The Washington Post – November 3, 2011
On Thursday, the Senate rejected part of President Obama’s jobs bill. This part of the bill, which asked for $50 billion dollars to be spent on improving the country’s public transportation and another $10 billion for an infrastructure bank, was opposed by all of the Senate Republicans as well as one Democrat and one Independent.
NPR – October 31, 2011
Some Florida citizens are being forced to pay out-of-state tuition to attend state colleges and universities because they are children of illegal immigrants. In response to this, a class-action suit has been filed in Miami against the state. According to the students, the Florida regulations that stipulate that they must pay out-of-state tuition violate their constitutional rights.
The Guardian – November 3, 2011
The scope of poverty has officially reached into mainstream America as this data shows that 1 in 15 Americans are below the poverty line. May cities are seeing a thinning and spreading out of poverty rates, as most people are leaving the cities and heading to the suburbs where the poverty rate is increasing twice as fast. Concentrated poverty is spreading, and 40 states, including the District of Columbia have increased poverty rates since 2007 and none have seen any decreases. Robert Moffitt, a professor of economics at Johns-Hopkins puts it perfectly, “There now really is no unaffected group, except maybe the very top income earners.”
The New York Times – November 2, 2011
Earlier this week a British court found that Julian Assange, the creator and founder of WikiLeaks will be extradited to Sweden to face charges of sexual abuse and molestation made against him last year. Assange denies these claims, but the bigger issue is that if he is extradited to Sweden, there is the possibility of his being extradited to the United States where he could be charged with leaking classified information and have to face the death penalty. Assange has been quoted saying that the world powers are after him to silence him and therefore halting further embarrassing leaks (NYTimes.com).
The Guardian – November 1, 2011
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar announced that the country would hold its first national election for a royal advisory board in 2013. This is a very important step in transforming Qatar from an absolute monarch to a modern state. Qatar was a big supporter to Libyan rebels earlier this year, however this announcement is the royal family’s first step to introducing democracy within it’s own nation. This change is crucial to the country’s image, especially since they won the bid to host the World Cup in 2022.
Reuters – November 5, 2011
Libya’s stockpiles of weapons has become a major concern for the international community in the past few weeks as stories of unguarded caches leak out from the newly liberated country. With numerous chemical weapons and dangerous shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles dwelling in locations with as few as a single guard NATO has made its concerns to Libya very clear. The NTC government has complied willingly at times with NATO requests to protect or destroy these munitions but complains that they don’t have the forces or the funds to handle the problem in its present state.
NPR – November 3, 2011
A bold statement came Thursday from the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive to Congress. In this a report the countries of China and Russia were explicitly blamed for using cyber espionage to gather information about American economic activities and technology. With China looking to advance its economy and Russia trying to protect its overseas investments it has become an economic battle in cyberspace.
The Guardian – November 4, 2011
Financial markets fell sharply as the G20 summit broke up without closure. European leaders “failed to agree fresh financial help for distressed countries”; however, Italy’s austerity measures will be monitored by the International Monetary Fund. The European Union also plans to bolster financial stability by pursuing countries outside the euro zone with “surplus cash”, such as China. Meanwhile, in Greece, the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreo is expected to step down and a national unity government is expected to take over in the next few days.
The New York Times – October 31, 2011
Law enforcement officials arrested 76 individuals involved with trafficking huge quantities of marijuana and other drugs across the Mexican border into southern Arizona. The individuals were linked to the Sinaloa cartel run by Joaquín Guzmán, “Mexico’s richest and most wanted outlaw”, who goes by the nickname El Chapo, officials said. They also estimated that the ring had been in operation for at least five years and had generated more than $2 billion in profits by smuggling more than three million pounds of marijuana, 20,000 pounds of cocaine and 10,000 pounds of heroin into the United States.
The looming crisis of a potential budget gap in Detroit may require the Motor City to put the position of emergency manager to use. However, the move would be incredibly controversial: an outside manager is something current Michigan Governor Rick Snyder received much criticism over the summer of 2011. Although nothing official has been done yet, if such a position was installed in the city of Detroit, many residents and lawmakers of the city and state could potentially lose representation.