Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Israel is set to start construction on one hundred homes in settlements already occupied in the West Bank. After peace efforts were stalled last year over the Israeli settlement building, it seems the Israeli Prime minister already knows the position Palestine will take. However, looking at the events leading up to this announcement on construction, the palestinian militants murder of the Fogel family, who are already living in an Israeli settlement in a in which five members of the family were stabbed to death in their sleep, this event did not go unnoticed by the Prime Minister of Israel and many think this pushed the construction of settlement homes to being again. the Palestinians have refused to speak with Israel until construction is frozen. There seems to be no forward movement to peacemaking between the two countries after several years of religious territory disputes. The United States had intervened last year trying to mediate talks, put after the attack on an Israeli family and reconvening of construction these two leaders are back to square one.
To read more:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12725487
- Peter Zafiropoulos
Moreover, according to the Japanese Minister of Financial Services, Shozaburo Jimi, officials will also monitor the markets in order to prevent transactions by individuals who may attempt to take advantage of the situation. Therefore, naked short selling will be banned by the ministry.
The earthquake hit the nation just before the Japanese trading markets closed on Friday, causing the Nikkei 225 stock index to drop by 100 points. By the end of the day the stock had dropped by 1.7%. When trading markets open on Monday it is predicted that stocks will continue to fall.
By Aleksandra Ruseva
By: Brianne Thomas
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Jonathan, 53, comes from a remarkably different background than most Nigerian politicians. In 1999 the environmentalist, lecturer in zoology and specialist in tropical fish was picked out of political obscurity to be the deputy governor of Bayelsa state, in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern Niger Delta region.
When his boss was impeached over a number of corruption charges in 2005, he became governor by default.
In an effort to win over the north, Jonathan arrived in his convoy, only to have stones thrown at it.
“Jonathan is not as good at imposing his will on politics as his predecessor Olusegun Obasanjo,” said Bashir Sa’ad Abudullahi, editor of the BBC’s Hausa service. “If there was a squabble between people in the party before, president Obasanjo would sit them down and say ‘this is what I want, do it or leave the party.’ Jonathan wants to please everyone. That makes him not as strong.”
Hopefully Goodluck Jonathan can round out his qualities and make him the favorite to be re-elected.
Good luck Goodluck Jonathan.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
By: Kaitlyn Gordon
By: Jasmina Vukovic
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
More Information at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12679222.
By: Zach Howell
Monday, March 7, 2011
Military options have been set on the table as Obama tries to decide a way to respond to the violence in Libya. The Gaddafi loyalists have continued to use forceful tactics to stop rebel up raising. Gaddafi will not leave power and his forces continue to attack rebel towns. It has been left up to the international community to aid the rebels movement and allow them to protest their government. Although the UN has not reached an agreement on setting a no-fly zone over Libya, I think the United States has the ability to act alone and should in the interest of spreading democracy and protecting human rights as the violence increases. Obama says in the article, “We send a very clear message to the Libyan people that we will stand with them in the face of unwarranted violence and the continuing suppression of democratic ideals that we have seen there”. As Libyans continue to flee the country and migrate elsewhere (UN reports 200,000 people have fled), this has become a global issue which countries can not respect Libya sovereignty and look the other way. It will be interesting if the International community will be able to act together or if it is going to be left up to one country to pick up the pieces.
To read more:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12670482
Sunday, March 6, 2011
- Peter Zafiropoulos
The jump was the biggest since a 38-cent hike between August and September 2005. At the time, the price increase was driven by damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
While Libya is not among the top suppliers of U.S. oil, and only 3% of Libyan oil exports head to the United States, global economics link the events there to the pumps at home.
Libya produces a light, high-gravity crude oil that is most in demand by less complex refineries around the world, Lundberg said. As this oil becomes unavailable, it forces buyers of crude to substitute crude with similar properties from other oil producers, thereby increasing demand and starting a chain reaction that raises prices of crude and gasoline in the United States.
Average per-gallon prices in other cities:
-Charleston, South Carolina: $3.32
-Las Vegas: $3.51
BY Delaina Flagg-Trotter
China has mounted a huge security operation in the capital in response to renewed online calls for protests. Anonymous postings had urged people to stroll silently in areas of major cities, as a way of calling for change. The massive police deployments are being seen as a sign of the Communist Party's nervousness at the civil unrest and revolutions across the Arab world. This was the third week of calls for protests and the anonymous posts urged people to take a walk through Xidan, a busy shopping area. Data signals on mobile phones were blocked and everywhere were huge numbers of plain clothes security men; wearing ear pieces, watching everything.
Mohammed Abdulsalam, a spokesperson for the protestors, stated that the majority of the crowd was composed of Houthi rebels, who have waged a separatist revolt since 2004 over which religious sect will command the region. Most members of this group are Shiite Muslims and follow slain Shiite cleric Hussein al-Houthi, while the majority of Yemenis are Sunnis.
Also in Sana'a anti-governament demonstrators held a sit-in demonstration in front of Sana'a University, calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down from office. The demonstrators were composed of students, women, tribesmen and members of the opposition in Aden Province. Moreover, similar protests are also occuring in the provinces of Mareb, Jawf, and Taiz.
By Aleksandra Ruseva
Libyan troops in support of Gaddafi attacked three rebel towns Sunday. These counter-attacks indicate the possibility of Libya having a Civil War unlike the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Zawiyah and Misrata were attacked by Gaddafi’s troops. The forces of Gaddafi made many victories, however many of the towns still are in the hands of rebels. The Gaddafi loyalists celebrated the news of their victories because government forces have seized control “over all areas to Benghazi and are in the process of taking control of Benghazi”(Spokesman Mussa Ibrahim).
Rebels in Benghazi captured some members of the British Special Forces. It was unclear to the rebels as to whether or not those they captured were their enemies. British Defense Secretary, Liam Fox said there’s a small British diplomatic team in Benghazi. Rebels are suspicious about the mission because they came in helicopters to the official delegation.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The United States expressed concerned with this situation when reports were released that the activists arrested were tortured while in custody. At least 12 of the activists were beaten with broomsticks on their buttocks and the soles of their feet, defense attorney Alec Muchadehama stated. All 46 defendants were charged with treason, a charge that carries a death sentence in Zimbabwe.
Gross was driven to the courthouse which takes place in a converted mansion in Havana. His wife and three government officials were also present for the beginnings of the trial. Gross was held for over a year before charges were officially announced. With family matters of health a huge concern, his wife has appealed for his release on the basis of humanitarian grounds.
Cuban President Raul Castro revealed that this is clear proof of the American enemy within Cuba. The arrest stimulated more tension between the two countries, opposing Obama's efforts to improve the relationship. U.S. officials and the White House have both denounced the charges on Gross.
Cuba is speculated to find Gross guilty, but release him on humanitarian grounds.
By: Brianne Thomas
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
By: Jasmina Vukovic
Tuesday, March 1, 2011