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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



Yutaka Tsutano (CC-BY)

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



Wikimedia Commons / Raymond (CC-BY-SA)

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



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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



bbc.co.uk

China Wary of Obama’s New Military Plan

Republicans weren’t the only ones irked at our nation’s leader this week. President Obama has also ruffled some feathers in the Chinese government with his newly hatched military strategy, which he announced in a rare news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, and which apparently strikes the Chinese as a potentially unwelcome display of U.S. prowess on their side of the globe.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Signals a Shift in U.S. Military Strategy

On Thursday, President Obama dropped in at the Pentagon to outline some sizable changes he’s making to America’s defense strategy in this last year of his first elected term. His plans will no doubt lay him open to criticism on the campaign trail, but at least it seems to make room for the possibility of focusing funds on the home front.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



dominikfoto (CC-BY)

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

The name Steve Jobs has been sweet on the lips of techno-capitalist fankids pining for a cultural hero since long before the Apple CEO succumbed to cancer late last year. Since his death, an author and an actor have taken some of the first shots at shaping his legacy. With an eye on the man’s cruelty toward his employees at home and abroad, n+1 reviewer Gary Sernovitz tries to fill in the blanks.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon

China Wins Afghanistan Oil Contract

This colonialism thing ain’t what it used to be. Without spending the hundreds of billions of dollars and countless lives the United States has invested in the effort to determine Afghanistan’s future, the Chinese government managed to swoop in and walk away with as many as 87 million barrels of the country’s oil.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 READ MORE



Israeli Segregation à la Rosa Parks

An Israeli woman is relegated to the back of the bus by a group of Orthodox Jews; New York celebs party with the Occupiers; and studying fish may be the key to understanding why uninformed voters are a necessary evil in our democracy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



Fanghong (CC-BY-SA)

Occupy Guangdong

Villagers in Southern China have accused authorities of seizing their land and killing a village representative in custody. The BBC reports that residents of Wukan in Guangdong province, one of China’s red-hot economic zones, are in a standoff with police.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



Nicolò Lazzati (CC-BY)

China’s Future Up in the Air

China has to find a way to continue its rapid growth without choking to death. Literally.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Friends of the Earth International (CC-BY)

5 Questions for the Durban Climate Talks

How will nations finance the effort to slow and adapt to climate change? What role will the U.S. play? And will the countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol vote to renew it? These are some of the questions journalists are looking to answer during the U.N. climate talks under way in Durban, South Africa, this week. (more)

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

Don’t Laud the Jobless Drop

November’s dip in the official unemployment rate is nothing to clap about. Scrutiny of the details reveals that the new figure of 8.6 percent is due mostly to 315,000 Americans dropping out of the search for work, and most of the newly created positions were low-paying ones. That includes temporary jobs created to support the spike in commerce that comes with the holiday season. (more)

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE



Preston Rhea (CC-BY-SA)

China Profits From U.S.-Pakistan Shipwreck

For several years now the Pakistanis have found China a very willing and increasingly powerful counterweight to the Americans and their often strident political demands.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



Charles Chan (CC-BY-ND)

The Two Faces of China

Don’t hold your breath waiting for any kind of Occupy Beijing movement to set up camp.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

Cheering for the Chinese

Even the briefest acquaintance with this smoggy, sprawling capital is basis enough to conclude that much of the campaign rhetoric we’re hearing about China is unrealistic, dishonest or just dumb.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Thomas Galvez (CC-BY)

China Tunes Out TV Commercials

In the spirit of fostering a more “socialist culture,” the Chinese government is banning commercials that interrupt television dramas. Judging by this BBC report, China’s TV executives seem much more concerned with lost revenue than with government interference.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Lars Christopher Nøttaasen (CC-BY)

How China Has Benefited From America’s Hostility to Iran

Truthdig contributor and former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando argues that China has cleverly exploited poor relations between Tehran and Washington, to the point that the Middle Kingdom now imports more oil and gas from Iran than the U.S. does from Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Does Obama Suddenly Want a War With China?

One might think that a bitter Central Asian war in Afghanistan and an ambiguous commitment to Iraq would be enough for President Barack Obama to cope with.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / www.kremlin.ru (CC-BY)

Putin Bags Chinese Peace Prize

The competition included Bill Gates, Angela Merkel and Kofi Annan, among others, but this week a little-known organization called the China International Peace Research Center named Russia’s bombastic Prime Minister ... (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE



China Censors Search for ‘Occupy’

The search term “Occupy” is now banned in China; online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past; and a new app called Bully Button protects children but it might just be another Big Brother act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

Goldman Sachs Sags in Third Quarter

Even bad news has a way of turning around fast for Goldman Sachs. The financial giant was forced to concede Tuesday that it did not, for once, defy the laws of market physics as it has done even in the throes of the ongoing recession (you can keep your sketchy recession timeline, New York Times), and that it had ... (more)

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



Dennis Jarvis (CC-BY-SA)

China Fears Are Misplaced

The preoccupation of American think tanks and policymakers with China’s growing military and economic power is unrealistic.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Wong

The Chinafication of America

A recent trip to China made me think about the way life can go on in a police state when people are much more preoccupied with economic survival than with civil liberties.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ¡Que comunismo!

What Hugo Chavez Is Up To

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been busy courting countries from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Far East to assemble a political and economic bulwark against American imperialism. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



YouTube / RonPaul2008dotcom

Google’s Many Changes

With the simple dictum “don’t be evil” as its motto, the Internet software giant Google—which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010—wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Lesson of the Chinese Invasion

Many economic Nostradamuses have long predicted that the epitaph on America’s tombstone will ultimately read, “Made in China.” But casual observers probably didn’t think the funeral procession would happen this fast.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

Why China Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank

A downgrading of U.S. Treasury securities will mean enormous and completely unnecessary increases in our interest payments to the nation’s largest creditor—and our most important competitor in the international arena.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Greg Baker

New China Will Be Red and Expert

Even in the midst of economic expansion, China is far from a model of unbridled capitalism.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ng Han Guan

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Is Sprung From Jail

It took two months and not-so-subtle protests from within and beyond the art world, but on Wednesday the Chinese government freed 54-year-old artist Ai Weiwei from prison, hinting at tax issues and not artistic dissent as the reason behind his stint in lockup.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Department of State

Huntsman Throws In for Campaign 2012

Here are some fun facts about Jon Huntsman Jr.: He’s the former governor of Utah; he’s a Mormon; he last worked as an envoy to China for President Obama; and he’s now challenging his former boss for the White House by running for president on the Republican ticket. Updated

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

Revisiting the Horror of Nanking

“City of Life and Death,” by the Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan, is the second film about Nanking, and it is a work that aspires to the definitive and almost achieves that status.

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / abraham.williams (CC-BY-SA)

Chinese Hackers Bust Into U.S. Gmail Accounts

The Google email accounts of hundreds of American journalists and government and military officials were successfully raided as part of a spear-phishing operation conducted by Chinese hackers who tricked their targets into signing in on a decoy login page.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Hack Us and We’ll Bomb You

The Pentagon has decided to treat Internet-borne attacks on the United States as acts of war. The change is motivated in part by a brewing leet arms race with China and Russia. Essentially the U.S. is playing catch-up in what someone from the 1990s would call “cyberspace” and the military is buying time by creating, it hopes, a deterrent. (more)

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Chinese Prisoners Forced Into Gaming for Guards

Hard manual labor is one time-honored method of putting prisoners to work, but Chinese jail bosses have caught on to another lucrative way to keep inmates occupied while lining their own pockets: online gaming.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Gustavo Thomas

China Detains Monks for Brainwashing

While China celebrates the 60-year mark of its “peaceful liberation” of Tibet, about 300 monks have been rounded up in a “patriotic re-education” campaign, which authorities hope will encourage them to renounce their devotion to the Dalai Lama, swear allegiance to China’s ruling Communist Party and stop lighting themselves on fire.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS

Trump Spares Us the Possibility of His Becoming President (Video)

After a few months of fuss, from anointing himself King Birther to calling the Chinese “motherfuckers,” Donald Trump has decided that “Celebrity Apprentice” needs him more than America does, even though “... If I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / sanfamedia.com

Wife Is Allowed to See Jailed Chinese Activist

According to his wife, who was granted a visit with the dissident artist for the first time in the six weeks since he was detained at an airport and accused of tax evasion, Chinese authorities seem to be looking after the physical welfare of Ai Weiwei. The news dispels earlier rumors that he was being physically tortured, though he appeared mentally distressed, his wife said.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



State Department

Dear Hillary Clinton, Our Human Rights Record Is ‘Deplorable’ Too

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells The Atlantic that China’s “deplorable human rights record” is “a fool’s errand” to “stop history.” That’s some tough talk from the global representative of a country that throws its enemies in an island gulag when it isn’t remotely executing them.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ng Han Guan

The New Sputnik

In 1957, a United States shocked by the Soviet launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite bounced into action to compete on the world stage. More than 50 years later, in May of 2011, the U.S. is facing a new challenge.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / longtrekhome

Another Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Disappears

Prominent human rights lawyer Li Fangping went missing Friday as Chinese authorities released fellow attorney Teng Biao after a two-month detainment.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Breathtaking Photos

Exiled Tibetans Elect a New Leader

Tibetan exiles around the world have elected a new prime minister.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The New Corporate World Order

Of course it will be argued that multinational corporations have the right to arrange their businesses as they see fit in order to maximize profit. But if that is the case, do beleaguered American taxpayers have to foot the bill?

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

China on U.S. Human Rights Scolding: Look Who’s Talking

The U.S. and China are bickering again over human rights after the U.S. condemned the arrest of Chinese dissidents. Beijing dismissed Washington’s latest criticism and said the U.S. is beset by violence, racism and torture and thus has no authority to condemn the actions of other governments. Above, Ai Weiwei, a jailed activist.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011 READ MORE


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