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

8 heures de travail

2014年的五一勞動節前後於網上找到差不多一世紀前的舊照片: 歐洲在1919年爭取8小時“標準工時”的海報,在一個世紀後的亞洲居然一點也不過時。真諷刺!

1919年 我們只要8小時 ;en 1919, on veut 8 heures seulement

1er mai, Journée internationale des travailleurs

J’ai tombé sur cette photo de 1919 quand la lutte était pour 8 heures de travail par jour? Malheuresement, Un siècle plus tard, en 2014, en Asie, dont la Chine et Hong Kong RAS, il n’y a pas des heures ‘maximum’ fixées par semaine. Plus loin en Europe, le taut chomage augmente sans arret, tandis que les Asiatiques, ou même des gens ailleurs travaillent comme des chiens avec des heures supplémentaires contribuées mais rarement recompensées! Ou est le progrès alors?

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!

Four Queens and a funeral

That was the post title I had in mind a year ago on 31 July 2012 when Gore Vidal took the elevator to heaven. The London Olympics were in full force and I remembered seeing Freddie Mercury (no, I wasn’t hallucinating), the Queen Elizabeth II and George Michael somewhere, somehow during the opening ceremonies. Mix that with Vidal and you know how the mathematics worked out.

I’ve watched more video interviews, documentaries on VIdal than I’ve read his books. Nevertheless, his wit and elegance perfused in the media forms by and about him. Here are some of his quotes.

Our state of affairs:

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

On being a Queen perhaps:

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

On democracy:

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

and on Religion, from his Lowell Lecture at Harvard University, April 1992

The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal—God is the Omnipotent Father—hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates. The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is not just in place for one tribe, but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god’s purpose.

I really preferred this ONN particular Queen I wrote about among the four.

Vidal on corporate grip

Vidal on corporate grip

Snowden and Sinicisation of the States

If you are USA citizens (many nationalities are Americans, you don’t need me to lecture you in this particular post, do you?), you shouldn’t be so proud that gay marriage seems to be making grounds, nor that you have re-elected your first Black president for a second term. Nothing worth going jubilatory about.

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary of George W. Bush, had tweeted as around the time when Snowden’s leak surfaced:

“Drone strikes. Wiretaps. Gitmo. [Obama] is carrying out Bush’s 4th term. Yet he attacked Bush for violating Constitution,”

Well a few short notes for those of you, that might mean MOST of you who haven’t noticed.

Chinese dissidents flock to foreign media such as BBC, Radio Free Asia, RFI, VoA and the like when they have something to say.

And this time the news broke with The Guardian, a British newspaper, a foreign media for the people of ths USA. The journalist, who is American, seems to be based in Brazil these days. I bet North American soil is too safe and free for him these days.

While China has its Great Fire Wall to block out bad influence websites for her citizens, the USA seem to be catching up by blocking the entire Guardian website for troops stationed abroad.

Hmmm Did I say Sinicization?

And the rhetoric of US officials on Snowden while is not identical, but definitely rhymes with that diffused by the Chinese government when Liu Xiao Bo was honoured with the 2010 Nobel peace prize.

Perhaps Evo Morales was “meddling on the internal affairs” of the USA that the Western European countries citing technical or diplomatic difficulties and did not allow the president of Bolivia to pass through their airspace. Boy I thought “meddling on the internal affairs” is patented by the Chinese government. Apparently not, or Beijing failed to follow up with the ptent office.

hmmmm did I say Chinalization? LOL

I dunno whether Dick Cheney was correct on Snowden as a “Chinese” spy, but I am curious as to how much backbone the Nobel committee will have should Snowden receives a nomination for the Peace Prize in the coming years. Afterall, Obama had his during his first year in office.

So be faithful to your country, dear US of A citizens, for the government is doing everything to promote you and your liberty!

hmmmm Did I say Sinification?
Wait a minute, I might be wrong afterall. Google, whose offices in Beijing got a sea of flowers when Chinese netizens sent in their condolences. Google took the moral high ground to leave China because the Chinese government likes to breathe down the necks of her citizens. Now, by the same token, Google, MSN, Facebook and the like must find refuge somewhere OUTSIDE of the USA if NSA/Prism are acting like overprotective parents. But where could these companies go tomorrow?

See you in DC! Oops I really meant Peking LOL.

Sénégal Fast Food, défi «slow» pour les gourmands

Une chanson pas du tout aisément «politiquement correct» pour l’apprentissage du français, quand même que je l’ai découverte, par hasard, dans un site américain pour un cours de français en ligne. S’agit-il d’un exemple de plus facile à révéler les défauts les autres!

Il est minuit à Tokyo
Il est cinq heures au Mali
Quelle heure est-il au Paradis ?
Il est minuit à Tokyo
Il est cinq heures au Mali
Quelle heure est-il au Paradis ?

Les rimes apparaîtraient joyeuses, si l’on néglige les paroles non-français, en une des langues au Mali que je ne peux pas surnormmer exactement, qui composent le refrain:

Nous qui quittons nos pays
Il ne faut pas que les enfants du pays nous oublient
Nous qui sommes dans cette chose
Chose là aucun de nous ne saurait la nommer
Nous qui sommes dans des pays lointains
Il ne faut pas que les enfants du pays nous oublient

«le visa au consulat», «au paradis», «ascenseur pour le ghetto», jumellent avec les images dans la vidéo font une perturbation émotionnelle. Tant pis pour vous qui lisez jusqu’à ici, ou ceux qui connaissez la langue française, cette chanson pourrait être consumé de façon différente comme «Sénégal Fast Food» sans pilule de mondialisation, décolonisation et toutes les «tions».

Cette oeuvre de Amadou & Mariam et Manu Chao engendre une indigestion plus forte que là-bas, une chanson de Jean-Jacques Goldman qui touche sur l’immigration aussi, mais parallèlement m’incite la curiosité de explorer la musique africaine francophone.

1 July 2012 protest in pictures

1 July, Hong Kong. Retrocession day to China, with a not-in-the-tourism-guides protest march tagging along yearly since 1997 sans exception. Cette année,les gens ne sont pas content avec le bureau du gouvernement central à Hong Kong, comme montré ici:

對中聯辦的意見

對中聯辦的意見

冤 – 直指 李旺陽 “被自殺”案 injust – le cas de LI Wang Yang.

“冤” -  injust

“冤” – injust

A post-90s youth group 學民思潮 (scholarism) voicing their concern over “national education” to be implemented in the K-12 curriculum.
學民思潮對國民教育的意見

學民思潮

學民思潮

Godwin’s law coming into effect, inevitable? This time targeting the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, CY Leung. 唉!高德温效應又來了,衝着梁振英來的!

oops, Hitler reference!

oops, Hitler reference!

I am not a fan of Falun Gong, but they always have an extremely long, equipped with marching band, huge banners and their carriers, procession towards the end of the parade. Visually, that’s very provoative indeed!

Falun Gong - as long as usual!

Falun Gong – as long as usual!

une ville n’est plus idéale? crié un slogan dans la manif.
我夢想的城市消失了?

Pearl of the Orient no more?

Pearl of the Orient no more?

An almost universally true question thrown at the Police in all kinds of public demonstrations: “Police officers, Where’s your conscience?”

警察? 良知?

警察? 良知?

The protest march meant so much to fellow citizens that many who missed the “full frontal” of the yearly retrocession day fireworks. Honestly, getting the naked truth from the marchers was better than the jubilant lies camouflaged in fireworks!

tail of the protest pausing for fireworks, FIVE hours after the start of the march!

tail of the protest pausing for fireworks, FIVE hours after the start of the march!

Public transit made way for the marchers.

trams stopped

trams stopped

Streets free of people and traffic, after marchers flowed by for hours.

emptied and littered

emptied and littered

June 4, 2012 in pictures

今年六四搜集回來的照片,部分是吾拍的。

年輕人 les jeunes

年輕人 les jeunes

發表意見 exrpimer des idées

發表意見 exrpimer des idées

slogan 口號

slogan 口號


人山人海 quelle présence

人山人海 quelle présence

synchronisé  一致的

synchronisé 一致的

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/2761/642012cwbhkg57.jpg

女神 la déesse

女神 la déesse

n'oubliez pas  不要忘記

n’oubliez pas 不要忘記

However, the artwork or protest outside of the venue, Victoria Park, or even Hong Kong, prove to be the most shocking visuals one can obtain this year related to the massacre 23 years ago.

 坦克 1 tank

坦克 1 tank

flesh and blood camouflaged in tranquility
寧靜覆蓋的血與肉

and this tank below from the student protests in Montreal, in Spring 2012. You don’t need me to tell you where they got their inspiration from for their prop.還有2012之春從加拿大滿地可學潮傳來一幀十分震撼的照片(大概是四月底前拍的,示威者的靈感未呼之已出!)

et la plus choquante est l’installation qui fait partie des manifs de Printemps d’érable au Québec en 2012.

坦克 2 tank -  加拿大,蒙特利爾 Montréal, Canada

坦克 2 tank – 加拿大,蒙特利爾 Montréal, Canada