By Al Mayadeen …
By Al Mayadeen …
How is the media coverage of the events in Ukraine contributing to the dehumanization of non-white, non-European people?
The UNHCR urges refugee-receiving countries to open their borders to African nationals, noting that they are discriminated against at border points.
Years after sending Dutch troops to squash Indonesia’s independence in the 90s, the Netherlands is now apologizing.
Benin celebrates the artifacts it retrieved from France after the latter stole them from the African nation during their colonial rule.
A KILLER HAS COME TO TOWN. In Hong Kong, 46 lives have been snatched at high speed by a strain of Covid in a shocked city which has been astonishingly free of such deaths since last summer.
If a person lives alone on an island devoid of stimuli and input from the outside world, he would become a simple person with simple needs. His life would be focused on survival and comfort.
In Afghanistan, the new Taliban government has replaced the ministry of women’s affairs with the “ministry of vice and virtue”. It has been named “Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice”. Additionally, Female employees who had been trying to come to work for several weeks were told to return home.
IN THE FRIGHTEN…
Millions of children turned up for the first day of school in this part of the world yesterday to find after-school assignments have been slashed back or binned entirely.
Forced to abort their own babies, repeatedly raped, tortured, humiliated, and often left to die. That was the horrifying reality for hundreds of thousands of women and girls who were coerced into prostitution and sexual slavery by the Japanese army during the Second World War.
Debates arise due to contrasting opinions, and opinions form due to subjectivity. Subjectivity is an inevitable aspect of human nature.
A YOUNG POLICE OFFICER is approached from behind and stabbed by a politically radicalized man who then commits suicide. It’s a classic terrorism scenario.
MY DAUGHTER ONCE asked me if we were “pro-China”. “Sweetheart,” I replied. “We’re pro-everyone. We’re pro-China, pro-Hong Kong, pro-West, pro-East, pro-South and pro-space aliens, especially the latter.”
Kenyan runner Abel Mutai was only a few feet away from the finish line, but he got confused with the sign and stopped, thinking he had finished the race. A Spanish runner, Ivan Fernandez, was right behind him and, realizing what was going on, started screaming at the Kenyan to keep running. Mutai didn’t know Spanish and didn’t understand. Realizing what was happening, Fernandez pushed Mutai to the victory.
IT IS BECOMING increasingly clear what will happen to Hong Kong’s economic and legal foundations at midnight on June 30th, 2047, when the transition period to being part of China comes to an end.
Trump’s impeachment trial just finished — it led to nothing, but I found it interesting that the protesters in Washington DC were using the same slogan as the ones in Hong Kong.
I often find that simple visual meme tells the story in a quick neat way!
The BBC recently shared yet another story about a Hong Kong family fleeing this horrible, oppressed city to escape to the delightful heavenly safety of UK (Utopia Kingdom).
I took the wrong path today and got slightly lost somewhere up towards Tai Mo Shan.
Putting words on paper or on the computer screen is more than mere communication, it is an art. It conveys meanings, ideas, images, emotions, thoughts and illusions. It can be wielded in so many forms. It can make you laugh, cry, angry, intrigued or even feel a surge of love. It is no wonder that as early as 1839, the power of writing was celebrated by English author Edward Bulmer-Lytton, who coined the phrase, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
While everyone was afraid to speak, he spoke his mind.
His name is Andre Vltchek.
Mulan is arguably one of the most controversial films in recent years. Not because of the inclusion of any controversial messages, but due to the talk circulating its lead actress Liu Yi-fei regarding her support of the Hong Kong police during last year’s anti-government protests. After people learned of this, Disney’s live-action film was widely boycotted.
Today (15 September) is the deadline for the US sanctions that ban Huawei’s access to microchips in an attempt to block the tech giant from leading 5G technology.
FIVE NEWS DIARY ITEMS
1) TAIWAN LAST YEAR: “Radical protesters from Hong Kong will be welcomed with open arms.”
TAIWAN LAST WEEK: “Criminals attempting to enter Taiwan illegally will be prosecuted with the full force of the law.”
This is a thought-provoking conversation.
Yesterday’s news has saddened many people in Hong Kong. The mother of a 15-year-old girl found dead at sea last year was harassed by pro-democracy supporters as she left the Coroner’s Court where she delivered a tearful testimony on her daughter’s death.
People in Hong Kong, under colonial rule, were for the most part, apolitical. They just wanted to be left alone to make a good life for themselves. However, ever since the handover in 1997, there has been a growing movement for the citizens to exercise some sort of control over their own destiny.
“Kong Tsung-gan” has fled Hong Kong because of “threats”, he admits in a post on HKFreePress just now, 1pm Monday 08/10. “They reached the point where I decided it was best to leave Hong Kong,” he writes. No details or evidence about the “threats” is provided.