Above Picture: Images of so-called “pro-democracy” protesters in Hong Kong ignored by the Western media In a recent international human rights forum at Oslo where Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and other jailed Occupy Wall Street protesters such as Cecily McMillan were not invited, BBC report (21 Oct. 2014) revealed that, “it is an open secret at this … [Read more...] about The Soft-power of Hong Kong Protesters – Freedoms not enjoy by American, Britain, Canadian and Australian
Case Study on Democratic Self-Governance: NSA Oversight, a Straight Game of Poker?
If there is a religion in the modern world, it is the fanatic belief in democratic self-governance. From a philosophical perspective, the legitimacy of democratic self-government requires the notion of a public forum - a democratic corpus, a public sphere formed by citizens, if you will - to frame, debate and discuss political issues and events, free from "government … [Read more...] about Case Study on Democratic Self-Governance: NSA Oversight, a Straight Game of Poker?
Are The American and Chinese Dreams That Different – You Can’t Tell From Obama’s March on Washington Speech Yesterday
Yesterday, the U.S. marked the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." It was in that event 50 years ago that King gave his famous "I have a Dream" speech. By most accounts, Obama's speech is well-delivered and well-received - albeit "not as good." It could not be, Obama would explain, “[b]ecause when you are talking about Dr. King’s speech at the … [Read more...] about Are The American and Chinese Dreams That Different – You Can’t Tell From Obama’s March on Washington Speech Yesterday
Should China Consider Giving Snowden Asylum?
As Snowden considers asylum offers from Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, and perhaps mulls a second application to Russia (Putin had earlier said if Snowden wanted to apply asylum there, he'd have to stop releasing NSA leaks), should China Consider Giving Snowden Asylum? By the answers, I am hoping to gauge people's attitude toward Snowden. For me, I am neutral. I … [Read more...] about Should China Consider Giving Snowden Asylum?
The need for clarity
Unlike many of the bloggers here, I'm not a big fan of Eric X. Li's writing and speeches from what I have so far seen and heard. I disagree with what he has said as they are either irrelevant, confused, contradictory or a strawman. I think I have expressed why I felt this way in the comments section of the latest blog on Li but there still seems to be some misunderstanding … [Read more...] about The need for clarity