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The New York Times Paywall

March 31st, 2011 2 comments

As many of you already know, the New York Times is now requiring people to “pay” for their content. Actually, it’s a little more complicated then that.  While NYT wants to realize additional revenues for their content, they also don’t want to chase away too many people and have the effect of reducing advertising revenue.  The wall is thus “leaky” by design. Read more…

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

March 31st, 2011 1 comment

This 20 minute video is worth watching if you have thought about how technology impacts education. A friend of mine who used to develop games at Electronic Arts is now writing software for Khan Academy. Their collection of ideas could have a significant impact in education. The organization has gotten Bill Gates very much excited too. Pay attention to the teachers dashboard. Pretty fascinating. Technology may finally make the type of inroads people have been predicting for the last few decades. Not because of technology per se, but because of the ideas.

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Maternity Tourism

March 29th, 2011 38 comments

The 14th Amendment legally makes any baby born in the United States an American citizen. This was originally legislated to make children of African American slaves legitimate in the United States. Since then, the law has been exploited by foreign nationals to gain foot-hold into the country. Illegal immigrants come to the U.S. for birthing and in turn use the babies’ status to gain legal residence.

Apparently, there is a rising wave of Chinese nationals exploiting the 14th Amendment too. The New York Times recently reported, “Arriving as Pregnant Tourists, Leaving With American Babies” where a San Gabriel, California residence was illegally converted for use as a nursery for such purposes. Following passage basically summarized the issue: Read more…

UCLA Girl Rant

March 28th, 2011 27 comments

Ok. So TonyP4 first brought up in the open comments this video of an anti-Asian rant that has become all the rage on the Internet and UCLA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Johj5WEYzZo

Here is a transcript (as found on youtube): Read more…

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Ding Shilu takes off on self-made $395 bike airplane

March 28th, 2011 6 comments

Pictures below are of auto mechanic, Ding Shilu, successfully taking off in his airplane built from recycled parts. Innovation is every bit about achieving things on the ‘cheap,’ especially in our world where we are consuming earth’s resources at alarming rates. I was especially impressed by his price tag.


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FAIR: “How Many Afghan Kids Need to Die to Make the News?”

March 26th, 2011 15 comments

Afghan children killed in the Afghan war (note: NOT from the March 1, 2011 U.S./NATO attack)

(Warning. Image on the left is graphic. Clicking on it will show a larger version of it. Seeing it has made me sick to my stomach.)

The U.N. reported in 2009 346 Afghan children were killed and more than half were killed by NATO, mostly through air strikes.

Just in the beginning of this month, nine Afghan children were killed by U.S./NATO helicopter attack in Kunar Province. Media watch-dog, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), has systemically documented the lack of coverage in the U.S. over this tragedy. I wondered if Americans are aware of the brutal deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan would they still support the bombings in Libya.

I just searched for images of children killed in the Afghan and Iraqi wars and saw some of them. If there is any real humanity in the Western media, they need to show these pictures, not just words justifying the wars. Without the images, Western citizens will continue to be apathetic to the horrific deaths the wars are causing. Below is analysis from FAIR: Read more…

Russia Today, former British intelligence officer, Annie Machon, on Libya

March 25th, 2011 12 comments

Russia Today interviews former British intelligence officer, Annie Machon, who gives illuminating analysis on the Libya situation. She peels the onion on the ‘West war trio’, oil, terrorists, Qadhafi, and other players.

Fukushima, dropped phone calls, and a three-minute summary of U.S. foreign policy

March 24th, 2011 8 comments

The three topics in the title are really disjoint. I have been wanting to blog about them over the last few days but decided to give a quick take on each in this post.

Seeing the mindless buying of salt in China, I am reminded in a land of 1.3 billion people, there must be at least some millions of lemmings. That being the case, I do believe at any moment in time, there will be enough lemmings heeding the calls of ‘democracy’ nut jobs from outside China for a Jasmine Revolution. 1.3 billion is a huge number. A small percentage of that is still a huge number, which can be critical mass for almost anything.
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Dalai Lama Retires…

March 22nd, 2011 60 comments

There is a lot going on in the world.  A natural disaster in Japan. Ravages of war from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestinian territories, to now Libya. The world is still in a recession. There is global warming. And population is still set to reach 9 billion by 2045.

Still I think there is still time for some comic relief. Obama made his NCAA picks last week.  And the Dalai Lama recently announced (as brought up recently in the Open Thread) that he is retiring from politics.

Dalai Lama – retiring from politics?

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Libya, what’s going on?

March 22nd, 2011 161 comments

Lately I have been trying to make sense of the U.S.-led coalition with Britain, Italy, and France bombing of Libya. Many in the West believe this bombing is for humanitarian purposes, but I disagree. The right way to deal with problems on the ground is to authorize U.N. troops to get into Libya and ensure no civilians are targeted by either Gadhafi or the rebel faction soldiers. NATO (fine, short of Germany) is not a humanitarian organization nor a peace organization. It is a military alliance.

The question is then why did Germany abstain from the ‘no-fly zone’ vote? It is interesting to note that China, Russia, India, and Brazil (the BRIC countries) all abstained from the vote. The remaining 10 of the 15 Security Council members, Bosnia, Colombia, France, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Britain and the U.S. voted in favor.
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Russia Today: Libya “Bombing not quite ‘no fly zone'”

March 20th, 2011 35 comments

CNN Reports China putting political differences aside to help Japan

March 18th, 2011 13 comments
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Chinese U.N. Ambassador to International Media, “You are the sixteenth member of the Security Council.”

March 17th, 2011 No comments

Ronda Hauben

Ronda Hauben

Ronda Hauben has an excellent article on how the international media can play a constructive role with United Nations in fostering peaceful relations between nations. Her article appeared in the the 4th Media. She is a correspondent at the United Nations for a number of media organizations.


“International Media ‘the 16th Member of the Security Council'”
Ronda Hauben
13:19 BeiJing Time,Thursday, March 17, 2011

“You are the sixteenth member of the Security Council.”
– China’s UN Ambassador Li Baodong speaking to the international media

In March, China took over the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month. As is the practice at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on March 2, the 2nd day of his presidency, Li Baodong, China’s Ambassador to the UN, held a press conference for journalists at the UN.(1) At the beginning of the press conference, he welcomed the media, saying that the media is the “sixteenth member of the Security Council.” (There are 15 member nations on the UN Security Council.) Read more…

Russia Today: “Tsunami wave spills over seawall, smashes boats, cars”

March 16th, 2011 20 comments

While watching it, my knees felt weak. In general, I feel the world is responding with support for the Japanese people. During the 2008 Sichuan 8.0 magnitude earthquake, I remember supportive reactions from around the world too. In our world seemingly full of conflict, it is kind of weird that it takes tragedies of this proportion to see the “good” in us. And I like this idea too.



James Fallows, “Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media”

March 16th, 2011 4 comments

James Fallows has just published an article, “Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media,” which I thought was really excellent. I don’t particularly care for his China articles, but Fallows is a veteran in the Western media business. It is a hefty read, but I highly recommend it, in its entirety. His intro below:

Everyone from President Obama to Ted Koppel is bemoaning a decline in journalistic substance, seriousness, and sense of proportion. But the author, a longtime advocate of these values, takes a journey through the digital-media world and concludes there isn’t any point in defending the old ways. Consumer-obsessed, sensationalist, and passionate about their work, digital upstarts are undermining the old media—and they may also be pointing the way to a brighter future.

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Premier Wen Jiabao reaffirms political and economic reforms

March 14th, 2011 29 comments

Premier Wen Jiabao reaffirms political and economic reforms

Premier Wen Jiabao reaffirms political and economic reforms (China Daily)

China Daily has just reported Premier Wen Jiabao reaffirming political and economic reforms. On the table are government transparency, creating conditions allowing people to criticize and supervise the government, and media being a watch-dog.

Given how Wu Bangguo’s speech was skewed by the BBC (see my prior post, “Wu Bangguo on ‘multi party rule’ ruffles some feathers in the West“), my gut feeling is that BBC will continue this narrative of Wen and Wu disagreeing. (If so, someone remind me to buy a copy of the paper so I can use it to wipe my butt.)
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TNN – Bahrain Revolution, Saudi Intervenes, US Ignores Abuses

March 14th, 2011 7 comments

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/0314/Saudi-troops-arrive-in-Bahrain-as-protests-escalate

Bahrain Revolution escalates, with Opposition majority Shiites protest against Ruling Sunni government block discrimination.

Bahrain deployed police, backed by Saudi police and government block supporters carrying guns and sticks, tried to disperse protesters, but were unable to.

The Entry of Saudi security forces to crack down on the protesters with deadly force is a complication for US policies, to say the least, since US is reluctant to criticize its oil ally dictators in the region.

(Or do the talk, but not the walk).

Long called the “Las Vegas” of the Middle East, Bahrain is home to the US 5th Fleet, as well as being a favored “sin city” type destination for the Rich Saudi’s, who are forbidden by Islamic laws at home from indulging in alcohol and prostitution, but who often vacation in Bahrain for these reasons.

Bahrain is ruled by Sunni’s who account for no more than 30% of the population, while the majority 70% Shiites are relegated to the status of 2nd class citizens.

One could only ask, where are the sanctions and no fly zones?

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TNN – Tilted News Network Debuts on HH.

March 14th, 2011 No comments

OK,

I realize now that I can’t fight CNN, because it’s apparent that the West is winning the ideological war based upon a mindset of active ignorance and sometimes complete shameless lying.  (But no, I’m not admitting defeat).

So, I’m debutting a CNN style news network, informally, here on HH.  I call it TNN, Tilted News Network.  It will publish articles in CNN style, complete with inaccurate reporting, erroneous photo captions, completely annonymous sourcing, outlandish assertions, and no fact checks at all, (focused on the West of course).
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“Democracy” Does Not Exist, Only An Empty Soapbox.

March 14th, 2011 24 comments

Since FOARP/Gilman Grundy (no relation to Super Villian “Solomon Grundy” of DC Comics) wrote a rather nonsensical piece of “The West Does Not Exist”, I think it fitting to raise a far more appropriate logic of “Democracy” Does Not Exist here in HH.

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Wu Bangguo on “multi party rule” ruffles some feathers in the West

March 14th, 2011 31 comments

Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, recently precautioned other Chinese leaders of “chaos unless correct path is taken.”

Wu’s key point is that China should not blindly follow others’ political systems for the sake of following. Rather, China should advance one suiting her own conditions.

He even pointedly said, “on the basis of China’s conditions, we’ve made a solemn declaration that we’ll not employ a system of multiple parties holding office in rotation.” Read more…

Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake Hits Japan

March 13th, 2011 21 comments

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011 in the northeastern coast, near Tokyo. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake was a massive 8.0, releasing about 15 megatons (of TNT) or 63.1 petajoules of energy equivalent. At 9.0, it is 474 megatons or 31 times that. (Wikipedia) Given Japan’s relatively earthquake-proof buildings, the resulting tsunami is what causing most of the damage. Japan’s foreign ministry has announced 69 governments pledging support as of today. China’s rescue team has also arrived with personnel and equipment to help find survivors. I just want to take this opportunity to offer condolences to the Japanese people. I was also moved today to see a group of volunteers at a local Chinese grocery store collecting donations for Japan. Some of them represented the The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. U.S. citizens can make tax-deductible donations to them through here. A summary of the earthquake situation can be found here.

A woman cries after learning that her mother was successfully rescued from a building following an earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011. (China Daily)

In Curbing Anti-Dumping, Chinese Companies Sued For Monopoly in US.

March 11th, 2011 2 comments
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“information freedom” vs real information freedom

March 10th, 2011 51 comments

Remember Hillary Clinton recently preaching Internet “freedom” and “information freedom?”

Have you just read my prior post where I examined a wrong mindset in the “West” thinking the rest of the world are lurking to “steal” their information?

You have one case of “information freedom” and another case of “information lock up” from the same direction. Both can’t possibly come from the same mouth; I say one must come from the butt.

raventhorn2000 has articulated the real issue beautifully here for us, and I just want to quote him:
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Toxic Products Double Talk, US Politicians Tried to Sell To China

March 9th, 2011 14 comments

Some say China has Quality problems with its manufacturing?

How about US?  Here are 2 US politicians, NOT merely looking the other way, but actually ACTIVELY pushing known bad products to China.  The same politicians who publicly criticized China for the “Made In China” quality problem.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/09/us-wiki-china-baxter-idUSTRE7287OR20110309?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

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“China & Industrial Espionage: When Will It End?” – a wrong mindset

March 9th, 2011 22 comments

I can accept this being an honest attempt at objectivity in talking about China, but invariably, this is a fallacy in the “Western” mindset I frequently see in the English language “China” blogs. Stan Abrams at China Hearsay recently published an article, “China & Industrial Espionage: When Will It End?” where he explains the Renault disputes are likely overblown and China thus unfairly accused.

Agreed.

However, he “justifies” these false Renault accusations by arguing a rise in Chinese espionage in recent years:
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Seiji Maehara, Japanese Foreign Minister resigns; for 250k Yen or Kuril Islands?

March 9th, 2011 7 comments

On March 6, 2011, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara resigned officially due to accepting donation from a Korean national. Most countries have laws banning officials from accepting foreign donations directly or indirectly. Obama was forced to return some donations in 2008 for this same reason. Maehara’s receiving of 250k Yen is paltry though, and I don’t think that is the true reason for his resignation.

It is generally known that Maehara is a Washington hawk. He takes a much more confrontational approach towards China, Russia, and North Korea. It is likely the mishandling of the Kuril Island dispute with Russia that is causing his resignation.
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The beginnings of a multi-currency monetary system for the world

March 8th, 2011 No comments

Zhang Monan

One of my favorite columnists for China Daily is Zhang Monan. She has a crisp picture of our world’s financial system. Her recent Op-Ed, “Rebalancing global economy,” lays out for us the benefits enjoyed by the U.S. for having the USD dominating the international monetary system. Precisely because the U.S. is diluting the value of the USD at the rest of the world’s expense, China, Russia, Europe, and generally rest of the world are now pushing for a multi-currency based system through G20.
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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on China’s Foreign Policy

March 7th, 2011 5 comments

Chinese FM Yang Jiechi on foreign policy

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held a live questions and answers session with journalists detailing China’s foreign policy. The session was done in both Chinese and English. I thought Minister Yang was very articulate and Chinese brand of international relations will be well received around the globe. I will highlight some points and also weigh in on the Reuters reporter’s questions.

On the question of Russia-China relations, Yang pronounced it a “strategic partnership.” I think that is very true. Russian leaders and Russian media narrate their relationship the same way.

On Africa and BRIC, Yang said that there are efforts underway to make BRIC a more formalized force in shaping development of the world; but not at the expense of the rest of the developing countries, Africa included. For example, he said BRIC will be inclusive. On responding to the journalist from South Africa, he said that the South African leader is invited and hoped to join the upcoming meeting of BRIC nations in China.
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Outline of China’s 12th 5-year Plan

March 5th, 2011 11 comments

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has just reported on the work of the Chinese government and outlined the country’s 12th 5-year plan (2011-2015). For China watchers, it would be a shame to not be familiar with at least some of these specifics. CCTV has all the materials in English, Russian, Spanish, French, and Arabic. For convenience, I have quoted below “Key targets of China’s 12th five-year plan.” It may sound superficial, but one of the things I like the most is the numbers in the targets. Read more…

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Shaun Rein on Education, Inflation, and Other Issues

March 4th, 2011 9 comments

In light of several recent posts we have had relating to Shaun Rein (see, e.g., this one on how to mend relations between West and China), I thought some of us might actually want to meet someone with intelligent things to say … face to face.

Here is a recent video of Shaun on CNBC sharing some his observations on current events in China. On a blog, this is as close as we can get to “face to face.”