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Cuba is ready for big change with rights that allow Cubans to buy homes. Many are expecting major changes in Cuba. With money from Cubans who are living in the United States are giving a large amount of property taxes and money to their home land and also Cubans from around the world. “There’s going to be huge demand,” said José, 36, who declined to give his last name, stepping away from the crowd and keeping an eye out for eavesdroppers. “It’s been prohibited for so long”(Cave).
The people in Cuba understand that the key to capitalism is the idea of private property. Their is a slogan in the country "socialism or death" to fight for their rights and legitimize their country. With the new rules that were put in place by the Obama administration which allows relatives of Cuba to send as much money as they want. This is giving the Cuban Americans a big part in giving the Cuban economy success. Experts in Cuba say that the Cubans are already creating a tiered social system within Cuba. The Cuban Americans have already sent $1 billion so far to fund the idea of the people of Cuba receiving their own rights to purchase and own their own home.
By; Joe Ruffolo
by Rachel Foy
Egyptian troops, heralded as saviors when their generals ushered out President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, led a new push to clear the square. And the battles took a more lethal toll: the Health Ministry said that at least six were killed, and doctors set up in the square said that the number could be twice that.
But the violence only seemed to reinforce the revolutionary urgency that had returned to the square, and when the army moved to push out the thousands of protesters, more than twice as many quickly flooded back.
“This is February 12!” said Abeer Mustafa, a 42-year-old wedding planner. “We have finally succeeded in reclaiming our revolution.”
The crackdown, including the reported use of live ammunition by troops, elicited condemnation across the political spectrum, joined by voices who had previously taken a more restrained tone toward the military council, from the liberal former diplomat Mohamed ElBaradei to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Almost all the civilian parties called for an accelerated end to military rule before the drafting of a constitution — either an immediate handover to some civilian unity government, a turnover to the lower house of Parliament when it is seated in April, or after a presidential election, to be scheduled as soon as possible.
But while unity reappeared in the square, where Coptic Christians once again stood guard as their Muslim compatriots bowed to pray, the political class remained deeply polarized over what sort of civilian government might succeed the military. Liberals and Islamists continued to battle each other in back-room arguments over the question of what rules the military might set for the selection of a constitutional convention, even as the street protesters demanded that the military give up such authority.
In its first official response to the crisis, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces repeated its commitment to its “road map” of the transition, including next week’s elections, but it did nothing to move up or clarify its exit date, now set for some time after drafting of a constitution and electing of a president in perhaps 2013 or beyond. The council expressed “sorrow” over the situation. It said it had ordered an investigation and it asked the political parties to “contain the situation.”
By: Joseph McGee
Posted by: Kendall Bilbro
BY: Lauren Marie De Guzman
Since he was elected, President Obama has wanted to be known as the first “Pacific President”. Although he hasn’t done much to live up to his self-proclaimed title so far, Mr. Obama says that is changing.
America’s allies in Asia have rightly complained about only receiving intermittent attention from the U.S. According to Mr. Obama, this marginalization of the East has ended; America is shifting its focus to Asia and the Pacific, and keeping it there for good.
Senior administration officials back up the president, saying that the President has had to deal with “inherited issues” tied to President Bush’s “war on terror” for most of his first term. According to the officials, now that troops are being pulled out of Iraq, and that there is a deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. will begin to bring the Asia-Pacific region more into focus.
At his stop in Canberra, Australia’s capital (as part of his recent Asia-Pacific trip), Mr. Obama announced with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard that the U.S. will put rotating units of marines in Darwin, in Northern Australia, for training and exercises. Although China has implied that it is uncomfortable with the decision, Mr. Obama has affirmed that the decision in not meant to hinder China’s “peaceful rise”.
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In terms of the currency issue, although Western countries and the U.S. have insisted that “China’s currency has been artificially undervalued,” Mr. Wen stated again that its value of the currency was already adjusted and the effort would be continued.
Regarding the territorial dispute between China and other countries including the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and Brunei, Mr. Wen emphasized a refusal on any mediation on this dispute. That territory is believed to possess rich minerals.
The president of FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Football Association, in English), is facing a lot of criticism since his comment earlier this week about racism present in football. Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, commented that any racism present on the football (soccer) pitch could simply be resolved with a handshake at the end of the match. "There is no racism on the field, but maybe there is a word or gesture that is not correct," Blatter said. “The one affected by this should say this is a game and shake hands." Additionally, he said that these such remarks and gestures among the players are frequent, stemming from “the heat of the moment” and should be forgotten after the final whistle. The public is outraged by these comments because Blatter basically said that just because racist comments may be exchanged on the football pitch, it does not mean that racism is present in the sport. He claims racism is not present at all in football.
Racism has been an ongoing problem with football, not just between the players themselves but among the fans and spectators, especially. Every year, many are injured, or die, in football riots that start with spectator behavior. Players are subject to the spectators’ racist comments, too, and minority players frequently complain that they have been hit with objects thrown at them from the stands. Following his ‘misinterpreted’ comment about racism present in the game, Blatter also noted that FIFA has long been trying to eradicate racism from football, and he has continually spoken out about the importance of enforcing fair play. Seemingly contradicting himself, Blatter mentioned that he has “personally leading the fight against racism in football,” with FIFA’s many campaigns to stop it, such as 'Say No to Racism.'
Many are calling for Sepp Blatter to resign as the president of FIFA because of these comments about racism and football. He has frequently made other blunders in interviews, but this last comment was so far off the mark that people agree he’s gone too far. Blatter says he has no intention to resign.
Last Wednesday, Obama has announced that 2500 Marines will be deployed at Australia to strengthen the alliance among Asian nations, which caused immediate negative response from Beijing, rising military tension around the region.
This agreement will result in military of United States staying for long-term in Pacific for the first time.
It is reported that leaders of China are arguing that what Obama is attempting to accomplish is to encircle China militarily. Reacting to those claims, Obama commented that he “made a deliberate and strategic decision - as a Pacific nation, the United States will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future.” He also emphasized that this movement is not to isolate China but to make it clear that US stays guarded and careful for China’s any military actions, especially since China has shown its heavy yet rapid growth of military and economic power.
He additionally explained that this is also an outcome of wishes from allies around this region from India to Japan. At the same time, however, some allies showed their concerns that this action may affect their leadership role to China.
Instead of building a new base, they will be using the facilities at Darwin. 200 to 250 will arrive next year first and eventually there will be 2500 Marines will be arriving.
By Carmen Brodnax
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Ramos was being rescued and told the details of what he heard;"There were many shots fired. I could not do anything but get under the bed, to pray, to cry, and then I felt a great relief when I heard the police yell my name. That is when I responded, because I could not even speak"(Lacques). Ramos returned home with his family five hours after his rescue and will return to his Venezuela club for a winter ball season in his home country before returning back to the states before spring training.
By; Joe Rufolo
As trouble continues to ravage Syria, other Arab countries have decided that enough is enough. Syria's membership in the Arab League has already been suspended, and now even more pressure is coming down on the Assad regime. France has joined in condemnation after one of their diplomatic missions was attacked. Turkey has pulled their nonessential officials out of Syria, and called for global action against the bad apple state. At the same time, Assad continues to claim that terrorists are responsible for the trouble against protesters in the streets, trouble that has since March killed 3500.
by Rachel Foy
By: Tyler Lundquist
By Carmen Brodnax
However, Italy has decided to throw out their prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. Of course, it is evident how much Italy loves its now ex prime minister. In their time of need, they have placed the blame on this man.
The police force in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, cracked down on a slum earlier today. The police were trying to get a control on the major drug trafficking coming from one of the biggest slums in the city, where about 100,000 people currently live. The crime-ridden environment is dangerous, especially for families trying to raise their children in the slum. With roadblocks set up around 2:30am, and thousands of different forces in place, the police action started early in the morning. The goal was to crack down on the slum’s drug trafficking, and now the focus becomes catching the criminals responsible for the dangers. Today’s operation was part of a bigger plan to rid the country of crime before the 2014 World Cup, and the eventual Olympic Games in 2016.
Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, officially submitted his resignation on last Saturday.
This dramatic event in the world of Italian politics was met by hundreds of crowds cheering around presidential palace, applauding in excitement and expecting a better change to come. Isabella La Monica, one of the crowds commented as following: “I know that the crisis won’t be over just because he leaves, and I’m a bit concerned about what will happen with the markets, but I know that this country will be better without him. Things can’t get any worse.”
It is said that the whole alteration in politics of European nations including this event and retirement of George A. Papandreou, Prime Minister in Greece, represents a serious financial crisis that is threatening the market of European Union.
Mario Monti, a former member of the European Commission, is seen as a prospective leader who would form new government in Italy. The essential goal set for next Italy’s government is to reduce public debt, which current amount is said to be $2.6 trillion.
Two recent attacks, one on the US Embassy in Kabul and one that killed the former Afghan president, occurring within the same month prove that, though things may be stabilizing, the Taliban still is able to carry out deadly attacks on civilians and politicians. One has to wonder, however, if these attacks and the recent Taliban activity are acts of desperation, meant to keep the organization relevant. If quality of life improves in Afghanistan in the absence of the Taliban, then the people of Afghanistan will oppose the Taliban more, and I think the Taliban knows this, so it is trying to scare people.
The Taliban may or may not be on their back foot, but if Western military's pull out of Afghanistan, the power vacuum would likely result in fighting between the Taliban, warlords, and the government.
By...:: Lauren Marie De Guzman
President Obama worked to project America's leadership today in Asia, and he announced a multi-nation-free-trade pact and warned China that now that it has more international influence, it must "play by the rules".
Obama recognized America's role in the past but insisted on U.S. primacy today, and on its expanding role in the international market. On the other side, China's president offered a competing vision for regional growth with dynamic Chinese markets and improving international businesses standards as an important key. The Chinese president highlighted China's potential and capital, and insisted on their goal: turn China into an innovation-driven country.
Their comments happened in front of businesses leaders who attended the Asia-Pacific Economic summit in Honolulu, and came after a private meeting between both leaders. From the meeting Obama insisted on the importance of working together, but even thought the Chinese leader talked about mutual respect and interest, journalists allowed in the room did not appreciate any of that by reading the Chinese president body language.
This will show what is coming, a competition between China and the U.S. to gain influence.
Also, Obama agreed on the Trans-Pacific partnership, a free trade agreement with eight other nations that will create jobs as it will open foreign markets to U.S. exports.
by Paula Elum