Jia Qinglin is probably only alive and flourishing today because his best friend is called Jiang Zemin. In the mid-90s his wife was implicated in a massive corruption scandal in Fujian province, but neither she nor he suffered the normal consequence of such behaviour: execution. Instead Mr Jia was promoted to become party boss in Beijing, where–apart from executing corruption convicts–he is widely viewed as having been responsible for the upsurge in persecution and torture of Falun Gong activists in the late 90s. This policy was important to Mr Jiang, who rewarded him with a place on the politburo’s standing committee.
Anyway, today Mr Jia was in Barcelona for a pow-wow with Barcelona’s favourite fascist and corruption expert, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and regional bank, La Caixa. La Caixa is one of the major backers of Barcelona’s festival of peace, love and real estate speculation, Forum 2004, and, as the Forum site tells us:
Well that’s OK then!
- Fascist massacre in Barcelona
The French section of Squat.net is brilliant. It’s where you publish stories that reveal even more of the *real* truth than
- Belated congratulations to Juan Wic, then PSOE mayor of Écija…
… for completely destroying the Roman forum hidden under the Plaza España in order to build a concrete underground carpark for
- Exciting? Harley, my dear
Despite the marketing blitz, Barcelona is still rather like Brighton was before BBC researchers discovered the irresistible combination of out-of-town living
- Catalan corruption
“The degree of corruption of most administrations is more or less equivalent in different times and circumstances…”
- La Romería de la Primera Sueca: an apology
Unnerved by the publicity this year for La Romería de la Primera Sueca/The Pilgrimage of the First Swedish Totty, the committee