News from Asia

News from Asia:

1) The Burmese government says they’ll release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi tomorrow. She’s been under various forms of detention for the last twelve years.

2) Scores of Chinese people, in an effort to gain a few inches of height, are choosing to undergo a drastic procedure to lenghthen their legs.

3) Paul Francis Gadd, also known as Gary Glitter, is holed up in Cambodia.

Al Gore’s NYT op-ed

Today’s New York Times features an op-ed by Al Gore. In it, he argues that President Bush’s energy policy caters to the American oil and chemical industries.

Many op-eds carrying politicians’ names are really written by their staffers. But this one seems to have actually been penned by Gore himself–check out this whopper of an opening sentence: “Under the presidency of George W. Bush, the environmental and energy policies of our government are completely dominated by a group of current and former oil and chemical company executives who are trying to dismantle America’s ability to force them to reduce the extremely dangerous levels of pollution in the earth’s atmosphere.”

CNet on how to charge for Web content

CNet News is running an interesting piece about how to charge for content on the Web–and get people to pay for it. “I do not look at the Web as a broadcast medium that relies mostly on advertising,” says Michael Schutzler, the CEO of Classmates.com. “Rather, I think the Web is a direct-marketing medium. This is what a magazine is. For a magazine to survive, it needs multiple revenue streams, such as annual subscriptions and advertising.”