More evidence of child labor at the Commonwealth Games

As if the pressure was not mounting enough on India's mismanagement of the upcoming Commonwealth Games -- highlighted recently by a FP photo essay -- CNN uncovers fresh evidence that child labor is being extensively used to "beautify" and build for the games.

Knowledge and reports of the practice have been documented from early on this year, but the Indian government is apparently not completely aware of what is going on at its own construction sites. According to the CNN article,

"The [government] minister... went on to say that ‘she had wished' somebody would have come and told her of the allegations."

While this may be true, child labor is pervasive in India, and some argue it is better than the alternatives. Perhaps the government was really just looking out for the children.

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Swiss finance minister gets a case of the giggles

A lot of this is probably lost on those of us who can't speak German, but it's still pretty fun to watch. Outgoing -- and controversial -- Swiss finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz was speaking in parliament about regulations on the import of cured meats when, according to the Associated Press, he began "convulsing with laughter at the unintelligible bureaucratic language in his script."

I guess a guy can only discuss meat importation for so long before losing a grip on sanity.