CHINA BOOK: “OUT OF MAO’S SHADOW” BY PHILIP PAN

August 6, 2008 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Asia, Books, China, Economics, Financial, Globalization | Leave a comment

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Out of Mao’s Shadow:

The Struggle for the Soul of a New China

by Philip P. Pan (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Reviewed by Andrew J. Nathan

Before she was executed in a Chinese prison in 1968, a courageous political dissident named Lin Zhao gave a tiny sailboat, folded from a cellophane candy wrapper, to her friend Zhang Yuanxun. He kept it for more than 30 years, treating it as a secret treasure. Then he passed it to Hu Jie, a documentary filmmaker, who accepted the fragile origami boat and the implicit burden it carried: the duty to preserve Lin Zhao’s memory. This he did obsessively, working without pay for five years to track down people who knew her and to recover her prison writings, scratched in her own blood after the authorities had denied her ink.

Philip P. Pan tells the story of the origami sailboat in Out of Mao’s Shadow, his entrancing book about the struggle “for the soul of the world’s most populous nation” between a “venal party-state” and “a ragtag collection of lawyers, journalists, entrepreneurs, artists, hustlers, and dreamers striving to build a more tolerant, open, and democratic China.” He uses the sailboat, in a quietly moving way, to help readers feel the enduring chill of Mao’s ideological twists and turns, particularly the Hundred Flowers Movement of 1957, when intellectuals such as Lin Zhao were encouraged to criticize the Communist Party, then cruelly punished for doing so.

Part of the book’s poignancy is that Pan has joined the chain of transmission: He earned the documentary filmmaker’s trust and promised to tell his story, just as the filmmaker had earned Zhang Yuanxun’s trust and promised to preserve Lin Zhao’s legacy of pain and endurance. Out of Mao’s Shadow is a work of reporting, but it is also a work of conscience.

From 2001 to 2007, Pan was The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Beijing. The 10 or so intersecting stories he tells here are gritty and real. This is not a big-theme book about the “true” China but a concrete, closely observed encounter with particular people, places and events. He puts the reader on a stool in the small shop of laid-off steel worker Yao Fuxin as Yao and some colleagues plot a doomed demonstration against corrupt local officials in the rust-belt city of Liaoyang. We run through cornfields with blind activist Chen Guangcheng as he escapes from government thugs in his home village, hoping to carry a petition for justice all the way to Beijing. Other protagonists include a land developer, an army doctor, a local party secretary, a crusading editor and a passel of feuding “rights protection” lawyers (as they call themselves). Pan seems to have been all over each incident, watching before, during and after it happened, getting long interviews with participants who initially did not want to talk, copying quotes from secret documents, hiding notes from a trial in his socks.

Yet some big truths emerge. Local government omnipotence and corruption are a toxic combination, personified in Pan’s book by Zhang Xide, the party secretary of Linquan County. He presided over the violent repression of a peasant revolt against coercive birth-control methods and illegal taxes. And what is wonderfully revealing about today’s China is that he was proud of his achievement! When a pair of crusading journalists named Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao exposed his actions, he sued them for defamation. (Their book, Will the Boat Sink the Water?, was published in English by Public Affairs in 2006.) A local judge allowed something like a real trial to take place, enabling a rights protection lawyer named Pu Zhiqiang — another vivid character — to humiliate Zhang and his colleagues on cross-examination because of their eagerness to brag about their use of harsh methods. When the proceedings got out of control in this way, the local party authorities, who ultimately supervise all court decisions, disposed of the embarrassment by having the court issue no judgment. Zhang retired on full pension, while Chen and Wu’s book remains banned.

Another theme is the alliance of the party with private entrepreneurs, represented by a richly loathsome female property developer named Chen Lihua. She specializes in acquiring land in Beijing through cronyism and forcibly evicting tenants with police assistance. Pan reports her rags to riches story, visits her lavish office and notices nine separate photos, one of her with each member of the party’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee. Chen, too, is proud of her achievements and especially of knowing how to work the system; she reflexively offers Pan a bribe.

In contrast, Pan’s heroes are fighting against the system that he calls the “largest and perhaps most successful experiment in authoritarianism in the world.” That they can do so without being executed is a sign of how far China has emerged from Mao’s shadow. But it is also a tribute to their courage and cunning, because, as Pan notes, the machinery of repression is “cynical, stable, and nimble.” The documentary filmmaker loses his job, consumes his savings and has his films banned. The crusading newspaper editor spends a short time in jail and ends up sidelined, writing for a sports magazine. The blind activist is kidnapped, beaten and sentenced to a four-and-a-half-year prison term.

Most of these reformers and dreamers are driven by a combination of outrage and hope: outrage over the system’s inhumanity and hope because it is changing. The courts, investigative journalists, independent lawyers and access for foreign journalists are all developments of the past 30 years. At the same time, Pan’s stories substantiate his judgment that the party apparatus has come “to resemble an organized crime network.” The system rewards corrupt, repressive local officials because they get results — economic growth, targeted levels of population growth and social order. The party, so far, has not given officials much incentive to pay attention to environmental health, urban preservation or social justice. For now, the “struggle for China’s soul” remains sadly one-sided.

Review
“Phil Pan is one of the finest American correspondents to have worked in China, a penetrating reporter who works from the ground up. This is an extraordinarily important book about China’s unfinished politics.”– Steve Coll, author of The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century

Out of Mao’s Shadow is a stunningly researched and crafted book, filled with tales of individual heroism, triumph, and heartbreak. Pan shares his subjects’ relentless curiosity and drive to find truth; the result is a book that’s immediate, moving, and ultimately thrilling.”– Rachel DeWoskin, author of Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China

“As correspondent for The Washington Post, Philip Pan covered China like no one else, using his fluency in the language to penetrate Chinese society. He goes beyond his newspaper reporting to tell the story of Chinese people pressing unsuccessfully for political change. Pan’s book gives lie to the notion that China is inevitably heading toward democratization.”– James Mann, author of Rise of the Vulcans and The China Fantasy

“Philip Pan’s book is a masterpiece of reportage, revealing the layers of dirt and pain that lurk just beneath the shiny surface of modern China.”– Rob Gifford, National Public Radio correspondent and author of China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

“Philip Pan has brought great patience and a rare sensitivity to political reporting in China.This is the story of how power actually works there.”– Peter Hessler, author of Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China

Product Details:

  • Hardcover: 368 pages

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

  • June 17, 2008

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1416537058

  • ISBN-13: 978-1416537052

Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China

by Philip P. Pan (Author)

BANK OF BRAZIL WORKING PAPERS

August 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Brazil, Development, Economics, Financial, Globalization, Russia, Third World | Leave a comment

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Banco Central do Brasil

Publicação de Trabalhos para Discussão do

Banco Central‏

workingpaper@bcb.gov.br

Working Paper Series (workingpaper@bcb.gov.br)

Wed 8/06/08

Prezados Membros da Lista:

Informamos que foram publicados na página da internet do Banco Central do Brasil, em 2008,  os seguintes Trabalhos para Discussão:

168. An Integrated Model for Liquidity Management andShort-Term Asset Allocation in Commercial Banks de autoria de Wenersamy Ramos de Alcântara;

167. O Poder Discriminante das Operações de Crédito das Instituições Financeiras Brasileiras de autoria de Clodoaldo Aparecido Annibal;

166. Testing Hyperinflation Theories Using the Inflation Tax Curve: A Case Study de autoria de Fernando de Holanda Barbosa e Tito Nícias Teixeira da Silva Filho;

165. Avaliação de Opções de Troca e Opções de Spread Européias e Americanas  de autoria de Giuliano Carrozza Uzêda Iorio de Souza, Carlos Patrício Samanez e Gustavo Santos Raposo;

164. Foreign Banks’ Entry and Departure: The Recent Brazilian Experience (1996-2006) de autoria de Pedro Fachada;

163. Searching for the Natural Rate of Unemployment in a Large Relative Price Shocks’ Economy: the Brazilian Case de autoria de Tito Nícias Teixeira da Silva Filho;

162. Balance Sheet Effects in Currency Crises: Evidence from Brazil de autoria de Marcio M. Janot, Márcio G. P. Garcia e Walter Novaes;

161. Evaluating Value-at-Risk Models via Quantile Regressions de autoria de Wagner P. Gaglianone, Luiz Renato Lima e Oliver Linton;

160. The Incidence of Reserve Requirements in Brazil: Do Bank Stockholders Share the Burden? de autoria de Fabia A. de Carvalho e Cyntia F. Azevedo;

159. Behavior and Effects of Equity Foreign Investors on Emerging Markets de autoria de Barbara Alemanni e José Renato Haas Ornelas;

158. Characterizing the Brazilian Term Structure of Interest Rates de autoria de Osmani T. Guillen e Benjamin M. Tabak.

Atenciosamente,

Editoria

Working Paper Series

E-mail: workingpaper@bcb.gov.br

OBS:

Lembramos que mensagens para a lista devem ser enviadas para wpg@info.bcb.gov.br

A relação de todos os trabalhos publicados pode ser acessada em Trabalhos para Discussão.

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Wed 8/06/08

PRIME EMIRATES: PRIME RESEARCH FINANCIAL RESULTS

August 6, 2008 at 10:21 am | Posted in Arabs, Financial, Middle East, Research | Leave a comment

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Prime Emirates Daily Morning News_6-Aug-08‏

Prime Research

Wed 8/06/08

Dear Clients,

Please find below a link to our edition of Prime Emirates Daily Morning News August 6, 2008 which includes the following headlines:

Shuaa Capital (SHUA.DU) released its financial results for 1Q FY08 in which net profit decreased by 12% to AED66 million compared to AED75 million in 1Q FY07.

Al Khazna Insurance (AKIC.AD) released its financial results for 1H FY08 in which net profit increased by 371% to AED66 million compared to AED14 million in 1H FY07.

Palestine Telecommunications Company (PTEL.AD) released its financial results for 1H FY08 in which net profit increased by 53% to AED220 million compared to AED144 million in 1H FY07.

http://www.primegroup.org/ftp/Research/UAE/Reports/Daily/2008/August/06-08-2008.pdf

With Compliments,

Prime Research

Prime Emirates Daily Morning News August 6

Prime Research

Prime Emirates Daily Morning News_6-Aug-08‏

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CLIMATOLOGY AUSTRALIA

August 6, 2008 at 6:49 am | Posted in Earth, Globalization, Research, World-system | Leave a comment

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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial

Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science

agency and one of the largest and most diverse

research agencies in the world.

Dr. Leon Rotstayn

email: Leon.Rotstayn@csiro.au

Role:

  • Team member, Climate, Weather and Ocean Prediction Theme: Climate Processes and System Modelling

    • Studies the climatic impacts of aerosols, including the effects of aerosols on clouds and rainfall.

    • Develops improved treatments of aerosols and clouds for global and regional climate models.

  • Guest lecturer in the Departments of Mathematics and Geography at Monash University.

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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

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