China is also building a hydropower plant in Laos, its neighbor and fellow Communist government. The U.S. literally can’t afford to do this kind of thing anymore. Just keep putting the war on the national credit card with money from China, who’s busy building goodwill around the globe by working on projects like this. Terrible suffering continues in China with the unusually severe winter weather. Many people greeted the New Year without power, and some were unable to even get home on the nation’s stressed rail system. Speaking of New Year’s, the story of Tibetan New Year. After the recent suicide bombing in the main train station of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, the army has stepped up it offensive against Tamil rebels in the country’s north, using jet fighters and speedboats. No end in site to the war that has claimed 60,000 (Reuters says 70,000) lives in more than twenty years of fighting. Is cloned food that bad? A plea to cut down on the hysteria on both sides and take the middle path. A former Buddhist temple in Japan is now enjoying a new life as a community center, complete with hot springs.