American foreign adventures provide prodigiously fertile ground for anyone in a critical mood. But whenever I feel the urge to condemn America (again), I try to make sure its based on facts and reasons. Does that make me “anti-American”? If the alternative is voluntary blindness and submission to the biggest threat the world faces, then so be it. I prefer to mind my own business. I’ve also long resigned to the fact that human follies are inevitable. No government is perfect.
Hong Kong’s Umbrella Freedom Fighters can’t possibly be fighting for “freedom” in one of the most indulgent communities on earth; it’d be like fish keep asking for more salt in the ocean. If succeeded, it’d turn them into anchovies. A popular reason cited by supporters is that China’s an authoritarian state, therefore to be loathed unconditionally. Anyone who reads mainstream newspapers would know that much. If this fear is indeed the real cause, I’d like to take this opportu
Isfahan Square 伊斯法罕的广场 Two weeks in Iran showed me the extent to which a country can be savagely demonised by the corporate free press. I was surprised by the contrast between what I saw, and what’s commonly portrayed in TV and newspapers. I hope my pictures have said at least a few words. 两个星期的南伊之游，让我领会到西方“自由传媒”的妖魔化力量，原来比想像中更巨大狠毒。像伊朗这类被围困孤立了的国家，一般人都没有亲身证明的机会。在受害人没有反驳能力的情况下，强大的国际喉舌更肆无忌惮，随意抹黑。 Iranians are by far the friendliest and warmest people I’ve met, with a spirit tha