Are you worldly? Do you know what happens across the globe or are you fixed to your local television/cable affiliate for local news only? More importantly, do you care?
"Who is more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?" -Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars
We live in a time of instant availability, especially with the Internet. The only thing stopping you from exploring global news and information is a language barrier, something that even Google can help you with its built in translator.
Here are some headlines and their stories from across the planet. For the most part, we do not hear these stories. I suspect their relevance is limited to the local ad market, after all a large part of television advertising is paid for by pharmaceutical companies.
Seven stories from around the world for the last week! Enjoy and let me know your thoughts.
#1: I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO MAKE THIS CHOICE: In British Columbia, teachers are trying to avert a strike. Sounds familiar enough in America where the endless battles between school districts and teacher unions often result in such threats. Read that HERE.
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#3: THE TROJAN HORSE ISLAMIC TAKEOVER OF SCHOOLS: Again, in Britain, a huge story that has pitted the government against British Muslims who are attempting to change the education in the schools they have taken charge of. ""Teachers and governors involved in the alleged “Trojan Horse” Islamic takeover plot face life-long bans from all schools in Britain under new powers being taken by Michael Gove."
This is not an issue we hear much about in America, although there have been some legal challenges made in a few states. Read that HERE.
#4: 209 KM TRAFFIC JAM IN ST. PAUL, BRAZIL, METER STRIKE WREAKS HAVOC WITH THE CITY: Not quite like Chris Christie's Bridgegate, but if you think your commute is bad, take a look at the picture.
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#5: From a Canadian blogger comes "AMERICA, WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN TERRORISTS," an interesting, external perspective of the war on terror, the epidemic of gun violence and some blunt finger pointing. No doubt your position on this one will be based on your position on gun control, nonetheless, it is a valid argument that should be in all conversations. Read that HERE
#6: From Richard Branson comes a piece about the war on drugs: THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED SO LET'S SHUT IT DOWN. An interesting and valid point given the massive amounts of time, money and industry that goes into this seemingly never-ending battle. And perhaps, like the war on terror, endless wars promote economic growth through the development of new technology, employment and more importantly, adjusting a collective American mindset that the future needs us to have government protection. Read Richard Branson's take, less like mine, HERE.
#7: Another war, from within - the flood of illegal immigrants is not declining. Texas has implemented its own solution. TEXAS SOLUTION TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS - DUMP THEM IN ARIZONA. And Arizona is not happy. In fact, dumped is too rough a word, where illegals have been flown and bussed to Arizona after being rounded up by Border Patrol. "Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector apprehended 154,453 immigrants last year -- up from 97,762 the previous year" Read that story HERE
Do you have an answer whether we are kept in the dark unwittingly or through our own ignorance?