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Minqi Li : China's elites are primarily focused on neoliberal globalization. Part 7
Minqi Li, a chinese political economist, believes that "as far as China's ruling elites are concerned and concerning China's capitalists, I would say, nationalism is not so much their own ideology. And their own ideology, if there is anything at all, is primarily neo-liberal globalization, and they're very much identified with hegemony.
Minqi Li is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah specializing in Political Economy, World Systems and the Chinese Economy. He was a political prisoner in China from 1990 to 1992. He is the author of "After Neoliberalism: Empire, Social Democracy, or Socialism?
(For the other parts, do a local search for Minqi Li)Minqi Li : China's elites are primarily focused on neoliberal globalization. Part... more
Historians tend to focus on wars and extreme violence as agents of change. Here in this video you can see how music and non-violence brought freedom to a long oppressed people.Historians tend to focus on wars and extreme violence as agents of change. Here in... more
Many American hospitals are taking it upon themselves to repatriate seriously injured or ill immigrants because they cannot find nursing homes willing to accept them without insurance. Medicaid does not cover long-term care for illegal immigrants, or for newly arrived legal immigrants, creating a quandary for hospitals, which are obligated by federal regulation to arrange post-hospital care for patients who need it.
American immigration authorities play no role in these private repatriations, carried out by ambulance, air ambulance and commercial plane. Most hospitals say that they do not conduct cross-border transfers until patients are medically stable and that they arrange to deliver them into a physician’s care in their homeland. But the hospitals are operating in a void, without governmental assistance or oversight, leaving ample room for legal and ethical transgressions on both sides of the border.
Indeed, some advocates for immigrants see these repatriations as a kind of international patient dumping, with ambulances taking patients in the wrong direction, away from first-world hospitals to less-adequate care, if any.
“Repatriation is pretty much a death sentence in some of these cases,” said Dr. Steven Larson, an expert on migrant health and an emergency room physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “I’ve seen patients bundled onto the plane and out of the country, and once that person is out of sight, he’s out of mind.”
Hospital administrators view these cases as costly, burdensome patient transfers that force them to shoulder responsibility for the dysfunctional immigration and health-care systems. In many cases, they say, the only alternative to repatriations is keeping patients indefinitely in acute-care hospitals.
“What that does for us, it puts a strain on our system, where we’re unable to provide adequate care for our own citizens,” said Alan B. Kelly, vice president of Scottsdale Healthcare in Arizona. “A full bed is a full bed.”
Medical repatriations are happening with varying frequency, and varying degrees of patient consent, from state to state and hospital to hospital. No government agency or advocacy group keeps track of these cases, and it is difficult to quantify them.
A few hospitals and consulates offered statistics that provide snapshots of the phenomenon: some 96 immigrants a year repatriated by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix; 6 to 8 patients a year flown to their homelands from Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 10 returned to Honduras from Chicago hospitals since early 2007; some 87 medical cases involving Mexican immigrants — and 265 involving people injured crossing the border — handled by the Mexican consulate in San Diego last year, most but not all of which ended in repatriation.
Over all, there is enough traffic to sustain at least one repatriation company, founded six years ago to service this niche — MexCare, based in California but operating nationwide with a “network of 28 hospitals and treatment centers” in Latin America. It bills itself as “an alternative choice for the care of the unfunded Latin American nationals,” promising “significant saving to U.S. hospitals” seeking “to alleviate the financial burden of unpaid services.”
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more on the topic here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/18/us/18immig.html#Many American hospitals are taking it upon themselves to repatriate seriously injured... more
Nationalistic optimism hits its worldwide high in China, a new survey by PEW Global Attitudes Project has found. Eighty-six percent reported being happy with their county’s direction, with 82 percent positive about the national economy.
Chinese national pride may be up, but personal satisfaction isn’t especially high. In areas such as income, family life and career, attitudes square with how China’s per capita income ranks it in the global hierarchy (modestly), and have not improved much over past years.
Concerns over rising prices, the rich-poor gap, corruption and pollution are the issues most commonly sighted as putting a damper on all that China spirit, with at least three-quarters of those surveyed listing them as major problems. We can't say we're too surprised at this individual discontentment... remember those stats about how infrequently the Chinese actually achieve orgasm?
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Communalism is superior to nationalism. The higher degree or intensive influences of communalism are danger in order to achieve the sustainable peace and security. It can directly affect social harmony in pluralistic society. The communalism can be managed through proper handling. Government can also take some advantages from the positive aspect of communalism during the course of community development program, institution building, infrastructure development, preservation of heritage, culture and social phenomena etc. The broader influence of communalism is defeating to the contentedness of nationalisms. Therefore, the superiority of nationalism is no more valid in contemporary social world. Hence, my final assumption is to point out "the communalism is superior to Nationalism".Communalism is superior to nationalism. The higher degree or intensive influences of... more
The man known to his mum as Ian Kilmister has broken the law in Germany by wearing Nazi paraphernalia in a newspaper photoshoot, the Guardian reports.
What a muppet.
Nobody expects Motörhead to be a gang of sweethearts. The heavy metal band is renowned for, well, being heavy. But frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister may have made the transition from heavy to criminal last week, after sporting a Nazi cap for a German newspaper's photoshoot.
Nazi paraphernalia is generally illegal under German law, as is anything that could be seen as promoting the movement.
The photograph was taken to promote Motörhead's performance at the July 5 Wacken Rocks Seaside concert in Aurich, Germany. Though no official statement has been issued, there are reports that German prosecutors have launched an investigation.
Lemmy spoke about his collection of Nazi paraphernalia in a December interview with New York Waste. "I don't only collect Nazi stuff, I collect objects from all the Axis countries," he said. "Also from countries who aren't even mentioned anymore as former parts of the Axis. Like Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Hungary."
"From the beginning of time, the bad guys always had the best uniforms. Napoleon, the Confederates, the Nazis. They all had killer uniforms. I mean, the SS uniform is fucking brilliant! They were the rock stars of that time. What you're gonna do? They just look good."
"It's not a nationalistic kind of thing. Don't tell me I'm a Nazi 'cause I have uniforms. In 1967 I had my first black girlfriend and a lot more ever since then. I just don't understand racism, I never thought it was an option."
Well there's a considered opinion if ever I heard one.
Can wearing Nazi clothes or paraphernalia ever be considered a politics-free act? Just because the bad guys had 'the best uniforms', does it mean its right to wear them?
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Manitoba Child and Family services was in court Monday to argue for permanent guardianship of a girl and boy, after the seven-year-old girl was sent to school sporting a swastika on her arm.
Child services says it's concerned the parent's conduct might endanger the emotional well-being of the children. It's also said the children may be at risk of harm because of the parent's associations.
In an interview, the mother said: "It's OK to be proud to be a native, it's OK to preach black power," she said, before adding, "But when you're white and you're proud, it's wrong." Interestingly, the woman did not want to show her face on camera. That seems like shame to me, not pride.
I think imposing views like that on a child that very clearly does not understand them is exactly what child services is for. There is not more abusive parenting that parenting that creates hate. What do you think? Should it be the mother's business what she does or is that emotional abuse?Manitoba Child and Family services was in court Monday to argue for permanent... more
By secretly snapping photos of Londoners wearing the popular Palestinian scarf, the Kuffiyyeh, the filmmaker is left wondering about how her Palestinian grandparents would react if they can witness their scarf's ironic commercial appeal. By secretly snapping photos of Londoners wearing the popular Palestinian scarf, the... more
Voters in Switzerland have rejected a move to make it even harder for foreigners to obtain citizenship.
In a referendum, they voted 64% against a bid to revive the practice of approving citizenship candidates by secret ballot and scrapping appeals.
Secret ballots were outlawed five years ago by the supreme court, which judged them to be discriminatory.
Switzerland has one of Europe's highest numbers of foreign-born residents - more than 20%.
Many Swiss said not allowing voters to have the final say on who became a citizen violated the country's system of direct democracy.
However, opponents of Sunday's poll, which was called by the nationalist Swiss People's Party, suspect the real agenda behind it was not Swiss democracy, but how best to keep certain groups out of Switzerland.
Voters in Switzerland have rejected a move to make it even harder for foreigners to... more
"Zanu (PF) militia in Mberengwa in the Midlands province are forcing church leaders to display portraits of Robert Mugabe inside churches. Members of the militia, along with war veterans, visited mostly Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches in the district and told leaders to display Mugabe portraits or posters next to pictures of Jesus.
Any church found to have refused the order would be closed, the gangs threatened. Retribution could, it seems, be far worse than closed doors. Anglican Pastor Misheck Moyo was battling for his life at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo after he was beaten by war veterans or refusing to repeat a Zanu (PF) slogan"."Zanu (PF) militia in Mberengwa in the Midlands province are forcing church... more
A Soviet war hero from Estonia is tried for allegedly sending hundreds of his countrymen to Siberia in 1949. If convicted, 88-year-old Arnold Meri could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Russia has condemned the genocide trial against the Soviet veteran calling it shameful.
“They would quite like to sue me for being a Soviet hero, but they can’t. So they found a different reason,” he added. A Soviet war hero from Estonia is tried for allegedly sending hundreds of his... more
Estonian Police are investigating a man who removed two memorials to Soviet soldiers in central Tallinn, without official permission. It's the latest incident in Estonia highlighting the country's struggle with its Soviet past.Estonian Police are investigating a man who removed two memorials to Soviet soldiers... more
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Schoolchildren should swear oaths of allegiance in a bid to tackle a "diminution in national pride", former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith has said.
The peer insisted such measures were needed because Britain had become a more "divided country" with less sense of "belonging" over recent years. Not enough was currently being done in schools to encourage young people to take a constructive role in society, he said.
The recommendation for expanding citizenship ceremonies features in a wide-ranging review carried out by Lord Goldsmith for Prime Minister Gordon Brown. "I have looked with the aid of research at what the situation is," Lord Goldsmith told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
"Certainly there is not a crisis of national identity - I'm sure we would all see it if there were. But certainly the research does tend to show that there has been a diminution in national pride in the sense of belonging and it is a particularly generational thing.
The citizenship ceremonies, which is one of the many things that I have suggested, are a way of marking that passage from being a student of citizenship to being a citizen in practice."Schoolchildren should swear oaths of allegiance in a bid to tackle a "diminution... more
Lakota Indian Nation secede from the United States by declaring themselves as a sovereign nation on December 20, 2007, and may pose as our own "Gaza/West Bank" issue with threats of liens against property ownership within the declared territories of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
Although it may be argued that those said properties are illegal in the first place, those homesteaders may have to give up their own generational settlements. If we, as Americans, support their declaration and aid in a peaceful process of helping transition their newly declared sovereignty, we can set an example as to how we participate in foreign relations by first fixing our own mistakes here at home.
Furthermore, it will be interesting to follow their own policies with Relations, Environment, and Trade. This is truly exciting and deserve further thought and discussion amongst all Americans and international communities in solidarity alike.Lakota Indian Nation secede from the United States by declaring themselves as a... more
The culture minister, Margaret Hodge, has said she will consider a redesign of the union flag to incorporate the Welsh dragon to represent the country's "true place in the region." Much easier said than done. I can't imagine the rebranding nightmare this would cause for the UK. But does Wales deserve a spot on the Union Jack? What are your thoughts?The culture minister, Margaret Hodge, has said she will consider a redesign of the... more
This post from the Daily Kos highlights the failure of the modern nation-state in the realest terms possible at the moment the fragmented reality of Iraq and the near-impossible political reconciliation efforts.This post from the Daily Kos highlights the failure of the modern nation-state in the... more