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Scotland votes to stay with the UK

October 3, 2014 at 2:02 am 0 comments

Scottish voters voted against a referendum held Sept. 18, which otherwise could have decided Scotland’s political independence from the United Kingdom. Scottish voters made a 55 to 44 percent decision to remain a part of the union of the United Kingdom, with a Scottish voter turnout of 84.6 percent. The Scottish National Party (SNP) had won a majority of seats in the 2011 Scottish election. The SNP, which promotes an independent Scotland, passed the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill in November 2013, allowing this recent referendum to take place. The leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond, recently announced he would step down as Scotland’s First Deputy in the wake of the failed campaign for independence. A number of issues served as the basis for Scottish independence. Scotland controls oil and gas reserves in the North Sea, which brings a large amount of tax revenue into the country. Scottish oil will generateRead More

NET NEUTRALITY CHALLENGED

February 4, 2014 at 2:14 am 0 comments

A federal circuit court striking down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rule January 14 means more than just higher Netflix bills. The ruling’s defeat means Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are no longer held by net neutrality, which means they are no longer forced to treat all Internet traffic the same. Instead, ISPs like Comcast and Verizon are free to offer different prices for Internet access. High bandwidth sites like Netflix or other streaming media websites could be restricted or only offered at a higher price from ISPs, like cable companies offer HBO or Starz at a higher price. ISPs now have the chance to control what their users have access to and how long they have access to it, so long as they disclose what they are doing to their users. Additionally, ISPs can now decide how bandwidth is allocated between clients. Legally, there is nothing stopping Verizon fromRead More

OBAMA CALLS 2014 “BREAKTHROUGH YEAR FOR AMERICA” IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

February 4, 2014 at 2:07 am 0 comments

On the evening of January 28, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address on Capitol Hill to the members of Congress and his “fellow Americans.” Obama was introduced by Speaker of the House John Boehner. With Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden behind him, the president addressed Congress and the rest of the nation. He told stories of a teacher who went the extra mile to assist a student that day, helping America’s graduation rate rise to the highest it has been in three decades, and of an autoworker who built one of the world’s most fuel-efficient cars, helping America to use less foreign oil. Obama then listed stories of American citizens who “make the state of our union strong.” The results of these efforts, according to Obama, are all positive. The president claimed that we are witnessing the lowest rate of unemployment in over five years,Read More

POLITICS AND TENSION PREFACE THE SOCHI OLYMPICS

February 4, 2014 at 2:06 am 0 comments

Openly gay athletes serve as US delegation to Olympics The XXII Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to begin on February 7 in Sochi, Russia. In December, President Obama announced that he would not be attending the Olympics. Instead, he assembled a delegation that does not include his vice president or even a cabinet secretary. Some tension with host Russia has characterized the anticipation of the games. The Washington Times reported that State Department officials said that Russia has repeatedly violated the terms of an arms treaty that has been in place since Ronald Reagan was in office. There has also been increased tension from both Russia harboring Edward Snowden, who leaked confidential NSA information, and disagreements over the situation in Syria. Obama has stated that he is not attending because of a busy schedule in Washington, but his absence from the Olympics is likely meant to send a message toRead More