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Wednesday, April 4, 2007




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Last updated: April 5, 2007

April 4, 2007


and the title of this post i borrowed from tsedek ... thank you, tsedek...

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a surprise move that defused escalating tension in the Middle East, announced the release of 15 captive British sailors and marines Wednesday in what he called an Easter gift to the British people.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said the Britons had been released, added that he bore "no ill will" toward the Iranian people following the 13-day standoff.

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just when i switched my tv on to see the air strike ... shit ..


April 5, 2007

For Nominally Challenged


All economic data is from BBC site. Data about ethnic composition of respective countries is from Wikipedia unless BBC is mentioned as a source of information. The graph is mine. After you check the data you will quickly realize that what's going now in China is no miracle.

Singapore
GNI per capita: US $27,490 (World Bank, 2006)
Chinese make up more than 75% of the community. (BBC)

Malaysia
GNI per capita: US $4,960 (World Bank, 2006)
Ethnic Malays comprise some 60% of the population. Chinese constitute around 26%. (BBC)

Thailand
GNI per capita: US $2,750 (World Bank, 2006)
Up to 14% of Thai are of significant Chinese heritage, but the Sino-Thai community is the best integrated in Southeast Asia.

Indonesia
GNI per capita: US $1,280 (World Bank, 2006)
The Chinese make up 3% of the population

Philipines
GNI per capita: US $1,300 (World Bank, 2006)
Filipinos of Chinese descent, who had been settling in the Philippines since pre-Hispanic times, currently forms the largest non-Austronesian ethnic group, claiming about 2% of the population.


BBC and Wikipedia on Malaysia and Indonesia. The situation in other nations is the same - the Chinese rule the world.

BBC:

Although since 1971 Malays have benefited from positive discrimination in business, education and the civil service, ethnic Chinese continue to hold economic power and are the wealthiest community.

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Wikipedia:

The Chinese Indonesians are arguably the most influential ethnic minority in Indonesia. Although the Chinese make up 3% of the population, the majority of the country’s businesses and wealth is Chinese-controlled.

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The red line encircles all and only the 5 nations covered in the table, which form what was originally the ASEAN block. Vietnam is not included because it's considered to be heavily in the sphere of influence of the traditional Chinese civilization (see the comments). Laos and Cambodia are ignored because of their late joining the ASEAN after decades spent under communism.

(Sorry East Timorese. This 'Paintbrush' application sucks. NB)

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