Archive for October 16th, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Let’s Talk about the Weather…

October 2010

Almost an Indian Summer, October 15, 2010

… here in Bremen, but only briefly. It’s getting colder, temperatures between five and – very occasionally – still fifteen degrees, and weather keeps switching between sunny, calm autumn days and windy and rainy ones.

Some links to other peoples’ translating endeavors – anyway, most people who read JR‘s stuff only do so in the office from Monday through Friday, according to statistics…

The Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) has become a reality in China’s press, even if not a huge headline. Two new articles illustrate the Party’s line of attack: discredit both the recipient and the prize, and cast the award as an attempt by Western forces to control China, writes Julian Smisek in a post on Danwei, and provides some translation from the articles he mentions, plus information as to how Baidu helps to spread the correct view on the dissident’s award.

[Update, Oct 16, 2010 –>]
(2010-10-16) [CMP summary] ― According to Radio France International (RFI), Arnulf Kolstad, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology quoted in an October 15 story from China’s official Xinhua News Agency as saying that the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo was “a big mistake,” has issued a statement saying the Xinhua story was “pure fabrication.”
(Non-permanent-link summary on China Media Project, HK, referring to a Radio France Internationale (RFI) story.
[<– End of Update]

But not everyone in China is taking the correct view. More than 100 scholars, activists, lawyers, and others in China have written an open letter supporting Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize and calling for his release, writes Sophie Beach of the China Digital Times and links to some resources in Chinese and English.

And Der Spiegel‘s correspondent in France can’t drive. Not in Paris, anyway. Certainly not by bike. Cars are stronger than bikes. But then, gas stations in France are closing their doors, one after another, at the moment. The strikes are interrupting the gasoline supplies.

Un bon week-end à tous. Essayez aller par bicyclette.

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