Magencia, or Nana Maggi, as we fondly call her, hangs her vakul on a tree. “The new generations don’t use vakuls anymore.” They don’t want to. she tells us. “Because how are they going to use it in the office?” She chuckles.
She doesn’t need to use a vakul anymore. She used to wear one when she worked in the fields. She gazes off in the distance and tells me, “I miss my house of stone and straw. That was my home. I miss it.” She lives in the same place. She misses home.
“We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home; that a woman should not aspire to achieve more than her male counterparts and particularly not more than her husband. Even now women with exceptional qualities for leadership sense from their parents, teachers and peers that they must be harder-working, accomplish more and yet are less likely to receive appropriate rewards than are men. These are real problems which may never disappear or, at best, will change very slowly.
We cannot expect in the immediate future that all women who seek it will achieve full equality of opportunity. But if women are to start moving towards that goal, we must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed; and we must feel a personal responsibility to ease the path for those who come afterwards. The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half its people if we are to solve the many problems which beset us.”—Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Winner
I was watching "55 Days in Peking" again when this dialogue struck me...
Empress Tzu Hsi:China is a prostrate cow, the powers are no longer content to milk her, now they are butchering her for her meat.
Sir Arthur Robertson:If China is a cow, your Majesty, she is indeed a marvelous animal. She does not only give meat as well as milk, but at the same time grows stronger. She's learning new arts of peace from the West. But China's greatest virtue is her patience. And if she will exercise that now, she will achieve everything.
Empress Tzu Hzi:And if not?
Sir Arthur Robertson:If not, if the counsels of violence and impatience prevail, then the blood of millions will be shed, and the agony will be prolonged.
I wonder if China's leaders remember the lessons of history as they pursue their policies in the South China Sea. I hope though that their leadership would not inspire and support a new group of "boxers."
Hi kimmy! russia i think is displaying muscles there is already a semi invasion… i pray that this will not end up in civil war…
Yep, it seems that way. It’s certainly trying to make sure that the new government in Ukraine will not issue policies which will be detrimental to Russia’s (Putin’s) interests.
The developments in Ukraine and how Russia is reacting seem to remind me of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution - where the Hungarians replaced their government with one of their liking, only to be crushed by the (then Soviet) Russians who felt that their power was being challenged by a mere satellite state.
It remains to be seen though how Russia will conduct itself in the next few days. Unlike what happened with Hungary then, the world is watching this time closely. But I do hope that the international community will not sit idly by as Russia moves in to reinstate a leader in Ukraine of its own liking. Back in ‘56, the world did nothing.
Malaysia has taken three important steps to strengthen its figurative “big stick.” On October 10, 2013, after the PLAN visit to James Shoal, Malaysia’s Defense Minister announced that a new naval base would be built in Sarawak, one hundred kilometers from James Shoal. Second, he announced that Malaysia would start up a new Marine Corps to provide amphibious capabilities in the South China Sea. The new naval base and marine unit would be tasked with protecting Malaysia’s off-shore oil and gas reserves as well as defending against possible armed incursions from the southern Philippines. Third, on February 11, 2014 Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar and his U.S. counterpart, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the new Chief of Naval Operations, agreed to step up U.S. naval visits to Malaysia. According to Admiral Aziz, “Since 2008 to the end of last year, 132 US naval ships have called at Malaysian ports such as Pulau Indah and Kota Kinabalu.”
Malaysia has also begun to “talk softly” with fellow members of ASEAN. Diplomatic sources report that recently Malaysia has begun to play a more proactive role in advance of China-ASEAN consultations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea, which are due to begin in Singapore in March. Malaysia is also hosting a visit by Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The diplomatic rumor mill reports that the United States is quietly encouraging Malaysia and Vietnam to lend support to the Philippines as the March deadline for its submission to the UN Arbitral Tribunal approaches.
Members of the upper house of the Russian parliament, never ones to go against Putin’s wishes, voted unanimously Saturday to approve sending troops into Ukraine. Putin said there is reason to believe Russian citizens, ethnic Russians, and Russian military interests—Russia maintains a crucial port in Sevastopol, where its Black Sea Fleet is based—in Ukraine are in danger
Something developing half a world away, but I think we should all be watching closely.
“You can see it in all sorts of ways,” he points out. Seventy percent of business executives make cyber security decisions for their firms but have no cyber training, (Political Scientist Peter Warren) Singer says. Politicians make billion-dollar decisions about Internet policy and the military’s online capabilities and “then admit they don’t understand email.”
So why the late 30s? The most obvious factor is education: Scientists spend ages 5 through 18 in school, and then ages 18 through 30ish getting their academic degrees. Then a few years of learning on the job, and presto! You dig up an uncertainty principle. Meanwhile, scientific breakthroughs tend to be less common in old age because we invest less in learning as we get older, and our skills gradually become less relevant.
“The Philippines enjoys a defense treaty with the United States, as Czechoslovakia did with France. Yet there’s good reason to believe that the war-weary Washington of 2014—like the war-weary Paris of 1938—would rather see Manila capitulate than risk world war.”— Peter Bienart, China, the Philippines, and the Makings of a ‘Munich’ Moment
“The population of the islands is made up of a vast mass of ignorant, superstitious people, well-intentioned, light hearted, temperate, somewhat cruel, domestic and fond of their families, and deeply wedded to the Catholic Church…”—
William Howard Taft
Jeez. That sounds way too familiar. Something about 'infantile religiosity” maybe? Quite sad that our so-called enlightened intelligensia end up parroting crap from our ‘benevolent’ colonizers.
Some thoughts for young journalists, aspiring journalists and grizzled journalists aspiring to sound young again. My favorite part is this:
A great article isn’t a painting, it’s a collage. The art is in the pieces you choose: in quotes, facts, events, numbers, details, and testimonials. The elements of your work will have a natural dialogue. The goal in the process of writing and arranging is to reveal that dialogue. Your personal assertions are the artificial barriers that stand in the way of organic interaction, and they’ll stick out like a sore thumb among your natural elements.
While it is important to write the news in the context of humanity (Sorkin, The Newsroom), as a journalist, one must also bear in mind the integrity of the story. And that means sticking to the facts from research, interviews and other materials one has managed to gather in preparing for a story.
The value of the story is not in the biases of the reporter, writer or in the added words of the editor, as those may sometimes be divorced from the facts collected from the ground; it is found rather in the the voice of the story which comes out from the materials of the subjects covered: e.g. farmers struggling against land grabbing, indigenous communities displaced by development, migrant workers abused by their employers, etc.
The journalist is a messenger and the message he bears is not his / hers but of those he / she covered. As some old hands would say back then when I was greenhorn: “Always remember, you are not the story, they (the persons you interview) are.”
With our machines, we are augmented humans and prosthetic gods, though we’re remarkably blasé about that fact, like anything we’re used to. Take away our tools, the argument goes, and we’re likely stupider than our friend from the early twentieth century, who has a longer attention span, may read and write Latin, and does arithmetic faster.