Why news literacy is essential




Global Food Shortage – The Truth About What You Can Do

Did you hear about the global food shortage? Food prices have doubled in the poorest countries causing 850 million people to go to bed hungry each night. 24,000 people die every day due to hunger. What can we do? Here are some solutions…

Competition in Iranian Presidential Elections

The Iranian Presidential elections have always been an event to watch. The elections are held by universal adult suffrage. The President can be voted for by all Iranian citizens above the age of 18. There can be numerous candidates for the elections, but all of them have to be approved by the Guardian Council.

Round and Round We Go

Two days before the Israeli elections, and Hamas is back at it, shelling Southern Israel with rockets. With Benjamin Netanyahu the front runner in the polls, Hamas is clearly flirting with disaster here. Netanyahu is a member of the Likud party and while he still leads, that lead has been shrinking against a surging Yisrael Beitenu party. A competing hawkish party, Yisrael Beitenu means “Israel is our home”, and it would seem unlikely that that party’s candidate would long tolerate rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip or any other region.

Chinese Business Card Etiquette

Business cards are an important concept in China. If you are coming to China to do business, the business card is an essential tool you should always have. When you are making your own card, the card itself should have two sides. One side is English and the other is translated to Chinese, that way it allows people you talk to know who you are and your company as well.

Saudi Arabia is No Friend – Cuba is No Enemy

I’m glad that former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice are no longer representing the United States in world affairs. When Mr. Bush was in office, he and Ms. Rice were forever groveling in front of Saudi Arabian princes and potentates while simultaneously criticizing inconsequential characters like Cuba’s Fidel and Raul Castro. Did they think it was good politics to engage in such behavior, or was it just that they didn’t know any better?

Chinese Raw Material Companies Continue on Acquisition Trail

Although all the news lately has focused on Chinalco’s recent financing deal with Rio Tinto, Chinese raw material firms are still looking far & wide for new opportunities, as discussed in our December article : China stocks up on raw materials. Other state owned / controlled corporations are looking at South Africa & South America as well as assets in Australia. As there is flurry of activity & reporting on the Rio Tinto deal, a look at some of the other activities would is warranted.

2009 and the Price of Rice – Warning of Impending World Rice Crop Crisis

What is the price of rice in China? Well, consider this, nearly everyone in China eats it and the commodity is trading at an all time high. Worse, billions of people in other nations also eat rice; daily. So, believe me when I tell you that RICE is no four letter word, especially when you cannot afford it and are starving.

Red Pants For the World

Red Pants for the World is a project based in the premise that young women can make a difference in the world through powerful communication. This year, Red Pants is focusing on empowering young women in Afghanistan to find their voices through education and support from other young women of the world. Social networking is one perfect opportunity for the young women of the world to connect and support each other.

Ethiopia Population – A Brief Look at the Demographics of Ethiopia

Ethiopia population is extremely diverse. With a total population of over 76 million, the country is home to more than 80 different ethnic groups.

Bolivia’s New State Run Airline Cannot Be Allowed to Land in the United States

Evo Morales, the leader of Bolivia has had some choice words for the United States as of late. He seems to comment on even our diplomatic trips into the Middle East, but why? Worse, each time he speaks he blames the US for something, yet at the same time he’s been busy nationalizing everything from oil operations to, well, probably to the Lithium Mines, a mineral we need to realize our dreams of electric cars and hybrids.

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