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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Commonwealth Games becomes a "Filthy game" !

Commonwealth Games in India Bridge Collapse

YouJudgeThis | September 21, 2010 - Building Work behind schedule. Areas uninhabitable. Police say 23 injured.

.....NZ questions if New Delhi Games will go ahead

Photographs expose athletes' village 

The poor conditions at the athletes' vilalge

The state of the athletes' village has caused concern among participating nations

The full extent of the poor conditions at the Commonwealth Games athletes' village in India has been exposed in photographs seen by BBC Sport.
The pictures, taken in the last two days, show dirty bathrooms, animal footprints on beds, exposed wiring and flooding outside the buildings.

Monday, September 20, 2010

"The United States of America Has Gone Mad"

John le Carré: September 20, 2010

"The United States of America Has Gone Mad"

While John le Carré is famous for his spy novels, he wrote a widely read antiwar essay in 2003 titled "The United States of America Has Gone Mad." He reads an excerpt.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Indians, Asians - the want to be white!

A whiter shade of pale - India's skin-whitening cosmetic industry is worth billions of dollars and growing, but not all of the products are safe.

02 Sep 2010. Aljazeera - In India, real beauty is proving to be skin deep with a massive growth in the sale of skin-whitening creams.

India's obsession with pale skin has created a billion-dollar industry, with predictions it will grow in 2010 by 25 per cent.

Endorsed by top Bollywood stars in TV ads, marketers lure consumers with a bewildering supply of products that promote fair skin that they promote with bring romance or a new job after the user becomes markedly fairer.

Skin-lightening products aimed at Indian men are also booming with marketers constantly adding new products including whitening soaps, moisturisers and aftershaves.

The desire for pale skin has deep roots in India's complex caste-driven history. Those higher up the scale were typically fair-skinned while lower castes often worked outdoors and were darker skinned.

101 East looks at India's billion-dollar skin whitening industry and asks, can there be fairness in India, without fair skin?