The World Blind Union’s Kiki Nordstrom says it best about
It is awe-inspiring indeed to see disabled athletes from all over the world -- the blind running in track events (strung by the wrist to a seeing guide-runner) and the wheelchair-bound racing the oval -- and to watch winners burst with joy, marveling at the triumph of the human spirit over disabilities.
The disabled today are no longer outcasts as they quickly rise from the limitations set by their circumstances. And to that end,
From the Beijing Olympics last 08-08-08 down to the Paralympics which opened on September 11, China has overwhelmed the World not only with its awesome capabilities for mobilizing capital and technology for any undertaking but also with its people’s capacity for social discipline and hospitality. One million citizen-volunteer-ushers all over Beijing helping Olympic fans and visitors with their utmost care and service has without doubt become the largest and most palpable of China’s international undertakings that it has generated not only tremendous goodwill but more importantly, conveyed the echoes of the Olympic spirit in keeping with China’s mantra of “One World, One Dream.”
Just to contrast: While
Just over a decade before, “glasnost,” “perestroika” and concessions
But alas! Eight hundred years after the last of the eight Crusades of the West, George W. Bush and his cabal of neo-conservative ideologues of Western hegemony attempted to re-ignite religious war between Christianity and Islam yet again.
Chief among these neo-cons was Samuel Huntington, commissioned to write “The Clash of Civilizations” to lay the predicate of the “historic inevitability” of the global religious war -- make that perpetual war -- that only profits the corporatocracy-funded neo-conservatives. This they did as they prepared for the new “Pearl Harbor” in the form of the World Trade Center “attack,” which provided the pretext for the invasion of Afghanistan (where Unocal maintains an oil pipeline) and Iraq (violating UN consensus and where US oil now has a lock on its contracts).
Yet throughout this period of the “Clash of Civilizations” upon which Bush built his “War on Terror,”
President Hu Jintao first expounded the concept of “a harmonious world” at the UN Summit in 2005 commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the UN’s founding and expressed the Chinese people’s wish to maintain world peace and promote mutual progress.
Last year, the Xinhua Net covered one such event and reported, “World Conference on Sinology Criticized the Theory of Clash of Civilizations and called for the Building of a Harmonious World.”
Unfortunately, Russia has found itself seriously disadvantaged over the past decades by the US’ treachery against the Eurasian continent, which has also caused China to suffer the worst of the West’s calumnies on Tibet and even the anti-China propaganda in the run-up to the Beijing Games -- with the latest affront being the US’ violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) as it sells nuclear weapons technology to non-signatory India while leaving other signatories like China shortchanged. But then, NNPT member
Truly, the litany of US transgressions is limitless. Just look at the long list of continuing atrocities it has and continues to commit in the Philippines and anyone will get a clear picture -- from the murders of Filipinos in the former US bases in Clark and Subic, to the Michael Meiring bombings in Davao in 2002, to its current conspiracy to take the oil and natural gas riches of Mindanao away from the Filipino nation.
Ninety-nine percent of Philippine opinion writers and broadcasters are simply superficial and are toadies of