China’s economic growth drops

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China’s economic growth has made some headlines recently. According to the Huffington Post, “The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.4 percent from a year earlier in the January-March quarter, down from the previous quarter’s 7.7 percent, government data showed Wednesday. It matched a mini-slump in late 2012 for the weakest growth since the 2008-09 global crisis.”

Whether this news is a good or bad thing depends on whom you ask. Whether this is good or bad news for China may also depend on whom you ask… or rather, what you read.

BBC’s headliner gives the impression that this growth is a positive one, saying, “China’s economy grows 7.4% in 2014 Q1, better than forecast.” While the Wall Street Journal paints a different picture with a headline that reads “China’s Growth Struggles.”

They give different opinions from different “experts.” Wall Street Journal remarks, “Some analysts worry the country is vulnerable to a property market collapse and explosion of bad bank loans.” While BBC notes “A sluggish start for the year is not uncommon, due to the Lunar New Year holiday when many businesses and factories shut down operations for about two weeks.”

But once you get down to the nitty gritty, both articles give much of the same information and express positives and negatives about China’s economy.

China Daily seemed to have a strong mix of both positive and negative points to make about the drop, and the story seemed balanced and fair. The story also mentioned “this is evidence that the economy is increasingly moving away from traditional reliance on investment and exports.”

Death Penalty to India Rape Case sends new message

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For the first time in India, the death penalty is being given to a convicted rapist while the victim still alive.

Headlines on many major news sites like CNN, BBC, and Al- Jazeera all read “three sentenced to death” following the new law that sets the death penalty if found guilty of more than one sexual assault.

All three news outlets reported on April 4th that three men had been sentenced to death following the gang rapes of two women in the city of Mumbai last year. Five men were involved; one is sentenced to life in prison and the last is facing a trial in juvenile court.

Violent crimes against women have been in the spotlight in India since late 2012, when a young woman was raped and beaten on a bus. This event spurred many public protests. The Indian media has since focused on these types of events and forced lawmakers to bring them to light as well.

Although the three articles said essentially the same thing, there was one quote on BBC that stood out among the rest. It was from Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi that said, “A loud and clear message needs to be sent to society.”

To me that implies that social change is truly happening in India through these trials. Not only are new, strict laws being created, but also being implemented and used to bring justice to women being raped. It’s sending a message to the entire society that these unlawful actions will not go unpunished.