Spots and Wrinkles

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On washday, despite all the modern conveniences available, some of us who do laundry still do not use a mechanical dryer. For one reason or another, we prefer to hang it out on a line to dry.

That is the end of a busy process. Before washing, we check the laundry over for spots, and where possible we treat them beforehand. We add detergent, sometimes bleach, to lift dirt and brighten the laundry. Then it is agitated to ensure that our clothing becomes as clean as possible.

Scope of Modern Slavery

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According to a new survey by The Global Slavery Index, “Nearly 36 million people in 167 surveyed countries live in modern slavery,” which is almost double the estimates of a 2012 survey (The Washington Post, November 18, 2014). The number of enslaved people worldwide is roughly equivalent to the entire population of Argentina or Poland or the Sudan (The Global Slavery Index). Nations that enslave the largest number of people are India (14 million), China (3 million), Pakistan (2 million) and Uzbekistan and Russia (1 million each). Most nations enslave their own people and not foreigners. In Mauritania and Uzbekistan, nearly 4 percent of the population is enslaved. According to the survey, even leading Western nations have a slavery problem: the UK, France, and Germany each have roughly 10,000 slaves and the U.S. has roughly 60,000 (ibid.).

According to a new survey by The Global Slavery Index, “Nearly 36 million people in 167 surveyed countries live in modern slavery,” which is almost double the estimates of a 2012 survey (The Washington Post, November 18, 2014). The number of enslaved people worldwide is roughly equivalent to the entire population of Argentina or Poland or the Sudan (The Global Slavery Index). Nations that enslave the largest number of people are India (14 million), China (3 million), Pakistan (2 million) and Uzbekistan and Russia (1 million each). Most nations enslave their own people and not foreigners. In Mauritania and Uzbekistan, nearly 4 percent of the population is enslaved. According to the survey, even leading Western nations have a slavery problem: the UK, France, and Germany each have roughly 10,000 slaves and the U.S. has roughly 60,000 (ibid.).

More "Rumors of Wars"

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“North Korea threatened Thursday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility that led to the approval of a landmark U.N. resolution on its human rights violations… to refer the North’s rights situation to the International Criminal Court” which could lead to North Korea’s absolute leader Kim Jong Un being targeted as a criminal in the coming weeks (Reuters, November 20, 2014). Experts believe that North Korea is bluffing, but, North Korea is also unpredictable. They already tested nuclear devices in 2006, 2009 and 2013 which have invited previous sanctions (ibid.). 

“North Korea threatened Thursday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility that led to the approval of a landmark U.N. resolution on its human rights violations… to refer the North’s rights situation to the International Criminal Court” which could lead to North Korea’s absolute leader Kim Jong Un being targeted as a criminal in the coming weeks (Reuters, November 20, 2014). Experts believe that North Korea is bluffing, but, North Korea is also unpredictable. They already tested nuclear devices in 2006, 2009 and 2013 which have invited previous sanctions (ibid.). 

A New Cold War

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In a recent interview, the Soviet Union’s former premier Mikhail Gorbachev warned “The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it has already begun” (Agence France-Presse, November 8, 2014). He cautioned, “Let us remember that there can be no security in Europe without German-Russian partnership” (ibid.). In addition to the escalating situation in the Ukraine (UPI, November 12, 2014), Russian military presence is increasing around the globe. Last month a Russian submarine was found in waters just outside of Stockholm (Newsweek, October 21, 2014). This followed a simulated Russian missile attack on Stockholm last year (ibid.). In September, Russian bombers and fighters were intercepted by Canadian fighters just 40 nautical miles from the Canadian coast line (Christian Science Monitor, September 20, 2014). Russia has made airspace incursions over Europe in recent months (AFP, October 31, 2014). Russia also “plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be Moscow’s latest provocative maneuver in its increasingly frosty relations with the West” (CNN, November 13, 2014). 

In a recent interview, the Soviet Union’s former premier Mikhail Gorbachev warned “The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it has already begun” (Agence France-Presse, November 8, 2014). He cautioned, “Let us remember that there can be no security in Europe without German-Russian partnership” (ibid.). In addition to the escalating situation in the Ukraine (UPI, November 12, 2014), Russian military presence is increasing around the globe. Last month a Russian submarine was found in waters just outside of Stockholm (Newsweek, October 21, 2014). This followed a simulated Russian missile attack on Stockholm last year (ibid.). In September, Russian bombers and fighters were intercepted by Canadian fighters just 40 nautical miles from the Canadian coast line (Christian Science Monitor, September 20, 2014). Russia has made airspace incursions over Europe in recent months (AFP, October 31, 2014). Russia also “plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be Moscow’s latest provocative maneuver in its increasingly frosty relations with the West” (CNN, November 13, 2014). 

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