How The National People’s Congress of China Functions For The Masses

national-peoples-congress-of-china

The National People’s Congress of China is set to host yet another yearly session for the country’s legislature. The entire pageant, which is a carefully concoction of authority, transparency and responsiveness is meant to showcase where the priorities of the government lie, if not its ability to wield its powers as something more than just a figurehead it seems to be. The meeting will take place on Saturday at Beijing and will be attended by more than 3000 delegates, including the current president, Xi Jinping, who heads the Chinese Communist party. Though there will be unrest among the attendees, the leadership will go unchallenged by the NPC.

While the power may rest with the Communist party, votes of opposition are taken into careful considerable, no matter how small the number as this will force reconsiderations or delays of the ruling party’s proposal. Among the topics in the works this year, the military budget for the forthcoming year, which includes the percentage increase of army personnel and military funded projects, five year plans and more importantly, putting an end to China’s one child policy are to be discussed. While a majority of the proceedings is scripted, there is always a chance for random journalist questions to ruffle a few feathers and cause confusion.

Delegates not of the ruling party, such as the NPC, also have the right to put forth their proposals. Though there is a smaller chance of it becoming part of the legislature, these suggestions can provide insight certain regions or industries. With China completing its current five year plan, several pieces of legislature are expected to come into effect. However, unlike western countries, there will be no boisterous uproar as the details are minutely scrutinized and approved years in advance. China’s economic statistics, including growth and debt, are also discussed. The full details of the meeting will be available in the annual report.

Read More

Militia Members Occupy National Parks Building As Protest

ammon-bundy

Militia members recently occupied a national wildlife headquarters in Oregon as part of an ongoing protest to support two men charged with arson and are scheduled to return to prison. The wildlife refuge had been close during the weekend, but has suddenly become the home to as many as 150 supporters, according to reports. Ammon Bundy, a militiaman, stated that he was willing to stay in the federal property for years if necessary. Ryan Bundy, his brother, is among the people squatting in the building. The brothers said that though these were not looking for any trouble or violence, they would not hold back if the police evicted or tried to evict them.

The sudden inhabitation came just after a couple of hundred marchers stormed through Burns in Oregon, around 80 km (50 miles) away from the wildlife refuge, in protestation of the prosecution of Steven Hammond and Dwight Hammond Jr , a son and father rancher duo situated in Harney County. The pair had previously served time in 2012 after setting public land on fire to protect their own property. Now, they have been ordered to return to jail after a certain federal court ruled their original time served as too lenient and insufficient.

Ammon Bundy stated that the facility which the protesters had recently claimed had been the crux of all the problems and all the injustice that the Hammons have had to face. He went on to say that the decision was not something that was made at the spur of the moment. He also urged other militia people to take a stand against the tyranny of the state. Previously, the family ranch of the Bundy clan had been the location of another protest in 2014, this time the Bureau of Land Management. Nationwide attention was focused on the case when the agency tried to confiscate the Bundy’s cattle on grounds of a disagreement over grazing fees, though the federal agents finally did back down.

Read More