A discussion with Naomi Klein on China and Olympics.Naomi says that the security, central planning and surveillance state is an ideal cocoon for global capitalism.
Among India's worries, the point at which Iran has to deliver gas is the most important one. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has agreed that the gas should be delivered at India's border with Pakistan, says S. Rahim Mashaee, vice president of Iran in an interview with Atul Aneja, the west Asian correspondent of The Hindu. Interview, courtesy, The Hindu newspaper.
Senior journalist and editor of Ganashakti, Debasish Chakraborty writes about his visit to Tibet.
Since ancient times, people have dreamed of a City of Youth, where the population never ages, and where any outsider who comes to live there will remain forever young. They probably did not have in mind, however, the “agelessness” of today’s Shenzhen, China. Lying just over the border from Hong Kong, this “instant city” has grown in just over twenty-five years from a small fishing village to a sprawling metropolitan region approaching ten million people.
The mob rampaged through the city, smashing up and burning down hundreds of buildings including the mosque; mercilessly beating, stabbing and even burning alive people belonging to other ethnic groups. Unable to contain the situation, the police were forced to retreat; returning several hours later with reinforcements. But instead of condemning the murders and destruction of property, Western politicians and media outlets took up the cause espoused by the rioters, and denounced as a 'violent crackdown' the efforts of the authorities to restore order.
If six years back the poor from the barrios of Caracas proved that 'Revolutions cannot be televised' does not mean it equally holds good for disinformation of 'counter-revolutions'. What else is the purpose of increasingly corporatised media the world over?
Almost all the countries on earth do everything they can to crush independence movements, preventing ethnic groups and occupied territories from gaining self-governance. The singling out of China over the Tibet issue is an escape route on the Iraq issue for many nations, says Andre Vltchek in ZNET.
MK Bhadrakumar (in The Hindu) tries to drum some sense into foreign policy hawks in the Indian establishment/ think tanks and the US lackeys in the corporate media. He questions the use of the non-existent "Tibet card" to contain/antagonise a neighbour which is going through some serious internal vicissitudes owing to its own domestic policy.
For more than five decades, India has seen Tibet as part of China. If it were to now believe otherwise, this would be idle posturing. Worse, such a position by the government of India could jeopardise the chances of
a settlement of the long-standing India-China dispute. Srinath Raghavan offers a "statist" perspective in a commentary piece in Economic & Political Weekly
Leave it to the Grand Old Man of the Revoluccion to say it best on the China-Tibet issue. Comrade Fidel Castro elucidates the story of China and Tibet from a historical perspective in his latest reflections. Courtesy and thanks to Granma International.