‘The Lonely Poligamist’ (Poligami Karena Kesepian)

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Book review: ‘Brady Udall The Lonely poligami’, Norton. 602 hlm. $ 26,95 Sumber : Book & Culture,

Oleh Brady Udall

Dalam novel baru Brady Udall’s, berani, sering lucu, patriark hanya poligami miskin, orang bodoh dikuasai istri. Golden Richards memiliki empat istri dan 28 anak-anak. Satu-satunya cara dia dapat (kadang-kadang) ingat nama semua anak-anak adalah dengan menyanyikan sebuah daftar di bawah napasnya untuk lagu “The Old Gray Mare.” istri-Nya adalah mudah untuk tetap lurus. Kaku, represif Beverly, Ibu No 1, aturan lebih dari 10 anak-anak di Gedung Lama, peletakan hukum tentang “Prinsip hidup” dengan kepastian bahwa Golden menemukan baik mengintimidasi dan iri. Dia berjalan ke merek fundamentalis dilarang dari Mormonisme di 19, ketika ayahnya lama absen Golden dipanggil ke Utah untuk berbagi kekayaan dari pemogokan uranium dan ketenangan iman barunya. Beverly adalah menjadi istri pertama jamak ayah, sampai ia menderita kanker didiagnosis dan diwariskan ke anaknya. Selamanya membutuhkan “seseorang untuk menjelaskan kepadanya apa yang harus dilakukan,” memenuhi Golden, dan Beverly telah berjalan sejak hidupnya. Lagi

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10 Juta Lebih Orang Indonesia Buta Aksara

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JAKARTA – Departemen Pendidikan Nasional memperkirakan lebih dari 10 juta warga Indonesia tak bisa membaca. Penduduk buta aksara terbanyak berada di Jawa Timur, Jawa Tengah, Jawa Barat, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Bali, Kalimantan Barat, Sulawesi Selatan, Papua, Papua Barat, dan Nusa Tenggara.
“Jumlah itu setara dengan 6,21 persen penduduk,” kata Direktur Jenderal Pendidikan Nonformal dan Informal Departemen Pendidikan Nasional Hamid Muhammad dalam jumpa pers “Hari Aksara Internasional” di Jakarta kemarin.
Angka itu, kata Hamid, turun dibanding akhir 2007, yang mencapai 11,8 juta atau 7,3 persen. “Pemerintah optimistis bisa turun hingga 5 persen pada akhir 2009,” kata dia.
Data Badan Pusat Statistik menunjukkan angka buta aksara menurun sejak tahun 2000. Dari 205,6 juta penduduk saat itu, 18,18 juta atau 9,6 persen di antaranya buta aksara. Pada 2003, jumlahnya turun menjadi 15,41 juta atau 7,4 persen dari 213,6 juta jumlah penduduk. Lagi

US approves Indian nuclear deal

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Sumber : BBC News, South Asia, Page last updated at 00:55 GMT, Thursday, 2 October 2008 01:55 UK

India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, located 30km from Mumbai (Bombay)

The deal would give India access to US civilian nuclear technology

The US Senate has approved a nuclear deal with India, ending a three-decade ban on US nuclear trade with Delhi.

The 86-13 vote was the last legislative hurdle in a process that began when an agreement was reached in 2005.

The deal will give India access to US civilian nuclear technology and fuel in return for inspections of its civilian, but not military, nuclear facilities.

India says the accord is vital to meet its rising energy needs. Critics say it creates a dangerous precedent.

They say it effectively allows India to expand its nuclear power industry without requiring it to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as other nations must. Lagi

Pemda Cina tutupi skandal susu

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Sumber :BBC Siaran Indonesia, Diperbaharui pada: 01 Oktober, 2008 – Published 15:54 GMT

Skandal ini telah menyebabkan kemarahan publik di Cina
Skandal ini telah menyebabkan kemarahan publik di Cina

Perusahaan Cina yang menjadi pusat dari skandal susu bubuk yang terkontaminasi dilaporkan sudah meminta bantuan pemerintah untuk menghadapi penyelidikan pers.

Media resmi Partai Komunis, Harian Rakyat, mengatakan Sanlu Group meminta pemerintah kota Shijiazhuang membantu mereka dalam menanggapi laporan media atas kasus itu menjelang pembukaan Olimpiade Beijing.

Namun menurut laporan wartawan BBC Chen Shirong, ada dugaan bahwa hal ini semacam upaya cuci tangan dari pemerintah pusat.

Tampaknya pihak berwenang Cina ingin melepas kesalahan pada pemerintah ibukota Propinsi Shijiazhuang. Lagi

Universities ‘should vary offers’

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Sumber : BBC News via Yahoo! Alerts, Page last updated at 00:05 GMT, Friday, 3 October 2008 01:05 UK

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Students’ performance should be looked at in context, the report said

Universities have been given the green light to make a range of offers based on the performance of the school candidates come from.

A government-backed report said admissions tutors should use a wide range of information to identify the students with the greatest potential.

The National Council for Educational Excellence report said such decisions should be open and transparent.

The government accepted this, and the report’s other findings.

The report by a panel of university vice-chancellors, head teachers, ministers and business leaders said schools and colleges should significantly improve the support and advice to students with the ability to enter higher education. Lagi

Soldier tells of Taliban ordeal

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Sumber : BBC News via Yahoo! Alert to Book Hunger Club

Pte Robin McDermott

Pte Robin McDermott could be returning to Afghanistan

A soldier has spoken of his ordeal after being shot by the Taliban while on patrols in Afghanistan.

Pte Robin McDermott, 19, of Inkberrow, Worcestershire, was injured during a six-month tour of duty with the Mercian Regiment’s Second Battalion.

He was injured in an ambush and found himself without a gun stuck between his platoon, who did not know where he was, and the Taliban.

He was stuck in an irrigation ditch for 10 minutes before being rescued.

Pte McDermott said he was shot through the leg during an ambush on a night patrol and his section commanders pulled out, still thinking he was with them. Lagi

Afghanistan: Taliban attacks increase in new strategy, says NATO general

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Kabul, 24 Sept. (AKI) – By Giovanni Del Re – NATO’s top military commander, General John Craddock, has expressed concern about the growing number of civilians being killed or wounded in Afghanistan by a resurgent Taliban.

In an exclusive interview with Adnkronos International (AKI), Craddock said that the Taliban had changed its strategy and there was greater insecurity in Afghanistan.

“There is greater insecurity, increased violence, but it is generally located in the east and the south, (and) it is not unexpected,” Craddock said. Lagi

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