A growing number of impoverished Pakistani children are turning to radical madrasas for schooling, writes the NYT, due to a lack of other options. Sources tell the paper they're worried that the rise of madrasas in Pakistan will be followed by a growing number of suicide bombers, as it was in Punjab.
Beneath the fold, the WP considers the plight of French winemakers who say they've been sold out by their own government. French officials voted in favor of an EU resolution that would allow European wineries to sell a mixture of red and white wines as "rosé." It turns out that a rosé's pinkish hue is traditionally produced by soaking grape skins in juice before fermentation. That delicate procedure tends to inflate costs, however, and officials say they need to keep European wines competitively priced. No word on what the new mixtures will taste like or how they'll compare with traditional rosés.
What's the correct term to describe the conflict in Sudan? The LAT explores why some international bodies have stopped short of calling the mass killing of tribesmen in the Darfur region "genocide." The paper argues that the difference is much more than petty semantics, since accusing the Sudanese of genocide makes it much easier to raise humanitarian aid but also makes it harder to force an end to the conflict. Once it's generally accepted that a government is guilty of genocide, writes the LAT, it becomes difficult for anyone to accept a compromise or broker a deal with the offending government.
The WSJ fronts a report that lenders are charging higher fees and instituting tighter limits on revolving lines of credit for businesses. The paper takes the news as a sign that credit is flowing again, but lenders are still worried about defaults.
From the paradox file: The NYT reports that after years of (mostly) fruitless negotiations, many Western media companies have all but given up on marketing their content in China and have begun to look at India instead. India has nearly as many people and far fewer government restrictions, making it a more attractive investment. As a result, some executives say, Chinese officials have begun to be more receptive to Western overtures, if only out of a need to compete with their Indian rivals.
The NYT fronts the outrage of a Pennsylvania Pontiac dealer coping with the news that GM is shuttering the storied brand.
It's no secret that late-night comedians like Jay Leno and David Letterman rely on writers to come up with fresh material each night, but according to the LAT, not all their writers are on staff. Freelancers typically get $75-$100 a pop for topical humor, which is a pittance by union standards, but many struggling comedians are happy to do it with hopes that the experience will help them land a better gig elsewhere.