7 March 2015   Leave a comment

Another video has been banned by another government.  This time the video is a documentary about air pollution in China which has banned its viewing on You Tube.  The video, “Under the Dome,” was produced bu Chai Jing, a former news anchor.  The problem of air pollution in some parts of China is hardly a secret and the Chinese government has taken strong steps to try to mitigate the problem.  Nonetheless, the documentary is apparently considered to be a threat to the political and social stability of Chinese society.  It is a long video (about 1 hour and 43 minutes) and it has English subtitles for those of us who cannot speak Chinese.

 

Today marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights march in Selma, Alabama.  The people who walked across the bridge over the Alabama River were protesting against an injunction against their efforts to promote voter registration in the state.  The protesters were met with profound police force, and the brutality against the protesters showed America and the world the ugly violence of racial discrimination.  The event ushered in the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and is in my mind one of the most important moments in American (and world) history.  President Obama delivered a brilliant speech marking the event (I will not ask any questions about the content of the speech).

 

President Obama Delivers a Speech Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March in Selma, Alabama

Last year Saudi Arabia sentenced Raif Badawi to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam”.  Badawi is a blogger and he received the first 50 lashes of his sentence last January.  There was a storm of criticism leveled against the Kingdom for its conduct–criticism which it rejected as an intrusion into its internal affairs.

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Posted March 8, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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