Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

New Understanding, No More Child Marriage, China and Trade, Plant Opportunity, Improve Rural Living

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

New Understanding, No More Child Marriage, China and Trade, Plant Opportunity, Improve Rural Living

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Arab News / Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

New understanding

"Long overdue but certainly welcome are a set of new laws drafted for review by the Shoura Council that criminalizes racism, bigotry, religious intolerance," writes Sabria S. Jawhar. "The proposed legislation sends a strong message to religious leaders and social media commentators that ridiculing tribes, individuals and promoting division among Muslims can lead to prison sentences.... This is a bold legislation for Saudi Arabia.... But it's also a pointed message to other countries that Saudi Arabia is willing to take a hard line against racism and bigotry and religious intolerance. We should keep in mind, though, that laws on the books are all fine and good.... Yet these laws mean nothing without execution."

Daily Observer / Gambia

No more child marriage

"The recent passing into law of a bill criminalising child marriage in The Gambia has received plaudits from virtually all sectors and corners of the country...," states an editorial. "[W]hile some parents would argue that, the intent and purpose of such arranged or sometimes forced marriages was merely in the best interest of the girl child, they were in fact negating the wellbeing of the girl(s) knowingly or unknowingly.... [T]aking a young girl out of school in preference of marriage, usually to some wealthy man, is both counterproductive and dangerous at a time when the role of the woman in the advancement of nation-states is under scrutiny more than ever before."

China Daily / Beijing

China and trade

"The decision by the European Commission ... to abolish its 'non- market economy' list, which includes China, is a halfway house, if not a means of expediency, when it comes to trade relations with China...," states an editorial. "The [European Union] should realize that protectionist measures to make Chinese imports more costly are not the solution.... Its problems stem from the declining competitiveness of its enterprises and its need for economic structural adjustments. …

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