Want to adopt from China? Think twice.

“On May 10, 2011 Caixin Century, a well-respected Chinese weekly, published an investigative report by Shangguan Jiaoming, entitled In Hunan, Family Planing Turns to Plunder. The report is the product of a four-year investigation into the criminal kidnapping of children by local officials in rural Hunan province, and the subsequent selling of the children as orphans, mostly to families in the United States.” Read the rest at: Manufacturing Orphans For Export.

2 thoughts on “Want to adopt from China? Think twice.”

  1. Kidnapping young children and adopting them out doesn’t just happen in China it even happens in the USA. The liberal American journal, The Nation, recently had an article concerning the forced kidnapping of thousands of Haitain children by fundamentalist Christian organisations in the US.The campaign is titled, “Baby Snatching For Jesus.” The name signifies the object and the purposes of human adoption by fundamentalist Christians is, not to give orphans parents, as important as that is. It is to place them in a Christian home that they might be positioned to receive the Christian gospel.

    For those who are interested read, The Evangelical Adoption Crusade by Kathryn Joyce (The Nation, April 21, 2011.

  2. I live in an apartment building that has had, in the past, some pretty severe pest problems (cockroaches and bed bugs, specifically). It’s a high-rise in a large city, so really, this is to be expected, even in the nicest of places. That said, I’ve always been extra vigilant about keeping my place clean, checking for bugs and using preventative treatments. I’ve lived here for two and a half years and can probably count on two hands the number of bugs I’ve seen in my apartment, ever. Usually I’ll see one or two lurking by the kitchen, kill them, and then I won’t see another for six or eight months.

    However, I’ve seen five cockroach-like bugs in my kitchen in the past two or three weeks. (I know it’s not a lot, but it’s still far too many for me!) Here’s the thing though. They don’t ‘act’ like roaches. They’re slow, stupid, easy to kill and always, always, always are spotted during the day time, usually even when the kitchen light is on. What is up with that?

    At first I thought that maybe, somehow, I’d developed a problem that was so huge that they were just starting to come out during the day, while they took over my apartment at night, but I have never seen one at night. I even frequently try to ‘catch’ them by sneaking into my kitchen at night and then turning on the lights, and I’ve never seen one. Last week I pulled out my stove, microwave and oven from the wall and cleaned behind them, and didn’t see anything. Today I cleaned out the area under my sink, and saw nothing. I haven’t even seen any evidence of cockroach droppings, and I set out a couple of traps and haven’t caught a single one. I put out a few natural poisons (I’m weary of using chemicals because I worry it could hurt my cat), and that doesn’t seem to have stopped them.

    So my question is, what the hell is up? What are these things, and where could they possibly be coming from? How do I get rid of them? I’ve called my landlord and asked them to treat my unit just in case, but they’re taking their sweet time. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

    I know it’s only been a handful of bugs, but at far as I’m concerned, even one uninvited guest making its way into my home is too many.

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