May 17, 2007

TOP STORIES * May 10-16

Trouble Follows Korea Bride Business

Business is booming for commercial marriage brokers in South Korea, where a surfeit of bachelors seek brides from Vietnam, China, and the Philippines. Some agencies even arrange a five- day package tour which includes a lineup of women to choose from, as well as a wedding ceremony and one-night honeymoon.

But beatings, alcoholism and divorce are also on the rise, and one legislator has sponsored a bill prohibiting “reckless matchmaking” by commercial agencies.

Depressed? The Army Wants You

An undercover reporter in Tennessee was told by staff in three different Army offices that concealing his use of the anti- depressant Zoloft would enable him to avoid being disqualified as a potential recruit. Now, a local Congressman has asked for a federal investigation into what he says could be a nationwide practice by Army recruiters.

Prejudice, Abuse in India’s Top Medical School

Dalit, or “untouchable,” students in India’s premiere medical school say teachers and students alike discriminate against them. They say they are beaten, segregated in dorms and dining halls, and given failing grades based on their social background.

State-funded schools are required by law to admit a significant percentage of Dalits, who make up about 25 percent of India’s population.

Sources:

“International marriages — and divorces — surge in S. Korea”
Agence France-Presse, May 11, 2007

“Reports: Army recruiters said lie”
Associated Press, May 11, 2007

“India: Low-caste Hindus at top hospital treated as untouchables”
Asian Age, May 11, 2007

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