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and here is even another supposed admission by another government

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVDCXpSD6Fk&feature=related

WOW – for the V.P. nominee to be questioning the motivation of America’s participation in the Iraq War while proclaiming its merits at the Republican Convention that ‘its all about terrorism’… gasp. And she is sitting there questioning this, and in the same breath sending her son over there for that purpose??
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This is making some noise in the Manila entertainment buzz. Filipinos demand apology for racial slurs done in a BBC show.

Watch:

Seriously, any form of racism is definitely deplorable, however it is a fine line between true discrimination and entertainment. Perhaps what hits Filipinos hard is the stereotype portrayed: that of a Filipina maid, which is a very real occupation for a lot of Filipinas. Not all Filipinos are maids, but there are a lot. 

The Filipinoweb writes:

Now, I know it’s a comedy show but man, that’s just so mean. It’s way below the belt.. These Pinays work hard for their money, leaving their kids and family behind… sometimes, they get abused, tortured, some even die… their bodies returned to the Philippines in boxes. Do you think that’s funny?

In reality, the Filipina maid is just one stereotype out of hundreds that we have come accustomed to: similar to Irish drunkards, dry Brits, overpatriotic but dumb Americans, Colombian drug dealers, smelly Indians, and money-greedy Jews.

Another (albeit lighter) take on Asian stereotypes, courtesy of Russell Peters:

More here and here.

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This documentary features how the federal deficit has reached mind-boggling proportions. In 2009, national debt will reach $9 trillion.

Read Roger Ebert’s summary and review here.

For an excerpt, see here: (more can be found in Youtube and the iousathemovie.org website)

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A country hailed as an economic success, happy population, energy efficient, and a country which has a state religion: Iceland is now feeling the sting of the financial crisis.

Seems, regardless of qualifications, the turmoil is sparing no one… well no one that benefitted from the leverage of credit in the last 10 years.

A primer on Iceland:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceland

Iceland has some of the world’s highest levels of economic and civil freedoms. As of 2007, Iceland is ranked as the most developed country in the world by the United Nations’ Human Development Index. It is also the fourth most productive country per capita, and one of the most egalitarian, as rated by the Gini coefficient. Icelanders have a rich culture and heritage, such as cuisine and poetry, and the medieval Icelandic Sagas are internationally renowned. Iceland is a member of the UN, NATO, EFTA, EEA and OECD, but not of the European Union. The country is a candidate for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

The situation now:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7655227.stm

Iceland acts to avoid bank chaos 

Icelanders on the financial crisis in their country
Iceland’s government has drafted emergency legislation to try and salvage the country’s banking system. 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4889832.ece

Iceland agrees emergency legislation

Without the legislation, Iceland’s Prime Minister said the country was facing the real possibility of bankruptcy

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