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China’s Economic Growth Slows

Growth for the world’s largest exporter hit its slowest pace in three years as demand for Chinese products waned in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, prompting the country’s leaders to encourage investment with stimulus measures.

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Medical Mystery Takes a Toll on Cambodian Children

Medical professionals are puzzling over why a hand, foot and mouth disease has killed so many children in a relatively small outbreak in Cambodia.

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One in Five Americans Is Jobless or Underemployed

Economics reporter David Cay Johnston takes an accounting of American wages, personal debt, national income from manufactured exports and tax revenue both today and 10 years ago, and concludes the U.S. needs a new set of fiscal policies.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?

In the way he has engaged in the geopolitics of oil as part of an American struggle for dominance among the major powers, President Obama’s global energy policies bear an eerie likeness to former Vice President Dick Cheney’s.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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China’s CO2 Emissions Higher Than They Seemed

A paper published this week in Nature Climate Change shows China’s carbon emissions could be 20 percent higher than previous estimates, a disparity that would cast doubts on current predictions of the pace of climate change.

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Hello China My Old Friend, I’ve Come to Lecture You Again (Editorial)

The State Department is once again giving China a hard time about its human rights record, a worthy cause to be sure, though the United States makes for an odd champion. What’s the saying? Those who torture should not throw stones, maybe.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Updates on the Syrian Conflict

Among the latest developments in the Syrian humanitarian crisis, China and Russia have reaffirmed their opposition to a forced regime change; Turkey and Japan joined 11 other countries in expelling Syrian diplomats, and the U.N.’s Human Rights Council is due to meet to discuss the massacre in the city of Houla.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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No Deal Yet in Iran Nuclear Talks

Two days of discussion over Iran’s nuclear program ended in uncertainty Thursday, with Iran maintaining it has the right to enrich nuclear fuel and the lead negotiator for the European Union stating vaguely that “significant problems remain” with the Iranian position. Negotiations are set to resume in June.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE


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Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

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Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Foxconn Workers Threaten Suicide

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by the electronics manufacturer Foxconn threatened to leap from the roof of a building in Wuhan in a protest over wages and working conditions, echoing the tragedy of laborers who jumped to their deaths for similar reasons two years earlier at other company plants.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE



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A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC

Here’s the multi-trillion dollar question: Does the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as economic powers signal that we have truly entered a new multipolar world?

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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China Scandals: Crisis in the Communist Party

Events suggest that the long-overdue crisis of China’s Communist Party has arrived.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The ‘Great Firewall’ at Work?

Chinese Internet users were prevented from accessing all foreign websites for about an hour Thursday morning, prompting questions as to whether the problem resulted from a technical failure or was a test of the government’s censorship system.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Asbestos Tsunami’ Is Ahead for Asia

Health experts say the coming decades will see an epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in Asian countries where the material is still used in construction. China and India, with their rapidly developing economies and huge populations, are expected to be the hardest hit.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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American Decline: Debated, Contested, Obvious

Is the United States in decline? It’s clear to anyone who has been to Europe or the major Asian states recently, where everything works beautifully, even if Europe’s debts are not paid off.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE



Apple Products Are Core for Economy

Throughout the recession, Apple’s growth has brought hope to many; China’s creative class and human capital cannot catch up to the U.S.’; meanwhile, Western intervention in Afghanistan has obviously failed, but by how much? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Foxconn Pledges to Ease Up on Factory Workers

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn has taken some considerable hits to its public image in recent years as reports about shocking labor conditions at the Apple supplier’s factories cropped up with more frequency than new iPad product launches. On Sunday, Foxconn’s chairman said that the company is changing its ways.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Syria Accepts Annan’s Peace Plan

Former United Nations secretary-general and current U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday that his bid to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) and his administration to accept a peace plan Annan proposed has been successful. Enacting it, however, is another matter.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Mike Daisey Is Sorry, Really, This Time

Even after “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” Mike Daisey’s one-man staged attack on Apple’s manufacturing practices, turned out to be troublingly fact-challenged, the monologist bafflingly continued to stand by his play for a time, chalking the liberties he took with the truth up to a kind of dramatic license. No longer.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE


‘This American Life’: A Retraction

“This American Life” host Ira Glass gave monologist Mike Daisey every opportunity to explain the lies in his “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” performance, which became the basis for one of the radio show’s most popular and talked about episodes. Daisey’s rationalization for lying turns out to be, like much of his show, bullshit.

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Dirty Air Set to Become Biggest Environmental Killer

A new report predicts urban air pollution will become the No. 1 cause of premature death in the coming decades, beating out poor sanitation and dirty drinking water to take more than 3.5 million lives per year.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Clinton Calls for Unity on Syria at U.N.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to appeal once again to the international community about the crisis in Syria, making pointed remarks in the general direction of China and Russia as she urged all member nations to get with the regime change program, and soon.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Public-Sector Banks: From Black Sheep to Global Leaders

Conventional wisdom holds that government bureaucrats are bad businesspeople. But around the world, the many countries with strong public banking sectors generally have strong, stable economies.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Vincent Yu

An Angry Chinese Village Goes to the Polls

It seems the voice of the people has been heard in the Chinese village of Wukan, where residents voted to elect a committee of local leaders after winning a protracted battle for self-determination against Chinese authorities.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



Inside a Foxconn Factory

A look inside Foxconn gives us a new perspective on workers’ conditions; one solution to the “right to be forgotten” dilemma may be to implement mandatory online insurance; meanwhile, a Columbia grad in New York has been converting pay phone booths into libraries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Troops Kill Mourner at Damascus Funeral

Fear and bloodshed remain a constant in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where at least one person was killed and several were injured Saturday when security forces opened fire at the funeral of three youths killed Friday during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cars, Contraception and China

What is it about this particular election cycle that’s causing Republican candidates’ fortunes to rise and fall so rapidly the pundits are practically getting whiplash? And does our nation’s debt problem have more to do with defense spending or so-called entitlement programs?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE


Will We Choose a Chinese Future?

For the last two decades, we’ve heard many myths purporting to explain the loss of American manufacturing jobs.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE


Pay Close Attention to China

China, for better or worse, is a serious country. The United States had better start acting like one.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

In the years of America’s conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” have continued to mount elsewhere.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Apple’s China Comes Home to Haunt Us

China’s labor practices are now to be admired rather than scorned, lest the American economy decline further in the new world order.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Losing’ the World: American Decline in Perspective, Part 1

Significant anniversaries are sometimes ignored. At the moment, we are failing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the most destructive and murderous act of aggression of the post-World War II period: the invasion of South Vietnam and later all of Indochina.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Brings Chinese VP to the White House

On Tuesday, Barack Obama played host to China’s Vice President Xi Jinping at the White House to discuss trade, human rights and other diplomatic topics. Why all the fuss over a VP? For one, Xi was returning a gesture that his American counterpart, Joe Biden, recently made.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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China Jails Dissident for Poem Sent Over Internet

Chinese authorities demonstrated their continued disregard for free speech and human rights as they sentenced a democratic dissident to seven years in jail for sending a poem he had written and other messages over the Internet, the man’s son told reporters. The verdict cited Zhu Yufu’s online calls for a democratic political movement, the son said.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



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27 Dead as Violence Escalates in Homs

Bashar al-Assad’s government rained more than 200 bombs on the opposition-controlled city of Homs on Wednesday, killing an unconfirmed 27 people and demolishing homes. The Russian and Chinese governments maintained their policy of nonintervention while leaders of Western and Arab nations scrambled to decide how, if at all, to get involved.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE


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Apple Does Not Need Your Money to Treat Workers Fairly

We’ve learned a lot in the last few weeks about the inhumane treatment suffered by the workers who polish, assemble and build Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Troubled consumers have generously offered to pay more for those products to offset the cost to Apple should it choose to treat its workers fairly, but there’s really no need. (more)

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Focus on Iran and China Could Hasten American Decline

Americans might do better to give up their China obsession and go back to their traditional vision of a European threat.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Bailout, Tune Out

The BBC reports that while the United States and the U.K. have made a habit of buying too-big-to-fail banks and then looking the other way, the safest banks in the world aren’t just owned but operated by civil governments.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Local Coordination Committees in Syria

U.N. Considers Syria Intervention

As the crisis in Syria reached new levels of urgency Friday, the United Nations Security Council met to work up a resolution pressuring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. The U.N. group faced a formidable challenge, however, from a prominent and permanent member, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Winning Our Future, Gambling With Democracy

With financial and political interests ranging from Las Vegas to Israel to China, Sheldon Adelson, who is bankrolling the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, is a powerful illustration of the dangers of unlimited campaign contributions.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


The Numbers Show

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Cay Johnston reveals the hidden scandal lurking in Romney’s tax returns; Robert Scheer and Kathy Kiely shine sunlight on super PACs, and Doug Henwood deflates China’s real estate bubble.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Numbers Show

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Cay Johnston reveals the hidden scandal lurking in Romney’s tax returns; Robert Scheer and Kathy Kiely shine sunlight on super PACs, and Doug Henwood deflates China’s real estate bubble.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The iPad’s Human Cost

Deadly conditions, long hours, cramped quarters and little pay. Reports of Apple suppliers’ derelict manufacturing practices and their devastating effects on Chinese factory workers have been appearing in the press for a while now. After an explosion that killed a supervisor in charge of iPad construction in Chengdu, The New York Times adds a new exhibit to the case.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Saul Loeb

Obama’s Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton

I get angry because betrayal by the “good guys” for whom I have ended up voting has become the norm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Artemisinin: A Scientific Saga of International Intrigue

Savvy Truthdig readers (as if there were any other kind) already know that the drug business is highly political here in the States, but the story of the Chinese malaria remedy artemisinin takes it up several notches on the international stage with a saga spanning several decades. Oh, and Chairman Mao is also involved.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Huntsman to Endorse Romney

People often knock polls, but in the case of Jon Huntsman, the numbers didn’t lie. After trailing most candidates for the majority of the race, Huntsman has reportedly decided to quit the stump and endorse fellow Mormon and alleged moderate Mitt Romney. Updated

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE


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