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Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Week of Dec. 6 – Dec. 12)

In Climate Change, Haiti cholera, Iraq War, Julian Assange, Nuclear Weapons, Obama, Tony Blair, Wikileaks on December 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm

No Progress Evident in Nuclear Talks

LA Times-December 8, 2010

Talks in Geneva with Iran about its disputed nuclear program ended Tuesday without visible progress, but with an agreement to meet next month in Istanbul, Turkey. Iran showed no interest in curbing its nuclear research and has refused to discuss halting uranium enrichment at the upcoming meeting. This outcome has cast doubt the success of the current strategy of economic sanctions and diplomacy to persuade Iranians to drop their nuclear development.

How Children Suffer From Climate Change

Mother Jones-December 10, 2010

A new report released by international humanitarian organization DARA finds that climate change could kill up to 5 million people in the next 10 years- most of them children under the age of 5 in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The report discusses overpopulation as a climate change driver and predicts that increased death will not be caused by natural disasters relating to climate change, but malaria, diarrhea, and malnutrition.

Julian Assange Arrested in UK, Denied Bail

CBS News-December 7, 2010

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange surrendered himself over to British authorities on Tuesday over a Swedish arrest warrant which charges him with rape and sexual molestation. Assange denies the allegations and vows to fight extradition to Sweden. On Thursday, Judge Howard Riddle denied him bail on account of “substantial grounds” to believe he wouldn’t turn up for subsequent proceedings.

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Obama Outlines Deal to Keep Tax Cuts

Politico-December 6, 2010

The President has agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy for two more years. To make up for this, the President has also extended benefits for unemployed Americans and their families. To his critics, President Obama says that making a bipartisan plan is the best thing to do at this point.

Tony Blair admits: I would have invaded Iraq anyway

The Guardian-December 12, 2010

England’s former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has released a statement via an interview that he would have invaded Iraq without any real provocation or reason (such as weapons of mass destruction). He sympathizes with those who are anti-war, but he felt that eliminating Saddam Hussein and his sons was the most important reason for going to war.

Virulent strain of cholera in Haiti came from Asia, report finds

The Los Angeles Times-December 10, 2010

A study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that the strain of cholera that has been causing Haitian citizens to become ill originally came from South Asia. The strain, which is a hybrid, has the potential of traveling to Latin America.

With Dream Act Shelved, Immigrants Look to 2012

NPR-December 11, 2010

The Dream Act was introduced in Congress in 2001 calls for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. While it passed in the House, leaders of Hispanic political groups such as The National Council of La Raza are doubtful it will pass through the Senate, let alone be revisited once the Republicans take over. While many are hopeful, the reality is most will be too old to enjoy the benefits once, and if, it is finally passed.

Swedish Security Police: Violence was ‘an Act of Terrorism’

CNN-December 12, 2010

Swedish police officals called the  two car explosions in central Stockholm that killed one person and wounded two others an act of terrorism. A Swedish news agency and police station recieved email threats ten minutes before the explosion. The threats mention the presence of Swedish troops in Afghanistan and the Swedish cartoonist who depicted the prophet Mohammed.

Climate deal reached in Cancun

Al Jazeera English-December 11, 2010

Almost 200 nations came together at the Climate Change Summit in Cancun, Mexico and signed an accord that aims to reduce global emissions by 2050. The deal includes efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, billions in aid to island nations with inundation, and a two-degree goal limit for global warming. Only Bolivia opposed the agreement, insisting that the accord required too little from developed nations. They also insisted that the smaller countries were being “bullied” by the larger nations.

Angry  UK students protest ahead of controversial vote

CNN-December 9, 2010

Students in London have been protesting this week against the controversial vote to raise tuition fees. The government plans to remove the current annual cap of 3,000 pounds (about $4,700) on university tuition and allow schools to charge as much as 9,000 pounds (about $14,200). Although organizers plea for the protests to remain peaceful, there are those who attempt to break through police lines towards Parliament Square where the conservative party resides.

  1. This last one on the UK university tuition increases is noteworthy for its coverage. If you check out the headlines from CNN or the New York Times they are mostly about ‘protests’, ‘violence’ and ‘arrests’, as is the content of the news reports. They only address the actual increases in education tuition in the last paragraph or two, almost as a disclaimer.

  2. Thanks for subscribing! What you say about CNN and the New York Times is very true. I know had it not been for this CNN article, I wouldn’t have known about why the students were protesting. I’ve seen a few other references to the protest, but they haven’t been very substantive, as a few concern the attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales and, while it is horrible that anyone was attacked, I was disappointed to see as much Royal Family-related coverage as I did.

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