Category Archives: Emerging Issues in the World

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

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.


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.


Each week we offer headlines that appeared in the world press with some accompanying comments of our own.

England, Manchester Guardian: “Bears Eat Two Workers in Russia”
I think this is fair given how many bears are eaten by Russian workers.

Sweden, The Local: “Serial Killer Gets Life For Gay Killing”
I gather he was rather unhappy at hearing the news.

Qatar, Gulf Times: ‘Memorial To Bomb Victims”
I am curious, exactly how will the memorial bomb the victims?

Australia, West Australian: “Ghost Ship Relatives Want Answers”
I don’t think there is a ghost of a chance they will get them.

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: “Deported Workers To Get Rights”
In Kuwait, we give rights to workers after they are deported.

Norway, Aftenposten: “British Trawlers Dump Fish”
The Catholic sailors realized it was not Friday.

Sweden, The Local: “Motorcycle Hit By Flying Elk”
The Elk had the right of way.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Chicken Recalled”
To where?

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Missing Link Found In Sydney Harbor”
It was lying right next to the missing WMD.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “A Fool’s Game”
The one played by Bush in Iraq.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Top Prosecutors Form Child Death Unit”
I gather it’s task is making sure enough children get killed this year.

Malta, Malta Today: “Only In It For The Money”
American housing lenders who bilk the public.

Bangladesh, Daily Star: “Criminal Snatched From Police”
At least they were nice enough not to snatch any police.

Qatar, Gulf Times: “Prisoners Sleep On Toilets”
This allows them to flush away their dreams.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Pope Bids Farewell To Australia”
Let’s give three Hail Marys for the event.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Good Theater Is Bad For Stock Market”
Heck, I’ll take bad theater to get a better stock market.

South Korea Beef Riots Continue

Among the great mysteries to people in the United States of America is the outbreak of riots and demonstrations against importation of beef from our nation. As a people we feel responsible for the inept behavior of our president who has caused so much turmoil throughout the world by his disastrous policies in the Middle East and his refusal to respect our Constitution, but– beef? Exactly, what is the beef by South Koreans regarding American beef? Tens of thousands of South Korean automobile workers have gone on strike to protest the importation of American beef on grounds it is somehow connected to mad cow disease. As far as we know here in the mid-west, there has not been a reported outbreak of mad cow disease anywhere around these parts.

We gather that American beef is much cheaper than beef that originates in South Korea which may account for some aspect of the riots. An automobile worker was quoted as saying the strike was “not a political strike, but is aimed to protect our health.” There really is a simple solution– don’t buy American beef and live a healthy more expensive life. Strikes and demonstrations are simply a storm in a teacup having no rationale other than mass hysteria.

Headlines From The World’s Press

Each week we offer a review of headlines that appeared in the world’s press with our accompanying comments.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Wozniacki Face Wozniak”
I believe the better “eye” will win.

Australia, West Australian: “Stocks Close Higher”
“Stocks Sharply Lower”
Do I go up or down to check my rising-lowering stock prices?

Saudi Arabia, Saudi Gazette: “Baby Born On Train Get Free Life Time Pass”
So, what do I get if I die on a train?

Norway, Aftenposten: “No Room At The Inn”
Sorry, Mr. Jesus we are all filled up, but how about the barn across the street?

Qatar, Arab News: “Brown’s Chutzpah Pays Off”
I think its chutzpah for an Arab paper to print the word chutzpah.

Japan, Japan Times: “What To Expect From North Korea”
North Koreans?

Sweden, The Local: “Public Urination Leads To Fines”
What about if I urinate in my pants in public?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Christian Democrats Drop God From Platform”
Is there new name, the “Atheist Democratic Party?”

Australia, Sydney Morning Post: “Small town Left Reeling From Fake Policeman”
Big deal, he was only handling fake crimes.

Oman, Arab Times: “Flying Carpets Smuggle In Heroin”
I believe when Aladdin gets high he can take off in a minute.

Sweden, The Local: Woman Dies In Collision With Deer”
And, no concern for what happened to the deer?

Switzerland, Basel Zeitung: “Basel Has Too Many Restaurants”
I believe the issue is quality over quantity.

Bhutan, Bhutan Times: “Harnessing The Tibetan Sun”
We want to make certain it doesn’t appear over China.

Australia, West Australian: “Leave It As You Found It”
Gee, I wish George Bush could have followed that advice.

China, China Daily: “Reveal Five Year Corruption Plan”
How do I get in on the corruption plan?

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: “Man Auctions His Life”
For you, I have a special deal, would you believe $9.99?

Headlines Of The Week

Each Sunday we offer some headlines that appeared in the world press along with our satirical comments.

Belgum, Belgium Expactica: “International Day For Homophobia”
I think they mean “against.”

Netherlands, Dutch News: “Hospitals Ask Patients For Donations”
You patients out there, have any bandages, medicine, gauze, needles, etc..

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Tourist Strips To Defy Wolf Whistles”
I believe this is termed baiting the trap.

Bhutan, Bhutan Times: “Kremlin Critic Gets Genital Reminder Who’s In Charge”
Putin wants to make certain he stands upright for being the head boss.

Finland, Sanomat: “Smashes Wheelchair Racing 100m And Sets World Record”
He wll now be entering the high jump contest.

England, Manchester Guardian: “Donkey Jailed for Wild Behavior”
Oh, have they finally caught up with Bush for his presidency?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Japan Imports Elder Care”
They will be exporting dead bodies.

New Zealand, Herald: “New Zealand Pilot Lands On Wing And A Prayer”
The plane will shortly follow.

Bhutan, Bhutan Times: “Potato And Onion Counter Inflation”
We need some food for thought to get rid of inflation.

Australia, Brisbane Times: “Reptile Expert Fined For Reptile Scam”
Mr. Rattle and his associate Ms. Rabbit were fined by Judge Boa for
acting like snakes in the grass.

Australia, Brisbane Times: “Japan’s Buter Spread Too Thin”
Oh, Leo, please watch the margine when you spread the butter.

Sweden, The Local: “Kinky Swedish Mums Want More Sex”
This story really gets me tied up in a chain reaction.

Norway, Aftenposten: “Climate Change Threatens Moose”
I think we are moosing around too much with the atmosphere.

Sweden, The Local: “Cheese Thief Caught”
The Swiss man was goudaad into confessing.

Switzerland, Basel Zeitung: “Basel Has Too Many Restaurants”
I don’t think it’s the quantity of retaurants that counts so much as the quality.

Saudi Arabia, Saudi Gazette: “Chairs With Talking Points”
Gentlemen, I move that we table this point.

I hope you enjoyed the week in review.