Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The tourist fields

To commemorate the death of the pope, China arrests a couple of priests, including a bishop. And the next day, the Vatican sends out a trial balloon that it might drop diplomatic recognition of Taiwan in exchange for more freedom to operate in China. Very realpolitik.

Cambodia has privatized the Killing Fields, whose mass graves will now be managed by a Japanese company, which will charge admission and plant some trees and flowers to pretty up the tower-of-8,000-skulls area. According to the provincial governor responsible for this, “We need to beautify the site to attract tourists.”

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