While you were asleep: Oz Dr Feng released, Colombian mudslide toll, Rainbow Flag at half-mast

Approx Reading Time-10Monday. Hooray to you too. What happened while you were asleep? Well, an Australian academic was freed from China, Colombia suffered a murky tragedy and the creator of the Rainbow Flag left us.




UTS Professor Chongyi Feng released from Chinese detention, told not to discuss it – discusses it.

Dr Feng is our preeminent local antagonistic voice to better understand the organs of our single-party-uber-capitalist-hybrid trade bedfellow to the north, China. His work has been critical of China’s growing influence in Australia, and the crackdown on dissent within her own borders. We know this, so China knows this. When visiting the land of the dragon last month, Dr Feng was told he was unable to leave the country but was not told exactly why.

After much lawyering, Dr Feng has been welcomed back home through the outpouring of feeling in the classic airport concourse riposte. However, apparently Dr Feng signed a document in China which forbade him to discuss the conditions of his arrest.



Toll for Colombian mudslide now a confirmed 254.

In horrible Monday morning morbidity news, the raging torrent of unfeeling water, mud and detritus that waltzed down the streets Mocoa has brutally bludgeoned those who reside within it. The pictures are, for want of a better term, horrific.

And while news outlets worldwide race to the most fitting hyperbole, our thoughts are with those who have woken this morning to find noticeable gaps in their families. Truly awful.


Gilbert Baker, the man who painted in technicolour and defined a movement, passes at 65.

It was 1978 when a man took the seemingly prosaic act of stitching together separate pieces of abject cloth and raised a standard for an entire collective of those unfairly trampled upon to rally behind. Gilbert Baker’s creation, the Rainbow Flag, will forever remain his, but anyone’s who seeks shelter, allegiance or strength for what it represents.

Cleve Jones (an important name also), recalled the moment the famous banner was hoisted to the New York Times: “We stood there and watched and saw the flags, and their faces lit up…It needed no explanation. People knew immediately that it was our flag.” In the interview, Jones revealed that the flag’s creator refused to apply for a trademark, and while the words, and indeed the man, might fade into memory, the actions remain true.


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