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GlobalThoughts – May 15, 2001 Middle East, Asia, Economics, A few musings on the Meaning of Life

Middle East

I know that people are expecting some globalthoughts on all this Middle East stuff but I really don’t have much to add based on my recent trip.

It’s a pretty hopeless situation. Leaders of countries are popular and above expectations which is the opposite of what you would expect in a hopeless situation but it is what you expect when people rally behind their leaders in a hopeless situation.… Continue Reading →

All-Country Ratings – 36 countries rated May 2001

1st column. Civility (infrastructure, cleanliness, technology, poverty in eye view) 2nd column. Extent someone should go there for the first time and will enjoy the stay in the country 3rd column. Extent I would want to return again (things still to do, changes in the country, friends in country, needs fulfilled (ie: shopping for certain items).… Continue Reading →

Spring Tour 2001 Photos Beijing, China

Some modern buildings; hotels and offices. Next Generationer; except this is in Hong Kong, China. Back in Beijing; this is the old part of the city, soon to be destroyed. Now some oddities. This guy’s with a bullhorn, screaming at people to get off the grass at the botanical gardens.… Continue Reading →

Spring Tour 2001 Photos Beijing, China

Sailors on holiday. Central shopping area Beijing. Anything goes for transportation. Main shopping street is closed to traffic, at least today. Wide street. These people are all watching a fashion show. Sculpture and display with regard to Beijing’s bid for the 2008 Olympics.… Continue Reading →

Spring Tour 2001 Photos Beijing, China — Tianenman Square — 1 May 2001

This is the Forbidden City, right near the Square. Where the Emperors lived; Forbidden to everyone else. This is the Forbidden City, right near the Square. Where the Emperors lived; Forbidden to everyone else. I thought this quite profound. Not like our “No Littering; $50 Fine” kinda thing.… Continue Reading →

Spring Tour 2001 Photos Beijing, China — The Great Wall — 1 May 2001

Click here to continue to Tianenman Square.Continue Reading →

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