The Week in Words

 In News


We’re revisiting our old weekly news summaries: gems of wisdom and absolute rubbish, together at last under one clichéd heading. What’s not to love?

“We have to hope. If Japan falls to pieces, our society will be finished. We have to muddle through.”
– Aspiring teacher Yuto Tanaka, 19, is one of many who feel that social systems need to change for Japan’s currently foggy future to be secure

“Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model department.'”
– Harsh words about US President Obama’s teenage daughters from a Republican aide, who has now resigned

“In theory, if we were to let HIV run its course then we would see a human population emerge that was more resistant to the virus than we collectively are today – HIV infection would eventually become almost harmless.”
– Virologist Jonathan Ball on a new study that says HIV strains seem to be weakening against our immune systems

“This will institute rigorous new standards and robust safeguards to help end racial profiling once and for all.”
– In the wake of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, US Attorney General Eric Holder describes his plan to guarantee justice for all

“Lagoon technology has the potential to provide predictable long-term green energy with an investment lasting over a century…The UK has a great indigenous tidal resource, the second biggest in the world, and we have the potential to become world leaders.”
– UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey on a plan to harness hydroelectric power off the Wales coast

“Aid is political. Politics causes competition. Competition creates havoc.”
– Harry Thompson of the Holmes Chapel school explains to the Guardian how humanitarian aid can be a tricky thing

“Policymakers and researchers in Africa have declared the rising youth unemployment in the continent a ‘time bomb’ that should be quickly ‘defused’ using appropriate policies and initiatives before it ‘detonates’ and wreaks havoc on the continent.”
– Nigerian newspaper THISDAY says Africa’s youth unemployment numbers are explosive. An impending population bubble of young people won’t help matters

“Resentment is guaranteed at Lima.”
– John Vidal’s bleak outlook on the climate change summit yesterday held in Peru

“I apologize if I’ve offended anyone. The post was meant to be anti-racist with humour. Not all Mexicans have moustache, not all black people jump high and not all Jewish people love money”.
– Liverpool footballer Mario Balotelli gets in trouble for a tweet that, though attempting not to be racist, was racist

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