Finding a bike in China 30 years ago
Meet Global Times, the angry Chinese government mouthpiece that makes Bill O’Reilly seem fair and balanced.
Take last Tuesday’s saber-rattling editorial, printed with only slight variations in the Chinese and English editions, which duly unnerved many overseas readers. “Recently, both the Philippines and South Korean authorities have detained fishing boats from China, and some of those boats haven’t been returned,” the editorial fumed. “If these countries don’t want to change their ways with China, they will need to prepare for the sounds of cannons.” The war-mongering language was meant to attract attention, and that it did, with Reuters, Manila Times, Jakarta Globe, The West Australian, Taipei Times, and other overseas media referencing it in news articles. The bellicose editorial was certainly newsworthy, assuming that the paper on some level is a mouthpiece for China’s rulers. But whose views, exactly, does Global Times really represent?
“Single Bamboo Drifting”
I don’t have time to look up information on this game, but if that guy is propelling a single bamboo pole without outriggers or an attached rudder or whatever, then I’m impressed.
The long and winding road…
is 24 Crankle-Stilwell Road in Guizhou, China (photographed during a hill climb rally. There is also a panoramic photo of it.
“President Bashar al-Assad swearing in the new governor of the volatile province of Hama”
“China’s Huili county government inspecting a new highway”
North Korea: “Worthwhile Life under Care of Great Leader.”
Egypt’s Al-Ahram showed then-President Hosni Mubarak walking on a red carpet ahead of President Obama and their Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian counterparts during Middle East peace talks at the White House. In the original photo, Mubarak was on the far left, trailing pretty much everyone and looking decidedly less powerful.
A new book about Turkmenistan president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, featured blatantly doctored cover art.