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Fighting continues in Syria a year after the Arab Spring. More than 10,000 people have been killed and the fighting has displaced tens of thousands from their homes.
Students recall wars as Arab Spring revolution continues in Syria Joanna Raines & Robby Smith The Battalion
leven-year-old Ali el-Sayed played dead to remain alive during the Houla massacre last month when gunmen entered his home and shot his family. Sayed’s story speaks for the 108 citizens who were murdered May 25 at the hands of the Syrian government. It gives us a small window to see the Syrian uprising. The Houla massacre is one incidence of the growing violence in Syria. The conflict was born out of an attempt to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. The rebellion sprung out of the Arab Spring, which the government re-
sponded with crushing violence. Assad continues to deny responsibility for the violence, blaming events such as the Houla massacre on foreign terrorists. However, it is his band of ghosts, Shabia, that leave the people of
Syria in fear for their lives, and people in the Western world to sit by and watch. The U.N. sent unarmed peace monitors to enforce a cease-fire. Although the number of monitors grew to 300, it had no effect on the violence. The situation continues to worsen. The increasing violence over the past few weeks led the U.N. to suspend troops from action as of Saturday. Many speculate this announcement is a sign that the peace plan is failing, and that further action must be taken. On Sunday, the chief U.N. observer in Syria appealed to the warring parties to enable civilians trapped by the escalating violence to leave
conflict zones. “The parties must reconsider their position and allow women, children, the elderly and the injured to leave conflict zones, without any preconditions and ensure their safety,” Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria said in a statement. He said attempts to extract civilians from the line of fire over the past week in the city of Homs have been unsuccessful. The U.N. Security Council established the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria in April to monitor the cessation of violence in Syria, as well as monitor and support the full See Syria on page 2
Obama bypasses Congress, changes immigration policy Relieved from fear of deportation and eager to gain employment, students say Trevor Stevens The Battalion President Barack Obama announced an executive change in immigration policy, offering the chance of employment to illegal immigrants, including students. “Let’s be clear, this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship, this is not a permanent fix,” Obama said from the White House on Friday. “This is the right thing to do.” According to The Associated Press, the policy change will affect as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. The “administrative relief” bypasses Congress, partially and temporarily achieving the goals of the DREAM Act, which is con-
gressional legislation that aims to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the U.S. illegally but who attend college or join the military. “I feel very grateful for the courage Obama has shown by stepping out there and putting at least a temporary solution to the problem of the undocumented youth out,” said Maria Fernando Cabello, senior political science major, illegal immigrant and DREAMer. Cabello said she, along with the rest of the DREAMer community, have been fighting for an executive order for about two years. “He always told us that he can’t pass the DREAM Act — that’s a Congress issue,” she said. “And we always told him, ‘Well, do something.’” Cabello was 12 years old when she came to the U.S. from Mexico. “For almost half of my life I’ve had to live under the shadows and the fears of getting deported and getting separated from my family,” she said. “On Friday … that See Immigration on page 4
Maria Ibarra,19, originally from Durango Mexico and Candido Renteria, 24, of Monterrey Nuevo Leon, hug with joy after President Obama announced he would ease enforcement of immigration laws Friday in Edinburg, Texas.
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Julie Blanco Special to The Battalion Students and families in need of immunizations for the upcoming school year should begin planning appointments ahead of time. Due to the recent reduction of state funds for vaccines, the Texas Department of State Health Services has implemented a new immunization eligibility policy this year, which limits those who can be immunized at the Brazos County Health Department. Those who have private insurance that covers vaccines are no longer eligible to receive vaccines at the Brazos County in Bryan. “Now with the eligibility changes if you have privately held insurance, the Department of State Health Services is asking that you return back to the very people who are taking your insurance premiums for your immunization care,” said Community Health Services Division Director
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Students can receive meningitis shots and other vaccinations for a unit price at the country clinic if they already have private insurance. Julia Anderson. People who are able to get routine vaccinations through the Health Department are those who are uninsured. “It’s not so much that we’re turning people away so they can’t get vaccinated at all,” said Sara Mendez,
health education and promotion director at the Brazos County Health Department. “It’s really just sending them back to their provider to do that.” The policy forces parents and See Clinic on page 5
The Battalion A multimillion-dollar contract was awarded Monday to the Texas A&M University System to develop a center for developing vaccines that protect against pandemics and threats of bioterrorism. Texas A&M’s Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing will be home to one of three biodefense centers across the nation. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during the press conference, “The threats we face today as a nation are constantly evolving… [The centers are] a dramatic step forward in ensuring that the
United States can produce life-saving countermeasures quickly and nimbly.” The University will receive $176.6 million from the federal government and $109 million from commercial and academic partners. Sharp said, “This is one of the biggest federal grants to come to Texas since NASA was placed here some years ago.” Pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, along with more than 20 researchers nationwide will assist the System with the center’s initiatives. See Biodefense on page 3
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implementation of a six-point peace plan put forward by the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan. The plan calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue that takes into account the aspirations of the Syrian people, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media. The U.N. estimates that more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands displaced since the uprising against Assad began some 16 months ago. The U.S. and its allies have been discussing a Syrian-led political transition to avoid a civil war. These efforts have been complicated over the past week with information about the source of weaponry. U.S. officials said Russia is arming Assadâ€™s military with helicopters and other weaponry as a longtime ally of Syria. Texas A&M University students are watching to see what is done to aid Syrians. â€œThis is a horrible injustice that we must speak out against. We have been given so much; letâ€™s stand for those who have none,â€? said Amber Cassady, senior communication major. While there is no consensus on a plan to stop the violence, many lament the violence. â€œThey are killing innocent people and from what I read they must be torturing them as well. The most disturbing part for me was when they found a child with its arms cut off,â€? Jackie Garcia, TAMU UNICEF president said. â€œThe U.N. is trying to peacefully make it stop and I really hope they do. No one deserves to die brutally the way these people are. And if it is the government, then that is just sad that the civilians canâ€™t even depend on their own government.â€? While diplomats ponder how to address the conflict in Syria, dust lingers from 2011â€™s Arab Spring revolutions in Libya and Egypt. Some say the U.S. should aid Syria similarly to how it aided Libya in 2011 during its revolution. On Sunday, the top U.N. envoy in Libya voiced his concern at renewed fighting in several localities that led to a number of deaths, injuries and displacement, and called on authorities to address the causes of the conflicts and protect civilians, according to a U.N. news release. â€œIt is of the utmost importance that the government acts swiftly to de-escalate these conflicts and to ensure the protection and well-being of civilians,â€? Ian Martin, special representative of the secretary-general and head of the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, said in a statement. Martin told the U.N. Security Council in May armed clashes between various groups tested the reach and authority of the governmentâ€™s security apparatus and ability to impose the rule of law. Human rights, transitional justice and national reconciliation are among other issues that experts say must be addressed during the ongoing democratic transition in Libya, where Muammar Gadhafi ruled for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising last year led to civil war and the deposing of his regime. Texas A&M psychology student, Mirium, who wished to remain anonymous,
Mourners raise their hands as they carry coffins of Syrian civilians killed by Syrian troops last week in Daraa, Syria. was directly affected by the Libyan revolution as she is Libyan and much of her family still lives there. She said she sees a connection between the Arab Spring revolution that affected her life and the current war in Syria. â€œ[The violence in Libya] affected me immensely because I was here in America and had to watch the entire war on TV,â€? Mirium said. â€œI had three relatives who passed away. All my extended family still lives there.â€? In regard to the outcome of the revolution though, Mirium said the war was the only way to get rid of Gadhafi. The new government will take time to get adjusted, but overall it is for the best. â€œI know some people are upset that America intervened, but without their help Libya would be in Syriaâ€™s position right now,â€? Mirium said. â€œI think America did the right thing by implementing a no-fly zone and helping to defeat Gadhafi. Their help was much needed.â€? When the revolution started in Libya, Gadhafi gave numerous speeches outlining his attention to kill each citizen in every street, every house and every room. Itâ€™s different from other revolutions because he bought thousands of mercenaries from Mali and other African countries to kill men and kill and rape women. â€œIt was absolutely horrible not being able to help in any way,â€? Mirium said. â€œThe killing and torturing of innocent people on the news was the worst part.â€? Mirium said after the revolution, many Libyans went to Syria to help them fight Assadâ€™s army. Itâ€™s a difficult situation and whatâ€™s going on there is similar to what happened in Libya. â€œ[The revolution in Libya] relates to the other Arab countries because they were all trying to get rid of their current president and to change the government to make life for the countriesâ€™ citizens better,â€? Mirium said. â€œAlmost the same thing happened in Tunisia and Egypt but they were very lucky that their presidents did not declare war on them and vow to kill them all.â€? As Libya plans for its elections, news outlets reported Egypt struggles to main-
tain any democratic gains from their revolution. A year later, pressure is on these countries as they undergo the regime change process, transitioning to a more desirable from of governance. Efforts to halt regime change might reverse the gains of Egypt. On Thursday, David Kirkpatrick reported for The New York Times that a panel of judges appointed by Egyptâ€™s ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, ruled to dissolve the popularly elected parliament and allow the toppled governmentâ€™s last prime minister to run for president. This escalated a struggle by remnants of the old government to block Islamists from coming to power. The Courtâ€™s ruling came two days before the presidential election runoff. Citing a misapplication of rules for independent candidates, the court sought to overturn the first democratically elected parliament in more than six decades and the most significant accomplishment of the Egyptian revolution. If the ruling is carried out, whoever wins the presidential race takes power without the check of a sitting parliament and could exercise significant influence over the elections to form a new one. The new president will also take office without a permanent constitution to define his powers or duties. On Friday the U.N. issued a statement in regards to the Egyptian Courtâ€™s ruling. â€œThe Secretary-General is following attentively Egyptâ€™s presidential election process, which is a very important part of the transition to greater democracy that the Egyptian people have struggled so patiently and so courageously to achieve,â€? representative for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. â€œHe underscores the United Nations strong support for Egyptâ€™s transition to fully meet the legitimate expectations of the Egyptian people.â€?
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