April 25, 2005
Beijing wall and other thoughts
- Yesterday Philip Pan explained very well which kind of reformer Hu Jintao is.
More than two years after taking office amid uncertainty about his political views, Chinese President Hu Jintao is emerging as an unyielding leader determined to preserve the Communist Party's monopoly on power and willing to impose new limits on speech and other civil liberties to do it, according to party officials, journalists and analysts.
No surprise here. As history teaches, communist regimes are not reformable: where Party in power, no real changes; where real changes, no Party in power. A comment in TPD blog pointed out: As the saying in communist circles go. It is better to be an Andropov than a Gorbachev. Right. In communist perspective, Gorbachev's performance was a failure: he wanted to keep USSR alive, he was USSR gravedigger. Hu - like his predecessors - knows that lesson. But... there's a but. You can call it the paradox of authoritarian rulers: if you open, you lose; if you don't... you lose as well. The point is that dictatorial regimes are not only against people but also against the course of history: you can try to delay the moment but - sooner or later - events will prevail. 1989 Tiananmen was a powerful reminder: only a massacre stopped the change in China as in Eastern Europe communism broke up.
- Racism in China? Andrés Gentry reports. Racism and nationalism often walk together.
- Train accident in Japan: the deadliest in forty years. Sad.posted by Enzo on 04.25.05 at 10:38 PM in the China politics category.
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Hu's History and China's Future
Excerpt: Simon World readers: this is a mirror of my post at Simon world (http://simonworld.mu.nu/archives/077840.php)
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Iraq Girls Gone Wild (Parody) and Other Exploitations
Excerpt: Somehow, Yahoo UK & Ireland put me in the top-ten results for "Iraq Babes" -- twice! The offending posts about Lebanese Protest Babes and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ may seem an odd pair, but hey -- traffic is traffic. In that spirit... ...
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My eyes glazed right over the link to the Coming Anarchy Nepal post. Woops!
Anyway, it's a good post. Read it. :)posted by: Dan on 04.26.05 at 12:11 PM [permalink]