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Foreigner rights in Afghanistan

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These views direct from the mouths of Taliban mid-level leaders have been published in The Guardian. Here is an excerpt:

“Apart from that they have no rights, they have no right to tell us about democracy and human rights. That’s an Afghan issue and it will be decided by the Afghans.

“The Americans behave with arrogance and if they don’t want to be defeated in Afghanistan they should talk.

“They don’t belong here,” he said. “They are foreigners, outsiders.”

The puppet masters and their puppet Karzai don’t seem to be doing so well! From the sound of this article, it seems to me that US and NATO leaders whistle in the wind every time they talk about the situation in Afghanistan.



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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/29 at 12:58

I guess the US and India must be wondering what’s going on in China

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The headline in Yahoo News says it all:

Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days

How can they do it? Where will this end? Why can’t our workers do that? What else are they going to do?

You should check out the videos! The images are something else since they make the speed look OK and not outlandish.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/16 at 17:29

I have said it here and elsewhere!

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India is a ramshackle country. It is run by the very rich for their own purposes and as far as the rest of India is concerned let them be damned. If you have any doubt about that extreme statement. consider this latest headline:

New Delhi apartment collapse kills 61

30 still believed buried in rubble

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 12:21 AM ET Comments12Recommend11

The Associated Press

Police and rescuers raced Tuesday to pull survivors from the debris of a four-storey apartment building that collapsed in a congested neighborhood in New Delhi, killing at least 61 people and injuring scores of others.

The 15-year-old building housing about 200 people — mostly migrant workers and their families — collapsed Monday evening into a mountain of concrete slabs, iron rods, bricks and mortar in New Delhi’s Lalita Park neighborhood.

About 30 people were believed still trapped under the rubble, said New Delhi’s top elected official, Sheila Dikshit, and emergency efforts were hampered because fire trucks had difficulty navigating the neighbourhood’s narrow alleyways.

At least 61 people were killed and 78 injured, said city police official Mohammed Akhlaq.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/11/15/apartment-collapse-delhi.html#ixzz15RMbd6vz

It is evident that the only reason this building collapsed is that either the owner or the contractor cut corners and let the inhabitants of the building be damned!

How can India ever challenge China for economic position in the world as long as this kind of mindless incident can happen in the capital city of India.

This is just more evidence that democracy is not a panacea, nor is transparent government, or freedom of speech. A building collapse in a capital city with serious loss of life is a travesty and not democracy!

The existence of the Taj in India is just one more bit of evidence that India does not work very well as a country for its ordinary people. And Bollywood is just another travesty of human values! It means little in the scale of India humanity, slum dog millionaire or not!

I’ll vote for China vs. India every time!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/16 at 03:39

Time to leave Afghanistan?

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From the WaPo:

Karzai wants U.S. to reduce military operations in Afghanistan

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The war in Afghanistan began on Oct. 7, 2001, as the U.S. military launched an operation in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. The war continues today.

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, November 14, 2010; 12:52 AM

KABUL- President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan and end the increased U.S. Special Operations forces night raids that aggravate Afghans and could exacerbate the Taliban insurgency.

Sure sounds like Karzai is ready to say that it’s time that the armed struggle by NATO and the US with the Taliban must end!

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I can never read enough about Chris Hitchens

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I found an excellent long interview essay in The Guardian’s Culture section under the byline of Andrew Anthony.

The better bit that I found and had to reread was this:

Hitchens once wrote a line that has almost gained the status of philosophical epigram or even scientific dictum: “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” Although it echoes Wittgenstein‘s famous injunction regarding the ineffable – “Whereof we cannot speak, therefore we must be silent” – Hitchens’s version is less a “no entry” sign than a civic reminder to place rubbish in the bin.

Hitch sure sounds OK in the interview, but who knows in that terribly risky journey through an oesophagul cancer cure!


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/14 at 08:06

American exceptionalism challenged by a special American

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I have always liked what Michael Kingsley wrote and as he battles with his own health problems he continues to say meaningful things well! The last paragraph of his latest piece in Politico takes on the whole mythology of American exceptionalism propounded by Reagan et al and says it like it should be:

Every time I strike this note, which I guess I do a lot, I hear from people calling me elitist or unpatriotic. Here is my answer: If you think a friend is talking nonsense or behaving in a way that damages both of your long-term interests, it is not elitist to say so. To the contrary, it is treating him or her like an adult and an equal. As for patriotism, if you think your country is in danger, how is it unpatriotic to say so?

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44500_Page2.html#ixzz149ugsDrd

Editors of Politico are to be congratulated for publishing real stuff and not just the usual right wing cant!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/02 at 13:36

More than ever I relate to these thoughts from Ezra Pound’s poetry

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Here in Dalian, China  and easing into the month of November I have felt the harbinger blasts of cold wind. Not the real raw winter winds of December thru March yet but lotsa wind nonetheless so here goes with Pound’s thinking on winter gales!

Winter is icummen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
And how the wind doth ramm!
Sing: Goddamm.

Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham,
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
Damn you, sing: Goddamm.

Goddamm, Goddamm, ’tis why I am, Goddamm,
So ‘gainst the winter’s balm.

Sing goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm,
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

And for a fitting end:

The apparition
of these faces
in the crowd:
Petals
on a wet, black
bough.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Pound.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/30 at 11:00