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XI: The Weekend of August 17th

-The Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafford began with a thud. Manchester United came out flat against Swansea City, and despite a second half surge, the Swans left with a 2-1 win. 971 more words

MLS

President Xi promises to shake off GDP obsession in promoting officials

Chinese President Xi Jinping noted that China would never assess the performance of an official simply based on his record of boosting economy.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) should adopt more comprehensive criteria for assessing the performance of its officials, said Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, at a meeting on the work of personnel resources on the eve of the 92nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). 52 more words

China

Thank You, Mr. Lee

Saturday was Singapore’s national holiday, and we reread Michael Barr’s wonderful paper on Lee Kuan Yew. This is a thoughtful, well researched inquiry into the question of Mr. 312 more words

Economy

Venezuela: Can the revolution survive with a little help from its friends?

Venezuelan contributor Francisco Rodríguez on the Bolivarian Republic’s increasing dependency on China  1,174 more words

Guest Blog: Qi Xi - Valentine's Day

Written By: Melody Liu

Chinese Valentines’ Day is 7th, July in China calendar, and it is 2nd, August this year. We usually call it as “qi xi” valentine’s day, because of the date is 7th, July. 278 more words

Au Pair

Let's Play: Final Fantasy XI - Part 3

As the last let’s play didn’t work out, I bring you up to speed on where I am in the game. Join me as I travel across the massive expanse to kill a monster–and get stopped along the way.