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8 October 2013


There’s a Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak and the Government is Shut Down

Maryn McKenna / Wired


The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that over 270 cases of Salmonella have broken out in 18 states. However, due to the shut down, the CDC cannot operate the foodborne detection services to minimize further impacts.


How North Korea Gets Away with It

Bruce Klinger and Jared Gesner / Wall Street Journal Op-Ed


The authors argue the UN panel on human rights abuses in North Korea was a long-time coming and that the world should do more than “express serious concern” about such abuses.

Italy Migrant Deal Toll

AP News


The death toll of migrants who were en-route to Italy from Eritrea when their boat sank has risen to 250.


Higgs boson scientists win Nobel prize in physics



Peter Higgs, from the UK, and Francois Englert, from Belgium, won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the Higgs boson particle.


Get Your House in Order

Ben Chu / Independent


Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhu Guangyao warned America that “the clock is ticking” on the budget and debt ceiling. He asked the US to “prevent debt default to ensure the safety of Chinese investment in the United States.”


North Korea Puts Army on Alert

Jack Kim / Reuters


North Korea has put its military on high alert, increasing tension levels after weeks of rhetoric against the U.S. and South Korea.  A spokesman for the North has warned the U.S. of “disastrous consequences” for moving a group of ships into a South Korean harbor.


Hamid Karzai blasts US and NATO over security



Hamid Karzai has ruled out signing a security deal with the United States and NATO until disagreements over sovereignty are resolved.  He said in a press conference that the military occupation has caused “a lot of suffering, a loss of life and no gains because the country is not secure.”


Karzai Raises Stakes in U.S.-Afghan Talks

Ehsanullah Amiri and Habib Khan Totakhil / Wall Street Journal


Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he will convene a traditional national gathering to scrutinize plans for a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. The gathering, a Loya Jirga, would assemble local Afghan representatives to discuss “all aspects” of the potential agreement.


How 142 Nations Capitalize on Science

Scientific American


This year’s Global Innovation Index has found that R&D spending has rebounded globally in the wake of the global financial crisis and that that spending is growing more quickly in emerging countries such as Costa Rica, Uganda, and Moldova.


Why it’s hard for the U.S. to fight terrorism and promote democracy in East Africa

Beth Elise Whitaker / Washington Post


The UNC-Charlotte political scientist guest authored this post claiming Kenya has been more reticent than other East African countries to be affiliated with the United States’ fight against terrorism.  Now that Kenya is more open to partnerships, the U.S. is wary of a Kenyan relationship because the newly-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto face charges before the International Criminal Court.


Grahan Tells Obama to Send Terror Suspect to Gitmo

John Hudson / Foreign Policy


Senator Lindsey Graham is urging President Obama to send al-Libi, captured over the weekend in Libya, to Guantanamo Bay and be tried by a military tribunal.  Libi is currently being interrogated on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean and is scheduled to stand trial in New York.


The State Department’s Anonymous Communication Network Is Impenetrable

Shane Harris and John Hudson / Foreign Policy


The U.S. State Department has built a tool for anonymous communication, called Tor, that is so secure that the NSA has yet to figure out how to crack it, according to Snowden’s papers.

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