#85

I read this from BBC international news online.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7343060.stm

(I do not know if I’m allowed to link  this…if I’m violating, can someone let me know. Thank you.)

During the late 1970s, I’d met Africans who spoke immaculate Chinese as these ones received scholarships to study in China. I was told then that China had some form of ties with Africa even during the Mao regime.

In terms of figures mentioned, it seems colossal profit but who can tell what will happen tomorrow? Human beings have a way of ‘bungling’…

Contracts drawn up between any two parties are never equal…even at the business level in corporations or companies in the world…a 60-40 or 51-49 at best. If a contract can bring in some good, why not? Dealing with the best of two evils when necessary?

I didn’t understand what colonial rule was until I stayed in Hongkong briefly. Basically HK was obligated to send an annual sum to the UK…how much I don’t know in return for their sovereignty.

 

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#83 sexual violence

I heard this shocking story over the BBC international radio station, a followup of last year’s reporting — a Congolese woman was raped by 19 men and she saw her entire family members killed before her eyes. They even made her killed her baby by ‘pulling the string’ to strangle the baby to death.

Today she is survived with her 5-year old daughter. I believe she must be living for her daughter — otherwise she would have taken her own life.

How depraved these 19 men were to rape the same woman?! These men must be psychologically sick and are worse than animals.

I wonder if you could read and hear this through the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2008/04/080411_congo_wt_sl.shtml 

Apparently sexual violence is common in many parts of Africa — women and girls are raped daily!

#77

In light of the drama of Torch Relay and human rights issue calling for boycott to the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, I cannot help reflecting on this story in the Christian Bible in John’s Gospel chapter 8:1-11

Jesus went to Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis of accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

I wonder about those countries like UK, France, US and others — do they not have this human rights issue at their doorstep? Is this because they are a democracy and are therefore absolved?

Let not the pot calls its kettle black — another English proverb.

If the next venue for the Olympic Games in 2012 was not in the UK, will her prime minister attend the closing ceremony?

#76

So Bart (William Shakespeare) was right when he wrote in ‘As You Like It’

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,…

 

Wow! So can I conclude that the Olympic Games offered to China was really a political ploy on ‘human rights issue’ by the IOC eventhough this was not a unanimous vote?

The drama is becoming more interesting as each day unfolds.

Hm…what about the forthcoming Youth Olympics Games that will be held in Singapore 2010? The toss was between Russia’s Moscow? and Singapore…both have issues — I believe protest is illegal in Singapore.

If this is the case, Singapore had better consider exit considering the monies and future stresses. 

#75

In school, I was taught to memorise some apt proverbs for English subject. I see its relevance today when I can use these to understand a little of that written by the media.

At the moment, ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ stands out.

One interprets that read depending on which side of the fence one is sitting on.

I pick ‘the talking point’ below for convenience and I like the perspective of the Chinese to the recent Olympics Torch fiasco.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/7340987.stm

 

#74

Now I’m going to lift a section of news reported:

The Dalai Lama, on a visit to Japan, said China had the right to host the Games but blamed Beijing for the unrest, saying there was no freedom of speech in his homeland.

“They really deserve” the Olympics, he said. “In spite of the unfortunate events in Tibet, my position has not changed,” he said.

Pro-Tibet groups, human rights activists and other campaigners have shadowed the flame since it was lit in Greece on March 24, starting its 20-country journey across the globe.

Protesters disrupted the torch relay this week in London and Paris, where officials had to extinguish the flame several times.

There was no major trouble in San Francisco after organisers shortened the course and switched the route. The torch is now in Buenos Aires for a planned 13-kilometre (eight-mile) relay through the Argentine capital.

The White House on Thursday shrugged off concerns about US protests targeting the flame and vowed to keep pushing China on human rights, and holding talks with the Dalai Lama.

 

I have many unanswered questions to the going-ons using the Olympic Games platform — personally I see this as the opportunists using this Games to vent and stir unrests and chaos.

The protestors in UK and France have brought this upon themselves — many have seen the chaos and unrests mounting — do you think China will allow such protest groups during the Olympic Games? Haha…Will the terrorist groups disguise themselves as part of the protest groups? Then the blame-game begins…

Do the Tibetans want a theocracy state or the young want to move on with the times? Why did the Dalai forsake his people in 1959? Why are the world leaders rallying behind him on this ‘label’ of ‘China’s past track records of human rights’?

Who is right? Who is wrong? Can anyone tell another how to govern one’s country?

Why is the human rights issue, the land Tibet and the Dalai taking centerstage at this Olympic Games — is the Games not a display and about the sportspersons and athletes?

Are we missing the point here? If this is, then scrap the Olympic Games…to the glee of human rights’ organisations and its leaders!

#71

What IS human rights?

What is man entitled to on earth? What is man entitled to born in one’s country?

Is this not man’s right — to be able to bring food to the table and feed his family and a roof over his head? Providing for his family builds his dignity and being.

Is this not what the present lot of the Chinese leaders are trying to do? (I’d be accused for being naive…am I?)

Is economic success not the road to free man’s plight of poverty and repression?

Is politics or boycotts the way to building man’s dignity today? Talk is cheap. Everyone can offer ideas but… Only those able to translate and implement to bring peace and prosperity have a say…

The only one action for any governing leaders today is to create jobs for a man to feed his family and a roof over his head!