“We have successfully conducted another nuclear test on May 25 as part of the republic’s measures to strengthen its nuclear deterrent,” the official KCNA news agency said.
Barack Obama called the test a “threat to international peace” and said it warrants action by the international community. But according to this blogger North Korea is not really interested in world opinion when it comes to it’s nuclear program.So, has the world failed with North Korea? And what about military intervention is it an option?
The Pakistani troops are clearing Mingora, the main city in the Swat Valley, house by house. Maj Gen Athar Abbas , a Pakistani army spokesman , said. He added that it could take another week to 10 days to remove the Taliban from the city.
Should the world invest in the Pakistani army? At a time when they’re fighting the Taliban in one of the world’s most volatile regions, should we stand by the Pakistani army?
President Obama has vowed during last year’s campaign to scrap the 16-year-old policy that allows gays to serve so long as they don’t disclose their sexuality or engage in homosexual behavior. But the President’s top military adviser warns against it.
Admiral Michael Mullen says that scrapping the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy now will put an already pressured military in a confrontation with a very sensitive issue. If sexuality, like your political beliefs, is a very personal matter why is disclosing it publicly necessary? And if it meant less problems and tensions in a highly tense and stressful environment why not hide your sexuality?
What scares you more, swine flu or climate change?
Is climate change this age’s Cholera? Should we be treating climate change like an epidemic? According to this article by Muir Gray,yes we should. He says,
“Smoking, Aids, swine flu? They all pale into insignificance compared to climate change’s threat to health.”
But judging by the world’s reaction to swine flu (one that hit home here with World Have Your Say’s team earlier this month) the world seems no where near as scared of climate change as it is of swine flu. Do we have to count the bodies before we’re really scared?
A discussion on our sister program Newshour on Saturday about degrees in the current economic climate got me thinking. Are university degrees relevant in 2009? In a climate where highly skilled and experienced people are hanging on to their jobs by a thread if not losing them, is the classroom really the place towards your future?
In this blog a professor says that an average American student will have to pay up to 22,000 dollars in student loans. Is t his money well spent when you’re not guaranteed you’ll earn enough to pay it back? Is it wiser to save it? Or even start a business with it?
Having said that, this blogger says that he actually did start a business right after high school but found that with graphic design courses his business flourished. Another person blogs about having taken too many courses that have actually landed him no where.