Friday, October 23, 2009
A foreigner’s life in a Beijing jail
A foreign man who spent the last seven months in jail sent Danwei this description of his daily life at the Beijing No. 1 Detention Center after his release last week.
If I were a Chinese person and not a foreigner, a crime like mine would have been dealt with on the “city district” level, as opposed to the “municipal” level which is much tougher.
The other people incarcerated at Beijing No. 1 Detention Center were all facing life sentences or death sentences, at least as a possibility, so it’s not a place where detainees are given a lot of slack. It’s the site of Beijing’s newly constructed hi‐tech lethal injection chamber.
It was boring as anything, and the rules were strict.
Posted by William Meloney at 7:21 AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Painful Mideast Truth: Force Trumps Diplomacy
Palestinians on the way from Bethlehem, in the West Bank, to attend prayers at Al Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem crossing an Israeli checkpoint.
JERUSALEM — As the Obama administration tries to broker a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there is a dark truth lurking: force has produced clearer results in this dispute than talk.
Posted by William Meloney at 9:21 AM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
in a row; in China, I often remind them, there are a billion or so
people who find nothing odd about it.
-- Calvin Trillin
When I traveled to China I took along photographs of my children. The pictures showed my children eating with chopsticks. I mistakenly thought the Chinese people would be impressed that my children knew how to eat with chopsticks. Silly me! Every Chinese child knows how to eat with chopsticks. Sheeeesh!
Posted by William Meloney at 1:49 PM