Category Archives: Emerging Issues in the World

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

India Offers Talk, Pakistan Offers Toughness

The government of India has offered to engage in discussions with Pakistan over issues that currently create antagonism between the nations. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said his nation was more than ready to have discussions and his nation would present their own ideas as well as listen to those of India. Undoubtedly, they will discuss the ever present issue of Kashmir, water rights and how both can confront terrorism. But, the Pakistani leader made clear his nation would not bow down to the Indian agenda. There are reports both foreign ministers have agreed on an agenda for meetings as well as dates, but these reports are news to Qureshi.

The bottom line is that over 500,000 Pakistan troops face east toward India while about 50,000 face west toward tribal areas where there are terror groups. Until Pakistan and India resolve their conflicts in such a manner as to free up Pakistan forces to head west and deal with the problem that Pakistan faces today, not tomorrow.

Death In China Of A Disturbed Human

He was a man who had difficulty in dealing with life issues and most probably never dreamed his life would some day become a center of world wide controversy. Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued a strong condemnation of the execution of Akmail Shaikh, a fifty three year old emotionally disturbed man who was killed for possession of drugs while entering China. In an emotional meeting at the Foreign Office with Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying, the British government expressed its horror at what transpired in China. “It’s a depressing day for anyone with a modicum of compassion or commitment to justice” said a UK spokesman. Brown even called China’s premier Wen Jiabao but to no avail since the Chinese response is always the same, “unreasonable criticism” will impair relations with China.

The Chinese insist there was no medical history of Mr. Shaikh having mental problems and court procedures were fair. In fact, the Chinese boast, “out of humanitarian consideration, visas were granted to two cousins of Mr. Shaikh” so they could see him just before being led to his death. According to his relatives Chinese legal officials said Mr. Saikh should have produced his own evidence of being mentally unstable.

The Chinese invariably resort to blaming the world anytime they violate human rights and cite the argument that Western nations for decades interfered with their internal affairs and this will not happen again. There is something sad in this story only the sad part if the behavior of well educated Chinese who can sanction death for carrying drugs into a country.

Get Below On December 21, 2012 Or Else!

We trust you have not planned anything extensive for December 21, 2012 because there is a strong chance there will not be a December 22, 2012. Next month a new Hollywood film, “2012″ opens which describes horrible events on that day which marks the end of the Mayan calendar. The Mayan civilization which thrived from 300 A.D. to 900 A.D. had its own calendar. The Mayan calendar begins in 3114 B.C. and marks periods of time in 394 year chunks known as Baktuns. The number 13 was sacred to Mayans and their calendar, in effect, culminates in the 13th Baktun which occurs on December 21, 2012. Hollywood predicts on that day there will be tornadoes and hurricanes and turmoil and disaster with the entire planet coming close to its ultimate climax.

Once every 25,800 years the sun lines up with the center of the Milky Way and is the lowest spot in the horizon. Guess what, that will happen on December 22, 2012.

I assume Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and company will blame Barack Obama for the coming calamity. See what happens when you elect a Kenya born black man as president. Now, if we had a nice white conservative woman like Sarah Palin the apocalypse will not occur. So, head to the voting booth in November, 2012 and cast your ballot for Sarah if you want to save civilization from liberal disaster!

Great Ivy League Debate-About Felix-Cat!

British historian Niall Ferguson has initiated the great debate in the Ivy League over the relationship between Felix the Cat and President Obama. The Harvard educator in a debate with Princeton’s Nobel Prize economist, Paul Krugman, made a reference that connected Felix the Cat to President Obama. “Felix was not only black. he was always very, very, lucky. And that pretty much sums up the 44th President of the U.S.” Krugman went on the attack about the connection which led Ferguson to respond that while Felix was black, he was not African American. In fact, Ferguson enlisted the support of fellow Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, who made clear that “Felix’s blackness, like Mickey and Minny Mouse’s was like a suit of clothes, not a skin color.”

Wow! Aren’t readers relieved to know that Felix the cat was not an African American! To those who have never taught college, I regret to inform you this is typical college conflict. College professors argue about trivia. If you seek to enjoy a good college discussion, attend a meeting of any college faculty when they discuss parking spaces. As former Harvard Professor Henry Kissinger stated many years ago, “the reason for the passion of college discussions is the subject is so trivial.”

Just think some readers are paying Ivy League tuition so their children can take courses from people who want to argue about Felix the Cat.!!

Pay To Read On Internet?

Rupert Murdoch has decided enough is enough when it comes to allowing readers free access to his online newspaper empire. After his global media empire suffered large income losses, he has announced that starting in the coming weeks those seeking access to the British Times, The Sun, and News of the World will have to pay a fee. “Qualify journalism is not cheap,” announced the man who publishes high quality newspapers like The New York Post. “The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels, but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news websites.”

The issue of charging for reading online has been debated for years. However, with recent dramatic declines in revenue on the part of leading newspaper, the issue is front center. Will people pay to read their daily newspaper that they will not purchase at the newstand? Actually, no one knows the answer to the question.

It will be interesting as to how many will pay for publications such as The New York Post whose level of journalism is a step above pornography even though the sports section of the paper is first class.

Is Gambling A Problem More Than Doping?

It is difficult these days to pick up a newspaper or watch a sports program on television without encountering some issue related to the use of steroids by athletes. However, the British Gambling Commission has uncovered a greater concern than whether or not athletes use drugs– gambling! It has uncovered at least 47 cases of alleged match-fixing and illegal betting on British sporting events. One official commented “football, rugby and cricket don’t have a doping problem, but they know they have serious gambling problems. A spokesperson for the Gambling Commission says that horse racing, football and snooker accounted for most of the illegal fixing.

In the era of gambling occurring across the world on the same match, it becomes increasingly difficult to uncover fixing schemes that originate outside the jurisdictional lines of a particular police force. Athletes come and go from one nation to another and lack the old intense loyalty to a team or community. The money has risen to astronomical heights and it is difficult to ensure that every athlete is honest.

Sudan Dictator Proves He Is A War Criminal!

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir insists he is not a war criminal and the recent action by the International Criminal Court which issued a warrant for his address is unfair and illegal. Even as the war criminal claimed he was not one, his government expelled 13 agencies from Darfur which had been administering aid to starving people. In other words, only a war criminal would allow thousands of people to do without food and medical aid because he is angry at the West. About 4.7 million people rely on food, medical or water aid in Darfur, including 2.7 million who have been displaced by the fighting. The expelled organizations carry out at least 50 percent of the relief work. The Dutch section of Medecins sans Frontieres complained, “these are lives at risk; without medical treatment people are going to die. It’s absurd that we cannot treat people because of politics.”

Thousands of relief workers will be forced to leave Darfur which means local people can handle the situation for a few weeks but after that, the lives of millions will be at risk. Aid officials are furious because government sources insisted even with the issuance of a warrant they would still be allowed to help people. The expulsion of aid workers simply proves once again to the world that Omar al-Bashir is a war criminal and a vicious individuial.

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

Each week we offer a review of the world press with our own comments.

Australia, West Australian: “130,000 Boobs Lost At Sea”
I suspect there was a storm in a D cup.

China, China Daily: “Woman Wakes Up In Coffin Screaming”
Herbie, I told you a thousand times, the coffin should be silver, not wood!!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Prince Bets Against Recession”
He got the information straight from the seven Dwarfs.

Sweden, The Local: “Study Indicates Swedish Women Prefer Older Men”
I am headed out the door for the first plane to Sweden.

Finland, Sanomat: “What Does Jussi Halla-abu Really want?
A new name?

Australia, Brisbane Times: “Financial Crisis Forces Women Into Brothels”
I guess if they are into fornicating a brothel is just the right place to meet Wall Street types.

Germany, Der Spiegel: “Wild Boar Roams Through Church”
He was seeking the boaring minister.

Netherlands, Dutch News: “No Swimsuit In Ms. Nederland Contest”
The judges want contestants to bare their minds.

Finland, Sanomat: “Animal Activists Kill Thousands of Chickens In Raid”
I guess the chickens have come home to roast.

Australia, The Age: “Mayor Drives Down Wrong Way Street”
Big deal, we have a president who has driven the entire nation down a wrong way street.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “14 Year Old Missing In Christ Church”
When last seen he was headed upward.

Norway, Aftenbladet: “Prison Serves Pork To Muslims”
Well, at leas they weren’t serving Kosher meals.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Admiral Thrown Out Of NATO”
He came from the Czech Republic which has not sea or ocean.

Finland, Sanomat: “Several Hundred Finns Stuck In Bangkok”
That’s a heck of a lot safer than being stuck in Mumbai.

Australia, West Australian: “Aussies Lag Behind Brits In Casual Sex”
Is that a complaint or a boast?

Muslims Have Mixed Reactions To Globalization

A recent study by the World Public Opinion(WPO) organization revealed mixed feelings among Muslims throughout the world regarding the impact of globalization on their lives. A majority in most nations support the idea of becoming part of the international economy while at the same time fearing taking such action will negatively impact their own cultural and religious views. Steve Kull of WPO, notes, “In the process of economic globalization, Muslims are not separatists. Economic integration within the world they say is a positive thing, but they don’t want it to undermine cultural identify.” Of the 5,200 people surveyed in Muslim nations such as Pakistan or Egypt or Indonesia or in societies such as Nigeria which contains many Muslims, the majority opted for participation in the world economy.

The WPO survey reveals a common view among those who seek to retain their cultural and religious values, they want to be part of the world and they want to stay away from world trends toward cultural change. Muslims blame “western values,” but those changes most probably transcend a particular nation or area of the world. They are part of modernization regardless of which group fosters the process. It is the price of living in an international community.

War Breaks Out In South Ossetia As Russians Enter Area

The president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvill said his nation was in effect now engaged in a war with Russia after troops from that nation crossed over into Georgia. Russian jets carried out bombing raids in South Ossetia and in Georgia supposedly hitting Georgian troops. There are reports two Russian jets were shot down. Georgian sources say 30 people were killed by the Russian bombardment while a minister in the separatist administration of South Ossetia says their capital has virtually been destroyed and more than 1400 people died as result of Georgian attacks. Mr. Saakashvill claimed his nation had gained control of the entire area which broke away and is now confronting Russian forces.

President Medvedev has promised to defend Russian “compatriots” and told the world “we will not allow their deaths to go unpunished.” Of course, the people of South Ossetia are not Russian, but some observers believe the strong Russian reaction stemmed from anger against the desire of Georgia to join NATO. Medvedev is taking the approach that Georgia launched an attack and Russia is merely going to the defense of the South Ossetians.

There is no doubt Russian tanks are in the country and they are attacking the Georgian army. The Georgian attack came after Mr. Saakashvill had declared a unilateral cease fire, but when South Ossetia refused to also agree to end fighting, the president sent in Georgian troops.

Ironically, Russia has been the main opponent of Kosovo because it allegedly opposes separatist movements to create independent nations. But, for some strange reason, it is now supporting a separatist movement to create an independent nation.