Brazilian flood and mudslide deaths rise as rescue goes on
BBC News–January 13, 2011
More than 400 people have now been killed by the flooding and landsides in Nova Friburgo, Teresopolis and Petropolis, Brazil. Thousands more have been left homeless. Rio de Janeiro Govener Sergio Cabral, blames local governments for failing to uphold construction standards and allowing people to build in areas prone to flooding.
Historic Vote on Whether to Split Sudan Ends
CNN-January 16, 2011
Polling stations closed this Saturday in a referendum which will decided whether or not Southern Sudan will declare independence from the north. Nearly 4 million people were registered to vote in the referendum. Officials in Southern Sudan speculate that at least 98% of voters will have voted for separation- an independence the regions has been fighting for for more than 50 years. This referendum is part of a 2005 peace agreement that helped end two decades of civil war between the two regions.
Women Should Be Allowed in Combat, Report Says
NPR – January 15, 2011
The Military Leadership Diversity Commission, military advisory panel established by Congress, has released a report saying that women should be allowed to serve in front-line combat units. The report finds that keeping women out of combat posts is a barrier to career advancement. Also, the front-line ban ignores the reality of current war-fighting doctrine in Afghanistan and Iraq where even those who serve on the sidelines face the same dangers and risks of attack.
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Tunisians see new Web freedoms as acting president takes over
CNN – January 16, 2011
Saturday, Fouad Mebazza was sworn in as Tunisia’s acting leader after street riots and protests against the government forced the late President Ben Ali, leader of the country since 1987 with a reputation for ruthlessness and corruption, to flee to Saudi Arabia. Mebazza promises to ensure the nation’s stability, and to ease restriction on its citizens. Already filters on certain websites such as Facebook and Youtube have been removed and journalists critical of Ben Ali have been freed from jail.
Is Law School a Losing Game?
New York Times – January 8, 2011
According to recent studies, law school graduates face the grimmest job market in decades with 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs having disappeared since 2008. Also, while job openings for lawyers are on the decline, law schools continue to increase enrollment and new law schools continue to open.
Forecaster: Two phenomena responsible for world’s bizarre weather
CNN-January 13, 2011
Forecasters have revealed that the odd weather that the world has been experiencing (heavy snowfalls in the US and floods in Brazil and Australia) are the results of La Niña, which is typified by a lowering of the water temperature of the eastern and central tropical areas of the Pacific Ocean; and the North Atlantic Oscillation, which is the drop of air temperature in the North Atlantic.
WikiLeaks: claims Julian Assange extradition could lead to death row
The Telegraph-January 12, 2011
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be extradited to Sweden and sent to the US where he will be held at Guantánamo Bay. Assange faces this extradition as a result of allegedly sexually assaulting two women in Sweden. If Assange is sent to Guantánamo Bay, his lawyers say it will occur illegally.
Transcript: Obama Address for Tucson Memorial Service
Fox News-January 13, 2011
President Obama delivered a speech on January 12 at the memorial service at the University of Arizona. For those who were unable to see it televised, Fox News.com has published the transcript, which is hyperlinked above.
Death Threats Against Sarah Palin Spike After Tucson, Arizona Shooting and ‘blood libel’ Claim
New York Daily News-January 15, 2011
The former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, always seems to find herself in the center of political news, and the current controversy of the increase in death threats against her since the blood bath in Arizona is one such example. Some are accusing Palin of “having the blood of those victims on her hands” so in retaliation Palin posted videos to her Facebook page claiming that she is now a victim of “blood libel,” meaning that she is a victim of libel against her character. Her critics attest that there is a correlation between the shooting massacre and a map that Palin “posted in the fall showing crosshairs over opponents’ districts, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords.” Palin’s camp has fervently denied these accusations and no further discussion has been made.
New York Times-January 15, 2011
In the past two years, the United States and Israel have been working together at Israel’s Dimona complex to undermine Iran’s efforts to create a nuclear bomb. Scientists at Dimona are now testing the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, “a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.” Those involved, Israeli and American alike, are mum about most details, but the public is aware that Iran’s tactics to gain nuclear power are dangerous, and that some “technological challenges and difficulties” have postponed Iran’s plans, according to the Israeli minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon.