NPR-December 3, 2010
On Nov 23rd, tensions between South Korea and North Korea came to a head when North Korea shelled a South Korean island. If attacks continue, South Korea has threatened airstrikes and that it “will use all its combat capabilities to retaliate.”
The Washington Post-December 3, 2010
A Pentagon report release Tuesday said that there is a “low risk” to gradually ending the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is warning Congress to repeal this policy before it is abruptly overturned by the federal courts. However, many feel that Congress is unlikely to end the policy before the end of the year due to an overwhelming amount of other legislation.
The Observer-November 21, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI says that the use of condoms is acceptable “in certain cases”- a new take on the Catholic Church’s traditional blanket ban on the use of contraceptives. Benedict sees condom use as a way to reduce the risk of HIV infection. These comments are in response to his controversial claim in 2009 that the distribution of condoms in Africa would only further exacerbate HIV issues, which was met with outrage from AIDS campaigners and European governments.
CNN-November 30, 2010
Iran has agreed to nuclear talks with the US and other members of the UN Security Council for the first time in more than one year. The goal of the talks is to end Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. Iran claims it is developing a nuclear program in order to produce more electric power, but other nations believe it may have military motives. The talks will begin Monday in Geneva.
BBC-December 2, 2010
Russia and Qatar were chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively by a secret ballot of Fifa’s executive members. This is the first time either of the countries has been chosen to host the World Cup. The US lost its 2022 bid to Qatar by 6 votes in the final round of voting.
AP-December 2, 2010
Wikileaks is struggling to find a host site as hackers and government officials continue to go after the organization. Currently, the site is being hosted on the Swiss Pirate Party’s site, wikileaks.ch. As Wikileaks continues to lose its footing, supporters are creating mirror sites which would allow copies of the site to remain up and running even if Wikileaks is to lose its own site.
New York Times-November 30, 2010
In the past, individual airlines have checked all of their passenger lists and compared them with lists of wanted terrorists to ensure the safety of flights. The United States government has now instituted a program that is responsible for checking passenger lists and subjecting suspicious passengers to security screenings. Not only will this program identify possible terrorists, but it will also result in fewer false name matches.
CNN-September 21, 2010
Overwhelming academic responsibilities and the stress that accompanies leaving one’s family behind can be particularly harmful to young people in college, particularly those who are already have psychological vulnerabilities. Unhealthy college lifestyles involving alcohol and drug abuse also add unnecessary complications to the lives of college students. There are counseling services available on college campuses, but it is important to both use these services and adhere to a daily schedule involving sleeping, studying, and eating regularly.
Republicans in Congress are reluctant to ratify the START treaty, which will reduce US and Russian nuclear weaponry and allow for each country to inspect the other’s nuclear arsenal. It is in the Democrats’ best interest to ratify the treaty before January when there will be six fewer Democratic votes and six more Republican ones in Congress.
In an interview with Forbes’ Magazine, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has intimated that his organization will be leaking information on an American bank. The bank in question is believed to be Bank of America due to other statements Mr. Assange made last year concerning information he has recovered from a Bank of America executive’s computer.