Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The life and death of farmer Hans

The life and death of farmer Hans by Freek Staps

The credit crunch has many victims. Some have lost their homes, other their jobs. And some, like Dutch immigrant Jelle Hans Reitsma in California, have even lost their lives.

On the last Friday before Christmas, 41-year-old Roxanne Reitsma woke up with a start. It was only 4.20 a.m. but her husband Jelle Hans was not lying next to her.
In normal times, this wouldn't have worried her. Jelle Hans Reitsma (37) was in the habit of getting up before dawn to inspect his 18,000 cows or to check on the dozens of workers who keep his farm in Corcoran, California, running day and night.

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Tibet; 50 years under Chinese rule

After a half century of repressive Chinese occupation, Tibetans all over Tibet are rising up to demand their freedom and human rights.
But China has sent extra security troops yesterday to Tibet to guard 'its international borders'. Today it will be 50 years since the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans, fled to India following a failed uprising against Chinese rule. China wants to prevent the anniversary from being used for what it calls "sabotage activities". The 10th of March marks also the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising of 1959, when more than 86,000 Tibetans were slaughtered by Chinese troops. More info herrreee

Day Opening - March 10



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