The Great Firewall of China

Stop calling, stop calling
I don’t wanna think anymore.
~Lady Gaga~

In the rise of national interest, advocacy for human rights seem to be declining. Despite Amnesty International, UNICEF and other major World Peace / Freedom fighters, more and more are focused on the growing demand for the national interested of already developed (OECD) states.

Not only are the democrats demanding Obama’s desires and goals to be fulfilled, but in rejecting the Republicans’ (GOP – Grand Old Party) efforts in bettering the state, one can only wonder what is the the real reason for the underlying tension between parties. Since both parties have similar views — the only obstacle hindering the US from progressing is the label “Republicans” vs. “Democrats.” Suppose one were to remove the titles, and simply come forth with different proposals, it would become evident that the country is merely holding grudges within its own national parties rather than focusing on the betterment of the country and global enterprise.

This said, here are a few updates in sum.

  • China’s increased efforts in silencing its citizens voices has proved harder than envisioned: despite Google’s recent threat to pull out, China has continued building up its firewall to the point where most of its citizens have no idea what they’re missing out on. (Newsweek: Europe. March 2010 edition).
  • Obama’s Health-Care Plan has reached a total of 1,990 pages and has increased to US$950 Billion. This is not only causing disputes amongst most of Congress (who are still weary of this proposal) but medical students fresh into their career are making an average of US$100,000 annually, as opposed to their US$200,000 med school debts which they are left with. This explains why most med students choose to go into private practices and dermatology rather than work for the public systems. Which leaves the state at a medical stand still: hence a desperate need for the Health-Care Plan to be revised. (Mary Carmichael, Newsweek)
  • The IPCC has admitted to giving out inaccurate information, especially regarding the melting of the Himalayan Mountains. Their predictions for 2035 have been off by 20 years (at least). The question lies at why errors were found in the configuration system of the Panel. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC, claims that the panel has been “too transparent with their work, using the [circling the jungle] system” rather than keeping their research on a low key. This has resulted in a 15% decrease of Global Warming Theory supporters, and has also reduced the credibility of the IPCC and UN organizations trying to combat gas emissions. (Newsweek, March 2010 edition)
  • Human Rights are becoming less significant on a global scale, not only because the American Democrats are acting in their own national interest, but also due to the fact that underdeveloped countries are lacking in advocacy. The minimal amount of advocacy they do currently posses, however, would have to represent their state in the presence of 15 separate judges from various geographical locations globally. However, the ICJ (International Court of Justice) takes a more conservative stand, acting in global benefit rather than national interest, thus if the fact that TWC (Third World Countries) are lacking in human rights doesn’t have a major affect on OECD countries, thus it is virtually impossible to take into account of each uprising fight for human rights. (International Relations: Key Concepts)
  • After China’s ban on freedom of voice and religion, China ranks second in having the least human rights recognition. The first is Kazakhstan. (Newsweek, March 2010 edition).
  • Australia is co-operating with the Sri Lanken government and limiting the amount of refugees entering the country. Reasons remain unclear, although speculations have been made that this is due to the possibility of Australia becoming uninhabitable in 20-50 years. If this were the case, a total evacuation of the country will have to be made, thus limiting the total influx of “less privileged people” will allegedly ease the evacuation in the years to come. (Theory still being revised).

Anyway, for those of you who faithfully follow my blog (I know there aren’t many yet), I hope this helped with a recent update. I should try to keep this going with more consistency, but due to the sudden inundation of information which I have been taking in recently, one can see why consistency might be a bit difficult at this time.

All the same, don’t stop reading!

Mikaela G.

Come on make a move on me.
~Joey Negro~

Hobbes’ State of War

A morning of understanding the basic idea of Hobbes’ theory on man’s natural state being a state of war resulted in an incessant usage of brains vs. writing skills. As I have come to conclude, not only is human nature flawed, but because of our unwillingness to accept that we are equal at the core (we are glory seeking – thus, we want to be “different” and “special”) we are in constant conflict – constant matter in motion – with self and society as it is.

Man is egotistic, focusing on the unquenchable needs of self before the desires of others, and with our naturally conflicting and competitive nature, we are in constant battle for resources and space. Not only are our materialistic desires incessant, but essentially our desire for freedom becomes the driving force for conflict. This, and our diffidence (lack of trust in others) causes us to meet our own gains rather than risk loss via means of co-operation.

Anyway, this is just what I studied this morning. Obviously I have the rest of the day ahead of me. History today, and International Relations tomorrow, hopefully.

But as for current affairs…

  • The UN introduced reducing the amounts of female circumcision in Africa (despite this being a part of the culture) but has resulted in 65% reduction since 2007.
  • The IPCC was off by 22 years in predicting when the Himalayan Mountains would melt: Global warming is still a controversy, and unproven.
  • Debates regarding whether economic improvement will result in climate change – but ambiguity regarding whether the change is “good” or “bad” results in unending and rhetorical arguments.
  • China over-reacted to America’s selling 6-Million worth of military artillery weapons
  • North-Korea liberated the Christian Prisoners on suspicious terms, possible brainwashing involved
  • China is North-Korea’s greatest ally; Russia is China’s greatest ally; the Middle East is Russia’s Greatest Ally. If the world were to break into a Third World War, the Western nations have little to fend for.
  • Hong Kong’s continued fight for democracy is succeeding by far – however, because of the little capitalism that HK is built on, there is a chance that if HK becomes fully democratic, China will react negatively and HK risks another post-97′ decline.
  • South African President Jacob Zuma’s fifth wife was recently arrested for drug smuggling.
  • Haiti’s death toll reached 200,000 (the first estimate)

That’s all for now. More updates to come soon.

As a matter of fact
There’s no turning back.
~ATB~