November 19, 2007

Business as Usual in Burma

The cyclone that hit Bangladesh last week killed more than 3,000 people and may have left a million homeless. As sea levels rise, expect more problems like this in Bangladesh and other low-lying coastal areas (where most of the world's population lives.)

A Hollywood movie has Jesus hanging out with Buddhists and fighting the caste system in India during his "missing years" between ages 13 and 30.

ASEAN is coming under fire for their handling of the situation in Burma. U.S. Trade Representative and Bush appointee Susan Schwab said ASEAN has a "special responsibility" to make Burma comply with international calls for reform. And U.N. envoy gadfly Ibrahim Gambari, who was due to mae a report to southeast Aisan leaders, found his talk canceled due to pressure from Burma on its neighbors. Meanwhile, in-country, the tourists are back and the blood's mopped up but is it business as usual in Burma? (No, say people the BBC spoke to.) And Europe launches tougher sanctions on Burma.

Should we be worried about Chinese cyber-spying? The USCC says so: "'Chinese espionage activities in the United States are so extensive that they comprise the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies,' the report said."

- Philip Ryan, Web Editor

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