Recent comments by Chinese premier and media darling Wen Jiabao have made waves in the China observing community. On a recent trip to Shenzhen, the city where Deng Xiaoping announced his great economic reforms, Wen said: “We need not only to promote economic reform, but must also promote political system reforms. Without the guarantee provided…… Continue reading Chinese Politics and Wishful Thinking
Ground Zero Mosque Controversy
For those who have not had access to news sources for the past few months there has been a great deal of controversy of the proposed building of a mosque next to Ground Zero in New York. The exact location is a block away from where the World Trade Center stood and houses at the…… Continue reading Ground Zero Mosque Controversy
Violence and Islam in Europe
Europe is experiencing an increasingly costly and destructive problem with its non-Western immigrant populations – particularly those from Muslim countries. A new study shows that on a net migration of 25,000 non-Western immigrants per year, with an equal number of offspring, Holland alone incurs a net cost of €7.2 billion [$8.8 billion] a year. In Denmark,…… Continue reading Violence and Islam in Europe
Old man falls down. Who can you trust?
In China decades of concerted efforts to destroy social morals and interpersonal trust have left a country where paranoia runs rampant. With justice being a question of who can wield more power, the first thought running through the head of someone helping another person on the street is: “I hope I don’t get framed for this”.
Turkey. EU hopeful Erdogan challenged on his ties to Iran
Turkish PM Erdogan challenged to show true colors and intentions. Turkish-speaking woman in Iran sentenced to death by stoning for admitting to adultery after receiving 99 lashes – and Erdogan stays mum. Is that the kind of broker between the West and Middle East that EU needs?