Thursday, January 20, 2011

I have, perhaps rather ephemerally, returned amidst rather worrisome times, which I'm hoping shall soon pass in a rather favorable manner.

Meanwhile, since my last post, China has been hitting close to the American home--well, actually, hitting home, and some are left beflustered over China's interest in trans-pacific investment. Amongst the vociferation and flailfest, is it conveniently forgotten that America is not wholly independent of China? Or is it the physical proximity of individuals from China with influential potential (e.g. China's president, Chinese teachers directly from China) that has so innervated the Sinophobes?

The fact that this gesture of maintenance of ties with China comes after such internal upsets as the Arizona shootings and MLK Day Parade bombing attempt would cause a sense of heightened awareness of what enters and exits enters America--even though these events were internally done? No, that could not possibly hold. America, China is not interested in ideologically terrorizing your country.

Meanwhile, the Caribbean and North Africa have been seeing faces of new and old. After the Ben Ali's flight to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia hopes for a more democratic state--but not without the participation of those reëmerging from exile (auf Deutsch). However, as this blog (also auf Deutsch) suggests, Tunisia is not the only North African (because of the mention of Jordan, the more accurate term would be "Greater Middle Eastern") nation in which discontent is crescive. The level of change in these other nations, however, may not come to match that recently experienced in Tunisia.

Some of the wave of inspirational change may be carried across the Atlantic Ocean as well, for the mysterious visit/intended return(?) of ousted Haitian ex-president "Baby Doc" Duvalier (em português) has some speculating that he intends on some sort of political reprise in his still-devastated homeland. Following this, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, also an ex-president, intends on returning from exile in South Africa. The difference, however, is that Aristide will have more difficulty doing so--whereas Duvalier is already in Haiti. Wyclef Jean failed to be granted permission for a presidential nomination, so will Haiti be moving forward by moving backward?

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