2004年09月13日

「傲慢」

Arab books became a political issue earlier this year when the Bush administration launched its "greater Middle East initiative" and blamed low output of books for a "knowledge deficit" in the Arab countries. ("Knowledge", in this context, is defined in western terms and automatically excludes such things as memorising the Qur'an or knowing how to milk a goat.)
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"The Greater Middle East region, once the cradle of scientific discovery and learning, has largely failed to keep up with today's knowledge-oriented world," the US said in a working paper for the G8 summit. "Arab countries' output of books represents just 1.1% of the world total."
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The working paper did not see fit to mention that this figure, which has been much quoted subsequently, is 13 years out of date and almost certainly wrong. It was plucked from an old Unesco report relating to book production in 1991 - probably an untypical year for publishing in the Arab world (and certainly for Iraq and Kuwait) because of the Gulf war.
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As the UN noted last year in its Arab human development report, "there are no accurate statistics on the actual amount of book production in the Arab world". The report explained that tracking the publication of Arabic books is "very difficult" because many are published without registered numbers.
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This suggests that any official figures are likely to be an underestimate, perhaps even a gross underestimate in view of all the pirate editions that are printed in the region without respect for copyright.
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-- source: Brian Whitaker, Reading between the lines, the Guardian, Monday September 13, 2004
続きを読む
posted by nofrills at 23:54| i_dont_think_i_am_a_pacifist/words_at_war | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

15年経ってから「私がやりました」

Loyalist informer admits Finucane murder
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Northern_Ireland/Story/
0,2763,1303587,00.html


A former police special branch informer today pleaded guilty to the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.
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Ken Barrett, a loyalist paramilitary at the time of the killing, broke into Finucane's home in February 1989 and shot him 14 times in front of his wife and three children. He is expected to be sentenced on Friday.
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The guilty plea will increase calls for a public inquiry into allegations that solicitor Finucane, who had defended several prominent Republicans, was murdered with the collaboration of the police and military intelligence.


15年間何がどう動いていたのかは,記事をお読みください。全部じゃないけど,一応書いてあります。続きを読む
posted by nofrills at 23:41| todays_news_from_uk/northern_ireland | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

英国の銃。

BBCのサイトを見てたら,偶然にも銃関連の記事が2つ。

記事1)Dunblane teenager takes US Open
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3650524.stm

記事2)Shot boy was 'mistaken for fox'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/
3649160.stm


記事1は,今年の全米オープンテニスのジュニア(って言うのかしら?)男子で優勝したスコットランド出身の選手が,1996年に銃乱射事件があった小学校の卒業生,という内容。

記事2は,デヴォンでキツネ狩りの最中に,13歳の男の子が銃で撃たれて死んでしまったのは,キツネだと誤認されたことが原因,という内容。続きを読む
posted by nofrills at 12:30| todays_news_from_uk | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

英国高官,北朝鮮訪問中。

先週はかなりばたばたしていたので記事読んだだけだったんですが,英国のForeign Office minister(←英外務省の場合「大臣」はministerではなくSecretaryなのでジャック・ストローではない:日本語の記事によると「政務次官」)が北朝鮮を訪問してます。

で,そのministerが「あの爆発は何だったのか説明を」と言ってる,という記事。
UK demands N Korea explain blast
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/
3648988.stm


chief human rights expertがministerに同行してるんですね。続きを読む
posted by nofrills at 09:35| todays_news_from_uk | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする
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