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Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
“France is not only America’s oldest ally but one of our closest allies,” said President Barack Obama as he welcomed
French President Francois Hollande to the White House. According to the BBC, Hoilande announced on Feb. 11
that mutual trust had been restored despite prior concerns arising from U.S. National Security Agency,Sf^ing.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the French leader travelled to San Francisco and met with chidfe of Silicon Valley giants
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obtained and published
a video of top terror
suspect and al-Qaida
member Anas al-
Libi’s capture by U.S.
commandos, courtesy of
a closed-circuit camera
in al-Libi’s neighborhood.
In a dramatic 30-second
raid on Oct 5,2013,
commandos ousted al-
Libi from his car, shoved
him into a commando-
operated vehicle and
later transported him
to the U.S., where he
pleads not guilty to
murder and conspiracy
to the video and an
accompanying article by
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For the first time
since their splitting
in 1949, China and
Taiwan held official
on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs
WangYu-Chl told CNN
that while no specific
agreements would be
signed, the meeting
marks a “significant
step to develop and
between the two
nations.Wang’s visit to
Nanjing is expected to
"last four days, the start
of which was “soured
by the exclusion of two
from covering the
meeting,” CNN reports.
Violence and government-imposed restrictions heavily restria journalists from reporting controversy and conflict
in Syria. Fortunately for protesters opposed to the Assad regime, young civilian activists, who were hard-pressed to
leave Syria, established “opposition radio stations” to broadcast anti-Assad-themed music shows. On Tuesday, Feb. 11,
Istanbul-based Radio Watan aired its premiere broadcast, led by singer Wasfi Massarani.’The traitor’s army kills us / ’
It fires bullets at us, Massarani sang.“We are unarmed / nothing in our hands / our blood flows in the streets.”
Minnesota bill, if passed, will promote gender equality
BY SUKYUN CHUNG
Staff WiuTf a
In the U.S., for every dollar a man makes,
a woman makes 77 cents.
Democrats in the Minnesota legislature,
led by Speaker of the House Paul Thissen,
seek to narrow this gender gap by
introducing the Women's Economic Security
Act of 2014.
"(The act) aims to break down barriers to
economic progress so that women — and all
Minnesotans — have a fair opportunity to
succeed," said Thissen in a press conference
on Jan. 30.
If it passes, the act would make childcare
more affordable by removing the $5,000 cap
on early-leaming scholarships. As a result,
mothers could spend time at home caring
for their children while simultaneously
pursuing their careers.
"I have a small child myself and know
how expensive preschool can get, so this
would be amazing for working women,"
said Assistant Professor of Economics
Many women who earn low wages lack
job security and find it difficult to return to
their jobs after a pregnancy.
"I would feel much better about having
a baby if I didn't have to quit my job to do
so,"'said Wendy's employee Silvia Theresa,
who is three weeks pregnant with her
The act would also expand unpaid leave
from six to 12 weeks and provide paid sick
and safe leave for women.
"That would be wonderful for women
like me ... who need to immediately start
working after they have a baby," said
Theresa. "Having no job certainly makes me
worry about having enough money to feed
two growing children."
Legislative reforms within the act also aim
to prepare working women for the future by
facilitating female entrepreneurs' business
development in male-dominated industries.
"I would love to see my daughter
encouraged to deviate from the norm and
go into a field like computer science," said
Shelkova sees this program as a good
investment in Minnesota's economy.
"Helping women obtain higher-paying
jobs would increase the tax base and result
in more spending," she said.
The act would also require private
businesses that contract with the state
government to report on pay equity within
"It's only fair that women make the same
amount of money that men do when they're
doing the same job," said Early College
senior Sydney Stanley. "Other businesses
could follow suit when they see that pay
equity would attract many people—women
and men — looking for a non-discriminatory
Associate Professor of Economics Maria
Rosales sees a lot of strong points in the bill
but notices one weakness.
"People ... think that a resume that
appears to be from a mother is less
impressive than the same resume that
appears to be from a father," said Rosales in
an email interview. "The plan set out in this
bill probably will not do much, if anything,
to address Ae issue of subtle but pervasive
Should Minnesota pass the Women's
Economic Security Act of 2014, the citizens
of other states could demand the same from
their legislature — perhaps even of the U.S.
"It's definitely a good step forward,"