Jeffrey T. Lewis – The Wall Street Journal, 6/3/2014
The two main candidates challenging Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in the October elections have criticized her government’s policies regarding the sugar-derived fuel ethanol.
Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party and Eduardo Campos of the Brazilian Socialist Party trail Ms. Rosseff in opinion polls, though some recent surveys have shown them gaining ground.
Mr. Neves promised to give ethanol greater importance in the country’s energy sector and to use government policy to promote innovation in the industry. Ms. Rousseff’s energy policy has made many mistakes that are hurting the ethanol industry, according to Mr. Neves.
Here’s an uncomfortable truth confronting Chinese President Xi Jinping: It’s 2014, but the pro-democracy, pro-rights sentiments that manifested across China as demonstrations in 1989 are still alive and well.
For 25 years, the Chinese government has tried to expunge the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen massacre from history to deny people inside the country any knowledge of the event. And as the second largest economy in the world, Olympic host, and U.N. Security Council member, Beijing has also maintained to the outside world that June 4 is “much ado about nothing” and a “strictly internal affair.”
Beijing’s strategy of suppression has proved successful in some quarters. Many in China have generally focused on getting ahead economically while staying away from politics. But in other quarters, the strategy has produced the opposite…
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Our spiritual well-being is important to our overall well-being. When our spirits are calm and at peace, our bodies benefit.
The Bible tells us, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) Inspirational music, reading, and praying out loud can all help us do that, but there should also be times when we commune with the Lord in silence. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
The goal of this spiritual exercise is to bring peace to your spirit by taking 10 or 15 minutes for silent reflection.
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. You may want to read a Psalm or listen to or sing a hymn or gospel song to clear your mind of other business and help you “enter into His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4) Then reflect on one or more…
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