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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

James Fallows, national correspondent for the The Atlantic and author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China, discusses all things China on the one-year anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake.

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eva

I love James Fallows, and am looking forward to listening to the podcast.

Just want to note:

You have six comments on James Fallows' topic, which is enormous.

There are 47 comments on today's topic of Star Trek.

I can't figure out what that means.

I believe China, holding so much US debt, is going to be a major part of our future, scary as that may be. Are we sticking our heads in the sand?

May. 12 2009 01:59 PM
KIM from NY

china look set o begin additional three-year terms after the 192-member General Assembly votes on May 12.

A group of NGOs which support an effective Human Rights Council in a recent statement listed five countries, all running for re-election, which they said were not qualified.

“The human rights records of Azerbaijan, china, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia … fall far short of the required ‘highest’ standards of human rights,” the coalition said, urging other countries not to vote for them.

In the case of china, Saudi Arabia and Cuba, given that there is no competition in their respective regional groups, the only way their candidacies could fail would be if they are unable to obtain the votes of at least 97 countries. Other countries in Asia and Latin America would then have to join the race.

“Widespread, serious human rights abuses by china should carry a cost, even in the absence of competition,” said Paula Schriefer, director of advocacy at Freedom House.
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May. 12 2009 11:52 AM
Richard Johnston from Upper West Side

Much good information we have not had. Balanced reporting.

Brian, note that "enormity" is not the same as "enormousness," notwithstanding our president-elect's misuse of it in his acceptance speech on November 6.

My American Heritage Dictionary defines "enormity" as 1. "the quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness; outrageousness. 2. A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage." Did you mean that when you referred to the dimensions of the challenge in the earthquake area?

May. 12 2009 10:47 AM
khando from Ny

China has worst human rights record and yet they are contesting for re-election for the UN Council, we should say NO TO CHINA FOR Its MEMBERSHIP IN UN COUNCIL. During the earth quake lot of parents were treated badly for voicing in the school building corruption.

May. 12 2009 10:40 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I'm puzzled about Mr. Fallow's statement that charitable activity is not common for Chinese. I was in Bangkok when the tsunami hit Thailand and I was astounded by the magnitude of the outpouring of Chinese charitable activities. The energy of the Chinese and the amount of food and supplies stacked in the Chinatown temples were astonishing.

May. 12 2009 10:40 AM
Dolkar from Ny

China has worst human rights record and yet they are contesting for re-election for the UN Council, we should say NO TO CHINA FOR Its MEMBERSHIP IN UN COUNCIL. During the earth quake lot of parents were treated badly for voicing in the school building corruption.

May. 12 2009 10:40 AM
notmrsmythe

Have you detected a murmuring of bellicosity toward Vietnam? Because Hanoi's communist papers seem to be stoking feelings against poisonous Chinese foods and goods, and also the massive military complex China has constructed underneath the Spratley Islands, the possibly oil-rich lands off of Vietnam's coast that are claimed by 7 countries. This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of China's military attack against Vietnam on the border those countries share.

May. 12 2009 10:37 AM

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