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An election in Canada is more than a year away

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Golden China
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And here is the evidence:

Harper to visit India, China for 1st time

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | 2:35 PM ET Comments205Recommend50

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Once you think about it you realize how stupid this is. Our economy depends on foreign trade and we need new markets desperately and it takes Harper 3 yrs to get the gumption to visit China, where he is probably unwelcome, and India, where his visit will likely have little impact. Chinese Canadians will think “better late than never” while Indo Canadians will give a low level cheer!

This is for Canadian political optics and nothing else! It is sad when a PM has to do something he obviously didn’t want to or didn’t see the reason to do!

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/10/29 at 05:18

In 1940 Hitler and Stalin were doing their very best to destroy Poland

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One of the mass graves at Katyn.
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I just viewed Andreaj Wajda’s film about the Katyn Forest Massacre. This event characterized Stalin’s paranoid politics as no other event could. We have the basic human honesty of the Poles to thank for that. They seemed beaten down by Hitler, Stalin and their own Communist politicians, but they survived and now they are telling their stories.

This morning I read that the conflict in Kashmir has taken the lives of over 70,000 over the last 40+ years. The title of this post by Arundhati Roy, an Indian writer, is titled “Is Democracy melting?”

I can recall too many reminders that India is the oldest and largest democracy in the world that works! And there is little doubt that if you need to find evidence of how messy democracy can be, there is no better democracy than India’s.

In the dirty thirties and bloody forties of the 20th century it was all about Hitler and Stalin. Now there is a leaky virulent strain of political violence that nests very effectively in SE Asia.

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Wajda’s movie gave me the creeps with it’s forthright truth telling. The story revealed by Ms. Roy gives me the shivers, especially because so many new Canadians are from SE Asia. Will the virulent strain of political violence leak from Kashmir to India to Canada?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/30 at 09:53

Lyon’ Brian Mulroney and hypocrite Steven Harper

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My goodness the Conservative Party in Canada organized a “love-in” for Brian Mulroney in Montréal to mark the 25th anniversary of Mulroney’s landslide federal electoral victory in 1984. Mr. Harper, in his inimitable rope-a-dope style, wasn’t there because he was bowing and scraping in the US.

The real joke about this is that Lyon’ Brian managed to talk for 30 minutes to that crowd of conservative ministers and Québec Conservatives without ever uttering the words PM or Steven Harper! But then Brian is well known for his oratund speaking style with its special bravado about his own deeds and glib glossing over of his obvious misdeeds.

Brian finished his speech with false tears and a quote from a John Diefenbaker speech, “and now I lay me down to fix my wounds to get up and fight on again” or words to that effect. Lachrymose and very Lyon’ Brian!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/18 at 11:44

Thomas Friedman has travelled and seen how the world (China) is advancing

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while the US is stagnating because of the current paralysis of its governance, which he labels our one-party democracy. His column in today’s NY Times is a devastating commentary about this gawdawful situation and he sums it up this way:

The G.O.P. used to be the party of business. Well, to compete and win in a globalized world, no one needs the burden of health insurance shifted from business to government more than American business. No one needs immigration reform — so the world’s best brainpower can come here without restrictions — more than American business. No one needs a push for clean-tech — the world’s next great global manufacturing industry — more than American business. Yet the G.O.P. today resists national health care, immigration reform and wants to just drill, baby, drill.

“Globalization has neutered the Republican Party, leaving it to represent not the have-nots of the recession but the have-nots of globalized America, the people who have been left behind either in reality or in their fears,” said Edward Goldberg, a global trade consultant who teaches at Baruch College. “The need to compete in a globalized world has forced the meritocracy, the multinational corporate manager, the eastern financier and the technology entrepreneur to reconsider what the Republican Party has to offer. In principle, they have left the party, leaving behind not a pragmatic coalition but a group of ideological naysayers.”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/08 at 22:47

What did Paris look like under Nazi occupation between June 1940 and July 1944

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Nazi poster portraying Adolf Hitler.
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These images come from an exhibit (“Les Parisiens sous l’Occupation”) of Nazi propaganda photos of Paris life.

The first scene is Place de la Concorde. A German soldier is present on the far right of this image.

Then the inevitable parade down the Champs-Élysées:

Quite extraordinary!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/01 at 12:11

Who says that Daily Kos is “too serious and lefty”?

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This was added to a Peggy Noonan “abbreviated pundit post” about Obama’s upcoming inaugural address on Jan 20, 2009:

I hope he uses phrases like “veriest varlet that ever chewed with a tooth” and “thou art a boil, a plague-sore, an embossed carbuncle long-tongu’d babbling gossip” or even “false of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand” like Shakespeare did. Now those were the classics [and Cavett adds a few more]. And maybe if he speaks English, people won’t be so deferential the way they were to His Juniorness. Which I only care about because Obama is a Democrat. But I digress. Let me return to setting unrealistic high expectations for Obama.

Reads like funny and ironic to me!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/10 at 07:10

Havana, Cuba today vs. Paris according to Roger Cohen

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Havana
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I usually find Roger’s thoughts of the day quite conventional. Today I was surprised, pleasantly, to read this thought:

What Havana has been able to preserve in its crumbling architecture, thanks to socialist economic disaster, is that very pungent texture Paris has lost to modernity.

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I didn’t expect to say this but Roger C has given me a reason to want to visit Cuba sooner than later!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/08 at 08:56