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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Outside SI


North Korea’s Nuclear Threats Raise Eyebrows

By Eoin Lyons ’15
Contributing Editor

"Stalwart pilots, once given a sortie order, will load nuclear bombs, instead of fuel for return, and storm enemy strongholds to blow them up." According to North Korea's Air and Anti-Air force commander Ri Pyong-chol, North Korea is fully ready for intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear attacks on the United States if threatened. Enemy capitals will be turned "into a sea of fire." North Korea's first strikes will be a "signal flare marking the start of a holy war."

Is it all talk? This isolated, totalitarian nation guided by its young leader Kim Jong-un, has launched several rockets over the past year, including one in February that resulted in still more United Nations sanctions.

These belligerent threats have pushed international communities to respond by providing billions of dollars in aid. Between 1995 and 2008, the United States alone provided North Korea with over $1.3 billion in assistance.

Solutions will not come easy. "Trying to think of a solution is super complicated... There are a bunch of other nations with the potential of getting accidentally involved," says Daniel Li ’15.

Joey Koblitz ‘14 says, "Diplomatic relations have gotten out of control." He recommends we "stop dodging this and sit down in a conference with [North Korea] until both sides reach a reasonable compromise."

How this may turn out, only time will tell. 

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Friday May, 24, 2013 at 12:46PM


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