#1 – CHINA led by President Hu. A nation of 1.3 Billion People
President Hu Jintao
A news/propaganda portal with links to informative articles and videos (in English) of how China is dealing with its people and the world today. The president of China, Hu JinTao, is a relatively young Chinese leader (late 60s), grew up in a poor family, became an hydroelectronic engineer, and then became a very successful Chinese politician. He won Time’s Man of the Year in 2007.
Below the fold, is information for non-residents on how to study or work or visit in China, how to marry someone from China and how to adopt a Chinese child.
It has no interactive features such as requesting emails or comments that I could find.
The religious page gives insights into how the Chinese Government views religion. Religion appears to be seen as something that has been brought to China – first by the Buddhists in the first century (from India) and became the prominent religion. Islam (from Saudi Arabia) came to China in the seventh century, as did Catholicism (also from other countries). Finally Protestant Christianity reached China in the early nineteenth century. There is finally Taoism, China’s only indigenous religion. There are 1,500 Taoist temples, compared to 46,400 places of Christian worship.
#2 – INDIA led by President Pratibha Patil. A nation of 1.15 billion people.
This is a very nice site featuring a nice quote:
I am deeply committed to the cause of education and would like to see every person, man and woman, boy and girl, be touched by the light of modern education. Empowerment of women is particularly important to me as I believe this leads to the empowerment of the nation
and a friendly button on the lower left that says “Write To Me” with a small picture of the president of India on it. The dates on the press releases are in DD.MM.YYYY so I first thought they were old (since I am used to MM.DD.YYYY), but they are not.
#3 – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA led by President Barach Obama – a nation of 300 million people.
This is an informative website that currently centers around the White House blog and Obama’s weekly address. There is interesting information about Obama’s approach to faith.
I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I’ve ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done.
I didn’t become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck – no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God’s spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose – His purpose.
There is a “Contact Us” button on each page. President Obama does not want perishable gifts such as food or flowers. He asks that you send those to your local community center instead.
A government news portal. A little slow to load. There is an interactive map, that is slow to load and gave me Indonesian text.
Brazil, like India, has a very pretty site. It prominantly features a photograph of a huge statue of Jesus with His arms open wide.