And yet more from "The Grand Tour"
Incidentally, the government blocks ESPN.com, IMDB, and porn, but not news about its atrocities from internationally renowned newspapers and magazines. Hey, I’ll take what I can get…
I learned about this last night at pub trivia.
In related news, Confucius just rolled over in Kong Lin.
A self-immolation took place in the heart of China’s capital city last month, but it has taken weeks for the news to leak out via foreign tourists. Police acted immediately to put out the fire and the man who did it has reportedly recovered.
The incident, which took place on October 21, has gone completely unreported on China’s heavily censored state media and social networks, despite being witnessed by hundreds of onlookers in the middle of day. After The Daily Telegraph published a photo of the man in the UK this week, government officials have finally admitted that the incident took place and that the 42-year-old man “took the extreme action because of discontent over the outcome of a civil litigation in a local court.” Read more.
The leaders’ approach to building a world-class culture is not all that different from the one that powered China’s economic miracle: set a long-term goal, adopt rigid specifications, pour in copious amounts of public money, monitor closely to ensure the desired result.
In this case, as the report repeatedly stated, the specifications are to adhere to “core socialist values” in cultural activities. The desired result is “to build our country into a socialist culture superpower.”
Spasms of social turmoil in China have become increasingly common, a reflection of the widening income gap and deepening unhappiness with official corruption and an unresponsive legal system.
Throw in last week’s huge protest in Moscow, and you’ve got to think — or hope, at least — that the big boys in Beijing are shitting themselves just a little.
Detained after she tried to photograph demolition crews, she said she was kicked and pummeled over the course of 15 hours, leaving her incontinent and unable to walk. She was released after 75 days but continued her legal work while also seeking redress for the beating. Over the next few years, she was arrested twice more and convicted of “obstructing public business.”
During her three years in prison, she said, she endured frequent indignities: An officer once urinated on her face, she said, and prison officials often took away her crutches, forcing her to crawl from her cell to the prison workshop.
As a side note, you’ve gotta admire the name choice of the party magazine. A transparently propagandistic rag — as opposed to a 90%-translucently propagandistic one — would claim to have already found the Truth.