The Daily Update: Tuesday, April 19

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A 23-year-old exchange student is dead after being attacked in her dorm room. Her boyfriend witnessed it all via webcam. Wildfires continue to spread across Texas, and religious leaders are furious over Lady Gaga’s new single. All this and more on your Daily Update.

The Daily Update: Monday, April 11

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Japan is suffering after another earthquake and the unrest in the Middle East is shaking up gas prices in the United States. The demand for used cars is also increasing, find out how you can make a profit from this trend. All this and more on your Daily Update.

Daily Update: Tuesday, Feb. 22

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A deadly earthquake in New Zealand leaves 65 dead and hundreds injured, 53 people have been killed in Juarez, Mexico, and protests continue in the Middle East. Also, a proposed bill may allow Texas college students, faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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Daily Update: Thursday, Feb. 17

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A shooting outside of the Burger Street on Mockingbird Lane leaves two dead and one injured. University Park may require students to have resident stickers on their vehicles, and at least three are dead as unrest continues in the Middle East. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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Haass, Rubin, and Gergen Answer Questions at Tate Lecture Student Forum

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By Marissa Belske

SMU and local high school students gathered in the Hughes-Trigg ballroom Tuesday afternoon to ask respected political and foreign affair experts about pressing issues on the U.S. economy and international relations in the Middle East and China.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Rubin, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and David Gergen, a senior political commentator for CNN helped kick off the 29th season of the Tate Lecture Series by expressing the importance of U.S. international involvement in a down economy.

The Role of China and Latin America

The experts agreed that with today’s economy the U.S. needs a much broader range of partners. Haass said that a good relationship with China is vital to the future of the U.S.

“They stressed to me the point that the U.S. needs to become and stay allies with China to grow,” said SMU student Daniel Hux.

According to Gergen, China’s renewable energy industry is growing rapidly, at times promoting their economy at the expense of American jobs.

“They (China) are doing a lot of things which are in violation with international law to build up their economy and create these jobs,” said Gergen. “Places, like in Dublin, Massachusetts where there is a renewable energy company, are now shutting down and moving its jobs to China.”

“It surprised me to hear that China has gotten into renewable energy,” said elementary schoolteacher Linda Giesen. “They are taking our jobs and that is scary.”

The experts agree that the U.S. needs to turn their attention to developing relationships with Latin America as well. Rubin says that 10 to 20 years down the road, the U.S. could face conflict in these regions for access to their natural resources.

“We have paid too little attention to Latin America for far too long,” said Gergen.

A Strong Home Front

The U.S. economy was on the minds of all the experts. Haass was especially passionate about the importance of improving the American economy before creating international commitments.

“The most important thing I would say is we need to be strong at home if we are going to be strong abroad,” said Haass. “We are accumulating debt at an alarming rate which leaves us vulnerable. We need to restore again the economic foundations of our might.”

Gergen joked that all students should take history while in college to learn from previous mistakes. While America faces threats from abroad, he says that the America’s biggest threat comes from within.

“I cannot remember a time when our problems have seemed so big and our capacity to solve them have been this small,” said Gergen.

The Future of the Middle East

The experts touched on Iran and the growing threat there due to their economic challenges. Haass said that today Iran is developing nuclear weapons in laboratories and that it is hard to predict what will happen next.

“The question in Iran is what is the timeline of political change in comparison to the timeline of their nuclear development,” said Haass.

While the experts are hopeful that the issues will resolve themselves in the Middle East, they say problems will not be resolved anytime soon.

“The basic message is stay tuned,” said Gergen. “I think almost everything we have said today is stay tuned.”

Although the subject matter of the afternoon was serious, SMU Student Haz said that the student forum was both entertaining and enlightening.

“They are passionate about what they do and it is good to know that we have people out there that are trying to help fix what’s going on here.”
For more information on the speakers visit the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website. The next Tate Student Forum will be held Tuesday, October 5th and will feature Inventor Ray Kurzweil.

Global News Blog: Confiscated Exotic Pets Bring Hope to Endangered Species

April 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Alex Castriota

Some people think a lizard or monkey would make for a bizarre addition to one’s family. However, “Tigers, pythons, lions, and east African cheetahs” are just some of the exotic pets smuggled into the United Arab Emirates every year according to Dr. Abdul Aziz al Midfa of the Sharjah Environmental Authority.

Arabian Leopard

Animals like the Arabian leopard are sought after as a status symbol among the wealthy in the UAE. With only 200-250 left in the world, the demand for these rare creatures is even greater.

Endangered species attract collectors because of their trophy status among the affluent. As eccentric owners continue to defy the law against importing endangered species, more exotic animals are confiscated and placed in wildlife parks for population rehabilitation.

Successful breeding programs within these wildlife parks have helped increase the population in hopes of eventual removal from the endangered species list. Successful programs like the initiative to save the Arabian oryx provide hope to those looking to save the Arabian leopard and other endangered species.

Overhunted for its meat, hides and horns, the Arabian oryx was all but extinct with fewer than 500 remaining in 1965. Although the last of the wild oryx was killed in the early 1970’s, a small number remain in protective captivity for breeding purposes.

As a result of these efforts, over 100 oryx were released into the Oman and Jordan wild with another 600 in captivity present day.

Global News Blog: H1N1 Pandemic an Issue in Muslim Haj Season

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Posted by Erica Pelletier

As Shi’ite Muslims make their way to Mecca for their traditional pilgrimage they confront a huge contemporary issue facing most of the world: the H1N1 virus. In the past pilgrims have run into protest and military resistance, but now Middle East officials and the World Health Organization fear that the mass gathering will lead the virus to spread further and result in more deaths.

The entire Arabian peninsula is urging followers to stay at home this year especially children and the elderly. Four deaths have already occurred in the past week as the government sets up check points with electronic monitoring equipment. As the Haj reaches its climax this Thursday when the majority of Pilgrims gather in Arafat to renounce the devils’ temptation. Authorities hope they can do their best to avoid any tragedies.