News from Around the Globe, September 27, 2012
The following is an assortment of current news stories from around the world.
From Uruguay ….abortion now legal but with many restrictions.
The power of the Catholic Church took a hit as Uruguay becomes only the 2nd Latin American (Cuba legalized abortion in 1965) country to legalize abortions for all women, in the first trimester of pregnancy. However, the new law includes many restrictions which will make it difficult for most women to obtain a legal abortion. For example, the woman must make her request before a three member panel which will include; a doctor, a mental health worker and a social worker. If the panel approves her request, she must then wait 5 days (a mandatory reflection period) before the abortion can be performed. Due to their nature, the exact number of illegal abortions performed annually in Uruguay is unknown. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 1 million women in Latin America and the Caribbean are hospitalized as a result of complications from illegally performed abortions.
From Brazil.....most public workers accept government pay raise offer and end strike.
Most striking public workers in Brazil have accepted the government’s offer of a 15.8% pay raise over the next three years. Police unions have rejected the offer and remain in negations with the government. The strike, in which up to 400,000 workers participated, began in May of this year.
Lula implicated in largest corruption trial in Brazilian history. This is a follow up to a story I reported on in August. This is a historic trial in Brazil as it potentially signals the end of tolerance for political corruption.
From Egypt….activists fight back against harassment of women.
Egypt is a country in transition, keeping one foot in the future and one foot in the past. Egyptian women are becoming more vocal about their right to live without fear in their own society. No woman should live in fear. No woman should need an escort to walk outside. Egyptian women are entitled to live as equal citizens in their own country. Women’s rights activists are becoming more vocal in their demands for the safety of Egyptian women.
From India…..female passengers only bus service launched.
Women around the globe are routinely victimized as they attempt to live their lives. Simply riding a train or bus, walking down the sidewalk, or being in a store can result in groping, verbal harassment, and even violence. A new female bus service has begun operation in the city of New Delhi, India. While it is disturbing such a service is necessary, at least now there is a safe option for women.
From South Korea….US military helicopter purchase of 6.2 Billion sought.
South Korea wants to buy 36 American military helicopters for a reported price of 6.2 Billion. Isn’t it wonderful to live in the world’s number one arms dealer? It looks like the Pentagon wants to practice a little Gangnam style finances with American taxpayer money.
From Japan….island dispute may affect economies of Japan and China. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120927a1.html
China and Japan have never been cordial neighbors. The two countries have long sought to be the main power broker in the region. This has led to times of outright hostile relations, followed by periods of quiet belligerence. The above link is to a Japanese editorial which details how the current dispute over the ownership of the Senkaku islands can negatively impact the economies of both countries. Japan is currently seeking negotiations with Russia in a similar island dispute. Everyone wants to own the world.