Category Archives: Emerging Issues in the World

Information garnered from periodicals, both in America and from every corner of the globe.

Headlines From World Press

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Court Reaches Riot Sentence”

In Putin Land, that means– off to Siberia!

USA, aol: “Collect Dead Students’ Debts”

Can they pay monthly?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Lion Makes It Home”

Would you like to be around those gun nuts in Texas?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Cyclist Hits Truck”

Truck is doing well at last reports.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Oscar Pistorious To Take Stand”

On his knees, I assume.

UK, Guardian: “Stuck In Traffic”

Some stuck in traffic, some stuck in poverty, take your choice.

France, Connexion: “President’s Love Nest”

Which one are you referring to?

Eat Or Drive Car?

The United States of America now confronts an economic and moral dilemma in its pursuit of oil and gas sources. During the past three years nearly 40,000 gas and oil wells have been opened due to the fracking process. The essential component of tracking is the use of thousands of gallons of water in order to extract oil and gas. It is estimated that three fourths of these tracking sites are found in areas of America that are experiencing drought. For example, half of tracking sites are in Texas which is a central player in fracking and which is experiencing drought conditions. The latest estimate is that in pursuit of fracking about 97 billion gallons of water have been used and over half the areas engaged in the process confront drought conditions.

Mindy Lubber of Ceres investor group points out: “hydraulic fracturing is increasing competitive pressures for water in some of the country’s most water stressed and drought ridden areas.” The time has come to choose–water for people and farming or water to drive our cars?

Just Don’t Worry About The Future

I dwell in the state of Missouri which is in the United States of America. At least thirty percentof my fellow Missourians believe the world was created about ten thousand years ago and we soon will witness the return of Jesus Christ and the end of the world. Why the return of a man of peace would result in a world calamity, has never been made clear to me. The World Meterological Organization(WMO) for some reason has a different version of human destiny that does not include Jesus. It reported that the amount of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atomosphere hit a new record in 2012, and it is driving climate change. This group has a strange idea about the world’s temperature which allegedly will rise about two degrees.

Oh, they ramble on about how heat-trapping gases from human ac tivities have upset the natural balance of our atomosphere and are leading to climate changes. I checked with my Missouri neighbors and they assure me that unless God wants to change the climate, it simply can not occur. Stop worrying, purchase a nice gas guzzling car and go on with your Christian life.

I refuse to be frightened about greenhouse or red house warnings. Just go to church and pray away your fears. It is in the Bible.

Lead Them Wrongly

Several months ago, young people in Turkey demonstrated in order to protest the demolition of a park in order to build new malls. A few died in the protests, and hundreds were wounded or wound up in jail. Many school principals supported efforts of students to fight in defense of human rights. These principals are now being punished by the Turkish government for doing their job of educating youth to defend human rights. Several already have been demoted by the job of “teacher” while others were reassigned to other administrative positions. Their crime was encouraging young people to believe in the right of young people to stand for human rights.

Many school leaders have been compelled to testify they supported “meetings and Demonstrations” which apparently is against the law in Turkey. Of course, that means one was involved in a meeting that was not approved by the government. All government approved meetings are OK.

Thank God, Not USA, Number One!

Another report about bugging countries and, thank God, this one does not involve the United States government. Indonesia’s Foreign Minister summoned the Ambassador from Australia for an explanation about its bugging the government of Indonesia. It turns out the Embassy facility was the site of listening in to what went on in the government of Indonesia. Just as this request was made, Australiam immigration minister Scott Morrison was in Jakarta seeking help from Indoesian authorities to help crack down on smugglers. For some reason these Indonesians insulted those Aussie friends and neighbors. “The actions that were carried out, as they were reported, do not reflect the spirit of friendship that has been well maintained between neighbouring and friendly countries, and are a serious breach of security that is unacceptable to the Indonesian government.”

Let me explain something to these ignorant people in Asia. These days if you are NOT bugged, consider that some nation is attempting to insult you. If your neighbor truly loves and respects your government it MUST bug you!!


We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Denmark, Copenhagen Press: “Food For Love”

What a wonderful feast.

Sweden, Local: “Anti-Tobacco Law”

I’ll puff on this one.

Russia, Moscow Times: “You’ve Been In Russia Too Long”

And, you never checked with Putin!

Netherlands, Dutch News: “Spy In Ladies Room”

Gaze in wonder.

UK, Guardian: “Women MPs Stage Sexual Protest”

They are undressing their emotions.

USA, aol: Ban Mobiles While Crossing Road”

Look, don’t listen!

France, Connexion: “Man Gets Artificial Larynx”

There are times to be silent.

Obama Foreign Policy

President Obama announced that his initial foreign policy trip will be to Burma, not Israel. It is clear the president wants to build a southeast Asia coalition which would thwart the Chinese move into southeast Asia. Most southeastern Asian nations fear the Chinese attempt to claim ownership of vast ocean areas so they will welcome American support.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a state of shock. He backed the Romney candidacy, he violated American tradition by meeting with the opposition party during a  trip to America, and he urged wealthy Jews to give money to Romney. Bibi will not be getting phone calls from the  American president which reach out to him with friendship. To further complicate the Israel leader’s life, former prime minister Olmert has announced his candidacy and has pledged to reach out to Palestinians in order to end the conflict.

Rumors are circulating that Iran has secretly offered to meet with Americans and discuss the nuclear issue as well as seek to end sanctions. Iran is economically hurting, it is not welcomed by many Arab nations and long term needs require some resolution of the current crisis and an end to sanctions.

Obama will probably offer to back off from missile shields in eastern Europe in order to resolve that conflict with Russia. There simply is no reason to have American missiles in eastern Europe.

Obama might decide to work closely with Turkey on the Syrian issue. He would allow Turkey to take the lead even if it meant  some limited form of “no-fly” over Syria. But, he will not commit land forces.

Rain, Rain Please Don’t Go Away

Repubicans  mock stories  concerning global warming by noting  there are  more reports about more snow. Perhaps, the  mistake was using the word, “warming,” rather than “change.” New Zealand is working with the US to assist the island of Tokelau in the Pacific which is running out of water. A larger than normal change in water temperature has resulted in less rain for islands in the South Pacific. Rain has gone further westward leaving Tokelau with not enough water.

Desalination facilities are being provided along with  more  water, but it remains unclear how the future will  work out. Will wind shifts prevent normal rain, and, if so, must people be moved from the island.

Please do not bring this story to the attention of the Republican party.


Ready To Go To New Planet?

Astronomers have discovered a  second planet out there in the stars which just might be habitable for we Earth creatures. It lies in what astronomers term, the “Goldilocks zone” which refers to planets that are not too hot or cold  for human habitation. According to those who examined the planet, “it’s going to be real muggy” or much akin to  spending time in a sauna.

The real question is not whether we humans  can live on another planet, but should we be allowed to go to another planet with our ideas of hate and violence!

Camping Has Yet To ASCEND

A few weeks ago, Harold Camping, a preacher of the truth, informed the world the world was no more since Jesus Christ had returned to take home with him a few million of those with good souls and the rest of us could burn in Hell. I did gaze on the day of Ascension but failed to see the five million humans who were ascending to Heaven because they were the good guys. Funny, I could have sworn that among those heading north there was someone who looked a lot like Saddam Hussein, but I was probably confused and angry at failure to include me in the trip to the cabin in the sky. Anyway, Camping had a stroke and is now recovering in a hospital–one on planet Earth, not one in Heaven.

Flash! Camping has clarified failure on May 21 for the good guys to head skywards. It turns out calculations were a bit off, the date was NOT May 21, but October 21. I guess he should not have used the Christian calendar but stuck to a Jewish one. I am uncertain whether this means, Christians are stuck on planet Earth and the rest of us who are Jews can head up–I think Jesus said go up or maybe–did he say, “down?” I get confused because I was in Rapture.