Laws Banning Kids from Playing Video Game, Hacking as a Form of Protest, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Contraceptives, Yemen's Brain Drain, US-Russian Alliance Agaisnst Islamic State

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Laws Banning Kids from Playing Video Game, Hacking as a Form of Protest, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Contraceptives, Yemen's Brain Drain, US-Russian Alliance Agaisnst Islamic State


Editors, The Christian Science Monitor


The Korea Herald / Seoul, South KoreaLaws should fight Internet addiction among youth

"The government announced [recently] that children aged 15 or under will be allowed to play online games after midnight, if they have their parents' approval. This will only expose our children to greater risk of computer game addiction...," states an editorial. Under current law, those 15 and under are banned from playing video games between midnight and 6 a.m. "A recent survey found nearly 12 percent of those aged 19 or under are addicted to the Internet. Many of them are frequent, longtime players of online games and they fail to abandon the addictive habit as they grow older.... Few parents, except for those who want their children to become professional gamers, would be happy to see their children sitting in front of the monitor until the early morning...."

Dawn / Karachi, PakistanHacking as a form of protest hurts those it attempts to help

"[H]ackers ... have attacked hundreds of local websites belonging to the government, media and security forces. The weeklong campaign rendered many sites temporarily inaccessible...," states an editorial. "While the role that hacktivism and online data leaks play in exposing corruption and human rights violations has been applauded worldwide ... the ongoing hacking spree targeting local sites is hardly worthy of praise.... [T]he public interest does not translate to leaking thousands of bank records, names, [and] contact information ... of [people] unrelated to the political crisis.... If those undertaking this hacking campaign are doing so under the misguided notion that they are raising political awareness, the attacks could at best be labelled mischief with unintended but potentially dangerous results."

El Universal / Mexico CityA plan to break the cycle of poverty with contraceptives

"The federal government will resume campaigns to prevent unwanted pregnancies...," states an editorial about a new family planning program called Prospera designed to introduce contraceptives to rural communities and end teen pregnancy. "The fight against poverty requires a comprehensive approach. It is a multi-factorial problem [and teen pregnancy] is one of the factors that affect those who live in extreme poverty. …

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