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Global News Blog: Nations Continue Fight for Unrestricted Internet Access

April 3, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Posted by Alexandra Sabota

Several of the big name Internet companies, such as Google, Skype, Youtube, and eBay, went before the European Parliament this week to try to keep the Internet open. This came after a study that shows customers want their Internet Service Provider to remain unrestricted.

This is just another story of a current hot topic; should the Internet remain open or fall victim to corporate greed? The idea that companies could limit your access based on how much money you pay each month is certainly causing debate. But is it enough? From the start, the Internet has been a place where rules are different and things easily accessible.

This has been a huge part of its appeal. Now ISPs want to change this and attempt to regulate the Internet, which in reality should be provoking more resistance from online users. Currently many people may know the issue but not fully grasp the concept. What if users realize though they might not be able to access some of their favorite websites without dishing out more money each month? In these economically hard times this fact is sure to cause outrage.

Sadly the issue has the potential to sneak past the public and before you know it, the open Internet is no more. Barack Obama and his political team are avid supporters of unrestricted access. With their help and the growing knowledge of the consumer, perhaps greed can be kept away.

Global News Blog: Mexico Adds Import Tariff on American Goods

March 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Madison Wertz

Looks like President Barack Obama is going to have his hands full with Mexico during his Presidency – and not just with its drug war. On March 17th, Bloomberg reported that Mexico decided to pass legislation that added import tariffs to U.S. goods. Mexico’s new and expensive tariffs are apparently in reaction to the U.S. ban of Mexican truck drivers driving on American roads, which supporters of the tariff argue is in violation of NAFTA.

I think this temper tantrum that Mexico is having is going to just end up hurting its own country. The article reports that the Mexican peso has dropped 32 percent in the last six months alone and Mexico does the majority of its trading with America. So why is Mexico encouraging American companies to think twice before doing business with the country because of new add costs?

To be fair, America is highly dependent on Mexico for its goods. In fact, Bloomberg reports that Mexico is third in line right behind our other top two international trading buddies China and Canada. So, I guess they have some ground to bargain with, but still, kind of risky don’t you think?

I see that Mexico is trying to take a stand here and show some confidence and identity as a country but come on!
Your country is in a little bit of a mess right now with a pending civil drug war and economic breakdown. This is not the time to burn bridges with your closest and most powerful ally. I see the argument for breaking NAFTA but honestly, I think they have bigger fish to fry out there.

Campus News Blog: Military Press Ban Creates New Questions for SMU Journalists

March 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Elizabeth Siebman

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

This week, the Obama administration lifted a ban that restricted photographers and press access at the Dover Air Force base, where the coffins of many fallen soldiers are taken. This removed a ban that had been in place for over 18 years.

This new access may allow the total cost of war to be fully recognized. More people will be able to recognize the human cost of war, not just the economic costs. However, it is also important to remember the emotions of the grieving families during this time.

As future journalists, SMU students must remember that there is a fine line between press access and the privacy that should be granted to families mourning the loss of loved ones.

Global News Blog: World’s Popular Websites Go Before European Parliament

March 19, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Alexandra Sabota

Several of the big name internet companies, such as Google, Skype, YouTube, and eBay, went before the European Parliament this week to try to keep the Internet open. This came after a study that shows customers want their Internet Service Provider to remain unrestricted.

This is just another part of a current hot topic; should the Internet remain open or fall victim to corporate greed? The idea that companies could limit your access based on how much money you pay each month is certainly causing debate. But is it enough? From the start, the internet has been a place where rules are different and things easily accessible.

This has been a huge part of its appeal. Now ISPs want to change this and attempt to regulate the Internet, which in reality should be provoking more resistance from internet users. Currently many people may know the issue but not fully grasp the concept.

What if users realize though they might not be able to access some of their favorite websites without dishing out more money each month? In these economically hard times this fact is sure to cause outrage.

Sadly the issue has the potential to sneak past the public and before you know it, the open Internet is no more. Barack Obama and his political team are avid supporters of unrestricted access. With their help and the growing knowledge of the consumer, perhaps greed can be kept away.

Global News Blog: Canadian Prime Minister Reaches Out to American Media for Support

February 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Kelsey Howard

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a trip to New York to visit with President Obama earlier this week, but spent more time trying to reach American media outlets than working on political objectives. The Prime Minister appeared on Fox News and recorded interviews with CNBC and CNN to be released at a later date during his stay here. Click here to read more about his visit.

So why is it suddenly so important for Canadians to have the approval of the American media? Obviously, the American media has influence on the American public, but why should Prime Minister Harper care what the American public thinks of him? Bringing knowledge to the American people through its own media outlets is, in my opinion, a smart idea.

Prime Minister Harper obviously has concerns about the relations between Canada and the United States, and needs there to be a mutual sense of favorability among the two. The recent “Buy American” clause in the stimulus package suggests to Canada that the United States does not care about its trading partners in relation to its own economic conditions.

Maybe the answer to preventing nationalistic thoughts such as the “Buy American” clause is using media outlets more effectively. In this case, the Canadian Prime Minister certainly brought the issue to the forefront in the minds of the American public. Should foreign leaders be utilizing media outlets in this way? Could this help build relations between nations during this time of economic crisis?

Video: Students Reflect on Chaotic Inauguration Day

January 21, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Several SMU students were among thousands of ticket-holders who were turned away from Tuesday’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C. In this webcam interview with SMU-TV, Elisabeth Brubaker describes her Inauguration Day experience. (The interview begins at the 1:48 mark.) Jia Thomas also shot video footage of a frustrated crowd chanting “Let us in!”

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