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.
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.
Newsclick Production, September 21,2013
The grim prospect of a war on Syria has been forestalled for now. The US Congress and the British Parliament have given a red signal to the attack on Syria. Prof. Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst discussing the developments around Syria with Newsclick, says that the international isolation of the US in this entire exercise was extraordinary. It is for the first time since the World War II that an American President wanted to launch a war and was prevented. He says that this is a defeat for the Israeli lobby in the US Congress. Ahmad feels that these changes will have profound consequences in Central Asia in the balance of power, in that both Russia and China could possibly gain.
Newsclick Production, September 13, 2013
The transition that China has made from a largely rural and agrarian economy to an industrial society today, has, in its course, posed some major challenges for the Chinese society – in terms of costs borne by rural society and the environment. Prof Wen Tejun from Renmin University speaks to Newsclick on how these challenges are being viewed and tackled.
Prof Tejun says that the priority now is on the social and infrastructure construction in the countryside, and the Chinese government has spent 1.2 trillion dollars so far in this regard.
Prabir Purkayastha, September 6, 2013
The world seems to be moving on two different tracks on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Almost the only narrative in the US is did Assad regime use chemical weapons, but what should be the US response. The evidence of Assad government using chemical weapons needs to be at least plausible, for the world to accept unilateral US military strikes. In the rest of the world, barring perhaps only France, there is deep scepticism about such US claims.
Seema Mustafa, September 5, 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron inadvertently forced India to take a declared position on the US proposal to invade Syria, limited or otherwise. After a long bout of silence, New Delhi was shocked on the eve of general elections, to find that the British government had listed it as one of the countries supporting US military action against Syria. it had been listed by the British government as one of the countries supporting US military action.
Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ‘Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime’
Vijay Prashad, Courtesy: jadaliyya.com, September 3, 2013
You are in Syria, somewhere in Damascus. You have been involved in various protests to fight for more democratic space in Syria, and then, after the early months of 2011, to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Asad. I have learned a great deal from people like you, about your country and about the nature of the struggles that confront you. You have seen the tide go out in your disfavor on two fronts: first, an international environment that seemed to be in harmony with your goals, but then turned out to be as conflicted about “regime change” as you are certain about it; second, an internal opposition that seemed to mimic the early wellsprings of the Arab uprisings in North Africa in its multivalent diversity, but then turned out to be hijacked by imperialist interests and by radical jihadis that you find intolerant and dangerous. As the politics goes against your more secular nationalism and democratic liberalism, and as you feel isolated in every which way, the advent of a US bombing raid seemed to be a deus ex machine—a thundercloud from Zeus himself. Such a clap of lightening on the hardened bases of military power would perhaps knock the wind out of the Asad regime, making it possible for people like you to clamber to the top of a revolutionary dynamic.
Katie Miranda,Courtesy:mondoweiss.net, September 3, 2013
Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of 21st century.
Prabir Purkayastha, August 31, 2013
The hypocrisy of the US and its allies is today matched with the complicity of the global mainstream media. Without producing any shred of evidence, the US and its allies are telling the world that they have conclusive evidence that it is the Assad regime that has conducted the chemical attack in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, killing an estimated 356 people. The US and France are still claiming that under “a right to protect”, they can now bomb Syria – kill more Syrians in order to protect them. This was Kerry's plea when he spoke to the press -- trust us, we know, so let us bomb Syria.
Stanly Johny, August 30, 2013
History repeats itself. Not as a farce; but as tragedy. Those who witnessed the White House-led propaganda against Iraq in the run-up to the 2003 American war on that country cannot miss the startling similarities between those days and the past few ones. Replace Iraq with Syria. It’s almost a reloading of history. If Iraq was part of a larger American plan to reshape the Middle East, irrespective of what all the explanation the Bush clique and the neocon media were distributing, the real reasons behind a possible Syrian war cannot be different.