An interesting read on the French attempt to improve the teaching of English (somewhere a militant Québécois is howling in impotent fury).  It is an initiative worthy of being emulated in the United States where foreign language instruction is often an afterthought.  In an increasingly global world grasping foreign languages and culture can give companies, individuals and countries a key strategic advantage.  While educators and even Barack Obama have encouraged this, others are still stuck defending their parochial outlook to the world.

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Time has an article up on the recent United States summons to the Sri Lankan army chief who is in the country visiting his daughters.  A lot of cloak and dagger stuff surrounding the meeting.  Interesting to learn that the general is a United States permanent resident, giving the United States some legal leverage over him.  As noted earlier, Sri Lanka needs to get its act together on its impending human catastrophe.  While there may be some defense for military actions to eliminate the LTTE, with each passing day the internment camps are harder to defend.

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Posted on 03-11-2009
Filed Under (Environment) by Rashtrakut

Global warming is on its way to making the title of Hemmingway’s book a thing of the past.  This continues a patter with the melting of arctic ice flows and the disappearing Himalayan glaciers that make North India’s rivers perennial.  Yet a vocal contingent of global warming deniers insist that all of this is exaggerated and we may actually be in the middle of global cooling.  The mind reels.

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