near the site of a proposed river crossing for the project. They say the pipeline will contaminate their waterways and also violate sacred land. Their campaign turned violent over the weekend. Police arrested more than 30 anti-pipeline protesters, who had staged a peaceful rally at a shopping mall in North Dakota’s capital city, Bismarck. The case of the North Dakota pipeline has once again shown how the US government wants to violate and take away Native American land by supporting big oil companies.