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.
Newsclick Production, November 29,2013
Newsclick in conversation with Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst, discusses the developments in West Asia, the present scenario in Syria and Iran's negotiations with the P5+1 countries on the nuclear issue. Ahmad feels that the situation is very fluid in West Asia. Geneva 2 is not likely to happen in the near future. The Israeli-Saudi scenario indicates that since they are losing in Syria, they now want to expand the war into Lebanon. They think that the way to pin down Syria, Hezbollah and Iran is to activate the battlefield in Lebanon. Ahmad also says that the defeat of Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey has brought about what appears to be a sea-change in Turkish policy. They are now supporting the American initiative in the nuclear talks with Iran.
Prabir Purkayastha, November 28,2013
The negotiations between Iran and nominally P5+1, but in reality the US, have led to an interim accord in which Iran will temporarily restrict its nuclear program and the US will ease some of the sanctions on Iran. This is prelude to a permanent agreement which will spell out the terms on which Iran can continue its enrichment program and the complete lifting of all sanctions on Iran.
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.'
Newsclick Production, November 19,2013
Political analyst Aijaz Ahmad from Newsclick speaks to Haifa Zangana, famous Iraqi writer, artist and political activist about her works, her life and her experiences when she was imprisoned under the Saddam Hussein regime. In her first novel, Dreaming of Baghdad, Zangana recollects memories and experiences of incarceration, torture, exile and relentless political activism both inside and outside Iraq.
J. Thiagarajan, November 18,2013
As the next round of climate negotiations opens in the Polish capital of Warsaw, there is generally no expectation of any dramatic developments. This nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP 19) of the United Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) is not the deadline for any particular piece of negotiations to be finalised, finished or simply wound up. However despite the absence of such deadlines, there are a number of significant issues on the agenda. Of these the most important is the further steps in taking forward the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, that was announced at the climate negotiations at Durban, South Africa, two years ago.
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.
Farooq Tariq, Novermber 4,2013
One mass murderer is gone; his predecessor is being elected by Shoora. The death of Hakim Ullah Massod will result more deaths and more upsurge of right wing forces. Killing of Osama was hailed; however the religious fundamentalism continued to grow.