China's Confucius Institutes are propaganda machinesToronto's recently opened Confucius Institute is designed to promote the development of Chinese language education by expanding the opportunities for students to learn Mandarin and understand the culture, history and traditions of China.
But in reality, instructors are trained to self-censor topics that are politically taboo in China.
This scandal is making many waves here in Toronto. It shows how the Chinese government is completely out of touch with democratic sensibilities of Western countries.
Global Coal Usage Reaches 44 Year HighEarlier this week, BP issued its annual "Statistical Review of World Energy" report. According to the report, coal was the fastest-growing fossil fuel worldwide last year, and "coal's share of global primary energy consumption reached 30.1 percent, the highest since 1970".
Despite a decrease in coal usage by North America and Europe over the past several years (due in large part to cheaper natural gas), global coal consumption has risen to new highs, driven by the growing and power-hungry markets of China and India. And, as might be expected, worldwide carbon emissions grew again last year, by another 2.1 percent.