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Three lessons on Chinese culture and politics

December 1, 2020 - 04:13 -- Admin

The animosity between the Chinese and Australian authorities is heating up. We Westerners need to understand some of Chinese culture and politics. I do not have all the answers , but some 10 years of working and teaching on China have taught me about three traits that I hope might be of use to my fellow Australians in their interactions with the Chinese. Be aware that my Chinese friends  find my descriptions hopelessly simplistic.

Histories of the Great Panic.

November 23, 2020 - 16:40 -- Admin

How will Western historians in 2050 remember 2020? In scenario 1, “The Great Panic, a lost generation”, I sketch my best guess. Scenario 2, “A job well done” is the one I imagine many current Western governments hope is told. Scenario 3, “The dark path of the Great Panic”, is one of my main fear scenarios.

The legal battles of the Covistance. Have there been crimes against humanity?

October 27, 2020 - 00:36 -- Admin

Ramesh Thakur is one of many commentators inside the Covistance who think government public health advisers have committed crimes against humanity. His anger was raised by reports of desperate parents in India selling their children into virtual slavery, including sexual exploitation, which is what you get with extreme impoverishment and hence the completely predictable result of lockdowns.