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Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
LAWRENCE WITTNER
he apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used. That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the...
Russia, China and Anti-Gay Bigotry
PETER LEE
For readers seeking insight into the atavistic creepiness of the institutionalized anti-LGBT bigotry of the Russian state—which is eliciting calls to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics–I refer readers to ...
The Wishful Thinking Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Louvain, Belgium. Once upon a time, in the early 1970’s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerill...
Two Faux Democracies That Threaten the World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: “Who authorized preparations for war ...
Trans Pacific Partnership is a Threat To National Sovereignty
Dr. CHANDRA MUZAFFAR
The proponents of the Trans Pacific Partnership argue that the TPP would bring huge benefits to Malaysia “with as much as US $ 40 billion (RM 128.4 billion) in annual export gains and US $ 25 billion in annual income gains by 2025.” Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)...
Empty Lectures About the Sanctity of the ‘Rule of Law’
DAVE LINDORFF
The spectacle of the US threatening Hong Kong, China, Russia and now little Ecuador with all manner of reprisals if they don’t respect the “rule of law” and hand over whistleblower Edward Snowden to the tender mercies of the US national security apparatus is delicio...
Made In Post-China™
ASHOK KUMAR & ALEX GAWENDA
“Those jobs are gone and they’re not coming back” snapped Apple Ceo Steve Jobs. The scene was a 2011 dinner held at the home of venture capitalist John Doerr in Woodside, California, a short drive south of San Francisco. Those on the guest list–the...
Snowden, Hong Kong Extradition, and a Good Old Fashioned Ratfucking
PETER LEE
Further my speculation that Edward Snowden, as a CIA guy, may have chosen Hong Kong because the PRC would be less eager than most jurisdictions to assist the CIA in whatever derring-do it might try to practice on Snowden in Hong Kong, Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch...
Why is Edward Snowden in Hong Kong?
DAVE LINDORFF
A lot of people in the US media are asking why America’s most famous whistleblower, 29-year old Edward Snowden, hied himself off to the city state of Hong Kong, a wholly owned subsidiary of the People’s Republic of China, to seek at least temporary refuge....
Edward Snowden and China
PETER LEE
First, why Hong Kong? My answer: Because he’s a spook. There has been no end of sniggering from the liberal Colonel Blimps that Snowden chose to reveal his identity in Hong Kong. As in (from the Twitter feed of a journalist who relentlessly works th...
The Onslaught in Burma Continues
RAMZY BAROUD
On April 21, the BBC obtained disturbing video footage shot in Burma. It confirmed extreme reports of what has been taking place in that country, even as it is being touted by the US and European governments as a success story pertaining to political reforms and democracy...
Why the Fuss Over China?
WENONAH HAUTER
Last week, some people questioned our ...
Double-Think on China at the Washington Post
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
Sometimes, as an observer of the news, one comes across a particular opinion column that is so brazen, so audacious, that one must stare at the headline for thirty seconds or so, simply to make sure it’s not a hallucination. Such was my experience this morning when ...
The Case of Smithfield Pork
VIJAY PRASHAD
Hong Kong. The IMF cut China’s growth outlook from 8 per cent to 7.75 per cent for the coming year. These are still the strongest figures to be anticipated for any of the leading industrial countries so the leadership in Beijing is not immediately anxious....
The Irony of Iraq
NORMAN POLLACK
Wars, particularly when wholly unjustified (though usually disguised as just wars), frequently, as now, have strange outcomes, often to the detriment of the power that inflicted the misery and destruction in the first place.  The presumably conquered, strangely enough, s...
Beyond Anti-Chinese Propaganda with Andre Vltchek
ADAM CHIMIENTI
When I heard that Andre Vltchek was going to visit Cuba and Venezuela, I understood this would be a rare opportunity to discuss the issue of China’s international presence with someone who is unapologetically hailing China as a great hope for the world. Those who read C...
The Challenges Confronting Russia
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Despite being potentially one of the richest countries in the world, Russia still confronts several challenges such as youth emigration, and demographic and public health issues that hinder the country’s development. The lack of opportunities and growing economic...
A Second Cold War, This Time in Space
OLIVIER ZAJEC
Perhaps there should be a statue to the anticommunist US senator Joseph McCarthy in Beijing, since he’s the inadvertent father of China’s nuclear programme. Just after the second world war, a young engineer from Hangzhou, Qian Xuesen, was working for the Pentagon at C...
Japan is Becoming the Israel of East Asia
PETER LEE
There is a delicious—well, delicious to me, anyway—flavor of Western bewilderment about the neverending parade of Japanese nationalist shenanigans. The most recent entry was Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s ...
Racism and Sexual Violence in Indonesia
ANDRE VLTCHEK
My good friend, a Chinese Indonesian lady, recently got grabbed and assaulted, in the middle of Jakarta, in broad daylight. When it happened, I was in Japan and we exchanged several messages, and emails.  This was not the first time such a thing had happened to he...
The Coming Pandemics
RALPH NADER
The deadly influenza virus H7N9 was first detected in China this March. “When we look at influenza viruses, this is an ...
The Battle of the Hong Kong Dockworkers
STEPHEN PHILION
The battle of the Hong Kong dockers, as union Secretary Wong Yu Loy reveals, was important not only because of the rarity of strikes in Hong Kong, or because it was a pitched battle with Hong Kong’s wealthiest corporate magnate, but also because of the way corporate glo...
Japan Shakes the US Pivot to Asia
PETER LEE
Oscar Wilde wrote, “When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.” Perhaps this is how Kurt Campbell feels today. Campbell, after all, as assistant secretary for East Asia in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, was a key architect and ...
Reviewing the Korean Crisis
PAUL GOTTINGER
Things seemed to have calmed on the Korean peninsula for now.  This despite the fact that the U.S. and South Korea are continuing their outrageously provocative Foal Eagle “war games” through April 30.  The Foal Eagle is one of the ...
Is the US Thinking About Backpedaling on North Korean Nukes? Will the Pivot Go Wobbly?
PETER LEE
Will President Obama become a late and unlikely convert to realpolitik and allow John Kerry to sacrifice America’s nuclear non-proliferation principles on the battered altar of North Korean diplomacy? And will the fearsome pivot to Asia turn into a dainty pirouet...
Putting Korean Lipstick on the “Pivot” Pig
PETER LEE
For readers outside the Americas who are unfamiliar with what a pinata is, the ATOl editors included a helpful description.  To explain further, a pinata is a diversion frequently rolled out at birthday parties for children of Latin American ancestry.  It’...
Missed Opportunities in North Korea
PETER LEE
China’s influence on North Korea’s nuclear policy is minimal.  The DPRK knows that the PRC values North Korea both as a buffer and as a profitable hinterland for cheap labor and raw materials that it is completely unwilling to cede to South Korea.  Therefore, the ...
Neoliberal Overload
NILE BOWIE
One of the least discussed and least reported issues is the Obama administration’s effort to bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to the forefront, an oppressive plurilateral US-led free trade agreement currently being negotiated with several Pacific Rim countr...
China’s Shadow Bankers and the Vampire Squid
MIKE WHITNEY
“China is displaying the same three symptoms that Japan, the U.S. and parts of Europe all showed before suffering financial crises: a rapid build-up of leverage, elevated property prices and a decline in potential growth.” — Zhiwei Zhang,  No...
Mo Yan and the Use of Satire
RON JACOBS
Since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012, Chinese writer Mo Yan has been subjected to a torrent of criticism from western reviewers and other scribes.  Most of this criticism focuses on what they perceive to be a lackluster criticism of the Chinese governme...
China Finds Its Place
VIJAY PRASHAD
An old colonial saw worries about the entry of the Asians into European colonies in Africa and its settler colonies (of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) – they will arrive to be field labor and shop-keepers, multiply by migration and by procreation and then supp...
Obama, Israel, and the Politics of Catharsis
NORMAN POLLACK
Obama’s Middle East mission, given star treatment at every turn, demonstrates, like the famous Cairo speech in his first term, verbal subterfuge, a handy cover for insinuating US power in the region even more than sought by his predecessors.  Oil is too simple a reason...
The Second Iran Hostage Crisis
NILE BOWIE
From talk of “red lines” and cartoon bombs to having “all options on the table”, an undeniably delusional logic emanates from leadership in Washington and Tel Aviv regarding the alleged threat posted by Iran’s nuclear program. When Israeli P...
China’s Cyber-War: Don’t Believe the Hype
PETER LEE
The United States has made the interesting and perhaps significant decision to generate a crisis around Chinese cyber-intrusions as the Obama administration enters its second term. With its typical careful, methodical preparation, the Obama administration has been gradual...
Major Shakeup in Chinese Rail
EVAN TAYLOR
As the 3,000 person National People’s Congress meets for its annual session and spectacle in Beijing, major shakeups are happening in China’s railway industry. Caixin Online reports on new plans just announced to turn the CCP’s Ministry of Railways into a single...
Cyberwarfare Exceptionalism
NORMAN POLLACK
Tom Donilon’s recent speech to the Asia Society on Naughty China’s stealing of American intellectual property, a holier-than-thou continuing effort to discredit China in the eyes of the world (and through a constant drumbeat, keep the American public on its toes alert...
China, Cyberespionage and Cyberwarfare
PETER LEE
Evan Osnos is the China columnist for the New Yorker. My impression is that he usually covers the social issues/human rights/dissident beat. However, yesterday, riffing off the news about organized Chinese hacking of US government and private websites, he ...
Western Art is Barking at China
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In Europe and the US, for years and decades, art has become sclerotic, toothless, and somehow synonymous with grant applications, ego trips, identical-looking museum buildings, hordes of tourists and the constant glorification of form over substance. Like Gucci and...
Will Japan Take the Bait?
JOHN V. WALSH
“………..Their defeat Doth by their own insinuation grow. ‘Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes Between the pass and fell incensèd points Of mighty opposites.” — Hamlet on the deaths of Rosencrantz and Gu...
China Is No Paper Tiger
DAVID MACARAY
Without much fanfare, and without many people even being aware of it, in 2009, China overtook the U.S. as the world’s leading papermaker.  Moreover, they did it in much the same way that they became the world’s premiere manufacturing beast: with innovative engineerin...
Breaking Mali
BARRY LANDO
Paris. There is a massive, historic upheaval gong on—one chaotic Islamic country after another–spanning more than 7000 miles of the globe—a huge tectonic shift—from Western Africa to the Western frontiers of China. And, despite a militar...
The Asian Pivot as a New Form of Warfare
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
It’s old, and likely thoroughly forgotten now, but last summer the Washington...
War in the East China Sea?
PETER LEE
China’s PRC regime has been preparing for escalating confrontation with Japan if Tokyo decided it really wanted to test the commitment of the United States to back it in the crisis over the Senkaku/Daioyutai Islands. Showing Japan the undesirability of openly...
World War in Asia?
LINH DINH
With the Asia Pivot, the US wants to encircle China, and supplies old and new allies with missiles aimed at its main rival. An amped up arms race means cash flow for the world’s biggest death dealer. If all these Asian nations buy as many American fighter planes as ...
China and the New Myanmar
PETER LEE
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is attempting to establish a modus vivendi with the new political order in Myanmar. With the violent government crackdown on demonstrators at a copper mine-site at Monywa, in northwestern Myanmar, on November 29, things just got ...
The Irrational, Racist Fear of China
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Libya are in shambles, crushed by the heavy boots of Western imperialism. But we are told to fear China. The entire nations of Indochina were bombed back to the stone age, because Western demi-gods would not tolerate, and fe...
South Korea’s New Boss
PAUL GOTTINGER
On December 19 conservative Park Geun-hye, daughter of former military dictator Park Chung-hee, won South Korea’s national election over her opponent Moon Jae-in of the liberal ‘Democratic United Party’.  Ms. Park won 51% of the vote compared to Mr. Moon’s 47.8%...
The Asian Pivot: Four More Years
CONN HALLINAN
In March 1990, Time Magazine titled an article “Ripples in The American Lake.” It was not about small waves in that body of water just north of Fort Lewis, Washington. It was talking about the Pacific Ocean, the largest on the planet, embracing over half of...
Xi’s China
MARTINE BULARD
The new team who will be leading China and its 1.3 billion citizens over the next five years were presented to the people on state television on 14 November via a press conference with Xi Jinping, the new general secretary of the Communist Party (CPC). The Standing Comm...
Whose Side is Warren Buffett on Anyway?
D. SIDNEY POTTER
It’s not often that I can’t figure out, or even admit that I can’t figure out a person.  And fortunately, that hasn’t happened in this particular instance when it comes to deciphering Warren Buffett’s true stripes.  The problem is, like a Discovery cable show ...