Daily Archives: May 7, 2018

China jails ex-Politburo member for graft


Chinese ex-Politburo member Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life for graft

A court in China has sentenced former top Communist Party official Sun Zhengcai to life in prison. Sun, once considered a future candidate for president, was found guilty of accepting millions in bribes.

Sun Zhengcai (picture-alliance/Imaginechina/W. Yao)
Sun Zhengcai, former Communist Party boss of the southwestern city of Chongqing, was handed a life sentence Tuesday for corruption.

The ex-Politburo member is one of the most high-profile politicians to be targeted by President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft campaign.

The intermediate court in Tianjin said Sun was found to have taken bribes worth 170 million yuan ($26.7 million; €22 million). It said his personal property had been confiscated and that he would be deprived of his political rights for life.

Read more: ‘The Chinese Dream’ and Xi Jinping’s power politics

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“After the judgment was announced, Sun Zhengcai told the court he admitted his guilt, expressed repentance, accepted the decision, and said he would not appeal,” the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the Tianjin court.

Last month, the 54-year-old pleaded guilty to accepting bribes during the 15 years he held top positions in Beijing, Jilin province and Chongqing, as well as during his term as minister of agriculture.

Read more: China’s corruption ‘tiger hunt’ – A political weapon for Xi Jinping?

Slow beginnings
Slow beginnings
Xi Jinping, the son of communist revolutionary and political leader Xi Zhongxun, started his political career when he was finally accepted as a member of China’s Communist Party in 1974. Xi had applied to join the party several times, but was rejected due to his father’s political history — Xi Zhongxun had been purged in 1962 and was then persecuted and jailed during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Rise to the top
Rise to the top
Xi studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua University, but after acceptance to the Communist Party he worked hard to reach the top ranks. In 1982, he started out as a party secretary in Herbei province before advancing to more senior roles in the country, such as numerous provincial governor positions and then party chief in China’s second biggest city and financial hub Shanghai.

Shattered political career

As one of the youngest of the 25 members in the powerful Politburo ruling body, Sun had been seen in some circles as a potential successor to President Xi before he was suddenly removed from his post in Chongqing last July.

He was replaced by Xi protege Chen Min’er, who was later promoted to the Politburo.

Read more: Xi Jinping — the man who decides the fate of billions

Thousands of officials, including senior party members, have faced prosecution since Xi launched his war on corruption in 2012. Critics, however, have described it as a political purge rather than a campaign solely targeting criminal behavior.

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‘The Chinese Dream’ and Xi Jinping’s power politics
China’s leader Xi Jinping ends 2017 in an unassailable position of power, having consolidated his grip over the Communist Party and state. Xi’s ultimate goal is to transform China into a global superpower. (27.12.2017)

China’s corruption ‘tiger hunt’ – A political weapon for Xi Jinping?
As China gets ready for the Communist Party’s quinquennial congress, President Xi Jinping is set to expand his massive anti-corruption drive that critics say does more to consolidate his political power than fight graft. (13.10.2017)

China’s anti-corruption campaign snags ex-Politburo member
Sun Zhengcai, a former Politburo member and city party chief, has been put on trial on bribery charges. But rights groups have criticized some of the tactics used in China’s campaign to uproot corruption. (12.04.2018)

Opinion: China’s Xi Jinping — the man who decides the fate of billions
China made a series of historic decisions at its 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing. Not only will President Xi Jinping be able to rule indefinitely, he is more powerful than ever, says DW’s Philipp Bilsky. (20.03.2018)

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The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility.

Check out @realDonaldTrump’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/993452275648679938?s=09

The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility. House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination or anything else with Russia. So now the Probe says OK, what else is there? How about Obstruction for a made up, phony crime.There is no O, it’s called Fighting Back

Talentul e talent! Alții se chinuiesc toată viața prin muncă…și puțini ajung să se compare cu cel cu talent!

Everliving music: Watch “Mozart Vs Salieri” on YouTube

Today’s Holiday: Birthday of Tagore

Today’s Holiday:
Birthday of Tagore

This date commemorates the birth of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the great poet, philosopher, social reformer, dramatist, and musician of Calcutta, India. In 1913, he was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Tagore’s birthday is celebrated with a festival of his poetry, plays, music, and dance dramas. There are discussions at schools and universities of his ideas on education and philosophy, and screenings of films based on Tagore’s short stories and novels made by filmmaker and Calcutta native, Satyajit Ray. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Rabindranath Tagore (1861)

Today’s Birthday:
Rabindranath Tagore (1861)

Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, writer, and composer whose works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His writings, which often exhibit rhythmic lyricism, colloquial language, and philosophical contemplation, received worldwide acclaim. He became Asia’s first Nobel laureate when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Knighted by the British government in 1915, Tagore resigned the honor four years later in protest of what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Suicidal Passenger Brings Down Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 (1964)

This Day in History:
Suicidal Passenger Brings Down Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 (1964)

In early May, Francisco Gonzales—a disturbed former member of the Philippine Olympic sailing team—bought a gun and life insurance and began talking about killing himself. He followed through on his threat during a flight to San Francisco, but he did more than just end his own life; he took the lives of all 44 people on board by shooting both the pilot and co-pilot, causing the plane to crash. What cockpit security regulation—adopted before the flight—only went into effect after the tragic crash? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Emily Bronte

Quote of the Day:
Emily Bronte

Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.

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Article of the Day: Self-Portraits

Article of the Day:

Self-portraits have been made by artists for centuries, but it was not until the mid-1400s, when better quality mirrors became more available, that artists regularly began depicting themselves as the main subjects in their works. Because in them the artist is also the subject, self-portraits highlight the classic conflict between the artist’s desire to produce an accurate representation of the subject and his desire to idealize him. Who are some of the most prolific self-portraitists? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: a necktie party

Idiom of the Day:
a necktie party

An execution by hanging or lynching carried out by a mob of people outside the process of the law. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: pedagogue

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Someone who educates young people.
Synonyms: educator
Usage: My grandfather was a born pedagogue; it gave him great pleasure to impart information.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch