Protesters Continue to Occupy Hong Kong, Stockpile Supplies, Prepare for Chinese National Day

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:30 am

Protesters in Hong Kong continued to maintain control throughout the Admiralty district everywhere but the government headquarters. Though police and protesters clashed over the weekend, currently the police are withdrawn. How long the police will remain withdrawn is the question of the day as protesters are stockpiling supplies and preparing for a new police assault to clear the streets for Chinese National Day, Wednesday, October 1st.

 

Occupy Central And Pro-Democracy Protests Shut Down Hong Kong

By: Monday September 29, 2014 6:45 am

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong against creeping influence from Beijing were met with a severe police response as students and other activists were teargassed. The crackdown appears to have backfired with more people now in the streets shutting down roads and businesses in down town Hong Kong. Student groups called for a boycott of classes and some unions called for work strikes.

The use of umbrellas to protect protesters from teargas has led some to call this the “umbrella movement.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Schapiro, Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy

By: Saturday September 20, 2014 1:59 pm

One thing is for certain about climate change, to borrow the words of the title of the new book written by author, journalist and activist Naomi Klein: it changes everything. Just about a month before her book came out though, so too did another one singing a similar tune: Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy, authored by investigative journalist Mark Schapiro.

How China Views the Ukraine Conflict

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 6:59 am

I have long thought that this conflict can be worked out in theory, with Russia and most people in eastern Ukraine getting nearly all of what they want and Ukraine getting nearly all of what it desperately needs economically. But the conflict is not just about Russia, Novorossiya and Ukraine. There are other players, unfortunately.

Ferguson Crackdown Loses US Credibility On Human Rights Around The World

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 6:49 am

The police riots in Ferguson, Missouri are causing a headache for more than just local and state politicians. Not only has the federal government felt compelled to get involved in hopes of quelling the outrage, but US diplomats overseas are going to have a more difficult time convincing the rest of the world that America is a credible authority on the rule of law and human rights with armored vehicles storming the streets and heavily equipped police officers arresting journalists.

China to Buy Entire Fortune 500

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 1:00 pm

China today tendered an offer for all 500 of the US top 500 companies, with the exception of defense and Information Technology companies.

China described as US defense companies as “Departments of the United States,” inefficient and unable to produce goods which meet China’s cost and quality standards. The IT companies, which became famous for their profit-margin-by-outsourcing strategies, were dismissed as being hotbeds of Indian Ideals and Activism.

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince To Advise Chinese Firms In Africa

By: Monday July 7, 2014 1:24 pm

Former Navy SEAL and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has a new security venture. This time he is helping Chinese firms to “take the drama out of Africa” by consulting on how the businesses should establish themselves and operate throughout the continent. Africa has become a major target for Chinese investment to secure access to the continent’s vast natural resources.

They are just getting into this whole “smack talk” idea

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 1:30 am

You’d think China could learn a thing or two from North Korea, but trash talking from the late 1940s is I guess all they had left from the Chang-era.

If I’m Right, China Will Step In and Stabilize Iraq

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 8:49 am

This time around with the Iraq war I want to be on the “winning side” I don’t mean being right, I mean getting paid to be wrong. What good is being right if you can’t monetize it? My contract work at one of the Big 8 peace firms is up, so I’ve been shopping around for new clients.

I can’t reveal who they are but this client wants a stable Middle East. They aren’t as concerned with Iraqis as they are with keeping the spice (I mean oil) flowing. They also believe war is the answer. I can’t dissuade them of this, and as I said, it’s not profitable being right, so I came up with a solution.

Late Night: Angst in My Pants

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Fans of the Iceland witch pants may be little sad to learn that their beloved trousers have be usurped in hipsterness by a pair of Chinese slacks that are 3,000 years old

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