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Monthly Archives: June 2014

A recent paper published in the journal Science claims the current rate of extinction is 1000 times higher than normal. ...

Earlier this month, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), more commonly known as a drone, took to the skies for the first sanctioned commercial flight over American land. The move comes as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tries to loosen...

By T.S. Blanchard on Jun 27th, 2014

On May 31, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only American military member to be taken as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan, was released. In exchange for Bergdahl, the United States released five Taliban members from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility....

By Anisha Chadha on Jun 24th, 2014

On June 5, the province of Quebec, Canada, passed an end-of-life care bill that gives terminally ill patients the legal option to choose to end their life. It is the first successful attempt so far to pass an assisted suicide bill in Canada....

By T.S. Blanchard on Jun 18th, 2014

In early 2014, asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan went on strike in Israel to demonstrate their value to the Israeli economy and petition to be recognized as refugees, as many of them had fled their home countries due to persecution. ...

By Anisha Chadha on Jun 17th, 2014

Cuba’s award-winning blogger, Yoani Sanchez, has officially launched Cuba’s first independent digital newspaper, 14ymedio. Sanchez is best known for her outspoken blog, Generation Y, in which she has previously criticized freedom of speech...

By Record on Jun 10th, 2014

On June 2, the Obama administration released its new Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan includes regulations on existing coal power plants. These regulations are part of an effort by the administration to address climate change. ...

The debate on gentrification – or the shift in an urban community toward higher property values and thus, wealthier residents – was reinvigorated when American filmmaker, Spike Lee, expressed disgust at the phenomenon this past February....

By Anisha Chadha on Jun 5th, 2014

Both gains and losses were seen last week in the battle against MERS, an infection that many scientists and public health officials believe has been accelerating since its appearance two years ago. ...

By T.S. Blanchard on Jun 5th, 2014

Water scarcity in Iran has become an emergency. According to Iran’s energy minister Hamid Chitchian, climate change, droughts, wasteful irrigation practices, and high consumption and depletion of groundwater supplies are major factors in Iran’s...