What are people on the other side of the world reading?
If this proves to be something of interest - and it should be - I will try to do it more often. I won't include every article, but as things strike my eye. This is the Thursday, October 2nd issue. Section One only and I don't do horoscopes. You may wish to read page 14 first...
Front Page: "Ramadan ends" with a great Disney style picture of the central mosque I might add. In a country that is 98% Buddhist they take time to respect the Muslim faith.
Page 2: The public health minister has sought to downplay the Chinese powdered milk scandal. The government has tested the sole Chinese brand distributed here and held up the shipments, but understandably does not wish to embarrass the Chinese. There are no sick children here. (This is Asia, people don't want to lose 'face.')
Page 3: Local news you wouldn't care about.
Page 4: Pending bill to insure that beggars on the streets are truly disabled. Violators could go to jail for three months, fined up to $180.00 US or both. It's the first revision of this law since 1941.
Page 5: Oxygen levels in three principal rivers of Thailand found to be dangerously low, perhaps incapable of sustaining aquatic life. Suspected culprit is intense rice farming and associated runoffs.
Page 6: World news (You have seen it!).
Page 7: The United States is setting up an independent group to study whether neighboring Burma's junta has committed international crimes. They are fact finding when the recent crimes of Burma (31 persons dead and 74 more "missing") are a matter of record.
Page 8: Two people in eastern Tibet have died of the deadliest and least common form of plague. Health Article: Research traces Aids virus origin to 100 years ago.
Page 9: Dateline Stockholm, US writers 'too insular' for an award... Bad news for American writers hoping for a Noble Prize next week. The top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing.
Page 10: Editorial page: Cartoon of emergency room patient with a doctor standing over him. The sheet reads 'US Economy' and shows a long leg leaving the room marked: "congress." The caption beneath reads: 'Rescue Unplugged!!!'
Page 11: NASA going through a mid life crisis: a 50th birthday approaching, a longing for the glory days of youth, a hankering to dump the aging partner of 27 years, and a costly flirtation with a new young thing. (a replacement for the space shuttle).
Page 12: Sports section! Boxing! Fahpetchnio Kratingdaenggym is likely to get a title shot against WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito in Japan on December 24, his promoter Piyarat Wachirarattawongse said yesterday. (folks, I don't make up these names) White Sox edge Twins to clinch play off berth.
Page 13: Golf: Atlanta, St Andrews, Atlanta, St Andrews, and were is Tiger Woods.
Page 14: Soccer with cute boys jumping around with their red and white balls.
Page 15: Women's Tennis: Thailand's top seed Tamarine Tanasugarn will play either Caroline Wozianacki of Denmark or Japan's Ayumi Morita in the last eight-- (whatever that is).
Page 16: Last page. Still sports, still soccer, but covering Manchester United and Real Madrid. And I must say they seem a friendly group! Some lovely pictures nonetheless admirably displayed by some very flexible athletes. Perhaps I should get soccer tickets.