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Conflict in Egypt: Stay informed with CengageBrain

President Mohamed Morsi

President Mohamed Morsi (Photo credit: European External Action Service – EEAS)

If you’ve been too consumed with beaches and bonfires to pay attention to the news this week, you’ve likely missed what’s going on in Egypt. With a little help from our research team, CengageBrain will keep you in the know on the world news so you can stay informed.

Curfew enacted; shuts down capital

Author for the NewYorkTimes.com blog The Lede, Robert Mackey, reports in his August 16, 2013, post “Aug. 16 Updates on Protests in Egypt” that a forceful curfew on Friday, August 16, left the streets of the capital, which are normally packed with a vibrant crowd, “quiet after sunset.” Nearly 640 people were killed after two sit-ins were violently broken up by security forces this past Wednesday. Another 173 were killed on Friday during violent clashes of supporters for the recently ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. Read more

Gun rights on college campuses: Pros, cons and what state law says

In light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut on December 14, 2012, debate has been renewed about legislation allowing or banning guns on college campuses, dorm rooms, classrooms and public places. Gun rights advocates say everyone, including students, have the right to defend themselves, while pro gun control advocates believe lack of guns on campuses is what keeps everyone safe. Each state has its own laws governing concealed weapons on campus — some allow it, some forbid it, while others let each institution decide for itself. Read more

2012 presidential election: How to begin registering and researching who to vote for in the November election

Students registering to vote

Students registering to vote (Photo by the Knight Foundation)

The presidential election can be confusing, especially if you only catch the headlines while running on the treadmill at the gym like I do. I’m willing to bet many of you are like me, a college student who hasn’t had much time — or energy — to put into doing your own research on who’s running this year, right? Well, now that summer has arrived and you have a spare minute to breathe, here are some ways to get in the know about politics so you can rock the vote in the November 6 election! Read more