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New rules encourage China’s online media to report good news

Source: MERICS China Update Information considered politically damaging should no longer be available on the internet in China. The country’s political leadership instead wants online content to buzz with "positive energy". Content creators and media platforms, internet users and government agencies are being encouraged to create a "healthy internet" environment. New rules for "regulating the online-content ecosystem" that came into force on 1 March make a distinction between illegal and harmful content and content that promotes the party-state’s ideology and achievements, which should be encouraged. Xi Jinping has declared that bringing “positive energy” to the internet is the media’s central task. "In times of the coronavirus this means: no criticism of the government's crisis response, a lot of focus on the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses, and on the leadership’s success in combatting the epidemic,” says MERICS analyst Katja Drinhausen. Ch

Coronavirus is travelling to countries and so is misinformation around it. It’s an infodemic

Coronavirus is travelling to countries and so is misinformation around it. It’s an infodemic The COVID-19 outbreak proves again that history tends to repeat itself. This is not the first time a killer virus has travelled along connected networks. SAMIR SARAN 14 March, 2020 Foreign tourists wear protective masks at the Taj Mahal complex in Agra amid the coronavirus threat | Photo: ANI H aving dawdled for weeks, the WHO has finally declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. Given that it is too soon to assess how well global institutions and governments have responded to the emerging public health challenge, that discussion is best left for another day. For the moment, three facets of COVID-19 merit comment. First, we are witnessing what can be described as an “infodemic.” Thanks to social media platforms and an attention-hungry mainstream media, there is an overflow of  (mis)information  about COVID-19. For many, it can be hard to determine what is true and what is false since ex

Blood Lineage / 血统

Made in China Journal Blood Lineage / 血统 Written On  6 March 2020 . Posted In  China Columns ,  Online Only . Author:  Yi Xiaocuo Bloodline, or lineage, has been a political ideology of many monarchical regimes and aristocratic societies throughout history. The rise of nationalism in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries paralleled the discourse of purity and authenticity of one’s blood/race. In the context of national formation, blood is a metaphor for race, ethnicity, and sexuality that enacts loyalty, belonging, and national consciousness. Blood lineage can be a malleable narrative explaining Self and Other, a rigid disciplining tool reinforcing hierarchy, or a fluid signifier for social groups seeking belonging and protection. In imperial China, rulers adopted blood-based ties to clarify the hereditary rights of power and property, and as a tool for social management in order to distinguish between royalty, civilians, and slaves. For example, the imperial Chinese punis

Madalasa Upadesha

 In Markandeya purana there is this lullaby called Madalasa Upadesha. The story is that Madalasa was an enlightened Queen who gave birth to a child. When the child cried, instead of diverting the child's attention with various objects she chose to introduce him to the truth. And that truth is sung in the form of a sweet lullaby which is called madalasa upadesha or madalasa putra upadesha. The mother is said to be "madalasa" which literally means one who has won over alasa or laziness. One may take it to be the Mother Sruthi teaching all of us. We are all children because we cry. Anyone who cries is a child. And we cry for various reasons. when a child cries, its because it feels unhappy about something. Here the mother is not trying to divert the child's attention by showing it a few toys. She directly teaches it the Truth which is really a joy to listen to. As we see the teaching, we will also try and see how the teaching is really an aid for us to "Just Be&qu

5 INDIANS EMBODY “BEAUTY DIPLOMACY"

Feb 6, 2020   by   Aparna M Sridhar       COMMENT   PRINT AS PDF For the first time in the Miss Universe contest’s history, five women of Indian origin represented Australia, India, Malaysia, Panama and Singapore for the Miss Universe 2019 crown at Atlanta, Georgia on December 8 th . Beauty pageants are a great source of interest internationally, as well as in India. In the book  Beauty Diplomacy  by Oluwakemi M. Balogun ,  one is taken into the world of beauty contests, to see how they can become “vehicles for complex ideas about gender and power, ethnicity and belonging, and rapidly changing articulation of nationhood.” In these contests, contestants are expected to integrate recognizable aspects of their country’s cultural identity while also conveying ideas of global integration. In her research on beauty pageants,  Making the Perfect Queen: The Cultural Production of Identities in Beauty Pageants , Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain of the National University of Ireland points out that

China’s navy shipbuilders are ‘outbuilding everybody’

The second Type 075 amphibious warship, being built in Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai, is about to be launched By DAVE MAKICHUK MARCH 11, 2020 An amphibious assault ship is a type of warship which military analysts believe could play a crucial role in reunifying the island of Taiwan by force, if it comes to that, and even more are needed. Credit: National Interest. Welcome to another headache for the Pentagon — it appears China has grasped accelerated shipbuilding technologies and related aircraft development as its march toward an imposing blue water navy continues unabated. According to the Global Times, China is reportedly set to launch its second Type 075 amphibious assault ship soon following the launch of the first one in September. An amphibious assault ship is a type of warship which military analysts believe could play a crucial role in reunifying the island of Taiwan by force, if it comes to that, and even more are needed, the report said. The second Type 075 amphibious

Iceland Sentences 26 Corrupt Bankers to 74 Years in Prison

By   Maurice Bedard  - January 17, 2016 18962 SOURCE BullHorn       Become a powerful force for change Join Us Iceland just sentenced their 26th banker to prison for his part in the 2008 economic collapse. The charges ranged from breach of fiduciary duties to market manipulation to embezzlement. When most people think of Iceland, they envision fire and ice. Major volcanoes and vast ice fields are abundant due to its position on the northern part of the  Mid-Atlantic Ridge .  (A hot July day in Reykjavik is around 55 degrees.)  However, Iceland is also noted for being one of the  Nordic Socialist  countries, complete with universal health care, free education and a lot other Tea Potty nightmares. Therefore, as you might imagine, they tend to view and react to economic situations slightly differently than the U.S. When the banking induced “Great Recession of ’08” struck, Iceland’s economic hit was among the hardest. However, instead of rewarding fraudulent banking procedures with tons of

Can India learn from Iceland on how to deal with Bankrupt Banks?

Can India learn from Iceland on how to deal with Bankrupt Banks? https://www.bbc.com/news/business-35485876 Read below interview by Iceland Premier Mr.Olafur Grimsson https://www.businessinsider.com/olafur-ragnur-grimsson-iceland-2012-4 _everybody knows now, we did not pump public money into the failed banks. We treated them like private companies that went bankrupt, and we let them fail. Some people say we did it because we didn't have any other option, there is clearly something in that argument, but it does not change the fact that it turned out to be a wise move or whatever reason. Whereas in many other countries, the prevailing orthodoxy is you pump public money into banks and you make taxpayers responsible for the banks in the long run, and somehow treat the banks as if they are holier institutions in the economy than manufacturing companies, commercial companies, IT companies, or whatever. And I have never really understood the argument: why a private bank or financial fund

Iceland's President Explains Why The World Needs To Rethink Its Addiction To Finance

BusinessInsider.com Adam Taylor / Business Insider Here's the full transcript of our  interview with Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson , who has been President of Iceland since 1996, and announced last month he would be running for a fifth term. Keep reading to hear his thoughts on Iceland's recovery, and how a large financial sector can ruin a nation. How has life in Iceland changed since the meltdown? It's very difficult to give a short description of how life has changed. It's absolutely clear in Iceland, like many other countries, the financial crisis came as a profound shock, not only to the financial institutions, but also to ordinary people, the economy... So thousands of Icelanders had to struggle with fundamental change in their economic situation, loss of income, even loss of property, increased burden of loans, unemployment, and the nation as a whole also had to face -- which somehow we were fortunate to realize early on -- that the collapse of the banks was not just an