Daily Archives: March 18, 2008

US admits economy is in …downturn

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has admitted that the US economy is facing a “sharp decline” at the moment but hoped for a recovery later in the year.

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Beijing Olympics under question

And with all these things going on in China with the Tibet issue getting bigger day after day it was natural that there will come the first to suggest boycotting Beijing Olympic Games. What’s coming next is how strong this voice will become and how the governments are going to deal with this including the Chinese government; don’t forget that in the past athletes have demonstrated in many ways their political …views!

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Obama’s US cannot ignore race

So this was it, in the end everything came down to race and gender while Mr. Obama was insuring everybody that it was about ideas and tomorrow! Speaking in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city seen as the cradle of US democracy, Mr Obama gave a speech that drew on America’s long history of racial inequality – and called on the US to move beyond it.

“The anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races,” he said. As the child of a black father and white mother, he said he understood the passions of both sides in what he called “a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years” – and said he was not so naive as to believe it could be overcome in one election cycle.

 

What is coming next? The line between been the person we’ve seen for so long and good old Jesse Jackson is very thin and a lot of his opponents would love to see him crossing it.

 

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Today’s Ovi magazine

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Nunobark by Nunobark. Nunobark is a Lisbon-based illustrator, artist, graphic designer… and proud father. He was the founder of several fanzines, maintains the Public Secret Blog. Here is a selection of his work.

Sarkozy: Leave French people alone – Part 3 by Akli Hadid. Like many French personalities, including France’s highest ranked politicians, Nicolas Sarkozy has made several statements that show how racist and anti-Semetic he is.

“I wander” by Bohdan Yuri. “To have great poets there must be great audiences too.” – Walt Whitman

iBite by Thanos Kalamidas. iBite is a snappy selection of news from around the world accompanied by a cynical, albeit humourous, comment from Mr T. Kalamidas.

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The end of the apartheid

Today is a day to remember internationally, a very unique day, in 1992, white South Africans have backed an overwhelming mandate for political reforms to end apartheid and create a power-sharing multi-racial government. In a landslide victory for change, the government swept the polls in all four provinces, and all but one of 15 referendum regions. It won 68.6% of the vote in a record turn-out, which, in some districts exceeded 96%.

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China premier attacks Dalai Lama

Unfortunately not by throwing at him red book or spiritually! Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has accused the Dalai Lama of masterminding recent violence in Tibet’s main city, Lhasa. Well he is a …mastermind after all! Speaking at the close of parliament, Mr Wen also said that the exiled Tibetan leader’s claim of “cultural genocide” in Tibet was nothing but lies.

China’s response to the violence had been restrained, the premier said. China says 13 people were killed by rioters in Lhasa. Tibetan exiles say at least 80 protesters were killed in a crackdown by Chinese security forces.

You must really love it when they come with things like that, violence has been restrained, right if they are not killed, they will be soon! The family pays the bullet, in the case of the monks the bill goes to ….Dalai Lama!

 

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