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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (April 9 – 15)

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Times of London Sued in Hacking Scandal

NY Times-April 13th, 2012

A highly regarded British lawyer, known for his pursuits into the recent Murdoch hacking scandal, is suing the previously prestigious Times of London for email hacking. The newspaper is part of Murdoch’s media empire, News International, which has already paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars as compensation to hacking victims. News International has already admitted to and apologized for the hacking.
Amid Mass Protests, Syrian Cease-Fire Is Tested by Reports of Clashes
NY Times-April 13th, 2012

Thousands of Syrian protesters flooded the streets throughout the country Friday, tentatively testing a United Nations implemented cease-fire. The demonstrations, called “A Revolution for All Syrians”,
resulted in reports of deaths, arrests, tear-gassing, and beatings. These developments only add to the long list of events that substantiate the claims that Mr. Annan’s United Nations approved
six-point peace plan is failing.

U.S. citizen or not, University of Michigan may charge in-state rate

Detroit Free Press- April 11th, 2012

Daniel Morales, a pre-law University of Michigan student and co-founder of the Coalition for Tuition Equality, has been fighting for in-state tuition rates for undocumented Michigan residents since last fall. The issue is a personal one for Morales, who while his mother and father were both legally in the United States, was accidentally born in Mexico when his mother returned to her country of birth to attend her grandmother’s funeral. Morales was admitted to the university two years ago, but, due to his undocumented status, was charged out-of-state tuition rates and could not afford to attend the university. Recently, his cause has gained the attention of the student body, local radio shows, and local newspapers, and the board of regents has asked Provost Phil Hanlon to prepare a report on the subject.

High Stakes, Low Hopes for Iran Nuclear Talks

LA Times- April 12th, 2012

Diplomats from six world powers met this weekend in Istanbul to discuss the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The discussion is long awaited after weeks of doubt that it would even happen, and expectations are low that any kind of agreement will be reached.

Companies Flee Group Behind ‘Stand Your Ground’

NPR-April 13th, 2012

Last week a coalition of civil rights and liberal groups publicized their campaign to undermine the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has advocated strict voter identification, and the ‘stand your ground’ laws, invoked in the Trayvon Martin. Furthermore, Seven Corporations have dropped their ALEC memberships. Facing the anti-ALEC coalition wave, the companies said that they belonged to ALEC only to work on specific issues.  Civil rights organizations said that they want to put ALEC board members on the spot for working to suppress the vote and supporting shoot-first legislation. Corporate and foundation money covers nearly the entire $7 million ALEC budget. ALEC says it’s being attacked because of its free-enterprise agenda.

Pakistan Gives U.S. a List of Demands, Including an End to C.I.A. Drone Strikes

April 12, 2012 – New York Times

The Pakistani government has presented a resolution which includes a list of demands for the United States government to end “overt and covert operations inside Pakistan”, to apologize for American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and to immediately end to CIA drone strikes.  While the resolution is essentially nonbinding, it establishes a set of discussions between American and Pakistani officials to hopefully strengthen the recently dissolving relationship between the two countries.

Rick Santorum drops out of presidential race

Washington Post – April 10, 2012

Rick Santorum announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign, giving the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney. After losing primaries last week in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, Santorum decided to “suspend the campaign.” The former candidate also said his daughter Bella’s hospitalization for complications due to a rare genetic disorder caused him to rethink campaigning. He did not endorse a particular candidate, however he is said to be willing to accept meetings with the candidates still in the race.

Justice Department sues Apple, publishers over e-book prices

Washington Post – April 11, 2012

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice filed a suit accusing Apple and five of the nation’s largest publishing houses for fixing prices on e-books. The lawsuit portrays publishing houses desperately attempting to gain profits in an industry with rapid technological changes. It also says executives coordinated strategies to control the market from Amazon.com and raise prices of e-books. No publishing houses have admitted wrongdoing, however three have agreed to settle in the case.

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