Saturday, April 30, 2011
Submitted By: Namgyel Dorji
Friday, April 29, 2011
The US recently met with Chinese officials in Beijing to present their grievances on China's internal human rights practices. US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner led the talks, condemning the way the Chinese government has handled recent Jasmine-style revolutions and asking where disappeared activists are. Posner was unsatisfied with the Chinese response, as they simply opposed foreign interference in their domestic politics and presented the US as "aggressive" and as a Western pressure in state-run media. The US claims it is not pressuring the Chinese government, but merely asking questions that many Chinese citizens have been asking themselves. Posner ultimately sees the current refusal to cooperate on this issue as a "serious backslide" considering that in January President Hu Jintao told President Obama that China still had a lot to do in terms of human rights. Next month, Chinese and the US officials will meet in Washington for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue and again in June for a dialogue between legal experts.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Carter traveled with three other members of Elders, which is a group of world leaders established by Nelson Mandala. The group that traveled to North Korea consisted of Carter, Harlem Brundtland of Norway, Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, and Mary Robinson of Ireland. Robinson and Brundtland provided more details on the seriousness of the crisis in North Korea: a lack of food supplies, severe flooding, disease, a lack of running water in hospitals, a shortage of important medicines, and malnourishment in children to the point of brain damage.
Although the group was supposed to meet with Kim Jong-il, but that didn't end up happneing. Instead, they met with Kim Yong-nam, who is the head of the North Korean People's Assembly, who read them a letter from Kim Jong-il. The letter said that he is ready to negotiate with South Korea, the U.S., or any other countries that made up the six-party talks that ended in 2009 when North Korea withdrew.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
by Margaret Nunne
Monday, April 25, 2011
Posted by Christine Steinbeiss
Sunday, April 24, 2011
"Rasul Jafarov, a lawyer with the human rights organisation "Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety", says the revolutions in the Arab world are now inspiring people here to take to the streets.
"For the past five years the situation was very bad when it comes to guaranteeing human rights and freedoms," he said.
"People just waited and waited and waited. But because of events in the Arab world, people here now understand that they should go and ask the government to meet their demands. Now people realise they have a real chance of changing something."
This explains the current trend. See article below.
posted by Rima Gungor
post by Rima Gungor
(To read more on Japan's economic downfall, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13167014)
Experts think these riots can be more attributed to economic and social differences rather than religious ones.
Naturally the initial growth rate of an emerging economy is going to be far higher than that of a leading economy. Those who are trying to catch up tend to take the path that the leaders have already blazed for them. Borrowing technology and increased productivity from shifting workers from agriculture to manufacturing boost savings and investment. This allows emerging economies to narrow the gap in a rather short amount of time.
After this burst of wealth and prosperity it becomes more difficult for emerging economies to continue this growth rate because the amount of loanable ideas becomes depleted. Now these countries must become innovators thus making improvements more difficult and causing growth rates to slow.
A research study shows that when an emerging country's per-head GDP reaches approximately $16,740 their growth rate tends to fall nearly 3% the following year. In accordance with this study China could hit this "middle income trap" by 2015 due to their aging population, low value of consumption, and a relatively undervalued currency. Governmental reforms may help fend off this trend, but only time will tell if China's growth rate will take a blow.
By Tommy Walker
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Summarized by: Heather Krizka
Click here to read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/04/21/mexico.durango.mass.grave/index.html?hpt=T2
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Italy's government decides to put their nuclear activity on hold due to Japan. According to Economic Development Minister Paolo Romani, Japan Fukushima plant had been leaking. In result, Italy is using alternative energy sources. Historically, nuclear power has been negatively viewed by the Italians, so this isn’t a surprise. Berlusconi wants to use nuclear power with the hopes of reducing the use of other countries’ resources, considering 86% of their energy is from outside countries.
Richard (RJ) McNichols
Monday, April 18, 2011
Posted by Christine Steinbeiss
Sunday, April 17, 2011
With the occupation of Afghanistan, the U.S. needs allies in the Middle East and the relationship that the United States has with Pakistan tends to be beneficial. The current allegiance between the two countries started right after September 11 when the President of the U.S., Bush, and a high ranking general of Pakistan, Musharraf. The two men agreed that in order to catch Al Qaeda would be through joint effort, however, the current ruling leaders of the two countries do not see eye-to-eye on the current situation in Afghanistan.
The article makes is seem like the only thing the two countries could agree on was the fact that Al Qaeda needed to be brought to justice and that the country needs to be stable. Everything else is a debatable topic. From the size of the military to Taliban-Afghan government reconciliation to the centralization of the government, if America wants one side, Pakistan wishes for the other. Pakistan claims that the U.S. no longer includes their government in decisions concerning the occupation, while the U.S. points out instances where shared information was leaked. As frustrations rise, Pakistan has been visiting Afghanistan on its own accord without the U.S. effectively leaving America out of any negotiations. This may not work in particular favor to Pakistan, since Afghanistan has never held high regard for the country any ways, but the U.S. still seems interested in keeping an allegiance with Pakistan.
by Albie Braun
In a speech at the start of a congress of Cuba's Communist Party, Raul Castro said he wants top government positions to be limited to two five-year terms and has promised to rejuvenate the government. He said that the limit would apply to "the current president of the Council of the State and his ministers." There were also plans to reduce the role of the government in the economy and promote private business. Education and healthcare would still be free but subsidies of basic goods would be removed and social spending would be "rationalized."
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Prime Minister Kan was already in political trouble before the disaster. He accepted donations from a foreigner, which is a violation of local laws. He argues he didn't know the donor was a foreigner, but the mistake was made and his reputation suffered for it. Although his ratings went up after the disaster, they are starting to decline once again.
Officials from the Liberal Democratic Party, such as Nobuteru Ishihara and Sadakazu Tanigaki insist that keeping Kan in office is detrimental to the Japanese people. "Can a government that has lost political support really handle a national crisis?" Ishihara asks dubiously. Kan's simple argument in response is that his priority is to save lives and that the team he built is doing everything in its power to do just that.
Will this political infighting be a distraction from the real problem at hand? If the parties become too involved in pointing out each others' flaws, they could very well start to ignore the fact that the country needs to be reconstructed.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Posted by Christine Steinbeiss
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Though illegal, it is a thriving industry motored by increased competition for scarce women. Many actions have become of this terrible trend in India including: a relatively high female abortion rate, many families are selling their daughters to a dalal, or broker, who will then ship the girls to potential suitors in other areas, and it encourages female trafficking, abuse, and sometimes death.
One would reason that a shortage of women would increase the value of women in India, but we have yet to see that occur. Rather we see an Indian economy that is emerging and thus dowries are becoming increasingly expensive and leaking into areas where dowries were typically absent. Unfortunately, the trend shows that economic success lies in areas where the son preference is highest. This is causing other, more neutral areas, to adopt the idea more readily.
These trends may be increasing at a decreasing rate of late, but for women in India this is a terrible situation that has yet to see a reliable decline. It will be interesting to see how this trend reacts as the country increasingly becomes more urbanized in its attempt to become more Americanized, for lack of better term.
By Tommy Walker
UN chief Ban Ki-moon ordered UN and French helicopters to silence heavy weapons used by Gbabgo and also damaged the presidential residence. Ban said that UN headquarters in Ivory Coast, Ouattara's base, and two civilian districts were hit by machine gun, sniper, and RPG fire in recent days which led him to authorize all necessary means to suppress the use of the heavy weapons by Gbabgo's troops. A spokesman for Gbabgo said that "UN and French helicopters continue to fire at President Gbabgo's residence which has been partially destroyed."
Hilary Clinton became involved, asking for the release of imprisoned activists and intellectuals, jailed for exercising their "internationally-recognized right to free expression." Clinton continued, pointing out that respecting human rights encourages economic growth and a prosperous society.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
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To read more click here: Seawater radiation levels drop off crippled nuclear plant
Monday, April 4, 2011
Posted by Christine Steinbeiss
Sunday, April 3, 2011
To read more click here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/04/03/ivory.coast.unrest/index.html
To replace Saleh, they would put the vice-president Abdu Rabi Hadi in office. They discussed a 'five-point plan' that would ease the transition and create more peace among the nation: 1- Saleh resigns and Habi is put in office, 2- Habi announces a restructuring of the security forces to make them accountable to the government, 3- an interim government is created based on national reconciliation, 4- new electoral commission is established, and 5- civil liberties are boosted and an investigation is launched against the killings of the protesters. Yemen is one of dozens of nations that have been hit with uprisings and resignations of their presidents, this five step plan reads to be a very smart and well-thought out plan, we'll just have to wait and see how (and if) it is actually carried out that way. Either way, it looks like Saleh is ready and willing to leave office which is what the people wanted.
Plans had been running smoothly until recently when two top railway officials were dismissed for bribery and curruption. With corruption at the forefront in addition to the incredible speed of construction the new railway minister is concerned about the quality of work completed on the current tracks. Due to quality and safety concerns this may push future timetables back. To most citizens of China the high-speed trains have little affect on their daily lives. Though they can reach upwards of 350mph, the fares are so high that demand for bus rides are skyrocketing. In the midst of attempting to blaze a trail for future high-speed transportation and becoming a world leader in that industry, China may have taken a few steps back with these safety and price concerns. Is bigger really that much better?