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The Dangling Appendage
BINOY KAMPMARK
Melbourne. The US juggernaut is positioning itself with some speed while the policy free wonks in Canberra catch their breath.  The US Presidential election results are still warm, and President Barack Obama’s heralded “pivot” (some call it “rebal...
China Daily Has Had Me!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
The story is very simple: the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China was just about to open, and one of the editors of the China Daily sent me an email from Beijing, to Nairobi, asking me to study the Chinese Constitution and to shoot a commentary on the...
Tariq Ali on the Future of Greece
KOSTAS PLIAKOS
You have said that Europe is falling apart financially and that we should go back to the drachma. Do you insist on this view? This is a difficult dilemma; could the country survive without any similar moves in other European countries? If Greece is to bre...
Lessons From the Sino-Indian War
PETER LEE
China is looking for a “Western” pivot to counter the United States’ diplomatic and military inroads with its East Asian neighbors such as Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar. For China’s strategists, as an interesting analysis in t...
Ottoman Déjà Vu?
CONN HALLINAN
Two years ago Turkey was on its way to being a player in Central Asia, a major power broker in the Middle East, and a force in international politics. It had stepped in to avoid a major escalation of the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia by blocking U.S. ships from ente...
The Gillard White Paper on Asia
BINOY KAMPMARK
It has a familiar ring to it. Australia, that White Tribe of Asia, is now sounding desperate, hoping for recognition in a region it has struggled to comprehend since the days of British colonisation. If human beings are seeking to find the common thread o...
Hard Lessons From the Asian “Pivot”
PETER LEE
The real action in Sino-US relations this week was not the predictable China-bashing in the third election debate between US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Florida on October 22: it was the little-noticed concurrent visit to Asia of a high...
A Faux Debate on Foreign Policy
MICHAEL BRENNER
What did we learn from the Presidential foreign policy debate? Not much specific or of substance. China did not make an appearance in the first hour. This is not surprising – for three reasons. These debates are more about self- presentation than candid statements of ...
Militarizing South Korea
GREGORY ELICH
With the presidential election in South Korea just two months away, efforts are underway to lock into place a policy of confrontation with that nation’s neighbor to the north. When current South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took office five years ago, he wasted little...
Japan’s Right: Going Nuke?
CONN HALLINAN
Behind the current impasse among China, Japan and Taiwan over five tiny specks of land in the East China Sea is an influential rightwing movement in Japan that initiated the crisis in the first place, a crisis it is using it to undermine Japan’s post-World War II peace ...
America RIP
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
During the second half of the 20th century the United States was an opportunity society. The ladders of upward mobility were plentiful, and the middle class expanded. Incomes rose, and ordinary people were able to achieve old-age security. In the 21st century the o...
Mo Yan and Joseph Anton
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. If Mo Yan had chosen to live in a swanky hideout in the nowhere space offered as asylum, there would be much jubilation over his being awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Instead, he lives in China, was educated in the People’s Libe...
How Bain Exported Illinois Jobs to China
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
Mrs. Dot Turner has worked at what is now Sensata Technologies in Downstate Freeport for 43 years. The company does sophisticated work creating sensors for automobiles. It enjoyed record profits last year. But not enough for its owner — Bain Capital — which is m...
China’s Nexen Deal Tangled Up With Keystone Pipeline
PETER LEE
An interesting side product of globalization is how China bashing has become a staple of domestic politics in nations around the world, from America to Zambia, from Sydney to Tokyo. Best practices also propagate with remarkable speed and efficiency. It may not be a...
The Empire Trapped
RAMZY BAROUD
Editors representing many Asian newspapers stood in a perfect line. They were nervous and giddy at the prospect of meeting Li Changchun, China’s powerful member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee. Personally, the Great Hall of the People and the for...
Why Cracking Down on China Means Cracking Down on Romney and His Pals
DEAN BAKER
One of the themes that Governor Romney has been hitting at aggressively in his campaign ads is that he will get tough on China. The ads complain that China is a cheater, most importantly by “manipulating” the value of its currency. This means that China has been delib...
A Culture Of Delusion
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A writer’s greatest disappointments are readers who have knee-jerk responses.  Not all readers, of course.  Some readers are thoughtful and supportive.  Others express thanks for opening their eyes.  But the majority are happy when a writer tells them what they want...
Afghanistan: as US Exits, China Surges
BARRY M. LANDO
There’s got to be some symbolism—if not irony–in the fact that just as the last of the 33,000 troops surged by Obama two years ago supposedly to pacify Afghanistan pulled out, the highest ...
Inside The Anti-Japanese Protests in China
GARY LEUPP
They’ve drawn far less attention in the U.S. media than the wave of anti-U.S. protests throughout the Islamic world responding to the infamous online anti-Muslim movie trailer. But the anti-Japanese protests in China migh...
Japan v. China: a Real Conflict?
CONN HALLINAN
Could Japan and China—the number two and three largest economies in the world—really get into a punch-out over five tiny islands covering less than four square miles? According to the ...
China Scare
DAN La BOTZ
To call this feature-length film xenophobic, fear-mongering and hysterical almost understates the case. The whole thing is so over-the-top that, like a bad horror movie where you can see the strings moving the monster, it leaves us numbed and bored or perhaps laughing. Ye...
Hillary’s Strained Swan Song in China
PETER LEE
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently paid what is expected to be her final official visit to Beijing. She received a stern reception from Chinese officialdom, including the official media, and also suffered what appears to have been a personal rebuke....
Morsi in Tehran
DAN GLAZEBROOK
Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi was in China last week, putting in an appearance at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran on the way home – all before ever having stepped foot in the US. Several commentators have speculated that his movements herald a strategic...
The Old Anti-Trafficking Propaganda
NANDITA SHARMA
Over the last two decades, many national governments and a variety of non-governmental organizations have sounded a loud drumbeat against “human trafficking”—the transporting and harboring of people through coercive means in order to exploit their labor. But as a ...
Romney’s China-Bashing
PETER LEE
Awkwardness seems to be a defining characteristic of the Mitt Romney campaign to be the next United States president and of his China policy, as well as of the candidate himself. Certainly, Romney does not have an easy row to hoe. A moderate Mormon plutocrat who se...
Stumbling Towards Nuclear War?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The morons who rule the American sheeple are not only dumb and blind, they are deaf as well. The ears of the american “superpower” only work when the Israeli prime minister, the crazed Netanyahu, speaks. Then Washington hears everything and rushes to comply. Is...
America’s Baleful Worldwide Pressure
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The overweening arrogance of the United States in conduct of its foreign relations is evident throughout the world. A morning glance at international headlines will usually light on some intriguing gobbet of  Washington conceit, generally a lecture, a scolding or a spite...
Nukes on Mars
KARL GROSSMAN
World Nuclear News, the information arm of the World Nuclear Association which seeks to boost the use of atomic energy, last week heralded a NASA Mars rover slated to land on Mars on Monday, the first Mars rover fueled with plutonium. “A new era of space...
War on All Fronts
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Russian government has finally caught on that its political opposition is being financed by the US taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy and other CIA/State Department fronts in an attempt to subvert the Russian government and install an American puppet s...
American Freefall
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Washington has been at war since October, 2001. This war took a back seat when Bush concocted another excuse to order the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a war that went on without significant success for 8 years and has left Iraq in chaos with dozens more killed and wounded ev...
China Embraces Ponzi-Bonds
MIKE WHITNEY
China is preparing to launch a program that will create the same complex debt-instruments that triggered the global financial crisis in 2008. The pilot program will allow banks to convert pools of loans into securities via off-balance shee...
America’s Hyper-Patriots
WALTER BRASCH
It’s midway between Flag Day and Independence Day. That means several million copies of full-page flags printed on cheap newsprint, June 14, have been burned, shredded, thrown away, or perhaps recycled. It’s an American tradition. Flag Day was created by...
Wall of Fear Rebuilt in Syria
PETER LEE
In the summer of 2011, foreign reportage and commentary on the Syrian uprising noted that the “wall of fear”—popular unwillingness to speak out against the government out of fear of reprisal by the government’s brutal security services—had crumbled, thanks...
Vietnam, the US and China
GABRIEL KOLKO
If history proves anything, it is that nothing can be taken for granted.   Men and parties that rule nations fall all the time—as witnessed today in much of the Middle East, a region that was once considered stable.  The American Central Intelligence Agency, a huge, ...
The Syrian Stalemate
PETER LEE
Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao had an interesting question to discuss during their summit in Beijing.  Is it good business and good geopolitics to acquiesce to a Sunni Arab triumph in Syria?  Or is Syria the place to hold the line against a destabilizing and counterproduc...
China Battens Down the Hatches
PETER LEE
The entertaining ruckus over CCTV talk show host Yang Rui’s anti-foreign comments obscures a rather significant trend in Chinese government policy. It appears that the CCP is winding down its five-year charm offensive meant to bolster its international legitimacy...
Panetta’s Pacific Vision
GABRIEL KOLKO
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s declarations the past weeks that the U.S. remains a Pacific power, and will be even more involved there in the future, is far less a reiteration of an old doctrine but actually a search for a new strategy to find a justification for t...
The Economy Comes Unglued
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Ever since the beginning of the financial crisis and Quantitative Easing, the question has been before us:  How can the Federal Reserve maintain zero interest rates for banks and negative real interest rates for savers and bond holders when the US government is adding $1...
City on the Edge of Darkness
PATRICK COCKBURN
Damascus feels like a city expecting the worst to happen and seeing no way to avoid it. War is spreading across the country and is unlikely to spare the capital. Rebels speak of stepping up attacks in the city and could easily do so in the next few weeks. I spent t...
In Negative Territory
MIKE WHITNEY
“Every major part of the global economy is slowing, and slowing rapidly….Right now, we seem to be in a synchronized global slowdown, and that is very worrisome.” — Mohamed El-Erian, Pimco Growing troubles in t...
To the Pacific We Go
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Joint Force will be prepared to confront and defeat aggression anywhere in the world - Leon Panetta, ‘Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership’, Jan 5, 2012 Empires huff and pu...
Sorting Out the Houla Massacre
PETER LEE
Juan Cole jumped the gun a bit by attributing the hund...
Asia’s Mad Arms Race
CONN HALLINAN
Asia is currently in the middle of an unprecedented arms race that is not only sharpening tensions in the region, but competing with efforts by Asian countries to address poverty and growing economic disparity. The gap between rich and poor—calculated by the Gini coeffi...
Wait Till Chen Guangchen Goes on His First Occupy Demonstration in New York
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Chen Guangchen, the Chinese human activist, got four separate articles in the New York Times for May 5. Jane Perlez and Michael Wines reported from Beijing on the deal that would get Chen and his family visas to the US, for him to take up a fellowship at NYU. ...
What’s Good for Apple is Not Good for the Country
MATT VIDAL
Apple Inc. is the largest technology company in the world, in terms of both revenue and profit. Yet, the California-based company has just 47,000 workers on its payroll in the United States. Apple recently released ...
Chen Guangcheng, WTF?
PETER LEE
With news reports that legal activist Chen Guangcheng has agreed to be resettled inside China with his family away from his tormenters in Shandong, to an as yet undisclosed university where he can pursue his legal studies, the United States and China probably both breathe...
Brewing Up a Conflict With China
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Washington has pressured the Philippines, whose government it owns, into conducting joint military exercises in the South China Sea. Washington’s excuse is that China has territorial disputes with the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries concerning island and sea...
A New Great Game in the Asia-Pacific
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
On April 19, India tested its first inter-continental ballistic missile, named Agni-V, and joined the select group of nations possessing both nuclear weapons and a delivery system capable of hitting targets across continents. Only a few days before, nuclear capable North ...
The US Labor Movement and China
ALBERTO C. RUIZ
The statistics are chilling.   In a country where workers have no real right to organize a union, they face an ever falling standard of living.   The workers’ attempts to organize independent unions are faced with repression – 25% of the companies illegally fire w...
The Shame of Nations
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
On April 17, 2012, as millions of Americans were filing their income tax returns, the highly-respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its latest study of world military spending. In case Americans were wondering where most of their tax m...