Letters to the West

seven years in Tibet-in-Exile (and counting …)

Q. Why no sanctions on China?

A. money money money money money

In http://www.dvb.no/news/youtube-global-film-contest-bans-burmese/11051
“YouTube ‘global’ film contest bans Burmese”,

A YouTube contest aimed at collating footage from global citizens into a ‘Life in a Day’ film will not include entries from residents of Burma due to US sanctions on the country.

Because …

the contest’s Terms and Conditions … says “You will not be eligible to submit Videos to be considered for inclusion in the Film if you are: a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, or any other U.S. sanctioned country”.

But …

The contest therefore appears not to have reconciled the effect of US sanctions with their stated intentions; indeed the rules seem to override the contest’s own aim of “[documenting] one day, as seen through the eyes of people around the world”.

So that is sad. Following the letter of the law but not the spirit.

And noticing those “sanctioned countries” … China’s not on that list. What does China do that is different than Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, or the other US-sanctioned countries? Oh right. It is big, powerful, and doing lots of commerce with the U.S.

Power and money, the common religion of the West and the East.

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Written by walker

2 August 2010 at 5:49 pm

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