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On the way to the poor house

Until very recently, the dusty African territory of Djibouti was best known to the wider world for its inhabitants’ habit of chewing khat. Each day, as the heat of the afternoon mounts, the men of Djibouti gather in sociable groups, wad a few leaves of the East African shrub Catha edulis into their cheeks, and […]

via Why Borrowers on China’s Belt and Road Will Go From Euphoria to Depression — Astute News

The Twelve Tribes of Israel are discounted

‘Racially charged comment made by Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, comparing people of color to ‘monkeys,’ is utterly unacceptable’ ed note–all can rest assured several things on this matter– 1. The ‘good Jews’ at the ADL know full well that the ‘good rabbi’ who made these comments did so because this is precisely what Judaism […]

via How They Do It–ADL Slams Chief Rabbi of Israel for Calling Black People ‘Monkeys’ — The Ugly Truth

We look for a fruitful collaboration

For over three years, IAS officer Sumita Dawra was posted at the Indian mission in Beijing. During this period Dawra got to observe several aspects of the Chinese economy and society. The following is an excerpt from a book she wrote based on those observations. Being curious about the agricultural system in China, I got my […]

via An Indian bureaucrat is amazed by China’s ability to grow crops without soil — Quartz

Chinas’ soft power projection

The study was mammoth. It cost $54 million, and involved some 1,000 researchers and 65,000 local bureaucrats. But academics around the globe are calling the results an agricultural miracle. The project already saved Chinese farmers more than $12.2 billion over 10 years, and in the process may have unveiled a key to answering one of…

via Chinese researchers discovered an agricultural miracle that could feed the planet without destroying it — Quartz

Foreign Affairs equals geopolitics

In a pattern largely overlooked by many, roughly half of the mainland members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are experiencing various degrees of regime change instability, with the asymmetrical warfare model presently active in Southern Africa closely resembling the one that was already applied in the neighboring “Global South” region of South America. […]

via Will The US Offensive Against Global South Hit South Africa? — Astute News

We are the change we want to see

You could compile a long list of ‘blackfaces’ in East Asian media over the last decade. But the latest version this Euro-American racist archetype in Chinese media is by far the most controversial—a skit on China’s English language TV station CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala featuring ‘blackface’ actors. Like the others on the growing list of…

via Chinese media is obsessed with portraying China as Africa’s savior — Quartz

 

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