Community / International / National / News / February 26, 2014

News Briefs: Arizona discrimination bill vetoed

Local rail delegation visits Oman

GALESBURG – A local trade mission is currently in the Sultanate of Oman trying to secure business for Western Illinois-area rail companies. These include producers both of rail products and rolling stock. They are seeking to take part in the Oman Rail Project, a 4,000-kilometer section of a planned 40,000- kilometer project built by the Gulf Cooperation Council to connect Oman to Kuwait. Galesburg is planning on holding workshops to match local producers to companies in the Middle East and hopes that the contracts secured will spill over to secondary producers in the area. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)


Arizona vetoes religious freedom bill

PHOENIX –  Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed a proposed bill that would have strengthened protections for business owners to refuse to serve customers if they are doing so from a deeply held religious belief. Supporters said that the legislation was an important defense of religious liberty, while detractors said that it is essentially legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. Arizona business groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, came out strongly against it, arguing that it would hurt the state’s reputation and cause economic harm. Several prominent Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) and former presidential condidate Mitt Romney, urged Gov. Brewer to veto it. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


Venezuelans continue to protest Maduro

CARACAS –  Anti-government protests continue in Venezuela by opponents of the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, heir to longtime leader Hugo Chavez. At least 18 have been killed and 500 arrested during the protests. The demonstrators have had trouble articulating their demands, although dissatisfaction with soaring crimes rates, widespread shortages of basic goods and government repression have all played a role. The government has blamed far-right provocateurs in league with foreign powers, especially the United States. The leader of Venezuela’s opposition movement has called upon the demonstrators to adopt new tactics to reduce the level of violence. (Source: The New York Times)

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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