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Powder Keg in the Pacific

China’s determination to assert control over disputed islands in the potentially energy-rich waters of the East and South China Seas spells trouble not just regionally, but potentially globally.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE


Smog in Beijing

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Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE



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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


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Prosecuting Prosecutorial Abuse

Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann must be held accountable for their actions during their prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz; in China, a father hired online “assassins” to kill his son’s avatar in an attempt to save his real life; meanwhile, the U.S. is giving the Afghan government a fleet of drones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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On Fire I Will Burn

Beijing is wiping out indigenous culture on the Tibetan Plateau. In protest, 98 people have set themselves on fire since 2009.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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China and Japan in Drone Dispute

Although the U.S. was a pioneer in unmanned flight technology, it’s worth remembering that many other major countries want to develop similar programs for their own interests. A dispute over islands in the East China Sea is catalyzing such an arms race between China and Japan.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Richard Nixon at 100: The Man Who Matters

Richard Nixon, who would have turned 100 on Wednesday, endures as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War II. His style, achievements and failures persist nearly two decades after his death.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE


Fixing U.S. Image

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What Would Thomas Friedman Write?

The columnist receives the satire treatment; a gay GOP group places an anti-Chuck Hagel ad in The New York Times to get President Obama’s attention; meanwhile, the Chinese government is mandating people visit their elderly parents. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Chinese Scratch Heads After ‘V for Vendetta’ Airs

China’s state television network broadcast the anti-authoritarian movie that has become a symbol in the West of anarchic uprising against oppressive or totalitarian governments.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Dream of a Global Climate Deal Is Over, Experts Say

The results of negotiations over the last decade have given observers virtually no reason to believe in a process that is counted by governing leaders as successful for simply surviving.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Regulate Dissent in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan Says

He spent decades playing the role of a tough guy who says no with his fists, but the Chinese action star recently told reporters he thinks the government should place limits on the right of citizens in his hometown to protest.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


Sexiest Kim

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Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: ‘Who Owns the World?’

President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may ignore the issues of global warming and nuclear proliferation, but Noam Chomsky addresses those and other topics in a talk he gave last month at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S.-Russia Relations in Presidential Campaign Spotlight

International powers such as Russia have been watching the candidates closely throughout the campaign, as both politicians and experts abroad ponder what to expect from the next four years. Although Obama’s stance is not likely to change much, Romney remains an unknown quantity for the Russians.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


All God’s Children Got Nukes

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Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Confirms Cyberattack, Won’t Blame China

Off the record, the administration has confirmed an Internet-based attack on the White House, but says “These types of attacks are not infrequent and we have mitigation measures in place.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Libya: The Questions We Should Be Asking

Apart from Mitt Romney’s ridiculous slur against President Obama after the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Americans should focus on the state of affairs suggested by the following questions: When was the last time a Chinese diplomat was killed or even roughed up by an angry mob? When did you last hear about a Chinese embassy being burned down or pillaged?

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE



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No Brainwashing in Hong Kong, for Now

Hong Kong has backed off from plans to administer “moral and national education” amounting to the “political indoctrination” of children, withdrawing a 2015 deadline for schools to begin teaching the subject.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Romney and China

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Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Thoughts of MittMao

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Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE



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The Working Man’s Tablet

Tablets are quickly taking over the computer market despite being utterly useless to working people.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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140 Terrifying Characters From Robert Reich

OK, so it’s only 135. Nonetheless it gives us pause when the former labor secretary and economic soothsayer tweets that China’s “bubble will pop.” If that happens, you can stop worrying about Greece and the other comparatively tiny economies of Europe.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE


Gold Medalists in Fake Outrage

Many of the same legislators criticizing American athletes’ uniforms for being made in China supported (and continue to support) the tariff-free trade policies that eviscerated the domestic textile industry.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE


China’s Progress

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Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE


Republican Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Under Investigation

The casino magnate who is reported to have already committed $71 million in this election cycle may have good reason to want access to the next president. As “Democracy Now!” reports, Adelson is under investigation for his business dealings in Macau, China, as well as Las Vegas.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



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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


Chen Guangcheng

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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


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


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