As promised here you have the vídeo of the Tibet conference I went to. Please watch it and share ii as much as you can. Enjoy

China, Tibet and the West

Yesterday I went to a conference on the topic “Is the Dalai Lama bad for the West?” implying that Western countries are starting to see the Tibetan issue as a problem to their economic relationships with China.

 This conference was held at the University of Westminster (where I study) and the speakers were Dr. Dibyesh Anand, Dr. Martin Mills, Jonathan Mirsky, Dr. Tsering Topgyal  and one more speaker who I am terribly sorry but I can’t remember the name.

It was an extremely interesting lecture where I got a better understanding of the Tibetan issue and learned the fact that some Western countries avoid any kind of relations with the Dalai Lama because it could anger the Chinese government. Even more nowadays when China is one of the greatest economies of the world. This just shows that Western countries are scared of China and deal with it as if it is a completely different world. An example of this was, as Jonathan mentioned, Boris Johnson and David Cameron’s trip to China where they immensely praised the Chinese and the two countries relation and didn’t make any mention about the human rights issue neither in Tibet or the rest of China. ”They are the biggest clowns of today” said Jonathan.

Dr. Mills decided to show to the audience a more economic point of view. He mentioned that the value of British exports to China is only half (or even a third) of what the UK exports to the USA or the EU. This means that although China has an impact on British and the World’s economy we shouldn’t be scared of talking about issues of human rights because we might lose an economic partner. Which by the way would never happen because we need China as much as China needs us.

Dr. Dibyesh on the other hand decided to focus on the view of Tibetan people about this subject and explained that over their long history of struggle against the atrocities of the Chinese government we have seen that some Western countries (and India) use the Tibetan issue to pressure the government but then drop their support for Tibetans when it’s no longer useful for them. Therefore Tibetan people are starting to understand that the West will never truly help them because economic interests will always be more important.

On Jonathan’s final remarks he stated that this situation tell us once again that politicians today are an elite who doesn’t care about what the people they should be representing think. “The people should fight and regain control over politics” Jonathan said. “And today all of you before going to sleep you should write a letter to your MPs. Because if we flood them with letters about this or any particular issue they might listen and do something. You are not powerless because words are a very powerful weapon”.

This conference really sparkled my interest for Tibet and to fight for what I think it’s right using my words (or actions if I can). During this year I will be part of a research project led by Dr. Dibyesh himself about stateless nations which is about specific ethnic groups who feel themselves as a unique nation, different from the state they live in and thus should have one of their own.

Also I will try to post a video of the conference when it is uploaded to youtube.

Damn, even I would give him asylum!

Damn, even I would give him asylum!

Paulo Portas Statement on the Bolivian Incident

Every day I see the so-called politicians of my country saying and doing things completely foolish and ridiculous. I’m nineteen years old and I wouldn’t do half of the mistakes they do on their daily basis…

Today the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs explained to the Parliament and the country the reason why he had denied the Bolivian airplane to land in Portugal last week. It seems it was because of “technical considerations”

My friend, even our Spanish neighbours said that they were informed that Snowden was on board (although it wasn’t), please stop lying to those who knew the reasons why you did it even before you said anything….

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Second part of the interview with Edward Snowden. A really brave man.

First part of the interview in Hong Kong with Edward Snowden. 

From The Economist

From The Economist

"1. I presented this morning my resignation from the Government to the Prime Minister.

2. With the presentation of the resignation, which is IRREVOCABLE, I obey my conscience and I can not do more.”

— These are the first two paragraphs of the foreign minister Paulo Portas’ resignation letter which he presented last tuesday… Funny thing: he is now vice-prime minister and has the ability to finish the Portuguese government at any time. But the word irrevocable still echoes in my ears….

Um País Ingovernável

Estou pela primeira vez a escrever um post em português pois quero que todos os portugueses que tenham a possibilidade de o ler, percebam-no perfeitamente.

Estive nos últimos dez meses a viver fora do país e cheguei há apenas 5 dias. No entanto, foi o suficiente para ver o início da queda do XIX Governo Constitucional da República Portuguesa expressado pela demissão de dois dos ministros mais importantes do governo, um por razões de estabilidade financeira e outro por razões de estabilidade política.

Há dois anos atrás o governo que foi apresentado aos cidadãos deste país representava uma tentativa de mudança (e de limpeza dos problemas que o governo do Sr (Eng) José Sócrates criou) com uma coligação entre o PSD e o CDS, o que dava ao governo uma maioria parlamentar! O governo tinha capacidades para fazer algo melhor pelo país!

Contudo, toda a conjuntura económica que envolvia o continente europeu desgastou este governo e o nosso país está neste momento a passar as 48 horas mais ridículas das últimas décadas! Como é que é possível que numa altura em que Portugal está na corda bamba, o ministro das finanças, Vítor Gaspar se demita? É algo simplesmente impensável que não aconteceria em mais nenhum país do Mundo. Mas na sua carta de demissão, Gaspar falou da falta de coesão do Governo, algo que observámos em várias situações de birras entre os líderes da coligação, e isso parece que obteve a sua mais clara confirmação hoje, dia em que Paulo Portas se demitiu.

O que sinto neste momento é uma mistura de confusão, revolta e incredibilidade. Por muito absurdo que a demissão de Gaspar seja, era algo já de certa forma esperado desde Novembro e pode ser compreensível. Mas o Sr. Portas conseguiu mostrar ao país uma irresponsabilidade monumental! Conseguiu acabar com este governo! Amanhã vamos provavelmente ouvir nos noticiários que o CDS vai abandonar o governo e aí lá se vai a maioria parlamentar, lá se vai o governo.

No entanto, o desfile de palhaços continua. Tenho que dizer que Pedro Passos de Coelho é um dos primeiros ministros mais fracos e pouco inteligentes que já existiram. Ele deveria ter evitado estas duas demissões antes de elas virem a público. Especialmente a de Portas. Se existia mesmo uma coligação, a escolha da nova ministra das finanças deveria ser do agrado de ambos os líderes e OBVIAMENTE que, visto que Gaspar disse que já não tinha condições políticas para continuar, deveria ter sido escolhido alguém de fora do Governo e não alguém com o mesmo tipo de pensamento e que esteve envolvida na polémica dos contratos swap.

Subindo ainda mais um pouco na pirâmide desta democracia portuguesa, vem o nosso presidente da República, Cavaco Silva. Um verdadeiro incompetente. Como sempre tomou a sua posição neutra, como se nada passasse no seu mundo e depositou toda a responsabilidade do futuro do governo na Assembleia. Não percebo como é que aquele homem consegue mostrar tal falta de respeito perante os seus cidadãos. Por favor Sr Presidente demita-se, já que estamos numa onde de demissões.

Nas televisões, os comentadores falam de toda esta situação, cada um achando que isto ou aquilo deveria ser feito, mas todos sabemos o que seria se os puséssemos a governar… Contudo, e apesar de não gostar particularmente da maior parte daquilo que diz, devo citar Miguel Sousa Tavares que no programa “Por Onde Vamos” na Sic Notícias que voltando-se para os seus colegas disse “Mas algum de vocês gostaria de governar Portugal?”. Será que a verdade é essa? Somos um país impossível de governar? Ou o problema está nos governantes?

O governo caiu e disso ninguém tem dúvidas. O que vai acontecer pode ser uma de duas coisas: ou Coelho e Cavaco aguentam com o que se esta a passar e decidem continuar com o governo, mesmo sem maioria; ou vamos a eleições antecipadas, o que poderia significar Seguro como primeiro ministro. De um ao outro venha o diabo e escolha. A situação é completamente ridícula, tal como os políticos deste país.

Tenho pena de Portugal

This is alarming.
This is revolting.

This is alarming.

This is revolting.

Koreas

            

This is a photograph of the Korean peninsula during the night taken by NASA. It’s completely astonishing how huge the difference in the illumination levels is between South Korea and North Korea which only demonstrates the sharp economic backwardness of the communist country. With a GDP per capita of just 1800$, Kim Jong-Un’s country is considered one of the poorest and least developed in the world as opposed to South Korea - one of the strongest economies in the Asian region.

Expansion

Hi everyone. From now on my publications will also be posted on my new blog olicritical.blogspot.com . I decided to this because in Tumblr I can only receive comments from Tumblr users but in Blogger I can receive comments from every single people in the world! Both blogs will have the exact same stuff. Thank you.

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Yesterday I was going to start reading Hemingway’s masterpiece For Whom The Bell Tolls which I received this Christmas. Truth be told I've only read two pages. This happened not because the book is poor or boring but because of the powerful quote chosen by Hemingway to start the narrative. It is actually a poem from John Donne.

"No man is an Island, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

This thing blew my mind away. By reading this poem I have regained part of my love and hope for mankind. We really are one. We are a group. A group whose individuals could not live only by themselves. A group capable of achieving great things. But then I remember how the world really really works and all these happy thoughts vanish. At least I had them for some moments.