Monday, June 11, 2012

China Won't Hire You, Fake Mr. Bean (Link Round-Up 6/11/12)

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Muslim-Buddhist riots threaten a newly-democratic Myanmar government
Some analysts worry that as Myanmar's military-backed president continues opening up the country's economy and political system after more than a year in charge, the steps could inadvertently spark a worsening of the country's ethnic and religious divides as residents feel more free about expressing tensions that go back decades, and in some cases centuries. That's especially true where the Internet is concerned.

"People aren't used to the Internet yet. They think everything they see there is true," said a local business executive who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject. "Internet users also tend to be younger and maybe more volatile or aggressive than older generations who learned not discuss religious or racial matters so freely."
Indonesian horror films: now starring Fake Mr. Bean
The film — “Mr. Bean Kesurupan D.P.” — stars an actor who bears some resemblance to the British comedian and Indonesian actress/pop star Dewi Persik. The actor mimics Atkinson's unique brand of goofy physical comedy in a film about a hopping "pocong" ghost obsessed with the buxom dangdut singer.

Atkinson's iconic character is wildly popular in Indonesia and moviegoers packed the film's premier in Depok on Thursday in a rare show of interest in a locally-produced horror film.
The crackdown, which was announced in China's state-controlled media on May 15, officially targets foreigners living or working in China illegally.

Expat unease worsened after a xenophobic online rant by Yang Rui, a prominent TV host on CCTV 9. Rui lauded the campaign to protect "innocent girls" from "foreign trash", "thugs" and "spies", and described recently expelled al-Jazeera English correspondent Melissa Chan as a "foreign bitch".
China doesn't want to hire foreign workers
Given the choice between a Westerner with decent Mandarin and an educated, English-speaking local applicant, companies will favor the Chinese. “We almost only recruit PRC nationals or Chinese speakers,” says Thorneman. Those candidates—bright Harvard- and Wharton-educated returnees—are multiplying. In 1995 fewer than 24,000 Chinese students went abroad for education, according to EIC Group China, a provider of educational services. By 2010 that number had risen to 285,000. Not only are Chinese-born prospects more abundant and better suited to the environment, they’re also cheaper. Hiring a foreigner from a developed country to work in China costs 50 percent to 200 percent more than a local hire, according to a 2011 study by human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt (AON).
A week in the life of a fake refugee in Levinsky, Tel Aviv
On Friday morning, my Eritrean friends tell me that I must go see Nagasi, or things will get messy. I ask them to explain it. Nagasi is apparently the representative of the Eritrean government, or the unofficial Eritrean ambassador in the State of Levinsky, if you will. They tell me that Eritrean authorities don’t care why and how you arrived in Israel: They only want you to keep paying taxes to the homeland. How much? Two percent of your income. As there is no way to find out your income, most Eritreans pay a regular monthly fee of $100. “What will happen if I don’t pay?” I ask. “Bad things will happen, to you and to your family,” was the reply.
African economies will be the fastest-growing in 5 years (if the Euro doesn't collapse)
Despite the economic gains, there are some who find the regimes unpalatable. Tom Cargill, the assistant director of the Africa programme at the foreign policy think tank Chatham House, said: "If you're interested in states becoming more economically successful, then what is coming out of Africa is good news. But if you are interested in an Africa where human rights are respected and governments take on the attributes of Western democratic countries, including fair elections and freedom of speech, then it isn't good.
Was a South Korean newspaper hacked by North Koreans?
North Korea's military on June 4 threatened attacks on the Seoul offices of South Korean media outlets including JoongAng Ilbo, for their critical coverage of a mass children's event in Pyongyang.

The military general staff listed the co-ordinates of some of the offices and said missile units and other forces had already targeted the buildings.

It did not mention a possible cyber-attack, although Seoul says its neighbour carried out several such attacks in the past.
North Carolina's tiny, award-winning newspaper vs. The World
A state bureau of investigations agent told me that downtown merchants have been repeatedly told by law enforcement that if they advertise with me there will be repercussions. One retailer, selling fifty-plus papers a week, suddenly stopped, saying they "couldn’t keep up with the quarters." But it turns out according to their staff, who came running out of the store to tell us, that, actually, they love the paper; some high-ranking person had told them that if they kept selling the paper they would lose the contract to feed all the prisoners in the jail. People will engage in war against you and there has been an economic war waged against us because we did expose the individuals who were expected to enforce the law, but who may in fact be the largest organized criminal group in the community, or they may even be controlling the crime.

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