On East Asia

Iran: the political twilight of M Ahmadinejad

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

According to Le Monde (Christopher Ayad with Assal Reza) May 4th 2012: (…) “In March, he [Ahmadinejad] had the dishonour of being the first Iranian president to be summoned to the Parliament (…) He too will have been swallowed by this revolution which since the beginning has devoured its children one after the other. Ahmadinejad [...]

China hit by “Greek Syndrome”

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

“The amount of the Chinese public debt has reached 68% of the GNP, of which more than half is owed by local collective bodies. The public debt of China is valued by the economists of the British bank Standard Chartered at 28,000 billion yuans (3,200 billions Euros)..” ( Le Monde, 4th October 2011)To know more [...]

Half of Manila’s population live in slums

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Paul Mason reports on San Miguel, in the Phillipines here.

Hell in a Hiace: New Zealand’s Boy Racer Subculture

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

In our increasingly jaded collective psyches, excitement and intensity have become ever more suspect states of mind & being, especially since the festivities that excite; religious, sporting, cultural, whatever, have passed from being rooted in distinct communities, classes and other social sub-groups to being mere marketing opportunities for corporations to sell shit to anyone & [...]

On the ‘Great Game’ and the end of the Fifth Afghan War

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

The present war in Afghanistan has cost to this day $1 trillion . In American terms that is one 100 billion dollars. According to Le Monde’s corrrespondent in Moscow (20 August 2010) Marie Jégo, the cards are being reshuffled. The Russian State has reappeared on the scene with talks at President Dmitri Medvedev’s residence at [...]

On the anniversary of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings…

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Aerial Bombardment from Guernica to Bagdad   The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima is commemorated on August 6th, and rightly so. But there is a long list of towns and cities where thousands of civilians were killed during aerial bombardments. Why for example is Guernica, Dresden or Nagasaki not commemorated in the same [...]

China and ‘the Lewis turnpoint’

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Bloomberg reports here that “China, once an abundant provider of low-cost workers, is heading for the so-called Lewis turning point, when surplus labor evaporates, pushing up wages, consumption and inflation, said Huang Yiping, former chief Asia economist at Citigroup Inc. The result may prompt manufacturers to switch to cheaper countries such as India and Vietnam. [...]

Star-struck with Chairman Mao and alpha male trotskyite big choppers

Monday, February 15th, 2010

When the Pope challenged Copernicus over his submission that the Earth actually revolves around the Sun, only Anna Chen disagreed, by saying the Universe actually revolved around…Anna Chen. Ms Chen’s main role is as a minor broadcast journalist, and a one-time member of the SWP. Advocates of state socialism in that organisation have never been [...]

Sugar: ‘the calorie of the poor’

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

RAW MATERIALS by  Alain Faujas INDIA  IS LINING ITS POCKETS. Indonesians were left flabbergasted on Thursday the 21st of January: their international offer to buy remained without an answer, not the slightest gram, the slightest pound, the slightest bit was offered to them, even at the astronomical rate where the world-wide prices have led them. [...]

Cyberpolice in China

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The cyberpolice in Maoland have been hacking into the computers of human rights organizations in China and elsewhere. Google say they will no longer comply with the Chinese authorities, thay had accepted a ‘downgraded Chinese Google’ with limited access to information. Those in power in China say they want capitalism without democracy, a contradiction in [...]