Calum Macleod’s harrowing account of Kunming attact

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/29/china-train-stabbing-kunming/6162803/ No guns, just knives: Chilling details of ‘China’s 9/11’ Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY12:50 a.m. EDT March 30, 2014 (Photo: Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY) SHARE 483CONNECT 351TWEET 50COMMENTEMAILMORE A month ago, in a nation of mostly unarmed police and wholly unarmed citizens, a small gang of killers with knives brought mass murder to the Chinese… Continue reading Calum Macleod’s harrowing account of Kunming attact

Chinese Atheists? a thoughtful piece on religion in China by Ian Johnson

Chinese Atheists? What the Pew Survey Gets Wrong Ian Johnson, 24 March, NYRB Earlier this month, I came across a fascinating opinion survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. The report asked people in forty countries whether belief in God is necessary for morality. Mostly, the results aren’t surprising. In advanced democracies, such… Continue reading Chinese Atheists? a thoughtful piece on religion in China by Ian Johnson

a touching piece about Sarah, written by Calum MacLeod

see below the piece. it ends with Sarah’s note to a friend. I am the friend, who is increasingly amazed by her ability to stay strong and composed. Teacher vows reunion with missing Malaysia jet passenger Mar. 27, 2014 6:54 PM | Comments A A Sarah Bajc, shown with longtime partner Philip Wood in January… Continue reading a touching piece about Sarah, written by Calum MacLeod

Moderating a session about travel at capital M, at 1 pm on March 20

I was asked to moderate a lunch time event at Capital M about travel. Of course I said yes. Travelling is one of my big passions in life. Why? Well, in my youth, I worked at a rocket factory for ten years, living a small and confined life. Now, out of my factory well, I… Continue reading Moderating a session about travel at capital M, at 1 pm on March 20

Ping Pong Diplomacy, a talk by Nick Griffin at Capital M at 7 pm on Thursday March 20

Ping-Pong Diplomacy is such an engaging and beautifully written book that I deprived my sleep for a few days. Even for a Chinese person who has lived through early 70’s, I learnt a lot about the ins and outs of the game that has changed the world. come along to the Capital M if you… Continue reading Ping Pong Diplomacy, a talk by Nick Griffin at Capital M at 7 pm on Thursday March 20

The angry Chinese reaction to the missing plane and the dignified reaction of my friend Sarah Bajc

The angry Chinese reaction to the missing plan and the dignified reaction of my friend Sarah Bajc Last night, I was interviewed by BBC TV’s The World Have Your Say program about China’s reaction to the Malaysia Airline’s missing plan MH307. I personally think some of the relatives of the 153 passengers reacted too aggressively,… Continue reading The angry Chinese reaction to the missing plane and the dignified reaction of my friend Sarah Bajc