April 2009 Entries
Is Texas State Rep. Betty Brown (R-Terrell) extremely out of touch with national demographics, or is she the unfortunate scapegoat in a voter registration debate?
Since the implementation of the one-child policy, China hasn't exactly been known for its equal male-female birth ratio, but that dynamic is changing in Shanghai. According to city officials, the city's gender imbalance decreased for the first time in eight years.
At least 15 people in China's Shandong Province have died from hand-foot-mouth disease this year, according to local health authorities, bringing the grand total of deaths this year to about 31 children nationwide. On a more positive note, an additional 11,500 cases have been reported in Shandong Province, and about 7,100 have recovered.
It's not difficult to find holes in just about any healthcare system, and China is no exception. An underfunded system and quality healthcare to residents in poor, rural areas are two of the biggest concerns when it comes to China's healthcare, which only covers about 30 percent of the population. But a new government effort seeks to change this perception.
It's been quite a year for China Internet watchers, and the number of website closures seems to rise almost as quickly as the number of Internet users.
President Obama and President Hu Jintao had their first face-to-face meeting in London at the G20 Summit. While we don't have all of the details of what was discussed, here are some of the highlights from the White House: