China: Challenges and Commitment

Written by Stephen Sullivan

China is a huge place, of that there is no doubt. With over 1.3 billion people it faces enormous pressures and challenges that onlyrepparttar people of Asia andrepparttar 132448 subcontinent can truly understand.

This was brought home to me again recently when talking to a Kazakh friend of mine in Shanghai aboutrepparttar 132449 Avarian “Bird” disease currently threatening China. All this very intelligent and educated man could offer as torepparttar 132450 why’s and where’s wasrepparttar 132451 intonation “too many people, too many people”

This ‘analysis” may sound simplistic torepparttar 132452 scientists and medical experts who attempt to understand and containrepparttar 132453 spread of this disease but, sometimes, simple analysis is best.

China has huge problems as a result of population pressure. People need to be fed, employed, clothed, warmed, transported and made to feel secure. Asrepparttar 132454 P.R.C. officials have said on countless occasions, in part justification of it’s Human Rights record, is thatrepparttar 132455 idea of widespread unrest and lawlessness in a country withrepparttar 132456 populationrepparttar 132457 size of China’s is unthinkable.

China is starving for fuel, it is short of many resources, it is sinking in it’s own pollution, hygiene is poor and it’s environment and natural resources are being degraded at a rapid rate. The threat of Avarian disease, SARS or any number of untold other diseases is very, very real.

Add to thisrepparttar 132458 challenge of having 56 ethnic groups within it’s boundaries and large representations ofrepparttar 132459 major world religions, often than not, very different in ideology and outlook to each other.

The sum result is an unbelievable challenge for any government and, one that you can not help but think, would be beyondrepparttar 132460 capabilities of a totally democratic government inrepparttar 132461 Westminster style.

As commentators and analysts, especially those of us with a Human Rights bent, we can so easily fall intorepparttar 132462 trap of, for want of better words, “China Bashing”. That very comfortable zone where it is easy to provide criticism but rarely put forward solutions.

The P.R.C. say that we are witnessingrepparttar 132463 birth of a “New China”, a China that will take her place inrepparttar 132464 world as an equal and be able to hold her head high inrepparttar 132465 company of her peers.

Protecting Our Vulnerable Elders "That Horrible Lady"

Written by Barbara Mascio

Ruth has lived quiterepparttar life, one full of its ups and downs. She is quick to point out that she has learned to seerepparttar 132447 good in everything. That is untilrepparttar 132448 subject of ‘that horrible lady’ comes up.

Ruth isrepparttar 132449 matriarch of a dear and loving family, though she doesn’t see them as often as she would like.

“Sincerepparttar 132450 children moved from Parma to start their own lives, it’s hard. They are so busy …”

Ruth wasrepparttar 132451 primary care provider for her husband Henry until he passed away in 1997. Ruth has spent most of her life as a care provider, always giving. She wasrepparttar 132452 eldest of five children, ‘… in those days, it was expected thatrepparttar 132453 daughters help withrepparttar 132454 younger ones and withrepparttar 132455 household chores…’ she reminisced with me as we leafed throughrepparttar 132456 family photo album.

Ruth is 87 years old this year and has been living alone since 1997. She is in good health, howeverrepparttar 132457 daily chores aroundrepparttar 132458 home were becoming increasingly difficult. She decided to hire help. Ruth turned to her church bulletin and found a ‘Home Care Company’ advertised.

“The ad was inrepparttar 132459 church bulletin, I assumed this was a good company,” her voice cracking fromrepparttar 132460 pain and embarrassment this service eventually caused her.

Ruth is not alone inrepparttar 132461 fact that she is widowed and lives alone. According torepparttar 132462 ‘2002 A Profile of Older Americans’ published byrepparttar 132463 Administration on Aging ( 41% of women age 65 and over, are widowed and live alone.

Unfortunately, Ruth is also not alone inrepparttar 132464 fact that she became victim to fraud. According to U.S. Senator Larry Craig, ranking member ofrepparttar 132465 U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, ‘Vulnerable elders are being abused, neglected and exploited within their own homes and communities at an a alarming rate.’ But, not in Parma, right? Wrong.

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