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World Links 7/10

July 10, 2008

Mauritius Launches Women-Friendly Budget This is absolutely huge, yet not widely reported in the states. But, what else is new? Anyway, congratulations to the progressive steps taken in Mauritius!

It is not easy being a single mother. On Mauritius, where private lives become public, the traditional and conventional society usually considers single motherhood taboo, with fingers pointing and accusations of loose morals flying. Yet, recognising the reality of single motherhood, the 2008-2009 national budget announced by Minister of Finance Rama Sithanen makes concrete plans to encourage their economic independence and ability to care for their children.

Captain Morgan = $100 mil

Raising questions about timing and tax loopholes, five St. Croix senators tried but failed Wednesday to put the brakes on a deal that would bring an average of $100 million a year in new revenues to the territory.

Mexican Drug Cartels & the Halls of Higher Learning Gruesome.

Mexico has a very extensive university system, in the hopes that higher education will contribute to the economic growth of the country.

A recent report indicated that Mexico’s narco industry is also taking advantage of Mexican universities.

For example, Edgar Guzman, son of Sinaloa cartel chief “el Chapo” Guzman, studied Business Administration at the UAS. Some classes he took were Computer Science, Commercial Law, Accounting, and Business English (I’ve taught that class, at another university). According to UAS records, Guzman never got into trouble there either.

But at the age of 22, Edgar’s life was caught short as he was slain by enemies of his father. In the dog eat dog cartel world, life is cheap.

And the killings are increasing, as the statistics of the past three years make clear.

At the end of June in 2005 there had been 677 narco murders thus far that year. In 2006, there had been 1,003, and in 2007 there had been 1,410. By the end of June 2008 there had been 1,935 killings thus far in calendar year 2008.

“First Lady” of Khmer Rouge Day in Court

Former Khmer Rouge “first lady” Ieng Thirith has lost her appeal against her pre-trial detention and will remain jailed by Cambodia’s UN-backed genocide court awaiting trial for crimes against humanity.

The 76-year-old Thirith served as the regime’s social affairs minister and is one of five former leaders likely to face prosecution for atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-79 rule over Cambodia. She was arrested in November 2007 with her husband, former regime foreign minister Ieng Sary.

Man dies after swallowing surgical gloves Strange, indeed.

After being admitted to the psychiatric unit at the hospital last year, Mr Omand Brown had swallowed latex gloves and swabs from clinical waste bins on a number of occasions.

Mom & Daughter Raise, Sell Snakes & More Very cool! I draw the line at lizards, but hats off to these two.

Karen Goralczyk and her daughter, Kristen, have a home full of reptiles – and that’s the way they like it.

Their love for reptiles started five years ago when they bought a baby boa constrictor at a reptile show.

They got him a friend.

Then they acquired some misfits who needed a good home.

China CPI to rise 7.2% in 2008

However:

The yuan has risen more than 6.65 percent against the US dollar so far this year, in comparison with the 6.9 percent gain last year, and has broken its own record value 52 times.

Female Afghan Outlaw Comes in From the Cold

The Afghan government scored a minor victory last month by reeling in a rebellious “warlord” who led a band of warriors over nearly three decades. What really set this case apart is that the militia commander is a woman.

Recession is Alarmist talk, says Treasury Recessions on every continent?

Johannesburg – Economists yesterday poured scorn on projections that the economy could slip into a recession before the end of the year, while the treasury dismissed such predictions as “jumping the gun and alarmist”.

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