Showing posts with label Wall Street Journal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wall Street Journal. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

When Info Kills

In the U.S., anyone can file a Freedom of Information request to collect protected government information that can shed light on injustices. Here's an exceptional Wall Street Journal video telling the sad story of one activist in India who was allegedly murdered for the information he uncovered using the country's 2005 Right to Information law.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I Read Too Much Today

As things "wind down" in Iraq, reflections on Baghdad journalists who lost their lives.

How the multi-billionaire Koch brothers are financing think-tanks, Tea Party rallys and Libertarian causes with inocuous-sounding organizations. The August 23 New Yorker (summarized in August 29 New York Times OpEd)

The bed bug beat: desperate people are setting houses ablaze. The Wall Street Journal

India's second quarter economic growth was near 8.8%, yet a diarrhea outbreak is killing people and 900 are sick. (Wall Street Journal story and video)

Obituary of Colin Tennant, a Caribbean bon-vivant who lived off the industrial success of his Scottish forebears. In New York Social Diary

Times wedding announcement for Dr. Mehmet Oz's daughter, who married a Chicago man in Serbian Orthodox and Swedenborgian ceremonies. Dr. Oz once said he has an affinity for Sufi Islam, with his Turkish roots, but apparently three was a crowd.

The fine print on Yoga Bunny Detox drink: "Best when chilled, as indeed we all are." (From Pret A Manger, coming to Chicago soon.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Indian Spelling Bees

Though Indian-Americans make up a mere 1% of the population, they have come to dominate the American spelling-bee circuit, says a story in today's Wall Street Journal about the South Asian Spelling Bee. Now the bees are carried live on Indian-theme satellite stations and are covered by Indian newspapers. Top Indian spellers are household names.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What is Genocide?

This Wall Street Journal news alert just in: "A U.S. congressional panel has approved a resolution declaring that the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I was genocide. In Turkey, the government said it was recalling its ambassador from Washington in response. The House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the resolution with a 23-22 vote Thursday, even though the Obama Administration had urged Congress not to offend Turkey by approving it. The resolution now goes to the full House, where prospects for passage are uncertain."
You can read:
The history of this issue, which includes the expulsion of Greeks from Turkey leading up to the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, as told by the U.S.-based Armenian National Institute.
Today's Zaman, an English-language Turkish paper seemingly sympathetic to minorities in Turkey, on how this "Shook Turkish-American Relations." (Wish I could read and translate more from the Turkish newspapers' websites ....)
The New York Times on the Congressional effort.
The Christian Science Monitor on how declaring "genocide" hurts American interests.
The initial Wall Street Journal article.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

India's Microloans

Debt and lending risk are rising in India's slums and rural areas because big banks and private equity are "carpetbombing" the poor with lucrative microloans. Such small loans with high interest rates, initially driven by social service, were mostly repaid in full. But with so much money available, the poor are fibbing to get new loans to pay off old ones, says today's Wall Street Journal front page feature on microlending in India. It says things got rolling with the 2007 share offering by SKS Microfinance based in Hyderabad, India. (We visited SKS on the Columbia Business School social enterprise trip in 2008.) WSJ found a repeat loan recipient in Ramanagaram, India where people cultivate silk from cocoons for a living -- much like the villagers in our ancestral home in Turkey. The woman, Lalitha Sharma, summed things well: "One problem solved, another created."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

WSJ India

The Wall Street Journal Asia is now being printed in New Delhi and Mumbai India for Monday to Friday delivery to subscribers and newsstands in major Indian cities, According to The Wall Street Journal Asia, founded in 1976, has a circulation of 80,090 (Hong Kong ABC, July-Dec 2008), and is printed at nine other Asia-Pacific locations. Click here for: subscription info.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Armenia & Turkey

Armenia's tenuous relationship with Turkey is the subject of some sensitive and interesting pieces in the Wall Street Journal.
The first is an editorial by Hugh Pope, former WSJ staff writer: "We Are All Armenians." The second is WSJ coverage of California Armenians' and their take on the recent Swiss-brokered agreement. (With photos of a Christian procession commemorating the death of millions of ancestors.)
More on Hugh Pope, his book, "Turkey Unveiled," and the International Crisis Group, where he does research on Turkey and the region.

Friday, April 3, 2009


President Obama meets with officials in Turkey this weekend, and apparently the Greek prime minister snagged a tete-a-tete while Obama's enroute. (Turkey's English daily,Today's Zaman, should have stories.) News about student violence in Greece gets ever-more absurd each day; Kathimerini quotes a professor who says the main Athens university is "under occupation" by angry students who this week smashed a computer lab with metal pipes and egged the rector. After the 1974 junta, when police killed students there, by law, cops can't enter the campus unless university authorities call them in. And no one seems to want that confrontation. Meanwhile, Turkey is paving roads in Afghanistan, according to President Abdullah Gul's editorial this week in the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cramming in Rajasthan

Some 40,000 young Indians make studying for college entrance exams a full-time, away-from-home job. The Wall Street Journal wrote about the science of cramming at Bansal Classes in Rajasthan, and all the businesses the conflagration of students has sprouted. If only American kids were this willing to study.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Narusetti Mint Blog

Lively posts from the editor of Mint, Raju Narisetti, are worth a read. Mint is the newspaper based in New Delhi related to the Hindustan Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Chicago Thickbune

If not for the start of Christmas shopping, how would newspapers survive? Look how thick the Chicago Tribune was on Thanksgiving Day, delivered to our door on time despite a rare snow. The Wall Street Journal doesn't publish today in "observance" of the holiday.