Just seven years ago, state media reported only about half of China’s population spoke Mandarin, compared with about 70 percent today. — Reporter Ruth Morris, on China’s linguistic landscape.
The way people recall the Kennedy assassination? Colombians know where they were when government forces cornered and killed Escobar on a Medellin rooftop. — Yolanda Perdomo, wbez reporter on her memories of the death of Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
I was very encouraged and surprised to see the number of countries that are now performing in the top tier that also have significant levels of child poverty. They are the not the Nordic utopia of Finland that you hear about. — Amanda Ripley, journalist and author of “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way,” on today’s announcement of results from the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA).
China’s newly declared “air defense identification zone.” (Image courtesy of the BBC)
A Somali boy, a refugee, waits in a hotel lobby in Newark on December 11, 2009. He and his family would soon be assigned a room of their own and then begin their refugee resettlement process in the United States. (Photo: Gabriele Stabile)
Lately, Fouad Faris spends most of his time on the computer, scrolling and clicking on Facebook pages that offer news from Syria. He video-chats with friends and family who are now far-flung: some are in Syria, others are sheltered in places like Turkey and Jordan.
19 year old Fouad Faris carries a Free Syrian Army flag at a protest in Washington, D.C. against the Syrian military’s use of chemical weapons.
Faris fled his hometown of Aleppo, Syria, a year ago and moved in with his aunt and uncle in Shrewsbury, MA. He left behind bombs and tear gas, but also education, friends and family. For the past seven months, he’s been waiting for asylum and a chance to restart his life.