Archive for July 25th, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hu Jia turns 36

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.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tibet: Leaving Fear Behind?

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?

Meantime, Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche seems to have been acquitted – the German section of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR/IGFM) quotes Woeser saying that his trial had a good outcome.

Just another “good” reason for the CCP to block lawyers who are serious about their profession.

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Related: Han Chinese Defenders for Tibetan Defendants, April 26

Saturday, July 25, 2009

JR’s Weekender: Sundries

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?

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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.

"Say goodbye to messing around with HTML in a Text widget"

"Say goodbye to messing around with HTML in a Text widget"

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.

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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.

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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

Huangmao ventures into Namibia

Huangmao ventures into Namibia.

The heat is merciless, and Huangmao fears for his complexion

The heat is merciless, and Huangmao fears for his complexion.

Suddenly, Heimao, a barbarian, aka Anti-Corruption-Commission, starts a vicious, unfounded attack...

Suddenly, Heimao, a barbarian negro, aka Anti-Corruption-Commission, starts a vicious, unfounded attack...

But in the end...

But in the end...

Huangmao carries the day, and has good relations with Africa ever after.

Huangmao carries the day, and has good relations with Africa ever after.

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不管猫,能捉老鼠就是好猫.

Happy weekend.

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