More On China and Values (Or Lack of Them)

An interesting post in The Diplomat today (12 May 2014). That’s not uncommon, btw. The title of the post resonates with something I’ve been thinking about: “Africa and China’s Values Deficit“. The post is a loose review of a new book, China’s Second Continent (I haven’t read it) by Howard French which describes China’s recent investment […]

China: “Norwegians Behave Badly”

Ever since the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2010 Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, compounding the grievous insult of the Dali Lama receiving the prize in 1989, China has kept Norway, both government representatives and private citizens, at arms length. China’s imports of Norwegian salmon, once constituting 90% of their salmon imports, fell to […]

Develop to Destruction

“Around the world ‘development’ is robbing tribal people of their land, self-sufficiency and pride and leaving them with nothing.” This simple statement introduces a hilarious (at first) 2-minute animated movie that describes how cultures are destroyed in the name of economic development. From Survival International. The movie is called “There You Go”. Actual examples abound. […]

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More On The Fake Sign-Language Interpreter

Slavoj Žižek in The Guardian, has, I believe, penetrated the laughter, outrage, posturing and other noisy responses to hear the true message of the fake sign-interpreter at the Mandela memorial: Those of us who hear well and do not understand sign language assumed that his gestures had meaning, although we were not able to understand […]

Stuff We Probably Should Think About

We’re easily distracted. Some things matter more than others and we should keep those in mind, as much as we can without sacrificing daily mindfulness. So here’s a list of current events that may matter: There’s a brutal conflict in Syria, still. Once an uprising, now it’s all-out civil war with all of the accompanying […]