News from Around the Globe, September 30, 2012
The following is a (briefer than usual) assortment of current news stories from around the world.
Costa Rica ….street signs to be installed in capital.
Costa Rica is one of the most stable countries in Latin America. It is one of a handful of countries that does not even have a military. It also does not have street signs in its capital and largest city, San Jose. San Jose is the heart of Costa Rica with a population of more than 350,000 and a metropolitan area population that encompasses more than one third of the country. Yet, there are no street signs in the city. That is about to change as plans were announced last week to begin installing more than 22,000 street signs. The project is being funded by two major banks and the city’s population is split on whether or not street signs are needed. I wonder how a GPS directional device works there? Turn left at the Burger King…..no, not that Burger King…..recalculating, recalculating……..
Russia.....Orthodox ‘Christians’ protest musical Jesus Christ Superstar, show is cancelled.
Reveling in their censorship victory over the dangerously subversive band, Pussy Riot, Russia’s Orthodox community has achieved another victory in their continuing war on freedom of expression. The 1970s musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, has been cancelled after a small number of Orthodox ‘Christians’ complained that the show depicted Jesus in a blasphemous manner. Now that Putin is best friends with the Orthodox Church, the rest of Russia is rightly afraid to offend the church and incur Putin’s wrath. Ah, Mother Russia, you have lost your way.
From Syria….war toll surpasses 27,000 as fighting rages in Aleppo.
America achieved a sad milestone today as the 2,000th American was killed in Afghanistan in the eleven year long war. In Syria, the exact number of dead is impossible to know, however, most estimates are that more than 27,000 people have been killed in the war that began in March of 2011. There is no end in sight for the conflict in either Afghanistan or Syria.
From Chili…..human rights observers to be allowed inside police buses.
Chili is a country with a long history of police abuse. Beginning next week human rights observers will be allowed inside police buses which are transporting detainees. This is an unprecedented move towards transparency and will go far in ending the history of police abuse against the country’s citizens. As more and more police abuses are reported in America, this is an idea that just might need to be implemented here in some manner.
From Pitcairn Island….full time teacher needed for remote island with a population of 50.
When I was a boy I read Mutiny on the Bounty and became somewhat obsessed with all tales of the sea. I’ve always dreamed of living on an island. The sun always shining, the sound of the ocean ever present, and a breeze that continually blows fresh air. Pitcairn is the island that was settled by the Bounty mutineers. It has been described as the most remote place on the earth that is continuously inhabited. A position for a full time teacher is advertised on the governmental website. If you are a licensed teacher (or know one) who is interested in getting away from it all, get your application in immediately. Jobs like this do not happen every day.