Posted by: DCox | March 21, 2009

The Other Story… the week ending March 21

newspapers-1Here’s 10 stories that caught my eye this past week … 10 stories not directly tied to the only story in town – the downturn in the Economy.


  • Ethanol’s African Land Grab. Mozambique has survived colonialism and civil war. But can it survive the ethanol industry? – from MotherJones.com
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  • How China sees the world: And how the world should see China. Already a big idea has spread far beyond China: that geopolitics is now a bipolar affair, with America and China the only two that matter. – from Economist.com
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  • Green shoots: No matter how bad things get, people still need to eat. Prices for grains and meat are down from the peaks of mid-2008, but are 30-50% above their averages over the past decade. There is reason to believe that this strength is more than just another of the many bubbles that have recently inflated, only to pop. – from Economist.com
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  • World Malaria Day – April 25. See World Vision’s facebook page to sign a petition in support of increasing the U.S. government’s financial contribution in the fight against malaria to at least $1 billion a year, thereby fulfilling the Global AIDS TB and Malaria Reauthorization bill commitment. Also see the linked factsheet published by the Malaria Consortium to learn more about malaria.
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  • Whatever happened to global warming? But considering how much attention would have been lavished on a comparable run of hot weather or on a warming trend that was plainly accelerating, shouldn’t the recent cold phenomena and the absence of any global warming during the past 10 years be getting a little more notice? Isn’t it possible that the most apocalyptic voices of global-warming alarmism might not be the only ones worth listening to? – through New York Times Syndicate
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  • The coming evangelical collapse . An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise. – from Christian Science Monitor (CSMointor.com)
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  • Sri Lanka: dispute over how to help civilians in war zone. As fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels intensifies in northeast Sri Lanka, calls to spare as many as 180,000 trapped civilians are growing. But in the debate over how far to push a warring government, caution is guiding the international response. – from CSMonitor.com
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  • March Madness: The 2012 Republican Primaries. Let’s face it, Barack Obama is going to head up the Democrats in 2012. So the action will be on the GOP side. Seeded below are 32 potential (and yes, some far-fetched) Republican presidential candidates. As the NCAA tourney gets underway, we’ll update our GOP brackets as well. I’ll compare your picks with mine. – from National Public Radio (NPR.org)
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  • Pope condemns African corruption. “My beloved friends, with an upright, magnanimous heart that is also compassionate, you can transform this continent, freeing the people from the whip of greed, violence, disorder and guiding it through the path of those principles that are indispensible to any modern democracy,” he said. – from BBC News
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  • Lance Armstrong to test aching back in Milan-San Remo cycling race. After three-and-a-half years in retirement, Armstrong returned at the start of this season, finishing 29th in the Tour Down Under in Australia and seventh in the Tour of California. – from Canadian Press

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