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Is Latin America beginning an arms race?
Some observers view the increased defense spending by Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador, coupled with significant arms purchases by Chile and Colombia, as the start of an arms race in South America. Andrew Downie of The Christian Science Monitor takes a closer look at this issue. (link to www.csmonitor.com)
Internet opens world for young Chinese
Young people in China are excited and emboldened by the wealth of information they are finding on the internet. "The internet has given Chinese children wings," says Sun Yun Xiao, vice president of the China Youth and Children Research Center. "As students learn from foreign cultures they will definitely feel more global and more international," says teacher Wang Zhangmin. How far this globalized generation will change the face of China is a matter of debate. (link to www.csmonitor.com)