Does the language you speak give you more power? Today WHYS comes from Belgium where they speak Dutch (Flemish), French and German. But the rivalry between the languages has almost torn the country apart.
It’s not just there, where your language is important. Humberto Lopez predicts the USA will have over 110 million Spanish speakers by 2050 and says Spanish should become an official language, maybe even replacing English as the first language. But this blogger thinks it’s vital to keep the US as an English speaking country and this group say they need it to forge one nation out of millions of immigrants.
This article argues that imposing Urdu on Pakistan has been disastrous and having English as the official language creates ‘a state of mental slavery’.
Should countries boycott the UN conference on Racism? The US, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany and Italy aren’t going. But France and the UK are. President Obama says there is a danger the meeting will express antagonism toward Israel in ways that are, “completely hypocritical and counterproductive.” But the Pope has praised the conference and urged countries to join forces.
Do the Chinese need to be controlled? The Hong Kong movie legend Jackie Chan thinks so. He told Chinese business officials that the Chinese people may not deserve freedom “…If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic. … I’m gradually beginning to feel that we, Chinese, need to be controlled.”