Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Happy Year of the Pig

Sunday marked the start of the Chinese New Year - The Year of the Pig - so Happy New Year to all who are celebrating.

" 'Both adults and children believe pigs are a lucky symbol, which bring fortune and wealth,' Tenlow's Wu Ying said. 'Their plumpness means prosperity.'

"This cartoon pig used in Tenlow's ads would hardly seem subversive. But CCTV has ordered major advertising agencies not to use pig images, cartoons or slogans 'to avoid conflicts with ethnic minorities.' That's a reference to China's 20 million Muslims, about 2 percent of the country's population.

Chinese Muslims in the Year of the Pig

Ban Thwarts 'Year of the Pig' Ads in China

China's fearful Muslim minority: Human rights groups fear China may take advantage of the international campaign against terrorism to suppress dissent among ethnic Uighurs.

Islam in China - Wiki

Chinese converts demand own mosques in Malaysia: Chinese Malaysians who have embraced Islam are testing the government over a mosque issue that analysts say highlights a racial divide in the multi-ethnic country.

String of 29 bombings in Southern Thailand: A coordinated string of at least 29 bomb blasts in Thailand's largely Muslim south may have been timed for the start of Lunar New Year festivities and intended to frighten ethnic Chinese traders as part of a campaign to damage the economy, a military spokesman said this week.

Other News:
+ Iran vows not to 'retreat one iota' in nuclear pursuit
+ US Says British Iraq Withdrawal Sign of Success: U.S. officials are describing Britain's announcement that it will withdraw 1,600 of its troops from Iraq as a sign of the type of success in the southern part of the country that they want to see in the Baghdad area.
+ A Closer Look at Blair's Iraq Move


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