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The Jehoshua Novels


Fukushima No. 1 boss admits water woes out of control

Reuters, By Yuka Obayashi, April 20

Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture – The manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the world the matter had been resolved.

Tokyo Electric Power [...]

Indian parties are using Obama-style campaign tactics in crucial election

Washington Post, By Annie Gowen & Rama Lakshmi, April 6

New Delhi – One recent Sunday morning, volunteers for India’s main opposition party fanned out through a middle-class apartment building in the capital. They were knocking on doors, guided by the most sophisticated set of analytical voter data that India has ever seen.

When a [...]

North and South Korea exchange fire across western sea border

BBC – North and South Korea have exchanged fire across the disputed western maritime border, South Korea has said. North Korea announced early on Monday that it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area. South Korea says it returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.

US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Russia Today, March 20

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether, according to a new report.

The draft of a Pakistani resolution, first reported [...]

Vietnam today is the country we wanted it to become.

I recently returned from two weeks in Vietnam. I hadn’t been to Vietnam since my “Uncle” sent me there in 1970. I’ve been to Thailand 20 times since 1978, so I’m not unfamiliar with Southeast Asia, and on the same trip, I spent 5 weeks in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

Vietnam today is the country [...]

Thailand to end state of emergency

iAfrica.com, March 18

Thailand announced Tuesday the end of a nearly two-month-old state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas, hoping to lure back foreign visitors following an easing of deadly political protests.

The use of emergency rule dealt a heavy blow to Thailand’s key tourism industry during what is usually peak season, and also [...]

Anne Frank and the Culture Wars

I read this a couple of days ago in the SMH: “Scores of copies of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl in public libraries across Tokyo have been vandalised, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan’s politics.”

Now I read “For many Japanese the book forms the basis of their knowledge about the [...]

In Other News, Dog Bites Man

North Korea is an oppressive, tyrannical, and genocidal regime. One can only hope that, between rehab and this report, Dennis Rodman will stop making an ass of himself:

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North Korea human rights abuses resemble those of the Nazis, says UN inquiry

Inquiry chairman Michael Kirby writes to Kim Jong-un warning he could face trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

The Guardian, By Peter Walker, February 17

North Korea’s leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world, crimes against humanity with strong [...]

Pakistan-Taliban peace talks under way

BBC, February 6

The first formal meeting between the Pakistan government and a Taliban-nominated team has begun at an “undisclosed location”, officials say.

They are due to start charting a “roadmap” for peace talks to end a decade-long insurgency.

The government side has entered the talks “wholeheartedly”, the interior ministry tells the BBC.

Militants from [...]

Bangkok residents warned to stockpile food as Thai crisis continues

Sydney Morning Herald, By Lindsay Murdoch, January 13

Bangkok – More than 20,000 security forces will be deployed across the Thai capital on Monday as anti-government protesters implement “operation shutdown” aimed at toppling the elected government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

As the United States embassy in Bangkok recommended residents stockpile two weeks of cash, [...]

Sports As Politics

Don’t let anyone tell you that sports isn’t political. Sports is always political.

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While you were sleeping: Fukushima

The disaster that is Fukushima is not fixed. Not by a long shot. Considering the lack of coverage mainstream media provides, I’d recommend spending ten minutes of your time to watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAMmE3BMtkE

Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

CNN, By Sophie Brown, December 14

China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, Chinese state news reported.

The landing makes China one of only three nations — after the United States and the former Soviet Union — to “soft-land” on the moon’s surface, [...]

North Korea executes uncle of leader Kim Jong-un

Globe and Mail (via AP), By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug

North Korea said Friday that it had executed Kim Jong-un’s uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader’s former mentor, long considered the country’s No. 2 official.

In a sharp reversal of the long-held popular image [...]