Archive for January 24th, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Niu Year

it stands meditatively
in a field of printed clover
it has the large soulful
eyes of a lover
desperate to be believed

The Cow Poem, by
James Norcliffe

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Beijing’s Tibet Policy and Bi Hua’s Uninvited Guests

An interesting backgrounder by Therang Buengu not quite about who hacked Bi Hua’s computer – because nobody can tell. Nobody outside the offices in charge anyway, and maybe the officials have no idea either. Written there at thebrang.blogspot.com on December 30.

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Related stories:

Tibetans in China, Dharamsala Debate, Nov. 21, 2008 »

Underthejacaranda: Bi Hua under Investigation, Nov. 22, 2008 »

Hermit needs a Break, Jan. 17, 2009 »

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Somali Piracy Industry…

… is in a worrying state.

Crew members of the Chinese cargo ship Zhenhua 4 and guests posed for cameras during something like a Thanksgiving Ceremony at Changxing Island Port in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 23, 2009. Nine pirates armed with rocket launchers and heavy machine guns had boarded their ship in the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 17. The crew then locked themselves in cabins, using fire hoses and self-made firebombs to keep the attackers at bay for six hours. Foreign warships and helicopters were contacted and helped Chinese seamen beat back the pirates later. No one was injured in the attack. (Xinhua/Chen Fei)

Hang on.

– Nine pirates armed with rocket launchers and heavy machine guns vs.

– thirty seamen armed with fire hoses and self-made firebombs who locked themselves in their cabins (apparently nobody on the bridge)?

– A fight between these two parties which lasts for six hours?

Wtf is wrong with the pirates around the Gulf of Aden? This so-called piracy industry must be a joke! I’d rather invest in a Bernard Madoff business than in theirs.

Aloha.

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