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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Jan 16 – Jan 22)

In Economy, International, News, Political, Top Ten on January 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

In Fight Over Piracy Bills, New Economy Rises Against Old

New York Times – January 18, 2012

The legislative battle over the two worlds of “old media” and “new media”—with the support of Internet activists—ultimately resulted in the loss of support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect I.P. Act (PIPA). With the overwhelming number of calls made to Congressional offices, it appears that Congress will heed to the “netizen revolt.” The powerful world of old media notably included the support of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the motion picture lobby. The new world included Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, and many others.

Sharp clashes at Republican debate ahead of vote

The Chicago Tribune – January 19, 2012

At the recent Republican Debate in Charleston, S.C. Presidential Nominees Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul gave their arguments as to why they deserved the nation’s highest elected position. With Rick Perry withdrawing from the race and giving his support to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney refusing to release his tax records until April the environment of the Republican Nomination has become very uncertain.

Detroit teeters on the brink despite autos comeback

CNNMoney – January 18, 2012

Detroit will run out of money to pay its bills by April unless Mayor Bing can convince the city council and municipal unions to agree to steep spending cuts. If the city is unable to pay its bills, the state of Michigan may take over the city, which would allow for Detroit to file for bankruptcy- Detroit would be the largest US city to ever do so. While Detroit automakers are showing their best profits in years, the city of Detroit has seen little benefit. Even though General Motors (GM) has headquarters in downtown Detroit, it doesn’t rank among the city’s top 10 largest employers.

Egypt’s Mohamed ElBaradei exits race for president

The Los Angeles Times – January 14, 2012

Egypt’s Mohamed ElBaradei has officially removed himself from the upcoming elections to the especial disappointment of liberals and secular activists. As a former Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, ElBaradei represented a new political agenda for Egypt, but  felt that there were too many players behind the scenes who wanted to install a puppet president to serve the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and SCAF. Only time will tell what becomes of the nation’s presidential elections.

Gov. Rick Snyder says state should put more money into schools

The Detroit Free Press – January 20, 2012

After many complaints from citizens, Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder (R), has said that he is planning on putting more money toward the public school system as well as maintenance for roads. It is reported that the districts’ administrators are very pleased with Snyder’s decision and are eager to work with him. The Governor is going to present these plans to the Michigan Legislature on February 9.

An Ethnic War is Rekindled in Myanmar 

The New York Times – January 19, 2012

The Burmese government has issued reforms in the Myanmar, but these reforms have led to increased fighting between the Burmese government and the Kachin State, an ethnic minority group along Myanmar’s northern border. Both the Chinese and US governments hope to see the war ended in the near future.

How News Group hid the phone-hacking scandal

The Guardian – January 19, 2012

The judge presiding over the phone hacking cases had seen evidence that News Corp. made “an admission of sorts” that it engaged in a deliberate cover-up of evidence. While the company has yet to admit the allegations, it agreed to pay damages to the victims “on the basis of facts alleged.” Until a year ago, News Corp. had maintained that phone hacking was the work of a single rogue reporter.

Mexico government sought to withhold drug war death statistics

Los Angeles Times – January 11, 2012

With the Mexican presidential elections in 6 months, President Felipe Calderon sought to conceal death toll statistics from the public, especially during the government’s blood-soaked drug war. It is speculated that at least 50,000 people have been killed since Calderon deployed the military in December 2006, yet the official death toll has not been updated since last year, citing only 34,612 deaths. Mexican news site Animal Politico reported on the lack of information, so in response, the attorney general’s office released a partial death toll for 2011. The high death numbers were tied to “rivalry among criminal organizations” in the report.

France suspends Afghan troop training

Al Jazeera – January 20, 2012

Four French soldiers were killed and sixteen more were injured when an Afghan army soldier opened fire during a training session for Afghan troops sponsored by the French army. French President Nicholas Sarkozy is now threatening to pull out of Afghanistan. “The French army is alongside its allies but we cannot accept that a single one of our soldiers be wounded or killed by our allies, it’s unacceptable,” he said.

Hackers retaliate over Megaupload website shutdown

BBC News – January 20, 2012

The United States Department of Justice has shutdown the online site MegaUpload for violating copyright laws. The site allowed users to download and share files. Since the shutdown, Hackers have targeted and shutdown multiple governmental and media industry websites including that of the FBI, Universal Music, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Motion Picture Association of America. The hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the cyber-attacks.

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