Chinese superstitions are stripping planet Earth.
A number of African countries have banned China from buying their donkeys, saying demand for the four-legged creatures has become unsustainable.
Niger announced a ban on the export of donkeys this month after trade of the animals increased by three times in the last year, mainly to Asian countries.
And Burkina Faso has also put a stop to the export of donkey skins, which are boiled to produce gelatin, a key ingredient in the traditional Chinese remedy ejiao – believed to improve blood circulation and cure conditions including dizziness, irregular menstruation and insomnia. The Independent
Auckland food court ordered to pay $164,000 for employment breach.
The Food City Limited establishment, in Northcote, also has to pay a $37,500 penalty imposed by the Employment Relations Authority in a ruling last week. The breaches found included a failure to pay minimum wage and holiday pay to the group of Chinese cleaners, who were all permanent New Zealand residents.
“It’s really disappointing to see this level of non-compliance where the employer has just completely failed to meet the clear expectations set out in New Zealand’s employment law.
Pleading ignorance is no excuse – providing employees with at least the minimum wage, holiday pay, and written employment agreements are basic obligations which we expect every employer in New Zealand to meet. Taking advantage of employees is never acceptable, particularly vulnerable workers such as the migrants in this case, who were older, did not speak English, and were unaware of their rights and entitlements in New Zealand.” NZ Herald
Bad debts in the Chinese banking system are ten times higher than officially admitted, and rescue costs could reach a third of GDP within two years if the authorities let the crisis fester, Fitch Ratings has warned. NZ Herald
Brian Fallow: China’s debt a recipe for risk.
The Chinese government is wedded to its 6.5 per cent growth target, which is probably above the sustainable growth rate without pump priming. So long as that growth target remains in place, and supposedly it remains in place until 2020, China will continue to ratchet up its debt-to-GDP ratio and that is not a sustainable trajectory. It is widely accepted, not least by the Chinese government, that the country’s economy needs to rebalance. NZ Herald
From the outside it looks like any other holiday village in China. But hidden inside one of the region’s picturesque mountains is a dark and forbidding ‘brainwashing centre’ where government officials routinely carry out horrific acts of abuse and torture on Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong – a spiritual meditation based on the guiding principles of “truth, compassion and tolerance” – was outlawed as a “dangerous cult” by the ruling Communist party in 1999 because of its popularity.
The Chinese government has been mercilessly persecuting Falun Gong practitioners ever since by torturing, killing and locking them up in ‘black jails’ – a network of extra-legal labour camps and detention centres established by the Communist Party to detain citizens without charge or conviction. Detainees who don’t agree upon arrest to change their beliefs are sent to brainwashing centres for “re-education” where they are immersed in propaganda and brutally tortured physically and psychologically until they sign a waiver renouncing their beliefs. It’s a government-run system so secret it doesn’t even officially exist. The goal: To wipe out Falun Gong. NZ Herald
Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced self-cultivation practice of the Buddha School. Falun Dafa was founded by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the practice’s master. It is a discipline in which “assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe, Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) is the foundation of practice. Practice is guided by these supreme qualities, and based on the very laws which underlie the development of the cosmos.”
Jintao Liu’s body shuddered in pain as he endured yet another day of extreme torture. He had woken to pins being pushed into his nails before he was forced to stand still in a yard for some 18 hours. If he moved, he was beaten viciously and within an inch of his life. Each excruciating second of the gruelling punishment caused his legs to swell as his body threatened to buckle under the pressure. He was given “no toilet breaks”, and shown no mercy. Time had become his enemy – but not his worst.
That was a typical day for Mr Liu during a lengthy stint in a series of Beijing detention centres and labour camps between 2006 and 2009. There, he was subjected to electric shocks, medical tests, forced feedings, beatings, violent sexual assaults and other barbaric forms of torture designed by prison guards to humiliate and inflict maximum pain.
The Chinese government has been carrying out these human rights atrocities, including forced organ removal for harvesting purposes, on innocent citizens and convicted criminals for the best part of the past two decades. And it’s still happening today.