all that is wrong with the world today

Actually, it was in the news yesterday, but I was busy playing the station that comes suffixed with 3. Eventually, my social conscience made me feel guilty, though, and this morning I could no longer ignore the stink of the world. Don your gas-masks or deal with it; I chose to deal with it.

In Sudan… why, when you begin a sentence like that, you just know that nothing good can follow. Really, when was the last time you heard something uplifting about Sudan?
Quite. So, when British teacher Gillian Gibbons lets the 7-year old kids in her class in Khartoum come up with a name for their new teddy-bear, Muhammed won with the vote of 20-3. In case you don’t know, Muhammed is a very common name in the islamic world, and not only you-know-who. In fact, some of the school-kids in same class went by said name.
A cutely innocent event, you’d think. Some parent didn’t, and ratted out the teacher to the Sudanese authorities. It is a crime to mock the prophet in muslim countries, a fact that is lost on no one these days. And even if the hapless teacher to-be-whipped had no intention of doing so, they will punish her nonetheless. Just to be on the safe side, I guess.
They are amazingly eager to perform justice in Sudan, it seems. Apparently their judicial system simply have not had time to bring the Darfur genocide into focus just yet. Well, it’s only one of the largest crimes against humanity ever. The wrong name for a teddy-bear is pretty important too…

In Saudia-Arabia… yeah. A 19-year old woman was jailed to get 200 whips for getting gang-raped. There is something not right with that sentence, don’t you think? But it is correct. She just happened to be in the wrong company at the wrong time; id est, was seen with a man that was not related to her. For good measure, the seven rapists gang-banged her male friend too…
Now, even considering the considerable clash of cultures here, it does not seem appropriate. I am not even questioning islamic law – a pointless task – no, I am questioning the inconsistency of the Saudi-Arabian judicial system. The judges hold all the power, rules on witness remain in shambles, and on far too many occasions attorneys are not even present during the hearing. To finish it off, two judges are highly likely to pass two different judgments on the same crime. But don’t you go dreaming about an overhaul in the nearest 300 centuries. That would be far too optimistic…

In China… cough. They continue to baffle me by killing their own in a black cloud of dust. Did you know that only a hundredth[!] of Chinese city dwellers have clean air? Let me repeat: 1/100 have air of the kind that is safe to draw into your rather precious lungs.
Out of the world’s 30 most polluted cities in the world, 20 are in China. People are dropping like flies; due to pollution about 750.000 chinamen and women die prematurely every year. But hey, when you have people like flies, you can afford them dropping like ones, too, I suppose? Can’t stand in the way of the economy now, can we? And that is why you built 2 coal power plants per week[!] last year…
Perhaps I need to speak your language: would you realize that these health issues are already costing you, China, 100 billion a year? That is 5.8% of BNP. Now, I don’t want to spoil your party, but methinks these figures are only going to rise…

Politik-polis, the caped crusader, was here.