Friday, September 30, 2011
For those of us who have allowed our knowledge of current events in this area to slip, a helpful timeline of cloning breakthroughs is included.
By Emily Canaday
Thursday, September 29, 2011
According to BBC News, an envelope with 10m yen was found in a public bathroom in Tokyo. The envelope had a letter stating that the money was to be donated towards the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March. This package was found in the city hall of Sakado in one of the suburbs of Tokyo. 10m Yen is about $131,000 and 83,000 pounds. This envelop was left in one of the disabled bathrooms and the note read,’’ "I am all alone and have no use for the money." The City Hall stated that if the money is not reclaimed within three months the money will be handed over to the Red Cross.BBC’s Roland Buerk said, ‘’ the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-eastern coastal areas in March has brought out striking examples of generosity and honesty. In the affected areas, about $50 million have been found in the disaster areas and $30 million had been found from safes in the rubble. This is not the first time people chose to leave envelopes in bathrooms anonymously. In 2007, 10,000 yen notes were found in the bathrooms of the local council buildings across Japan. At the same time, 18 residents of an apartment building found 10,000 yen notes in their mailboxes. The amount totaled to around 1.8 million yen.
By Ramla Sheriff
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
By: Tyler Lundquist
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) has been a name synonymous with violence, sectarian divide, and a long history of blood in Northern Ireland. Not as politically motivated as their nationalist contemporaries, they dedicated themselves to spreading fear and terror through the nationalist (and certainly the Catholic) community in Northern Ireland. Their leader was Gusty Spence, who was caught and imprisoned for killing a barman in 1966, and imprisoned for 18 years. Originally a life sentence, he was released under the terms of the Belfast Agreement, after which he began devoting himself to the peace process in northern Ireland.
Gusty was the example of what rehabilitation is supposed to accomplish. His ability to work with both sides of the pervasive conflict in Northern Ireland showed extremely well, particularly to his sworn enemy the Catholics. His influence as a man that challenged traditional Loyalism after his jailing showed a mature turnaround that many on both sides have yet to experience; some never had the chance to.
President Medvedev said "I think it would be correct for the congress to support the candidacy of the party chairman, Vladimir Putin, to the post of president of the country," and Mr. Putin said Medvedev would be part of a "new, effective, young, energetic management team" as prime minister. Vladimir Putin has already served two four year terms as president, thus filling the constitutional term limit, but will likely be serving six years more due to a constitutional amendment.
Corruption is a serious problem in Russia, and having the two highest offices occupied by the same people for nearly two decades may have something to do with that. Democracy in Russia could be deteriorating. Interestingly enough, Putin's approval ratings during his presidency were relatively high after he brought Russia under control after the tumultuous 90's. He has since gained almost complete control of the political system in Russia, and will apparently be hanging on to that control as president.
By Bob Hartzer
By: Tyler Lundquist
By Blake Sabatke
On Friday Pakistan told the Obama Administration to stop making accusations that “Pakistan is exporting violence to Afghanistan”. The previous statement was released from US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen who recently spoke in a Senate hearing. He also stated that Pakistan’s top spy network is closely linked to the Haqqani network, which is a group within the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s Foreign minister responded to this accusation by saying that “You will lose an ally” and went on to explain how the United States could not afford to let relations with Pakistan deteriorate. I personally believe that the US will try to mend the damaged relations with Pakistan because Pakistan may provide the US with much help with future turmoil in the Middle East.
By Matthew Draper
Many individuals are worried that if Saleh continues to embrace his powers, the country could soon enough fall into a civil war. Once he returned from Saudi, he insisted that the fighting ends and for stability to return. However, how things will play out for the people of Yemen and how long it will take for Saleh to step down remains cloudy.
WASHINGTON — Under increasing pressure from global investors and world leaders, European government officials indicated Saturday that they were working to intensify their response to the continent’s growing debt problems. It was an acknowledgment, after weeks of public stonewalling, that a plan announced in July had failed to calm financial markets.
Fears that Greece could default on its mounting debts, and that other European countries might follow, have repeatedly sent global markets plunging in recent weeks. Investors are also increasingly concerned that uncertainty itself is disrupting economic activity around the world and slowing growth.
Olli Rehn, the European Union’s monetary affairs commissioner, said Saturday that there was “increasing political will” among European leaders for a new effort to soothe investors. He said they were discussing a plan to multiply the financial impact of an existing bailout fund designed to make up to 440 billion euros ($600 billion) in loans to troubled nations and banks, so that it could instead insure a few trillion euros in loans.
by: Joseph McGee
So is fighting violence with more violence the answer to winning this war? President Calderon is really in an unfortunate position; he needs to protect his citizens while trying to oust illegal drug cartels that have no respect for the law or for civilian lives. As these cartels continue to expand globally, perhaps President Calderon needs to invest his war efforts into international negotiation with other countries through a more legislation based reform rather than a reform centered around violence.
Greece's response is understandably pro-aide, and their prime minister for economic relations noted that if they were not able to get sufficient funding to remain in the eurozone, the country could see a return to the economic pitfall they experienced during the 1960's and 70's. But as questions swirl about whether Greece has acted any more efficiently and responsibly since the last bailout, it remains to be seen how patient the IMF and other agencies will be towards Greece, and how willing they will be to continue to provide that much needed money.
By David Johnson
The Japanese archipelago environment, which lies across south to north, has contributed to create many complex biomes and raising over 4000 unique species in Japan. Therefor such species have attracted Western botanists and horticulturists until now.
It is considered that 356 endangered Japanese plants in their home land are gathered in UK, and at least 106 plants in these plants are extinct in Japan. For that reason, the collections are hoped to save these spices. At the same time, a British doctor says that not only Japan but every country has the problem of huge number of endangered species.
Gady says the massacre came about by prisoners who were rebelling against poor conditions and restricted family visits. The prisoners had seized a guard and escaped their cells. In a pretense of working with the prisoners, the guards feigned negotiations. After the prisoners agreed to return to their cells, the prison ordered for a firing squad and all of the rioting prisoners were handcuffed, blindfolded, and shot.
In 2007, the families of the victims filed a claim against the government. The Gadhafi government denied the killings and attempted to bribe the families into silence. Instead of accepting the bribe, the families began protesting every Saturday in Benghazi, one of the places the Libyan unrest began this year.
By Rachel Foy
Victories in the field of gender liberation are hardly predictable, but much welcomed no matter the time or place. A huge leap forward comes this week from a country notorious in recent times for its ambivalence towards the plight of women being harassed by fundamentalists while engaging in such unladylike tasks as driving cars. While not expressly forbidden by Saudi law, differing sects in this small desert nation have their own opinions of what activities are indecent for females to partake in. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia this week makes a significant declaration of global female rights, which is one step towards regulating the treatment of women in sterner Islamic societies.
Albeit in political waffle, the King indicated that besides more allowance in being allotted seats of government office, women will be able to ‘nominate’ and perhaps elect their choice of officials. For a country in its infant years of democratic municipal elections, this is a bold and significant opening move. Of course, local discrimination and religious red-tape could bind women who actually do show up to vote in the coming months from making themselves directly heard, but this public statement by the King does put this nation at a bit of a crossroads: if the King enforces gender equality, then so much the better. But hell also hath no fury like a woman scorned; we can expect good things from the Saudi Women’s Revolution and international outrage even if this declaration is reneged.
The gap between the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) economic potential and its citizen’s prosperity is extremely wide.
President Kabila wants to turn the DRC into an economic powerhouse by ramping up mining and oil production. He has made some progress, but the eastern region of the Congo remains chaotic. Kabila’s ability to affect change is limited by problems within the DRC.
Many Congolese blame American congressmen and “human rights people” for making a bad situation worse. An obscure provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank bill passed by American congressmen and supported by human rights organizations has scared big metal buyers, such as Apple and Motorola, away from the Congo. As a result, local economies within the DRC that depend on mining have dropped off a cliff.
The eastern Congolese city of Goma exemplifies this problem. In the past year, Goma’s economy, which depends largely upon mining, has suffered a miserable decline.
According to The Economist, “It is crucial to get foreign firms, neighboring countries, and international organizations to help solve Congo’s problems.”
“President Kabila’s biggest test will be whether he will be able to get foreign companies to start buying Congolese minerals again.”
President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine submitted his bid for full UN membership and urged countries that do not yet recognize Palestine as an independent state to do so. Despite ongoing conflicts between Israel and Palestine that have been unresolved by US-organized peace talks, Palestine has decided to appeal to the United Nations as a means of gaining independent statehood and forgoing the peace talks. Both Israel and Palestine have differing opinions of the origins of the conflicts; Israel claims the conflicts are due to Palestine’s refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, yet Palestine says the origin of the conflicts is Israel’s refusal to stop building Jewish settlements on the countries’ borders. Other countries have offered compromises to Palestine, such as an enhanced status while still being a non-member state within the UN, a suggested from French president Nicolas Sarkozy. As of now, Palestine only have observer status in the United Nations.
The King states, "Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others... to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term... Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote."
The change is expected to take place after the polls that take place on Thursday, September 29th. For women activists, this is indeed a big change and one in which their hard work has finally started to bear fruition. Although Saudia Arabia has always been a conservative nation and deeply rooted in their culture and religion, the change will theoretically ease some of the tension that has arisen from this issue. With this change just right over the horizon, some would say that it is now possible to forge on ahead with the activists' other pursuits as well, such as allowing the women of Saudi Arabia to drive, and leaving the country without the accompaniment of men. While not everyone will agree on this new verdict, it is at least a major win for women's rights' activists.
By Lauren Marie De Guzman
Saudi Arabia was at the United Nations conference this past week jumping on with 100 other U.N. members in support of the recognition of Palestinian state. Saudi Arabia is the richest Arab nation and most powerful. Saudi Arabia is risking a very strong relationship with the United States. This has not been the first spark between the two powerful respected nations. United States and Saudi Arabia have been arguing about several causes such as the Iraq war and terrorism not just the Palestinian state recognition into the United Nations.
The United States and Saudi Arabia are two world powers and have great interest with another through the oil industry. The United States has a friendship with the Saudis with security exchange for oil. Saudi Arabia gives the United States fair deals for oil and the United States in return give the Saudis security protection. It is very important the two try to get back on track in their relationship which has been rocky the past decade.
The Palestinian conflict considering their recognition is becoming a growing problem for the United States to deal with. Nations such as Saudi Arabia who have relations with United States is certainly continuing to grow.
By; Joe Ruffolo
Saturday, September 24, 2011
It is reported that the provisional government continued to resist retreating with rockets, mortars, and gunfire hundred miles east from Sirte.
Current Prime Minister in a nation, Mahmoud Jibril, sought for support at United Nations, insisting the need of assistance in order to “rebuild the country” in an efficient way.
Although it has been over a month since successfully taking Tripoli away from attacking, ending Gaddafi’s authority, new government is still struggling in a difficulty to conquer Gaddaffi’s loyalties from continuous attacking.
Attack with explosions lasted throughout the day by all loyalties of Gaddaffi hiding at various places in town under the smoke, throwing hand grenade and shooting. NATO warplanes patrolled throughout the evening.
It is said that now over 1,300 families escaped from the city, while many of them still are being unable to move on, being stuck at basement to protect themselves from daily fires in a city.
They reported that some children are suffering from diarrhea due to the drink they drink from the tank.
Chief of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, spoke of the importance to form a strong and well-organized government, commenting that the interim government will be named during the next week, aiming to start guiding the country.http://news.yahoo.com/libyan-forces-fight-gadhafis-hometown-sirte-192646160.html