The passing of Labor Day marks the advent of a new season. In my new home state of Virginia, the heat has softened and the riverside trees take on a faint yellow; for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, perhaps the winter wanes and blossoms bud.… Continue Reading
Yang Dacai, head of Shaanxi’s Provincial Work Safety Administration, became the Chinese internet’s latest laughingstock after he was spotted smiling at the site of a highway crash that left 36 people dead.… Continue Reading
One of the most glaring, if unremarked, oddities concerning China nowadays is how perceptions of its leaders diverge depending on the observer. In the eyes of the Chinese public, government officials are venal, incompetent, and interested solely in getting lucrative appointments.… Continue Reading
A prominent Burmese activist who had been sentenced to life in prison in absentia has returned to his homeland after his name was removed from a government blacklist.
Moe Thee Zun, left, was cheered by supporters as he arrived at the Rangoon airport on Saturday.… Continue Reading
We haven’t seen the film yet but we plan to.
It’s a documentary, both funny and deadly serious, about blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and murder.
The distributor’s release says The Ambassador ‘exposes the corrupt business of selling diplomatic titles to exploit the lucrative and limited resources of war torn, third world nations.’… Continue Reading