Ready for Take-Off: China Steers Course Between Prestige and Profit – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Der Spiegel

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China‘s slowing economy has German industry worried about its exports to Asia. But as it goes about beefing up the transportation sector, the country poses a completely different threat in the longer-term.

Source: Ready for Take-Off: China Steers Course Between Prestige and Profit – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Spiegel is an outstanding world-class newspaper. It looks for evidence and is prepared to invest time to research a subjective viewpoint. Normally, the conclusions are carefully drawn from the argument and evidence.

This is so different to many Western media organizations, especially UK newspapers, where biased reporting is quite common. When I was a youngster, kind of quaint really, newspapers reported the facts and opinion was left for the editorials. These days, it is quite common for expensive editors to doctor the news to their own bias. Because of my politics, I notice this behavior most quickly at the BBC and in the Guardian. Compare this leading German media article on George Osborne to one from the Guardian.

Spiegel and the NYT, for example,  are liberal, left-leaning but they manage quality reporting, unlike other left-leaning organizations, and the BBC and the Guardian come instantly to mind.

I hope that increasing competition in the global media sector will promote quality and integrity.


Opinion – The frustrating experience of trying to legally immigrate reveals France’s true attitude toward immigrants. Source: An Immigrant in France – Editorial – The New York Times – John Gelmini

This article from the New York Times from Dr Alf about the attitude of the French bureaucrats dealing with immigrants reminded me of my experiences of emigrating to America to get married.

I had to produce reams of paper about my previous jobs and financial status, I had to sign a piece of paper saying that I would not be a public charge for 5 years, my father-in-law had to accompany me to the then Department of Immigration and Naturalisation in Tampa, Florida, a drive of more than 220 miles (round trip) and produce an affidavit saying that he would support me should I become unemployed, my then now estranged wife had to undergo a very intrusive interview, dealing with her reasons for marrying me, my-father-in-law was interviewed separately to cross-check the facts.
I had to produce my medical records and I was medically examined twice, to ensure that I was not the bearer of a dangerous or contagious disease.

My fingerprints and a form had to be completed by the police in Tampa, along with a series of photographs to satisfy the immigration authorities, and the immigration authorities wrote to the UK Home Office to establish that I was not a criminal.

Whilst undergoing this process, I was often in rooms with a veritable United Nations of divergent people and the tone of one’s interviewers was one of skepticism, pressure and hectoring.

The French may have attitudes to immigrants that this intrepid reporter for the New York Times didn’t like but she ought to try going through the process of immigration and citizenship into her own country, as I did and then compare the two experiences.

The US media is quick to point to finger at other countries but does not necessarily give to same publicity to weaknesses in the US public sector bureaucracies.

John Gelmini


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