That guidance (to paraphrase Hearst’s famous admonition to Frederic Remington on the occasion of the Spanish-American War, “You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war,”) pretty much sums up the interaction of the government of Japan and the Western media on the matter of the Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone or ADIZ.
Chakravarthi Raghavan, Courtesy: Other News, November 25,2013
Geneva, 21 Nov - An ancient Indian saying (perhaps by a disillusioned courtier) has this: 'the words of a king, are like words writ in water, disappearing in the next ripple of waves.'
Danica Kirka, Courtesy:salon.com, November 20,2013
LONDON (AP) — Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling and often-polarizing author of “The Golden Notebook” and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, died Sunday. She was 94. The British writer is remembered for her "skepticism, fire and visionary power".
Stephen Lendman, Courtesy: globalresearch.ca,November 11, 2013
On November 11, 2004, Arafat died in a Paris hospital. He was 75. He was hospitalized for an undiagnosed illness. It developed in April. It got worse. He deteriorated badly. He needed special care. On November 3, he slipped into a coma. Days later he died.
Noam Chomsky, Courtesy:truth-out.org,November 7,2013
During the latest episode of the Washington farce that has astonished a bemused world, a Chinese commentator wrote that if the United States cannot be a responsible member of the world system, perhaps the world should become "de-Americanized" — and separate itself from the rogue state that is the reigning military power but is losing credibility in other domains.
Chris Hedges, Courtesy:truthdig.com, November 6,2013
Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. Many of Israel’s most enlightened and educated citizens—1 million of them—have left the country. Its most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists—Israeli and Palestinian—are subject to constant state surveillance, arbitrary arrests and government-run smear campaigns. Its educational system, starting in primary school, has become an indoctrination machine for the military. And the greed and corruption of its venal political and economic elite have created vast income disparities, a mirror of the decay within America’s democracy.
Peter Van Buren,Courtesy: TomDispatch.com, November4,2013
If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium -- the title of a 1969 romantic comedy -- could now fit two intertwined phenomena: the madcap global travels of Secretary of State John Kerry and the nonstop journey of the latest revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Courtesy:thenaturalhistorian.com, October 21,2013
A new hominid skull find is making news today. The headlines are predictable over-dramatic but the skull nonetheless is quite impressive in its state of preservation. I don’t have time for a detailed report of this find but I have read the paper (Lordkipanize et al. 2013 see references) and several other papers about this particular archaeological site, published in the last 10 years, and this skull has some interesting history that I thought I would share. Hopefully it provides some context for the news that most of you have either heard or will hear soon. This post follows from a series of posts in which we have been looking at the geological context of hominid fossils including: The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils, Geological Context II: Neanderthals and the Italian Supervolcano, and Context is Key for Interpreting Large Fossil Find in Spain.
The latest skull to appear from the rocks at Dmanisi.
Photograph courtesy Georgian National Museum
Eben Moglen, October 18,2013
There is no introduction. After 26 years in this place it feels ridiculous to me to pretend that anyone is especially honored by my presence here.
Immanuel Wallerstein, October 16,2013
In the Bible there is a famous story of Samson, who is a hero. There are many interpretations of the meaning of the tale in which Samson, an Israelite, and someone of God-granted strength, pulls down the temple of the (also very strong) enemy Philistines, dying himself in the process. I take it to mean that an act which seems irrational (Samson dies in the process) is both heroic and quite sensible in that it becomes the way (possibly the only way) in which the strong enemy is defeated and his "people" saved.