Nation and World

By Gianna Shikitino
December 3, 2009

Shannon Keough

Chinese government to help reduce emissions

The Chinese government pledged to reduce its growth of greenhouse emissions on Thursday, Nov. 26. This followed the Obama administration’s provisional target to reduce U.S. emissions.

Indian tribes attend largest gathering

President Obama said that the meeting that brought roughly 564 American Indian tribes to Washington was “the largest and most widely attended gathering of tribal leaders in our history.”

The meeting was held to accommodate their needs, the main topic being health care.

American Indians are hoping that the meeting will result in negotiations that may provide money to Indian health care while granting more options for treatments.

As the progression of the American Indian health care emerges, Obama proposed an increase of 13 percent to the Indian Health Service, a service that assists 1.9 million American Indians to free care.

Initiative in place to fix Dubai finances

The United Arab Emirates made an initiative that may have been prevention to financial problems within banks in Dubai. The initiative that was decided on Nov. 30 alleviated markets by lending money out to suffering banks.

This action leads to concerns of boundless borrowing around the world. The reason behind the United Arab Emirates contributing financially was because of fear that credit markets would be frozen once again resulting to using money that had been safely invested by the civilians, which would lead to a global financial crisis.

More troops to be placed in Afghanistan

An announcement made by President Obama on Dec.1 changed the hope of families awaiting troops to arrive home from Afghanistan in the near future. 30,000 extra troops are heading to Afghanistan within the next few months, and they all will make their way home in 2011.

The decision was made while Obama explained that the “United States could not afford and should not have to shoulder an open-ended commitment.”

However, Obama believes that he has the confidence to bring the war to a successful conclusion.

His action is to stop the Taliban’s plan in taking large regions in Afghanistan. With that, the Afghan people would be securely protected and would push them to structure their own military as well as a more efficient government to abolish Al Qaeda in Pakistan.

Gianna Shikitino

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