China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Is a Big Deal. So What Is the Role for Beijing’s Military?

China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Is a Big Deal. So What Is the Role for Beijing’s Military?

President-elect Donald Trump is set to make his mark on U.S. foreign policy. As a sign of the great anxiety that has taken hold across the Asia-Pacific, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has scurried across the Pacific to be the very first foreign leader to meet the president-elect. On the other “flank”, all signs point…

Britain Going down the Drain: Racism and Bigotry Are Growing

Britain Going down the Drain: Racism and Bigotry Are Growing

It is sad to have to have to acknowledge that the country of one’s birth is in decline, but there are signs that Great Britain has fallen on the slippery slope of moral deterioration. The recent surge in nationalistic jingoism and xenophobia in Britain is lamentable and obnoxious. On November 14 it was reported that the Mayor…

THAAD Is Coming to China’s Doorstep (But Beijing Has a Plan to Push Back)

THAAD Is Coming to China’s Doorstep (But Beijing Has a Plan to Push Back)

After months of negotiation, the United States and South Korea announced on July 8 their decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea. During a press briefing, China’s Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said that Beijing is “firmly opposed to the proposed THAAD deployment… and will take necessary…

NYT Advocates Internet Censorship

NYT Advocates Internet Censorship

In its lead editorial on Sunday, The New York Times decried what it deemed “The Digital Virus Called Fake News” and called for Internet censorship to counter this alleged problem, taking particular aim at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for letting “liars and con artists hijack his platform.” As this mainstream campaign against “fake news” quickly…

The Russian Navy is Back

The Russian Navy is Back

Russia’s dispatch of a ten-ship flotilla to the Syrian Coast has raised some outrage and sneers aplenty in the West. Particularly when one of its embarked MiG-29K fighters crashed on takeoff from Russia’s sole carrier, the obsolescent Admiral Kuznetsov which lacks catapults. Joining Kuznetsov are believed to be two ‘Akula’ class nuclear-powered attack submarines that…

Will Trumpolitics Erase Clintonism?

Will Trumpolitics Erase Clintonism?

The spectacular demise of the Clinton (cash) machine-captured, neoliberalcon Democratic Party, when faced to the Trump phenomenon, would necessarily entail a radical reorientation to appeal, once again, to its natural constituency – US labor and progressive reformers. Michael Hudson forcefully argues that’s the only way out; “Are they to stand by and let the party…