Hu Jia turns 36 today. It’s his second birthday in jail. C.A., Under the Jacaranda, translated a poem Zeng Jinyan posted on her blog on Thursday. The first line is a reference to a letter Hu Jia wrote to his wife earlier this year. If he and Ms Zeng don’t lose hope, maybe it’s a happy birthday today, all the same.
Chinese authorities have blocked two lawyers from representing a Tibetan filmmaker and two Tibetan monks as part of a wider move to shut down the work of “rights lawyers” in China, according to the lawyers and other sources.
Granted, “Leaving Fear Behind” is a pretty subversive movie title. After all, rule which isn’t based on reason and moderation needs to be based on fear. Don’t try to leave that behind, or you are subverting state power, will you?
Just another “good” reason for the CCP to block lawyers who are serious about their profession.
Related: Han Chinese Defenders for Tibetan Defendants, April 26
1) The Namibia Nuctech Graft Investigation
Yes, this topic deserves the pole position. It earned me grotesque levels of traffic this week. And all that simply because a Chinese state-owned company that was until recently lead by Hu Haifeng (son of chairman Hu Jintao) is in a graft probe in Namibia? Is it because African countries seldom dare to ask such questions? Is it some kind of hope that this would spell the end of the CCP’s good relations with Africa? I don’t mind the traffic. But it baffles me. This much interest is out of proportions, is it not?
2) WordPress, Gravatar Widget
WordPress (apparently) proudly presents another tool to help bloggers skip the need to get a faint clue about HTML before publishing stuff.
Fatal. Another empowerment for another batch of stupid blogs. But then, who cares. The horse has bolted long ago. People are messing with words these days, not with HTML any more. The good news is that there are also some smart blogs.
3) Taoism’s Inter-Civilizational Crossovers
Now let me respond to the tons of fan mail of the past few weeks where you enquired about the continuation of JR’s epochal Taoism post. Part 2 is almost ready to be posted, but I need to type my handwritten stuff and proofread it. So it will take a few more days, I guess.
4) Cool Summer, The Battle of Namibia
Summer sucks here. Rainy, cool, only 20 degrees C. maximum yesterday, but the trees are green, and we’re having a lot of thunderstorms, so that we can know that it’s summer. If your summer is similarly shitty, and you aren’t back to work yet, you can follow Heimao‘s (黑猫, Black Cat) and Huangmao‘s (黄猫, Yellow Cake Cat) example, and enact the Battle of Namibia…