Monday, July 28, 2008

A few of my favorite BBC articles

I like to read BBC world service news. Here are a few of my favorite articles from over the last two years. I don't have permission to link to them directly, but as far as I know, there are no rules against listing web addresses.

This is a little video clip about a social worker in Iraq who started a boys' orphanage, the members of which form the Iraqi Junior Diving Team.

Lesotho is a teeny tiny nation in the middle of South Africa (no, really; it's in the middle of South South Africa in the same way that The Great Salt Lake is in the middle of Utah) which, like much of the rest of the world, is facing food shortages these days. This article is about how they are making "keyhole gardens" to deal with this problem.

This is another video clip, about a baby tiger who was adopted by a dog.

This next is a story about an Iranian man who had to pay a 124,000-rose dowry to his wife after she took him to court for it. The thing is complicated to explain, and the article does a creditable job of doing so.

I must say that the Iranians seem to hold an unnatural fascination for me; I was also intrigued by the article titled "Marry or lose job, says Iran firm". The title really does say it all, but I put the link down there anyway. I think that they should talk to CES (the only other entity in the world which I know of which also requires its employees to be married).

[CES is the Church Education System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, of which I am a member. Employees of CES teach mostly teenagers and young adults (18-30). CES requires male employees over the age of 25 to be married, despite the fact that Brigham Young really never did say anything about single men over the age of 25 being a menace to society.]

And finally, a story about how the world's tallest man (at the time) saved the lives of some dolphins in China by pulling shards of plastic out of their stomachs.

OK, ok, so I like animals and heartwarming stories. So sue me. You want depressing news, read BBC for yourself.

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