OP-ED: U.S. Court Goes Way too Far to Get Respect on Case of BoC – People’s Daily Online

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This article by the People’s Daily is currently top of the most-read list. The People’s Daily has strong links to the Communist Party of China.

Source: OP-ED: U.S. Court Goes Way too Far to Get Respect on Case of BoC – People’s Daily Online

Jimmy Chen, the author of this op-ed article, concludes:

Since the U.S. judicial system does not embrace the least knowledge of respecting the basic principles of other countries’ sovereignty, let it be held in contempt by Bank of China.

This article raises some interesting points. Foreign observers perhaps see the US legal system  as extremely litigious, with ambulance-chasing lawyers on contingency fees, with extremely powerful courts. One wonders about the boundaries of the justice,  politics and business in the US?


Opinion – Refugee Smuggling a Big Business in the Balkans – SPIEGEL ONLINE – John Gelmini

Der Spiegel

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Once again, Spiegel Online, in this article, brought to us by Dr Alf, has provided us with a well-written and thoughtful article. This time, it’s about Balkans-based people smugglers.

In answer to Dr Alf’s open question, Germany’s approach which is to take in huge numbers of refugees versus Hungary’s approach which is to try and bar their progress, is bound to encourage the Balkan route or any route which brings migrants closer to Germany.

The German approach, plus the whimpering of the media and well-heeled people infused with “do-goodery” will cause the present trickle of people to become a flood and will enrich the people smugglers, who will use London to launder their money before transmuting it into “buy-to-leave” properties, gold and gems.

The people smugglers are a lot more fleet-of-foot and better resourced than the police forces ranged against them, so I have little faith in the ability of Europe’s police to have any effect on their activities.

Refugees who come to Britain or end up here have the added benefit of 19 million spare NI numbers and access to bogus documentation to enable them to work, gain access to housing and bring over more family members. When that happens on a large-scale, I have no doubt that the teutonically efficient reporters of Spiegel On line will be there on the spot giving us their take on a new emerging story.

John Gelmini