Sunday, February 15, 2009

Some Weekend News

One thing I enjoy doing on Sundays is reading news websites from places other than the United States. It's a great way to find out what other countries are thinking and sometimes you find things that are a bit odd, or thought-provoking.

So, let's go globe-trotting!

An interview in Japan's Asahi Shimbun covers the intention of the People's Republic of China to develop and build two aircraft carriers starting next year, and two nuclear-powered carriers starting in 2020. China wants to be able to project its power beyond its littoral, with one defense line running as far east as Guam. The US is going to have to be aware and acknowledge the changing power realities, both regionally and globally.

An article in China Daily covers the efforts of a Hindu fundamentalist group to proselytize. The way they're doing it is rather, um, odd - they're making a fizzy soft drink out of cow urine.

Also out of India, an abusive husband woke up after beating his wife, doused her with kerosene and set her alight. The wife wrapped him up in a bearhug, and both died of their injuries. It's a bit funny, in a very macabre way.

Finally, this little bit out of Tanzania (by way of the BBC) describes what one district education commissioner chose to do to solve the problem of his district falling behind in the national education standards. He had nineteen primary school teachers caned by police to punish them for tardiness. The injured teachers and the union are complaining, loudly, and at least one teacher is wanting financial compensation.

Had a few laughs in the news, and some food for thought.

How was your weekend?


Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

The internet has really opened up worlds, hasn't it? I'm rather well traveled, actually - been all around the world. It cuts to the quick to not be able to get up and go any more - but being able to visit places and people via the internet removes just a little of that sting.

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