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Where Is The Cheapest Place To Live? Asuncion Anyone?

In a world of conflict, disease and economic disasters impacting people, many are wondering where on this planet is the safest place to relocate. If money is of concern, stay clear of Tokyo which is deemed the most expensive location among large cities, but there is always the cheapest place to go, Asuncion in Paraguay. The cost of living index by Mercer takes into account a variety of measures such as housing, food, clothes, transport, clothing and transportation to arrive at the list. If you seek a nice middle range place to hang your shingle, try Istanbul which now ranks 53rd in the world.

Of course, there don’t appear to be outstanding religious conflicts in Paraguay which is mainly Catholic and the people would certainly welcome money from Protestants, Muslims or Jews as long as these groups don’t bring along their racial and religious conflicts. An unknown factor this year arises from rapid decline in housing prices caused by economic decline. Who knows, you might wind up commuting from Istanbul to Asuncion and still have some cash left over for goodies.

Myanmar Activists Use Internet To Fight For Freedom

The new world of Internet activism is being used by Burmese dissidents to fight Burma’s corrupt and oppressive military junta. A Tokyo based group of overseas Burmese belonging to Burma Democratic Union, is drawing upon telephone communication vie cell phones with their comrades in Myanmar to broadcast a true version of conditions in their nation. “This is an editor from ‘Maykha Internet Radio.’ Can I talk to you,?” asked Lay lay, one of the editors who was speaking to a spokesperson for the National League For Democracy in Burma. Each night the program provides interviews inter-mixed with hard news about conditions in their country. Hisao Tanabe, founder of the People’s Forum on Burma operating in Japan, notes how opposition organizations based in Japan are getting out information regarding what really is happening in Myanmar. These groups enable activists still in Burma to communicate reality since the military junta will not allow even the semblance of free press in their nation.

Each day, political leaders are becoming increasingly aware of how the Internet or MySpace or Facebook are altering the scope and function of communication in the 21st century world. It becomes increasingly difficult for governments to cut off communication as alternative sources sprout up throughout the world. Will information disseminated by Burmese activists in Tokyo change what will happen in Burma? Most probably their information will not lead to the overthrow of the junta, but it may cause them to pause in carrying out death and destruction.