The University of Sunshine Coast's website shows kangaroos lounging on the campus lawn. I suspect my son may need to practice his boxing skills, as in this video.
In both Armenia and Malaysia, mass uprisings have erupted against corrupt and autocratic rulers. In Armenia, which has long been under Russian domination, hundreds of thousands of people protested in the streets of Yerevan in what opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called a “velvet revolution.” The Parliament voted to make Pashinyan prime minister, and Russian president Vladimir Putin reluctantly... Continue Reading →
China is deploying high-tech totalitarianism. This is terrifying -- only a matter of time before Western countries, indeed most countries in the world, will have to accept or reject these technological tools of surveillance. Big Data meets Big Brother As China moves to rate its citizens (Wired.com) What It's Like to Live in a Surveillance... Continue Reading →
My sister-in-law wrote, from travels in Indonesia and remote isles, 2009: Dear All: As we got further and further into the Sunda Islands, the satellites appeared not to be aimed in our direction and it was almost impossible to get internet connections -- or rather one would spend a frustrating 30 minutes and have at... Continue Reading →
UK Guardian: "Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst, these are the vogue in China – but change could be afoot" Can you believe...McMansions like Rancho Santa Fe outside Shanghai? "The white picket fence defines the Chinese dream as much as the American one." For China,... Continue Reading →
Lucia wrote her mother: "We walked through Saigon to the old Palace. It has been kept in 1970's style with war rooms, old communication equipment, and state rooms. Last night, because I'm so ignorant of a lot of that era, I spent time reading about the Diem brothers. What kind of Catholics were they to... Continue Reading →
NYT reports a tightening Chinese government grip on journalists -- all news media in China must speak for the Communist Party and President Xi Jinping. But surely in such a vast country with a billion people, there are ways to get independent, uncensored news, opinion and analysis? China's cyberwar on free speech. China Censors Your... Continue Reading →
Thomas Fuller, NYT: "Watching the rise of Asia during my time here, I have wondered whether there can be continued prosperity without justice. Can societies so thoroughly riddled with corruption carry through with the remarkable economic advances made over recent decades? To see wrongdoing here, sometimes all you have to do is knock....What seems to be... Continue Reading →