By Bad Seed
Taro Aso to become Japan’s new PM
Many are hoping that Mr. Taro Aso will help uplift the country from the political and economic turmoil. Mr. Aso becomes the prime minister at a time when the Japanese are extremely unhappy with high prices and a slowing economy. No wonder his promise of providing supplementary budget worth $107billion US along with ruling out consumption tax increase for three years to inject the necessary economic stimulus has brought a lot of hope to the electorate. He has also called for tax incentives that will encourage corporations to repatriate overseas profits and increase spending on capital equipment and research and development. The measures may sound appeasing but the mishandling of issues as far-ranging as a tainted rice scandal and health insurance for the elderly by the previous administration can make the going difficult for Taro Aso. Whatever else is said or done Mr. Aso can assure victory for LDP in the next general elections only if his measures manage to bail out the economy from current crisis.
Ugandan Govt. to punish prostitutes
Ugandan Ethics and Integrity minister should come up with a novel idea to curb the flourishing menace of prostitution in Kampala. The fact that the practice still exits in spite of stringent laws to curb them implies that the problem lay somewhere else. There are factors that are helping promote prostitution. Women are either forced or else they make a conscious choice to pursue it. Those who are forced to enter prostitution have either been trafficked or else are economically unsound to sustain themselves. How can the government think of punishing this category? Instead, the ethics minister should step forward and rescue such women besides providing them with a viable economic alternative so that they can enjoy a decent living. Those who make a deliberate choice too cannot be punished because in the end it is the men who help run the business by patronizing it. Next time while driving through streets lined with prostitutes, Ugandan men should make a deliberate choice of ignoring and driving through or else getting distracted and ending up in a brothel. Practicing the former will definitely wipe off the need for such regressive laws.
Mexico’s war against drug cartels failing
The border city of Juarez is central front in Mexico's war on powerful drug cartels. Nearly five months after the government of President Felipe Calderón sent more than 2,500 federal troops and police to the state of Chihuahua on Texas' southwestern border, the pace and scope of drug violence have reached unprecedented levels. The carnage raises questions about the government's ability to restore order – particularly in cities such as Juárez, an important trade and immigration conduit to Texas. The ferocity and resilience shown by the warring Sinaloa and Juarez cartel to control smuggling routes into the United States has surprised everyone. There is also a renewed concern over corruption within the government. These killings clearly indicate that the Mexican state has absolutely failed in its mission to protect the public. It appears that no amount of soldiers or special police agents is enough to stop the killings in Juárez, either because they are incompetent, badly corrupted or intimidated by the cartels. A new response is needed to the bloody expressions of organized crimes.
New Zealand opposes lifting of ban on Whaling
The recent decision by authorities in New Zealand to continue opposing the lifting of an international ban on commercial whaling is really commendable. This despite an international survey showing that the numbers of two species: humpbacks and southern right whales, earlier endangered are now rising fast. The threat to humpbacks and southern right whales has been downscaled from "vulnerable" to subjects of "least concern" in the annual update of the so-called "red list" of endangered cetacean species. The two species were now less threatened with extinction. Much of the comeback has been due to the protection granted from commercial whaling. This is a great conservation success and clearly shows what needs to be done to ensure these ocean giants survive.
New Zealand has also led opposition to bids by Japan and other countries to lift the 1985 moratorium on commercial whaling introduced by the 80-member International Whaling Commission. Humpbacks and southern right whales both migrate through New Zealand waters to South Pacific breeding grounds and are major attractions for tourists on whale-watching trips. New Zealand has a long history promoting the conservation of whales and we will continue to do so especially, then when most small coastal and freshwater cetaceans are moving closer to extinction