28 October 2016   2 comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been named a “core” leader by the Communist Party, a term formerly reserved for Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.  Mr. Xi continues to consolidate power in China in ways that undermine that collective power of the Party leadership.  The move was endorsed by the People’s Daily, the Party’s media mouthpiece (Google will translate the article for those who cannot read Chinese).  The move also mimics the global shift toward stronger single-person leadership, a troubling trend for democracy.

In terms of protest votes, few countries do it as well as Iceland (although, for a while, the Five Star Movement in Italy was doing quite well).  The people once voted the candidate of the Best Party to be mayor of their capital city.  But now the Pirate Party is poised to become one of the dominant players in Icelandic politics. The Party formed in 2012 as a protest against corruption in the government.  It crowdsourced a constitution and believes strongly in direct democracy.  But it is a little thin on policy so far.

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Russia lost its seat on the UN Human Rights Council after it failed to secure enough votes to retain its seat.  There was organized opposition to Russia’s continued membership becuase of concerns over Russia’s conduct in the Syrian civil war.  The Council membership is determined by a vote by the 193 countries comprising the UN General Assembly. There were also efforts to keep Saudi Arabia off the Council but that effort failed.

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Posted October 29, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

2 responses to “28 October 2016

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  1. I noticed that certain claims made by the Chinese officials which sounded moderate or even virtuous to the Chinese could sound pretty extreme to the Western ears. Even considering the differences of ideologies held by the two countries, the discrepancy seemed larger than necessary. Is it possible that this inconvenience in getting an authentic translation has been standing in the way of international communication more than we thought? Or is it more of an issue on divergent political beliefs after all?

  2. Translations are always a problem, so it is hard to answer your question. One needs to know the nuances of a language in order to determine what a political statement really means. Political statements are often already coded, so we have hidden meanings within hidden meanings. That’s why we always need experts.

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