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The ill-considered actions of Terry Jones illicted a firestorm of protest around the world—nearly unanimously condemning the threatened burning of the Koran. Here are two slightly different views: Victoria Clark is only surprised more firebrands haven’t risen from the messianic American scene; Kong Rithdee wonders about the Muslim worlds need for a better response. Yuan Zheng, surveys the outcome of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on the American economy and mood, and on it’s place as the world’s major economic power. Alexander Ac considers the implications of the West’s commitment to ever increasing—as opposed to sustainable– economic growth.
United Kingdom: The Independent (Victoria Clark)
It’s taken nine years for the Christian West to throw up a cleric as radically, fundamentally bellicose as some of those produced by the Muslim world. The marvel, I would say, is not that it has, and proved beyond reasonable doubt that any and every religion can breed monsters, but that it has not done so earlier. more
Thailand: Bangkok Post (Kong Rithdee)
The problem of the Islamic world, here and everywhere, is the failure to communicate with the rest of the population through the language of humanism. more
China: China Daily .com (Yuan Zheng)
The US has now realized, to its disappointment, that “democracy” cannot be exported to a country by invading it. A country’s reconstruction depends on its people, not on the manipulations of external forces. more
Czech Republic: The Prague Post (Alexander Ac)
Most policymakers seem to feel there are no alternatives other than further economic growth and expansion. However, GDP is not and cannot be the only measurement of prosperity and success. Sustainable growth needs to be more than a political catchphrase. It is impossible to ignore that the world is exhausting its fossil fuel deposits. Alternatives must be found or we must come to terms with the very real possibility that growth – and everything we base upon it – will come to an end. more
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