Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Imprisonment 2.0, Tomboy Protests and Throwing Kids off Trains: Relevant International News

In international news:
  • An uproar occurred recently when reports of children being thrown off German trains came out. Children as young as twelve years old were ejected from the train when they did not have proper tickets. In some cases the children had to make their own way home. In response the train authority retrained conductors and made them sign an acknowledgment statement.
  • Norway approaches the method of imprisonment very differently than most countries. And they get amazing results. The story is reported from the writer's perspective, and he has an authoritative opinion. He himself was a prisoner for over a decade in a U.K. prison. It will challenge your views and assumptions about crime and punishment.
  • Protests have arisen in Malaysia over the recent edict that women may not wear trousers because it leads to "tomboy" behavior, which includes sexual promiscuity. These protests are being aggressively suppressed and treated as "security threats." A surprising revelation in the story is that "As well as women in trousers, the Fatwa Council is considering barring Muslims from practicing yoga."
  • The toll of the melamine scandal in the Chinese milk industry is heartbreaking. New reports indicate that the true toll may never be known, because those dying are not being reported due to cultural practices. So the official number of children that have died is three, but the anecdotal evidence indicates that there are far far more. You'll need a tissue for this one. And if you don't think this is a threat in the United States, please read this important editorial.

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