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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Week of Apr. 11 – Apr. 17)

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2011 at 1:03 am

Libyan rebels reject African Union proposal as fighting rages

CNN-April 11, 2011

The Libyan rebels have rejected the African Union’s proposal to end the fighting that is tearing the country apart. The main reason for their refusal? The failure of the proposal to order the removal of dictator Moammar Gadhafi from his position of power. Although Gadhafi has agreed “in principle” (CNN) to stop the hostile fighting, the AU plan doesn’t contain an actual solution for the Libyan people or even a cease-fire according to U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. There is also the issue of the AU’s alleged favoritism towards Gahafi considering he has channeled large amounts of money into the organization in the past. Hopefully the AU, with the help of other peace-seeking organizations, can come to an agreement in Libya.

Japanese Officials on Defensive as Nuclear Alert Level Rises

The New York Times- April 12, 2011

After having been badgered by the Japanese media, Japanese government officials have finally announced why they waited a month before publicly acknowledging the extent of the radioactive emissions. According to a commissioner with Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, there was a month-long waiting period in an effort to avoid widespread panic about the severity of the accident at the nuclear power plant.

France Enforces Ban on Full-Face Veils in Public

The New York Times-April 11, 2011

France formally banned the wearing of full veils in public this past Monday. The ban, finally in place after months of preparation, makes France the first country in Europe to impose restrictions on an article of clothing considered by some Muslims to be a religious obligation. The law does not give police the authority to remove full veils, only to fine or require citizenship lessons.  Citizens are protesting the ban in several cities.

Ivory Coast Strongman Gbagbo is Captured

NPR-April 11, 2011

The former president-elect of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gdbago was arrested Monday after he was found in an underground bunker at the presidential residences in Abdijan. President Obama expressed happy sentiment about the arrest “calling it a victory for the democratic will of the Ivorian people” (NPR). Because of the former president-elect’s soldier’s violent actions, he could be forced to answer for them, and pay for them as well, but a trial held by President Ouattara. Ouattara wants to ensure that the president will retain their rights throughout the process. After the violence and warfare that has raged throughout the country, the people welcome this development that will lead to some peace.

Egypt: Mubarak and sons detained amid corruption probe

BBC-April 13, 2011

Egypt’s prosecutor general has ordered the detention of President Mubarak and his two sons as they are investigated for allegations of corruption and violence against the Egyptian people. Official records show that 360 people were killed during the protests. However, the Egyptian public is worried that these allegations against Mubarak will be dropped because of his recent health problems- he is currently in the hospital with heart problems.

White House targets medical errors

The Los Angeles Times-April 13, 2011

The Obama administration has announced a new initiative to reduce medical errors in an effort to tackle a problem that kills thousands of Americans every year. The initiative aims to cut harmful preventable conditions such as infections acquired in the hospital by 40% over the next three years and readmissions to hospitals by 20%. This concern stems from recent studies that have shown that hospitals aren’t as safe as commonly believed. For example, a study in the journal Health Affairs found that 1 in 3 hospital patients have experienced an “adverse event such as being given the wrong medication, acquiring an infection or receiving the wrong surgical procedure”.

Court upholds judge’s ban on Arizona immigration law

The Los Angeles Times-April 12, 2011

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal Arizona judge’s ban on certain provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. The federal judge found that the provisions were unconstitutional, as did the three-judge appellate panel. As this is a victory for the Obama administration and other critics of the law, proponents (namely, Arizona governor Jan Brewer and her Atty. Gen. Tom Horne) have already spoken out against the ruling, but have not stated whether they will plan on appealing to a full panel of the 9th Circuit or appealing directly to the Supreme Court.

GOP governors say they have a recipe for recovery

The Los Angeles Times-April 12, 2011

In a reprisal of a Reagan-era economic strategy, sitting conservative state governors are attempting to boost their states’ economies by reducing medical aid to the poor and increasing the tax breaks to the upper classes. These moves have been sanctioned by congressional Republicans in order to the get the national economy back on track.

Chinese editors, and a Web site, detail censors’ hidden hand

The Washington Post-April 12, 2011

Government censors in China contacted a business newspaper and asked the Economic Observer’s vice chief editor to delete an article immediately, describing spreading panic from iodized salt out of stock and nuclear pollution. The tussle between editors of China’s state-controlled media and the Communist government’s army of propaganda officials and censors rages on. Normally, the government’s relentless effort to control information plays out behind the scene; however, human rights activists stationed outside of China publicly expose the government’s mandates to the print media.

Clinton: Arab revolutions could be remembered as only a ‘mirage’ if not backed by real reforms

The Washington Post-April 12, 2011

During the so-called Arab Spring, Moammar Gadhafi continues to persist with a bloody war against Libyan rebels and leaders from Yemen to Syria to Bahrain violently resists the calls from their people for a democratic transformation. Even in Egypt and Tunisia’s reform processes are at risk, where revolutions have been successful at chasing out their presidents. Senator of State Hilary Rodham Clinton spoke at the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum, posing a question of what kind of fundamental change the region has to make.

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