Change at the helm – New leaders of the Catholic Church and China, Pope Francis and Xi Jinping, have quite a bit in common

New leaders of the Catholic Church and China, Pope Francis and Xi Jinping, have much in common, but little prospect of reconciliation

“… Despite the growing appetite for spiritual values within mainland China’s officially atheist population, there is little prospect the CPC will recognise a foreign pope..”

The Gamines (Los Gaminos) of Bogotá – By Kathryn O’Reilly

“…The children, as young as six years old, are sent out onto the streets by their mother or father or whatever where they compete with the vultures in their daily quest for food among the city’s refuse bins…”

Letter to the Irish Times Newspaper – “we are seriously deluding ourselves”

Letters, Irish Times Newspaper, Monday October 17th, 2011 “Turning to China Sir, – In light of the growing realisation, as highlighted by Eddie O’Connor (Opinion, October 7th) that over the … Continue reading Letter to the Irish Times Newspaper – “we are seriously deluding ourselves”

China – Under The Hood: Tinder box – China’s long hot summer

Burying the train car was a bonehead move, true, but the folks upstairs told us to do it. That’s how they think: if there’s something that could give you trouble, just bury it. Anyway, the real mistake was trying to dig such a huge hole in broad daylight. And not talking it over with the Propaganda Department beforehand.

China – Under The Hood: When there is no will they have ‘Ah Way’ – The fowl art of domesticating a wild chicken in 81 days

“…They scowl they are resolute in their determination to extract my compliance. Oh, we battery chickens know all too well the wide variety of intimidating methods They employ orchestrating self-indicting and self-reproaching confessions of wrong-doing…”

Accurate China Insight: Entering The Dragon’s Den

Huge Opportunities lie waiting for Irish businesses in China, but know your market From Ireland’s ‘Business and Finance’ magazine’s ‘Enterprise Insight’ supplement, Q2 2008 edition, by Niall O’ Reilly The world’s second … Continue reading Accurate China Insight: Entering The Dragon’s Den

Gerry Thornley – Credit where credit is due

“…The way his words illustrate the protagonists, the villains, and set the scenes before, during and after each match is mind-boggling… he really is a master craftsman when it comes to writing..”