Hello! This column has been on hiatus while I was on my winter vacation in the Philippines. It’s a beautiful country and I highly recommend going if you ever get the chance. Inevitably, there were many news stories that happened in the interim so I’m going to start fresh since catching up will take too long. So here we go:
As some of you may recall, there was a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh two months ago, the worst in the country’s history. The fire exposed the horrendous business practices of many multi-national corporations and rallied activists in demanding better working conditions in those factories. Unfortunately, there’s been another fire at a garment factory, this one killing seven people. Though not as many lives were lost in this fire, it serves as a reminder that changes still need to be made as it has been reported that the door to the factory were locked.
Burmese pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi gives a lesson in loving your enemies by telling BBC News that she is “very fond of the Burmese army,” despite the fact they kept her under house arrest for 15 years. She cites that her father founded the army and always thought of it as an extension of him.
North Korea continues the worrisome trend of threatening everyone with nuclear annihilation if they don’t get their way. This time it’s over UN-regulated sanctions. While the government did not specify what form the retaliation might take, there was the threat of testing long-range nuclear weapons capable of hitting targets in the U.S.
Speaking of missiles, nothing shows patriotism like parading a huge missile through the streets of your city like they did in New Delhi this week.
India’s president has officially spoken out about the rape and murder of a young Indian woman in New Delhi, saying that the country needs to reset its moral compass. Given the endless stories of the assault and harassment that have been brought to light because of this tragedy, the compass needs to be thrown out altogether.
Singapore’s ruling party faces another setback as the opposition Worker’s Party gains a seat in Parliament after a member was forced to resign because of an extra-marital affair.
This article looks at gun laws in Japan and other nations as compared to the U.S.
Finally, since the country still cannot get enough of their most popular export, Psy is performing during the South Korean presidential inauguration. Park Geun-Hye will be taking office as the first female president in South Korean history.