New Zealand: Asian Infrastructure bank: Leaving the Empire

This week New Zealand, home of the Kiwi and having more sheep than humans, becomes the 24th founding member of the Asia Infrastructure Bank (AIIB).

The first “developed country” to join the institution – although we’d not call New Zealand ‘Developed,” but would agree it has Western Values. Superior values because it plays Rugby, 45 […]

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To War MEE Go!

Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests..

(Palmerston, who was no slouch when it came to Imperialism).

Let’s examine the evidence:

Middle East in Chaos US Pushing NATO to Russian Borders US Oil & Gas Production rising sharply Russia major energy supplier to Europe & China Middle East Oil […]

Airlines In America Are Now As Terrible As Airlines In Russia

Let me make this prefatory remark up front: I take absolutely no joy in writing this or in making these criticisms, but someone has to tell you how it really is. If you disagree, fine, but back your disagreement up with something more than a mindless assertion that “‘Murica is the best.” Why? Well, for […]

From China – FM says talks at critical stage

From the Agonist World Press link:

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said Saturday the Geneva international talks on the Iranian nuclear issue have reached the final moment.

Hong said in a press release that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi left Beijing for Geneva early Saturday […]

Did Putin scare Obama off of Syria with debt threat?


The shift in U.S. policy toward Syria was sudden and, in some ways, shocking. It represented the first instance in modern history when a President of the United States was constrained from unilateral military action. What caused that constraint? I maintain that overwhelming public pressure, the type rarely seen in Washington, created a […]

Workers Paradise and the Law and Order Gap

How safe?

Have we seen any rhetoric like this lately from Washington or any state government?

The following is an article from Xinhua, the official Chinese news publication (found in the Agonist world newspapers link along with many other fine publications

BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) — “China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) […]

Doing his patriotic duty…one oversized rubber penis at at time

“There’s no question we could make more money if we packed up and went to China like our competitors,” says Chad Braverman, 30, Doc Johnson’s COO, as we walk by the vein station, where workers with small, precise brushes apply spidery red and blue lines to the rubber shafts. Doc Johnson is not immune from […]

National Security Archives – All things nuclear Pakistan, South Africa, Brazil, China

National Security Archives: Washington, D.C., April 23, 2013 – China was exporting nuclear materials to Third World countries without safeguards beginning in the early 1980s, and may have given Pakistan weapons design information in the early years of its clandestine program, according to recently declassified CIA records. The formerly Top Secret reports, published today by […]

A Fix for China’s Air Pollution Crisis – Damned if they do and damned if they don’t

If China fails to take short term corrective action to address toxic levels of air pollution in its major cities, millions of Chinese people will die over the coming years. If China takes effective short term corrective action to address airborne toxins, global warming will accelerate causing threats to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds […]

Ai Weiwei on the challenges China faces to becoming a “great nation” (VIDEO)

Via Big Think:

China’s meteoric rise to global economic power has come at a dire cost to human rights, says artist Ai Weiwei. While onlookers in the West are dimly aware of the massive relocations, political corruption, widespread worker riots, and environmental disasters that have accompanied China’s astonishing recent growth, Beijing’s control of Chinese media […]

Hugh White: “When Major Powers Clash, The Small Issues Can Become The Sparks For Big Conflicts”

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White, author of The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power, talks Asian-Pacific geopolitics with Anatol Lieven:

Chinese Navy “on track for a future role as a maritime power capable to pose a threat to the U.S. naval forces in the Asia-Pacific theatre”: Cenciotti

David Cenciotti on “the first successful arrested landing on the Liaoning, China’s first Aircraft Carrier by a made-in-China Shenyang J-15, a multi-role Gen.4.5 plane“:

Purchased in 1998, the Kutznesov Class 60,000 ton aircraft carrier, previously named “Varyag”, will be used to test qualify Chinese pilots flying with the navalised J-15 as well as to […]