The United States has officially been at war in Afghanistan for ten years. 50 percent of Americans think the war has not been successful, though 39 percent of Americans consider it a success. And 70 percent of people polled think the war has gone on too long. In June, President Obama announced a plan to withdraw 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 2012. Do you think the war in Afghanistan has been successful? Learn more .
Four years ago, Amanda Knox was just another American college student, studying abroad in Italy. But when her British roommate was murdered, Knox was charged. The world has closely followed the trial proceedings ever since, largely due to the scandalous nature of the crime and Italy's somewhat overdramatic criminal proceedings. (In a closing argument, the prosecution said that Knox was a "luciferina" or she-devil.) This week, due to lack of evidence to convict her, Knox was declared innocent and was allowed to return home. What challenges do you think Knox will face now that she is free? Learn more .
The NBA is hemorrhaging money faster than LeBron James can sprint across the court. 22 or the league's 30 teams lose money each year, and the NBA needs to cut costs. But who should give up the money? Players and team owners have been unable to come to an agreement about salaries, so the owners locked the players out of the courts. The pre-season has been cancelled, and teams may miss the first two weeks of the season if players and owners can't reach an agreement by Monday. Some players have gone oversees to play ball. Do you think basketball players should be paid multi-million dollar salaries? Learn more .
When the United States lost its perfect AAA credit rating, politicians acted as though it was an earth-shattering disaster. But for the economically-troubled Greece, this downgrade was like the valedictorian freaking out over receiving an A-. Greece's economy has been in turmoil since 2010, and the country has the lowest credit rating in the entire world. To protest the government's weak response to the unending economic crisis--and upcoming pay cuts--over 25,000 civil servants went on strike this week. Do you think that striking is an effective action to help workers get what they want? Learn more .
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