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Chinese Workers, Trade, Human Rights

from dave pollard

(I couldn’t find this image on google images of the AFP website so if this picture is inveitably bumped just go here to get it and my apologies for stealing from How to Change the World)

Reading through Mamdani’s Citizen and Subject it’s amazing how much of what made Africa so unbearable a moral tradegy was the emphaisis on relative or cultural values. Apartheid began as a system to “respect” the autonomy of African culture although as Mamdani points out it was, to say the least, it was a bit of fabrication in actual application (the colonialists didn’t bother to look at africa’s governments historically but only the tribal bands that existed after the fall of slavery and africa’s massive economic and political losses). Double standards were common, South Africans banned a slave trade in women only to proceed to force african children into labor to catch up with the then economically superiod local tribes. Similarly, As the WTO goes, human rights are the jurisidiction of each country in it, it is up to Bangladesh to decide if children should be allowed to work and for how long and who are we to say if families there might need their children to work extra hours to help them especially if they aren’t provided daily education etc. But pictures like these (and yes I know it’s a limited thing) do bring up just how much universal human rights being part of the WTO would help, after all these men could have been saved burns, bruises, and other things if we’d just agreed on some basic safety standards, ensured every government had regulations to ensure whistle blowers are protected anonymously, labor couldn’t be forced, etc. While the respecting of each country’s autonomy in labor rights might seem like a good idea it’s practice seems to only allow the unscrupolous in each country to further take advantage of their countrymen for their own gain. After all these men have probably never paid taxes, but China’s government is relaint on factories just like these to stay afloat (corporate taxation comprises almost all of the government’s income). Preserving people isn’t the incentives of the chinese government as it stands and while an absence of taxation probably helped these men, that they were so disenfranchised to go through this shows how little we push for the morals that we obviously need to live in a globalized world. At the very least thought the local system here did eventually bust the labor, but how much still exists and what level of transparency are we guarnteed in labor rights anyway?

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krunk and it’s consituquents

personalities are motions. if you’re not thinking, then you’re not yourself. taste is an imposition that comes after enjoyment.

to define. ok so at what point does it change? james is gay these days. boyfriend etc. (I’m doing an art piece with his boy). but (and yeah I know that homophilia is like 90% of this journal, but I am excessive compulsive)

do others think of other’s thoughts more than their own? my life is essentially all about me, I think about me and I understand other people by imaging myself in the context of others, but then there are holes. Why do people make fun of each other? why does person X do thing Y?

and then but why but my point being (as I blogged years back) sure the homoerotic has it’s appeal, but it’s obvious I don’t think of men in the manor that James does (who has picked a winner for a boyfriend). I can’t see the sexual qualities that would cemment such a relationship. I can imagine them now, but my point being (and yes I am dissapointed that I’m not gay) and then tonight I walked in and they were playing Chick Corea and for the first time in years I was tapping my toes, jazz through the eyes of house is a different matter, each beat and tempo becomes a chance to dance, it isn’t so much a freeform as a palatte, does all music of african origins have to be consigned as such? yurlim dances in class with glee, like children in spain, her mother has taught her to dance.

is i the austitic and hence defy category? I am pedophiliac these days slightly (yeah it is slight) phytoestrogen diet turns off sex drive still there, but am I the pedophiliac or the person worrying about it? similar paradoxes drive all my problems. Are you racist? sure yeah I have doubts about the abilities of blacks to become economically and educationally equal, but do I view each person as unequal? no. black isn’t white etc. to be questioned in a manor that forces a “direct” answer is to offend the sensitive.

my arguements are lined by weakness, like leni refenstahl, perhaps my monsters are more than text, more than style, but the substance that not in a mood to complicate. arguements dead. Masa didn’t like Devenadra Banhart.

fantasy of estrogen use ababted by reality, as I come down the old person returns. women become objects and were i to somehow crack the code of gay to figure out how it works and where the entrance is (it’s not in the anus, but the heart of many) I would be condemmed to double objectification, men would become sex objects things I would smarm over in lazy days, desperately trying to get laid, to get affection, to get away from me.

p.s. weak will syndrome continues. new bike tomorrow, hopefully a klein.
fucking not possible.

p.p.s masturbation returns weekly, testicles sag

dream of an effemiate Andrew posioing vincent gallo at party for mathematicaisn in beverly hills at request of actress tired of being smarmed.

fantasies of biohack show where in we make dynamtie from urine and shit and blow up cows and sulpta dances down the hills, her bollywood single a breezy world of hits and blows. windows screen sazer with shulpta.

fantasy of walking down the street as young 60s feminist hitting all the porn stores.

it’s 2 and I’m at breaks. need to finish my wine.

journal slightly lamer than usual. dancing however is good. was primed for stupid guy on couch with wine mode, lost original intention and hence first line, who we are requires a little effort to person, but it rewards our consciousness with oddles of fun and problems.

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