“Serious” Environmentalists Suggest Fracking China

By: Monday December 16, 2013 3:19 pm

Richard Muller, an University of California Berkeley physicist known for renouncing his climate change “skepticism”, has recently released a report that positions fracking as a cure for air pollution concerns, especially in China. The report claims that shale gas, accessed by the fracking process, is a “Wonderful gift that has arrived right on time.”

CIA Document Suggests U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use in the Korean War

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 7:55 am

The reason the U.S. didn’t want any investigation was because an “actual investigation” would reveal military operations, “which, if revealed, could do us psychological as well as military damage.”

Ukraine’s Hissy Fit

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 6:17 pm

The country that used to be the breadbasket of Europe is a new bone of contention between the European Union and Russia. Ukraine, the land of the southern Russians (as Yugoslavia was the land of the southern Slavs), sits on Russia’s Western frontier.

Boycott Angora

By: Monday November 25, 2013 4:00 pm

It would be dishonest of me to say that I recommend watching PETA Asia’s video exposing the barbaric methods employed by Chinese laborers in the manufacture of angora fabrics. Even by the standards of animal cruelty investigative videos, PETA Asia’s footage is hard to watch. If you’re not prepared to see it for yourself, allow this description to suffice: bunny rabbits are shown strapped to boards, having their fur torn out at the roots by hand until they’re bald, screaming throughout the entire agonizing process. Then they’re thrown into solitary cages where they live out their short, miserable lives, going through the same torture every two months until their throats are finally slit.

Short-Term Iran Nuclear Deal Struck

By: Monday November 25, 2013 6:45 am

After decades of hostility the governments of the United States and Iran were able to reach a short term deal on increased monitoring of Iran’s nuclear development in exchange for the United States and its partners relaxing some economic sanctions. The deal between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so called P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and C

Bloomberg News Fires Reporter for Investigating Corruption in Chinese Government

By: Saturday November 23, 2013 9:45 am

Some disturbing news is leaking out from a surprise firing of a Bloomberg News journalist. The reporter, Mike Forsythe, is a well respected expert on China whose suspension and subsequent permanent removal appears to have been related to threats made by the Chinese government to kick out Bloomberg News from the country if certain stories were published.

Exploitation Remains the Name of the Game at Dell’s Chinese Factories

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 12:57 pm

There is nothing newsworthy in the latest investigative report on working conditions in Chinese electronics factories—just the same old story, really: Once again, there’s evidence of systematic exploitation of workers, suppression of labor organizing, poor living conditions and chronic economic insecurity for young workers.

What has changed is the intensity of the industry’s resistance to cleaning up the worst labor practices of China’s global manufacturing model.

Kurt Eichenwald’s Espionage Fantasy: Edward Snowden Has Become a Chinese Spy

By: Friday November 8, 2013 11:20 am

Kurt Eichenwald, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and also a writer for Newsweek, had a feature story published by Newsweek recently that was specifically intended to present Snowden as a former intelligence agency employee who had become a Chinese spy.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy Raising Doubts About Legitimacy

By: Monday November 4, 2013 11:58 am

The real agenda is less about trade and more about weakening sovereign power in favor of corporate power. Under TPP, national regulations will be overruled by corporate structures and governance. Nation-states will become junior partners with transnational corporations becoming the decision making authorities for global laws and rules.

Late Night: Bear Stories

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:00 pm

Tonight we have stories about three bears and about panda bears, which aren’t really bears.

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