Community / International / National / News / January 22, 2014

News Briefs: Bulgarians coming to Galesburg

Delegation from Bulgaria to visit Galesburg

 GALESBURG –Plans are currently being made for a delegation of Bulgarian agribusiness representatives to visit Galesburg this spring to learn about different agricultural technologies in the American Midwest. A joint endeavor between the Bulgarian Consulate in Chicago and the Galesburg Entrepreneur, Business, Industry network, the trip is designed to spur trade between area businesses and Bulgarian companies. This is the third foreign trade delegation to visit the city in the last three years, after an Indonesian group in 2012 and a Kazak one last year. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Syrian peace talks begin in Europe

 WASHINGTON – Roe v. Wade (the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion rights) turned 41 on Wednesday, with both supporters and opponents marking the anniversary. From the White House, President Obama issued a statement that affirmed his belief, “that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health”, while tens of thousands of people marched to Capitol Hill in the annual March for Life in protest of the decision. The anniversary comes after a year in which 53 new state-level restrictions on ending unwanted pregnancies were enacted, an unusually high amount. Opinion polls show that Americans remain strongly divided on the issue. (Source: The Washington Post)

Syrian peace talks begin in Europe

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – Representatives from the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Western-backed opposition began talks in Switzerland to negotiate an end to the civil war in Syria. Expectations are not high for the talks, which do not have the support of several key players. The main coalition of Islamist rebels dismissed the talks as a farce and Iran, one of the regime’s major supporters, was disinvited because of the country’s unwillingness to consider a deal that would remove Assad from power. The rebels and their Western supporters consider his removal essential to any peace deal. Even if a permanent deal is not reached, negotiators hope that there can still be progress on matters such as establishing cease-fire zones for humanitarian aid to pass through. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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