–One Test and 600,000 Destinies in South Africa – This is similar to how things are done in many nations in Europe as well as Japan, South Korea, and China. I wish we would adopt this system of education in the United States. It would never work as parents would have a fit when some school informs them there child is not “college material”. There will be law suits, arguments of discrimination, different “forms of intelligence”, etc. Going back to S.A.’s test. They mention that the % passed has steadily decreased over the last 5 years, but due to shoddy reporting we do not know if this is because more people talking the test than before. The less “elite” the background of the test takers the more likely the average will drop. In any case, it sounds like S.A. is heading in the right direction, but there are still problems of inequality based along class/racial lines, which exist in every society, but in S.A. this is critical as the imbalance is extreme.
–The African Front – A long, but interesting article of how modernity and Islam mix in Kenya.
–Govt to keep ‘hooligans’ away from G-8 summit – Always vigilant, Japan is taking steps to prevent barbaric foreigners, and locals who have fell under their spell, from disturbing Japanese societal harmony and making Japan lose face before foreign guest. LOL
–Offering viable options for the future of Japanese society – An interesting editorial concerning the current political dynamic in the Japanese Diet. It includes summaries of the current problems facing Japan in the way of budget, tax reform, defense concerns, foreign relations, and the environment.
–Does China have fuels reserves for Taiwan Attack? – Thought provoking post from good natured sinophobe Michale Turton. 🙂 It appears that China could sustain an attack on Taiwan for no more than 15 days. I would imagine that China would just need to get immediate air superiority and then blockade Taiwan. Trying to “take” the island would be a fool errand. China does not have the force projection to occupy the island without extreme casualties on China’s side. Then again I would not put “human wave” tactics above China, not even the 2008 incarnation of the CCP. At that point, if they lose, the loss of face with be so bad it could likely end the CCP and lead to civil war. No I’m not joking, it is that serious. The CCP can not afford a loss of face that big at this point; on top of the economic penalties it would bring to China in the short term.