NYT on China and “Genocide Olympics” Progress

  John Prendergast on Darfur 
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Many of us went to see John Prendregast on Darfur with the Houston World Affairs Council. One of the strategies he mentioned was economic pressure on China because China strongly supports the Darfur government.

Specifically Prendergast mentioned an initiative called the “genocide Olympics“ which was an attempt to tie the next China Olympics to their complicity with the government of Darfur. It appears to be working. From the New York Times:

Darfur Collides With Olympics, and China Yields

WASHINGTON, April 12 “” For the past two years, China has protected the Sudanese
government as the United States and Britain have pushed for United
Nations Security Council
sanctions against Sudan for the violence in Darfur.

(full article on Genocide Olympics Progress with China)

Now this is China. So seeing the press in the US may make them reverse directions just as a show of power. But one can hope.


Education Ego Tension and Boundaries

The money quote on modern education:

… a small group of us came to the
realization that schools need to start serving the tension between
ego-centered, personalized, individualistic society and globalized
society. There used to be scales – people would be part of local
communities, broader communities, nation-states, etc. Networked society
is altering the relationships between people and communities are
suffering because of the lack of cohesion, social norms, etc. When we
think about education (especially when we talk about its role in
relation to civic life), we need to stop damning technology and start
engaging with the shifts that have occurred in the architecture of

This is the first time I felt challenged to look at education from an ego-centered tension between personalized and globalized society. Interesting.

Of course the problem may be, not sure, buy may be serving tension between areas implies an awareness of the boundaries. And that isn’t easy.

On a related note, be sure to read CAE’s posts on the attention economy and organizations.