vi iv wikileaks cable

June 4 is around the corner. After years of controversies with Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange still in sort of house arrest, at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it  came to my attention recently that some cables actually are related to the events surrounding the student uprising and culminating into the massacre on 4th June 1989.

 

The number of students killed might be different according to different accounts. Nevertheless, i felt chilled to the bone rereading some tense moments in the city through a “laowai”, whose mobility was probably more than the average citizen and was sure that minimal casualties through his eyewitness account were  at least in the hundreds in this sad saga of Chinese politics and reforms.

https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/89BEIJING18828_a.html

 

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partie 3 sur 3  des contes de mars 2018  texte original chinois par ‘oncle hung jai’

中文作者:雄仔叔叔    三月開古 原文 三之
ça donne l’air de grande amitié
ce petit terroir de voisin
en le passant, il me demande
ça va aujourd’hui?
peut-être un peu mieux
je débarrasse plus ma mère comme avant
m’arrête et la réponds prudemment
avec vieillissement on se sent fatigué
le scrutin supplémentaire d’aujourd’hui est franchement
une mauvaise nouvelle sans la dire
visant un tombe couvert de sol noir
il semble que un autre voisin
essaye de planter des gingembres
c’est vraiment une question de choix
quelqu’un a déjà coché ce p’tit terroir
bricoler sur place changeant du terroir à la maison
devient une affaire de millionnaire
je vois que leurs p’tits neveux
ne chassent plus parmi les terroirs et les eaux
je sais qu’il ne faut pas les forcer
mais je veux encore qu’ils sachent
ce vocabulaire qui le rend debout et inspiré
quel beau paysage
… … …

好像是老朋友了
鄰居這小塊耕地
走過它會問我
今天怎樣
好了一點罷
我再不像以前敷衍阿媽
停下腳步認真答
老之將至 人就是累
今天補選結果本來就是
壞消息不說了
看見一個土敦敷了黑土
聽說另一個鄰居
嘗試種點薑
這真是一個選擇的問題
已經有人打這小塊耕地的主意
搞個農地轉屋地就是
過千萬的生意
我看見他們的小子姪
再不在田埂流水奔逐
我知不能勉強
但仍想他們認識
這樣叫人昂首呼吸的詞語
風光明媚

 

2018.3.12

雄仔叔叔

勞工節講人命

人命值多少錢

勞工節講人命

一篇講靈異事件的文章,駭人聽聞不是見首不見尾的疑似鬼怪。讓我震驚的是1976-1980四年之間,香港的地鐵工程奪去了四條寶貴生命。再隨便想想西九龍icc 六個人跌落升降機槽斃命,到最近港珠澳大橋安全架掉下淹死兩名工友,幾十年來基建都係血肉搵番嚟的!

從示威看到政府仍然係無牙老虎,不能保障為社會成就默默付出的一群。零傷亡是很卑微,既艱難但應該達到的尊嚴要求!

回來

十月初 北緯四十九度的早晨秋風凜冽

巴士站逐漸人多起來

一輛明顯是改裝過的四驅車

發出劃破週日早上寧靜

霎時間兩個汽車防盜警鐘也和唱起來

中年婦應對着說製造噪音擾人清夢應為犯法

另邊箱一位穿得典雅像要往教堂上禮拜的女士

手法熟練地伸手到回收桶裡尋寶

吸煙少女跟我對望了一下笑了

其實拾荒者是浪費社會的生態清道夫

自我的扭曲價值觀還需要檢討

那後者就讓它成為我來年其中一個目標吧

from capitalistic middle and uppper class hipster sh*t to civil disobedience rage.

So this has been a weekend loaded with activities I attended haphazrdly. The Kowloon City Bookfair, which is running its 6th annual leg, finally fit into my junky, over-the-head, boisterous music-by-the-habourfront weekend. Organised by young literary connoisseurs, back by a creativity-oriented high school, a think tank, etc., the bookfair is a mélange of talks, roundtables, flea market, mini-bookfair and a mini-concert. Free of charge to everybody, coarse but ever-evolving, it’s what this overcrowded and over-developped city needs if Hong Kong were to slow down and smell some roses, or fresh air!

Thanks to a random gift of kindness, I set foot in West Kowloon waterfront for Clockenflap, probably the last time in a while by the West Kowloon waterfront since constructions will be swung into actions in the coming years.

My previous impression of this “music festival” has been some gweilos replicating rock concerts spiced with burning man. Upon entering I was upset with the overfloated plastic recycle bin with all types of trash. A day later however, a politically charged performance by “my little airport” sort of eased my displeasure. Well, in a non-perfect world, room for improvement is the key!
books_n_veggies

sleep

clocken-junks

occupy hong kong 2014 (i)

This might be the first in a series, for a duration not yet known, on the latest civil disobedience in Hong Kong in 2014. Let’s build up curiosity by looking at media, especially state media first!

Maybe Russia and China really are secretly in love, or are they not-so-secret buddies?

Russia Today said “protest turns violent” at the title of its piece posted September 28, 2014 16:33(Moscow time?)

http://rt.com/news/191324-hong-kong-protesters-clashes/

even though it did use the words “pro-democracy” in the report.

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray on a crowd of pro-democracy protesters who ignored warnings and blocked the city’s main highway. The violence came after several days of student protests.

Meanwhile, China’s official news portal labelled the protest “spun out of control” http://www.china.org.cn/china/2014-09/29/content_33643206.htm

Agence France Presse en español wrote one of its headlines”

Manifestantes prodemocracia paralizan puntos neurálgicos en Hong Kong

https://es.noticias.yahoo.com/manifestantes-prodemocracia-paralizan-puntos-neur%C3%A1lgicos-en-hong-kong-074511202.html

Paralyse it we should, not neuro-logistical centre of Hong Kong, rather the injustice of puppet electoral systems, oligarchy and neoliberalism! Can we?

below: screenshot of online spreadsheet of the call for supply materials at the occupied sites
online spreadsheet of call of supply materials in the struggle

Écosse sous le microscope

Un pays Écosse libre?
Si c’était un jeu, les habitants du Québec et de la Catalunya seraient tellement jaloux de la situation à l’heure actuelle.

Personellement je pense que le Groenland a une chance plus solide avec le Royaume du Danemark que toutes les regions ou nations ou pays mentionnés ci-dessus.

Face au néolibéralisme, est-ce une vrai différence dans un Écosse indépendant? La vie des Écossais sera mieux? On ne sais plus, et on la verra!

Mon avis? Je n’aime pas des empires, surtout l’hypocrisie de tenir toujours Gibraltar et les îles Malouines ( ou Falkland Islands) et parler d’une société juste!

drapeau écossais

drapeau écossais

ole ola, mas nenhuma força

ole ola….

The dust has long settled after the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Football aside, the theme song and its video really sounded and looked heavily American, albeit international production. So much for Brazil’s backbone of photographing and fingerprinting Americans visitors knocking on their doors on arrival, when it comes to big money, multinationals still dictate how events are run or sponsored. This couldn’t be truer weird and somewhat vulgar and definitely violent (towards the end) parody which par hasard caught my attention today:

So the Brazilians spent all that money, threw in some false pride, garnished with cultural absence and misrepresentations and topped off with some posh infrastructures, et Voilà! Who eventually would benefit? Wait, Rio will host the Olympics in less than 48 months and the story keeps on fermenting itself.

and here’s the NFL or Miami-like original jingle.

Thatcher obituary, a year later

8 April!!!!!! After seeing the british teledrama Margaret and reading and viewing reports and commentaries on Margaret Thatcher’s passing A YEAR AGO, it’s my turn to write this résumé.

Geofrery Howe, Kenneth Clarke, Michael Heseltine, John Major, Neil Kinnock, Paddy Ashdown are some of the names that popped up immediately when I learnt of her death. Having grown up in colonial Hong Kong and spending my very first year living away from my home town for post-secondary education in Liverpool, I watched on TV many of the parliamentary debates she had as prime minister as well as her then very dramatic ouster.

Paddy Ashdown, leader of Liberal Democrats 1988-1999, was very polite in his tribute. Nevertheless he highlighted her liberalisation of markets, her stripping down the barriers to business and her lowering taxation
had resulted in not greater prosperity for all but to
near ruin and disgusting climate of greed of the few.

He added the freedom advanced in the Thatcher years were “strangely partial” since it was mainly “economic freedom” of a few. On the other hand, Thatcher didn’t care much about political freedom of gays, people of Scotland or women

Du côté canadien, l’ancien premier ministre Jean Chretien sur Thatcher et aussi la loi constitutionelle de 1982:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/World/ID/2374042028/

quoting Chretien (Thatcherite politics)…”has run its course”… (and a)…”kinder, less destructive, more balanced way to shape our economy” (should be the alternative)

D’autre opinion, celle de l’Afrqiue.
Journaliste Marie-Roger Biloa a souligné corretement que Thatcher soutient (ouvertement ou laissez-faire) apartheid dans une émission de Kiosque sur TV5 monde. Étant donné que Nelson Mandela a aussi passé au ciel, Madame

Anthony Barnett
Un entrevue de Anthony Barnett sur l’émission anglaise d’al Jazeera a souligné les enjeux énegétiques qui ont été négligés par la plupart des média.
http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/ourkingdom/thatcher-al-jazeera-interview-with-anthony-barnett

and from the journalist on the Edward Snowden case, Glen Greenwald has a few words to say on the Guardian.

Margaret Thatcher dies: Hundreds celebrate at street parties

not really sad response to her passing

Neil Kinnock sums up a pretty accurate “legacy” of Thatcher:

It was an unmitigated disaster for Britain because, if you recall, it commenced with a series of Budget changes and use of interest rates which, combined with the fact that oil was monumentally coming on stream, pushed the price of the pound out of sight and succeeded in inflicting devastating harm on the productive base of Britain.

And the end result was not modernisation, it was ­devastation.

Finally, more salt on the wound: Totally absent in any Western media coverage, her encounter of a bigger beast called Deng Xiao Ping in Beijing, China in 1984 concerning the future of Hong Kong definitely occupied her mind and caused the infamous “kowtow”. But given her stand on Falkland Islands and Pinochet just marked the slow decline of an empire which could only look back to the past.

Rest in peace, Lady Thatcher. Apart from being the first female head of state of a G8 country, you also did the world a lot of damage. Unfortunately, even though I don’t wish for another Reagan or Thatcher or Mulroney, their incarnations will certainly pop out again and wreak havoc. Case in point? Manuel Valls, the new Bacelona-born French Prime Minister who once said the name “Parti Socialiste” and its policies are dated. Hold your breath people!