World History

Teaching On Uncommon Grounds, Iran Sinks Lower

ATELINE FEB 11, 2007. From London and elsewhere we hear that textbooks used in Iran's schools are instilling students with hatred toward the West, especially the United States, and urging them to become "martyrs" in a global holy war against countries perceived to be enemies of Islam, a new study says. An Iranian human rights activist, Ghazal Omid, praised the findings, saying they prove hard-liners in Iran are using the books to turn children into "ticking bombs." However, an American academic who specializes in Iran and Islam, and a former Iranian teacher said they believe the textbooks are a reflection...

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China In The Sky With Bombs

irst impressions are all over the board, but generally the idea that although China offers no present threat, the fear is that if there were a stand-off over Taiwan, the Chinese might be tempted by the option of destroying US satellites. Worry is also being expressed by China's near neighbors, Japan and South Korea. Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has stated the Japanese position that all nations must use space for peace. Alexander Downer, the Australian foreign minister, while visiting New York, said Beijing's ambassador to Australia, Fu Ying, had been called in for an explanation with concern that...


No Direction Home (Politics As Usual)

VERY TWO YEARS DURING THE NATIONAL electoral cycle they tell us we need change and it's they who want to take us off into that new direction. Details? Oh, here are a few talking points. Oh, here are a few criticisms of my opponent. Oh, we need change. Yep, we need a new direction. My head is spinning. I am dizzy from wandering off into a new direction with every election, and just to keep this head buzz going, no matter how I try to cut through the kudzu of practical politics, it seems as if nothing has changed. The...