The King and Queen of Sweden really should not set embarrassing precedents, as it makes the lives of VIPs infinitely harder than they already are. Hopping on to the next available commercial flight to India — carrying their own hand baggage, that too — just because their official jet had problems may be the politically advantageous thing to do, but it may well be cited as a precedent to compel other globetrotting notables to trim their travel budgets and carbon emissions. Why, just this August, Prince William and his family also jumped on to a £73-a-head budget flight to Scotland even though his brother Harry showed more appropriate royal éclat by taking a private jet for holidays — and to an island to deliver a lecture on climate change. If crowned heads start evincing such plebeian concerns as expenses and global warming, mere heads of states and governments can hardly consider themselves immune hereinafter. Some things survive by convention, after all, … [Read more...] about A royal display of common sense: Once kings take commercial flights for official visits, will common VIPs follow?
The passage of a so-called act to "protect Xinjiang's human rights" by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday is another US attempt to interfere in China's internal affairs, which deserves condemnation. The United States has wantonly twisted the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and leveled baseless charges against the Xinjiang authorities that have been successfully combating terrorism. This blatant disregard for China's sovereignty once again exposes the US' evil designs in the name of protecting human rights to maintain its global hegemony. That the act is full of stale lies about Xinjiang is evident from its claim that China has a long history of repressing Muslims, particularly the Uygurs, and has systematically discriminated against the minority ethnic groups. Some US politicians and media outlets, without any evidence, allege that the Chinese government has forced the Uygurs in Xinjiang to celebrate Chinese New Year. By turning a blind eye to … [Read more...] about ‘Xinjiang act’ fully displays US hypocrisy
Video PlayerClose RIGA, May 9 (Xinhua) -- A photo exhibition on China's ethnic minorities opened in Riga on Thursday, highlighting the diverse lifestyles and centuries-old traditions of many ethnic groups. Participating in the unveiling of the exhibition on Scenery and Customs of Chinese Ethnic Minorities were representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Latvia, members of the Latvian parliament, as well as representatives of Chinese cultural organizations. The 64 photos displayed at the exhibition are works of prominent Chinese photographers whose close relations with the people of the ethnic groups allowed them to tell through the lens of their cameras the true story of their day-to-day lives. The works for the exhibition were selected by the Suisse des Commercants d' Origine Chinoise which also organized the exhibition in Latvia. Tang Yulap, chairman of Association Suisse des Commercants d' Origine Chinoise, said at the opening of the exhibition: "Since ancient times, China has … [Read more...] about Photo exhibition on China’s ethnic minorities opens in Riga
December 06, 2019 12:46 Korea will launch a new geostationary satellite next February to monitor fine dust pollution in real time. Once up and running, the satellite will make it possible to track the exact flow of fine dust particles. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute on Thursday unveiled the Chollian-2B, which will fly over Korea in geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 36,000 km. The satellite has sensors that can detect not only the movement of fine dust but also identify its source and volume. It can track 20 types of air pollutants including ozone, sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde, according to the KARI. It will be launched from a space station in Guyana in February next year and start gathering data in October with a view to supplying information from 2021. High-Emission Vehicles to Be Barred from Downtown Seoul China Agrees to Share Fine Dust Data with Korea China Accepts Responsibility for Toxic Haze Gov't Vows to Reduce Air Pollution by 40% … [Read more...] about New Korean Satellite to Monitor Fine Dust
Blinded by the LightDirector - Gurinder ChadhaCast - Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Aaron Phagura Few scenes are as heartwarming as the one in Blinded by the Light, in which two young British men — one of them a Muslim of Pakistani origin and the other a Sikh of Indian origin — sit across a table and bond over music, united, against all odds, because of their shared status as unwanted outsiders in a country whose people tore theirs apart.To the Neo-Nazi punks who piss on their houses and deface their walls, they’re just ‘Pakis’ — the same brown immigrants whom they want kicked out of their country. The racists aren’t aware of the decades of socio-political baggage that Javed and Roops are carrying. And in that moment in 1987, sitting across from each other, discussing their favourite musician, neither are they.At home, they speak the same language probably; their parents want the … [Read more...] about Blinded by the Light movie review: Gurinder Chadha’s best film since Bend it Like Beckham