Archive for May, 2011

A call in joining hands to fight climate change

May 4th, 2011 No comments

Brighter Planet's 350 ChallengeClimate change is real, and as Laura Tam, the lead author of the just published San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) Report, “Climate change hits home” (PDF), says, it is too late to prevent it entirely, but local communities can still do their part. Her report recommends 30 strategies to mitigate.

“Although we must do everything in our power to slow down climate change, it is too late to prevent it entirely. All levels of government, and especially local governments, must begin preparing for and building resilience to the effects of climate change, an area of planning known as climate change adaptation.
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South Korea Police raids Google Seoul office

May 3rd, 2011 3 comments

Unlike what most Americans believe, the world outside the U.S. is getting increasingly tiresome of Google’s practices. Xinhua has just reported Google’s Seoul office raided by police. This was due to suspicion of Google’s AdMob unit illegally collecting private mobile user information. Google made many headlines in their confrontation with the Chinese government. See Allen’s article, “Google vs. China – Good vs. Evil?”
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Opinion: the Death of Osama Bin Laden, the Ethics of Assassination, and Next Media Animation

May 3rd, 2011 48 comments

As you all know, Osama Bin Laden was killed by special U.S. op forces a couple of days ago in Abbottabad, Pakistan. According to Obama’s remarks in the immediate aftermath of Bin Laden’s death, Osama Bin Laden died in a firefight when he resisted capture.

Personally, I am ambivalent about the killing, especially the circumstances of Bin Laden’s death. The Whitehouse at first suggested Bin Laden put up resistance, but is already retracting that narrative.

I am especially skeptical of the U.S. sense of righteousness. To the extent it is wrong to assassinate a leader, I think the assassination of Osama is not justified. Some may point a finger: but Bin Laden is a terrorist. My response: to the extent Bin Laden is a terrorist, one might label the U.S. to be a terrorist, too. Al Qaeda may have a casual disregard for American life (about 3,000 died in New York), but so do the U.S. have a disregard for Muslim life (110,000 civilian deaths in Iraq9,000 civilian death in Afghanistan).

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China’s official stance on bin Laden’s death, “milestone for anti-terrorism”

May 3rd, 2011 1 comment

Xinhua has officially reported Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on China’s stance to news regarding Osama bin Laden’s death. The article said:

“China has taken note of the announcement,” Jiang said, “We believe the death of Osama bin Laden is a milestone and a positive development for the international anti-terrorism efforts.”

“Terrorism is the common enemy of the international community. China has also been a victim of terrorism, ” said Jiang.

She said China has always opposed to terrorism of all forms and has been actively participating in the global anti-terrorism efforts.

I feel China’s attitude is helpful to the U.S. and at the same time responsible and consistent in a way true to China’s foreign policy. Read more…

China’s public smoking ban regulation in place, but toothless

May 2nd, 2011 16 comments

In my recent trip to China, the one thing that I really disliked was the fact that so many people smoked. Not only that, there was a general disregard for non-smokers who do not wish to be second-hand smokers. While on airplanes, buses, and some other places, people observed non-smoking signs well. In restaurants and other places, adults puffed away unhindered, even while their children sat right next to them. We asked our relatives about the May 1 smoking ban. Their response was, “let’s see.” It was very disappointing. I thought this Xinhua article captured nicely how the Chinese view the new regulation. The 1.2 million deaths a year due to smoking is atrocious and should be screaming at everyone in China! The public is still ignorant of the hazards of smoking. This is an area where the government could clearly do more and is not.

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Having 1 billion MORE, shouldn’t China be more anxious in being the #1 economy?

May 2nd, 2011 10 comments

Following is Russia Today interviewing Economist Max Fraad Wolff, from The New School in New York, supporting an IMF report saying China’s economy will overtake that of the United States in five years on a purchasing-power parity (PPP) basis. This report has stirred up a new wave of discussions around the globe. I liked Wolff’s overall take on this issue, and I would like to chime in with some thoughts of my own. Please watch the footage below before continuing with this post.

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