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March 21, 2014

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dsquared

I have an explanation for that - now that we're in the internet era, it's possible to have a quite senior position in the rebel movement in your ancestral homeland while still continuing your career in the OECD. The Darfur Justice & Equality Movement seemed to have dozens of "political advisors" who didn't live in Darfur and rarely went there, but who showed up at the Abuja peace conferences making exorbitant demands.

ajay

"There don't seem to be any of those underemployed lawyers and kindred graduates that are supposed to be overproduced prior to the downfall of developmental dictatorships."

No more Castros any more?

belle le triste

Isn't the US currently producing a colossal number of debt-ridden un(der)employed lawyers?

ajay

OT, but what is the deal with the bizarre reaction of the MH370 relatives? Is this the Chinese government trying to exploit the disaster, or what? Washington Post:

While the crowd included many relatives of passengers, several also appeared to be Chinese government agents in plainclothes whose mission seemed to be not only guiding the protest but also keeping it from spiraling out of control.

Some relatives said they believed authorities were giving them a way to release their anger for fear it could turn back on the Chinese government.

Leading up to the protest, some of the plainclothes men corralled the protesters on to buses, provided them with well-printed placards, T-shirts logoed with slogans related to the plane and lectured them on how to protest in an orderly fashion.

It's a fairly ghastly spectacle, anyway.

jamie

I think the anger's absolutely real; hence the guided protests. See also, anti-Japanese rallies the other year, protests against the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Serbia etc.

One mother of a man on the plane was heard the other day cursing out the Party because 'it only let her have one son', now presumably dead. There's all kinds of furious talk on the Sinosphere. Hence the controlled venting. I don't think they're after a political outcome re Malaysia. It's more a domestic stability management issue, though no doubt they're pissed off with the Malaysians for letting things escalate to that extent.

ajay

That Global Times editorial was pretty hostile, though. I don't think you can assume that this is all just the Chinese government trying to tamp down or redirect genuine anger. They've been making very direct statements that are extremely critical of the Malaysian government and they didn't have to do that.

T. Greer

My guess is that more of the underemployed lawyer types could be found in the "Arab spring"/peaceful protest part of the story. By the time we get t real civil war a new game has begun.

jamie

@Ajay. True. But aside from anything else they have reasons to be annoyed and one is that it's given them a domestic headache.

ajay

Well, China Daily has smacked the relatives down hard today for embarrassing their motherland:


But we should not let anger prevail over facts and rationality. In the process, from the relatives of the victims, public opinion to the government, we need to comply with the fundamental norms of a civilized society and need to show the demeanor of a great power...We can understand and tolerate those victim families' emotional catharsis as long as their behavior doesn't violate social norms.
We hope that those whose voices are being heard can carry forward rationality, self-discipline and law-abiding consciousness, rather than fermenting irrational, individualistic activities that trample on laws and ethics.

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