Archive for the 'English Corner' Category

US blogger jailed for insulting Thai king

Posted on December 9 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Joe Gordon sentenced for posting excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol on the internet. A US citizen has been jailed for two and a half years by Thai authorities for translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting them online. Joe Gordon, a Colorado resident who was born in […]

Gupta: I hadn’t cried since I was a child ( video)

Posted on December 8 2011 by CNN / IM

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta often reports from areas where tragedy has struck and hope, even in normal times, can be hard to come by. Knowing he will eventually leave can bring guilt and heartache, he says.     This post was submitted by CNN / IM.

Police probe Papua mine murders ( video)

Posted on December 8 2011 by Al Jazeera / IM

Rights activists accuse security personnel of killings, but government blames independence movement. A series of unsolved murders on the private property of one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines in Indonesia’s far east has left nine people dead since September. Government authorities blame fighters belonging to an armed Papua independence movement for the killings, but […]

President Obama Speaks on the Economy ( video)

Posted on December 7 2011 by The White House / IM

President Obama in his remarks at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kansas said, this is not just another political debate. This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. Because what’s at stake is […]

Citi plans 4,500 layoffs

Posted on December 7 2011 by James O'Toole / CNN

NEW YORK — Citigroup will lay off roughly 4,500 employees over the next few months, CEO Vikram Pandit said Tuesday, as Wall Street continues to bleed jobs amid tough economic times. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Financial Services Conference in New York on Tuesday afternoon, Pandit said the cuts would come over the next few […]

UK dares hackers to ‘crack the code’ ( Video)

Posted on December 6 2011 by CNN/ IM

Her Majesty’s Secret Service is going high tech and is looking for the UK’s best computer hackers to lead the way. This post was submitted by CNN/ IM.

Earth’s twin discovered beyond solar system

Posted on December 6 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

A NASA team has found a small planet best positioned to have liquid water but has yet to determine whether it is solid. The most Earth-like planet ever discovered is circling a star 600 light years away, a key finding in an ongoing quest to learn if life exists beyond Earth, scientists have said. The […]

Stem cell therapy poised to come in from the cold

Posted on December 5 2011 by Toni Clarke and Deena Beasley / CNN

A rogue surgeon injects stem cells from a fetus into a sick man’s brain. The cells morph and form body parts. When the man dies, the pathologist finds cartilage, skin and bone clumped in his brain. The scene is not from a horror movie; it happened to Max Truex, a former Olympic runner who suffered […]

Freedom University: studying in secret ( video)

Posted on December 5 2011 by Michael Schulder / CNN
Undocumented students attending class at Freedom University

Editor’s Update: In the hours since we first reported this story, there have been significant developments. The University Council at the University of Georgia voted to pass a resolution which opposes the Board of Regents policy passed last fall. The policy forbids undocumented students from attending five of its top public universities. It’s a symbolic win for […]

Indonesians light up with biomass stove ( video)

Posted on December 1 2011 by Step Vaessen / Al Jazeera

New invention uses a fifth of wood and other natural materials normally consumed to cook a meal. Thousands of Indonesians are making their own contribution in the fight against climate change by cooking with a type of stove that does not use kerosene or gas. The inventor says the biomass stove, being cheap and easy to […]

The First Lady Previews the 2011 White House Holiday Decorations (video)

Posted on November 30 2011 by The White House / IM

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families for a first peek at the White House holiday decorations.     This post was submitted by The White House / IM.

‘Jetman’ flies with real jets ( video)

Posted on November 30 2011 by CNN/ IM

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s “Jetman” and this time he’s flying alongside real jets. This post was submitted by CNN/ IM.

The White House Christmas Tree Arrives ( video)

Posted on November 28 2011 by The White House / IM

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama received the official White House Christmas tree. The tree, a 19-foot balsam fir, arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. It will be decorated in honor of military families. This year’s tree came from Schroeder’s Forevergreens in Wisconsin, a member […]

China Defends Naval Drills in Western Pacific

Posted on November 28 2011 by VOA / IM

Chinese state media say a planned naval exercise that is causing concern in Japan is not related to recent maritime tensions in the Pacific region. Japan’s defense ministry reported Wednesday that six Chinese naval vessels have crossed between two of its islands into the western Pacific Ocean. The NHK television network said one of the […]

Euro Crisis Prompts Italian Village to Declare Independence

Posted on November 27 2011 by Henry Ridgwell /VOA
A general view of Filettino, Italy, a small town 70 km east of Rome that is trying to go independent and mint its own money in protest against government austerity cuts, August 2011. (file photo)

Photo: Reuters A general view of Filettino, Italy, a small town 70 km east of Rome that is trying to go independent and mint its own money in protest against government austerity cuts, August 2011. (file photo) Italy’s tough austerity drive includes plans to force local authorities to merge, in a bid to rein in […]

‘Do Nothing’ Option for US Deficit Reduction Explored

Posted on November 26 2011 by Michael Bowman / VOA

Hopes were dashed this week for bold congressional action to slow the growth of America’s $15 trillion national debt. A special bipartisan committee failed to agree on ways to trim the deficit by $1.2 trillion. But if Congress has shown itself incapable of boldly addressing the U.S. fiscal woes, consider this: current law, if unchanged, […]

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