Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Protests in Hong Kong, Digital Gap in Argentina's Education, Dangers of Being a Witness in Pakistan, and Liberia's Reaction to US Aiding in the Fight against Ebola

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Protests in Hong Kong, Digital Gap in Argentina's Education, Dangers of Being a Witness in Pakistan, and Liberia's Reaction to US Aiding in the Fight against Ebola

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China Daily / Beijing'Illegal' protests paralyze Hong Kong

"A group of political extremists made good on their threat to paralyze Hong Kong's central business district by kicking off their illegal 'Occupy Central' campaign on [Sept. 28]...," states an editorial. " 'Occupy' advocates have had to resort to the pretext of 'popular will' since realizing they have negligible legal and moral grounds for fighting for an electoral mechanism outside the legal framework. They are doing this with threats of taking Hong Kong's economic well-being and social stability hostage.... [T]he Occupy organizers are trying to take advantage of the students' idealism and enthusiasm for promoting democratic advancement in the city.... With this latest trick to manipulate the will of others, the political extremists in the city have completely exposed the opportunistic nature of their endeavors."

The Guardian / LondonStudents admirably fight for democracy

"The Chinese can't say they weren't warned. Everybody with even an ounce of common sense told Beijing and its local satraps in Hong Kong that their transparent attempt to fix the election of the next chief executive of that territory by ensuring that only vetted candidates could stand was likely to blow up in their faces," states an editorial. "So it has proved, with police ... battling student demonstrators whose admirable commitment to democracy seems to have surprised the government.... There is stress [in pro-Chinese media] on 'illegality' and the culpability of citizens who 'do not love China'.... The democratic forces are not, however, anti-Beijing. They want democracy because they believe in it as a principle."

Buenos Aires Herald / Buenos AiresDigital gap keeps education system from advancing

"One of the main problems [with Argentina's education system] is a digital gap which prevents today's schooling from entering the 21st century and nor is this at all easy when the traditional educational hierarchy would be upset by embracing a technology where the schoolchildren are more at home than the teachers...," states an editorial. "[T]he main question is whether high standards geared to the science and technology of the future should be implacably maintained with a view to long-term social advance or whether the social inequalities making any curriculum abstract will first have to be remedied to make that education possible. …

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