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Volkswagen Tops China Car Sales

Posted: January 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled Auto News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Volkswagen Tops China Car Sales

VW Tops China Car SalesVW are now the biggest automotive manufacturer in the world’s biggest automotive market, quite a contrast to their US operations where they skirt around the middle of the pack.

Volkswagen were once much-loved in the US for their quality, but have since seriously fallen out of favor.

Over in the Middle Kingdom VW’s pull on the Chinese public is immense, the German auto-makers offer stretches from the cheapest $US12,000 hatch to the $US175,000 Phaeton übersedan.

And it seems that anything with a VW badge riveted to the front and back panels seems to simply drive out the showroom doors.

Volkswagen sold 3.27 million vehicles in China last year, it’s closest rival, GM, sold 3.16 million cars, now the race is on for VW to become the world’s biggest automotive manufacturer, but for them to achieve that result they will need to improve the way the US market views them :: Read the full article »»»»


CHINA! 500 Lawmakers Resign Amid Corruption Scandal

Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CHINA! 500 Lawmakers Resign Amid Corruption Scandal

CHINA! 500 Lawmakers Resign Amid Corruption ScandalMore than 500 lawmakers in a Chinese city have resigned after being implicated in a bribery scandal, while another 56 provincial legislators have been sacked as the government steps up its war on graft.

The official Xinhua news agency said the 512 lawmakers in Hengyang city in the poor, landlocked southern province of Hunan resigned after they took bribes from 56 members of the provincial assembly.

The total amount of the bribes was more than 110 million yuan ($20 million) and the money was used to swing the results of elections, Xinhua said, citing a Hunan government statement.

China does not have fully democratic one-man, one-vote elections but has experimented with a selection process at the grassroots for local legislatures, even if most candidates are Communist Party members and there is rarely more than a single candidate for each position available :: Read the full article »»»»


China Celebrates Moa’s Birth

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on China Celebrates Moa’s Birth

China Celebrates Moa's BirthCommunist China’s president Xi Jinping has acknowledged that the country’s founding father, Mao Zedong, made “mistakes”, as Mao admirers celebrated the 120th anniversary of the late leader’s birth with noodles and fireworks.

Mao is the centrepiece of the ruling party’s pantheon and commands reverence among many Chinese, including some frustrated by the current state of the nation, but is also condemned by those who say his political and economic campaigns caused tens of millions of deaths.

China has never before allowed such an open historical discussion of his actions. Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” is estimated by Western historians to have led to as many as 45 million deaths from famine, and his Cultural Revolution plunged China into a decade of violent chaos.

China traditionally measured time in 60-year cycles. Mao, who in 1949, is remembered by many as a tyrant and leader of disastrous political campaigns that killed tens of millions, for others, the China created by Mao should be celebrated :: Read the full article »»»»


Alive and Well: Human Slavery

Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Slavery | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Alive and Well: Human Slavery

Today – or tomorrow, depending on your hemisphere – is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 2 December –  it marks the date of the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1949 for the Suppression of this heinous crime.

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

Human trafficking is defined as “…the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” according to the UN Protocol to Prevent and Punish Trafficking in People.

And while it might be impossible for many to believe that slavery still exists, that it’s something that surely ONLY existed in our pre-technological past? At the height of this heinous trade – 1600 to its abolition in 1834 – 11 million souls were enslaved. TODAY, 30 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery around the globe :: Read the full article »»»»


China: Sweeping Changes to Radical Laws, One Child Policy Eased

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on China: Sweeping Changes to Radical Laws, One Child Policy Eased

China: Sweeping Changes to Radical Laws, One Child Policy EasedChina has unveiled sweeping changes to some of its most controversial laws including its one-child policy and its forced labour camps. The major policy shift also includes reductions on the application of the death penalty, reforms to a widely abused “petition” system and changes in a residency registration scheme.

The changes, revealed by the official Xinhua news agency, were announced days after a meeting of the country’s top Communist Party leaders.

Couples will now be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child, significantly widening the exceptions to a rule introduced in 1979 to control China’s then exploding population, now the world’s largest.

The one-child policy is controversial both within and outside China, the policy has at times been brutally enforced, with authorities relying on permits, fines and in some cases forced sterilisations and late-term abortions, often triggering public outrage :: Read the full article »»»»


Chinese Surgeons Grow New Nose on Forehead

Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China, Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Chinese Surgeons Grow New Nose on Forehead

Xiaolian Grows Nose on Forehead: Image via ReutersBazaar images have been emerged of a Chinese man who has grown a new, replacement nose on his forehead.

Xiaolian, a 22-year-old, underwent treatment at a hospital in Fuzhou in Fujian province to create a replacement nose after his original became infected as a result of an auto accident in 2012.

Xiaolian failed to seek medical treatment in the aftermath of the accident, allowing a serious infection, causing his nose cartilage to corrode, surgeons were unable to fix the original nose.

This odd alternative has been grown by placing a skin tissue expander onto Xiaolian’s forehead, sculpting it into the shape of a nose, transplanting cartilage from the man’s ribs :: Read the full article »»»»