Mittwoch, 23. August 2017

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Avoiding War with Pyongyang

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: As I suggest in my introduction, this is an increasingly dystopian moment in America, which makes it the perfect moment to remind TD readers that, for a contribution of $100 or more ($125 if you live outside the United States), you can get a signed, personalized copy of John Feffer’s riveting dystopian novel, Splinterlands. (Check out our donation page for the details.) And for just a few bucks, you can get an unsigned but no less riveting copy of that book, which Barbara Ehrenreich -- in a comment that has only become more apt by the week -- calleda startling portrait of a post-apocalyptic tomorrow that is fast becoming a reality today.” Tom]
If you happen to be a dystopian novelist, as TomDispatch regular John Feffer is, then you’re in business these days.  Back in 2015, when Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency was just heating up and Feffer was writing Splinterlands, his vivid look back from the year 2050 at our shattered planet, he named the massive storm that would devastate Washington in 2022 “Hurricane Donald” -- and you can’t be more predictively on the mark or dystopian than that.  Now, in August 2017, armed bands of neo-Nazis and white supremacists are in our streets and we have a president whose deepest desire seems to be to support them (because they support him).  Meanwhile, the generals from our losing wars are manning the ramparts of an embattled administration (and being treated by the mainstream media as the “adults in the room”) and an unpredictable man-child is in the White House. In other words, the material is clearly going to be there for Feffer -- in his ordinary life a thoughtful columnist at Foreign Policy in Focus -- to devote the rest of his time to dystopian fiction.
And that’s without even mentioning America’s dystopian Asian wars of the past, present, and possibly future. They undoubtedly deserve their own grim set of novels, starting with the bloody and brutal American conquest of the Philippines.  Included would also have to be the Pacific War against Japan that ended when a new weapon of unimaginable power obliterated two Japanese cities and significant parts of their populations, leaving humanity to face the possibility of its own future obliteration (and you can’t get more dystopian than that); the Vietnam War that left millions of Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians (and 58,000 Americans) dead; a quarter century of Afghan Wars (the second of them now the longest in American history); and last but hardly least, the Korean War, which began in June 1950 and halted in 1953, after millions of Koreans (and 36,000 Americans) had died.  By the estimate of the then-head of the U.S. Strategic Air Command, 20% of the North’s population died in those years under a rain of 635,000 tons of bombs and 32,557 tons of napalm (more than was used against the Japanese in World War II), while the North was burned to a crisp without atomic weapons.
In a strange sense, that conflict became America’s first permanent war since no peace treaty was ever agreed to -- though all American wars now seem to be permanent.  Of course, with Donald Trump’s recent impromptu comment that North Korean threats “will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before,” an obvious nuclear reference made on the eve of the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, a future Korean inferno is once again on many minds here and elsewhere, John Feffer’s included. And yet he suggests that, if only American officialdom could rid itself of its own dystopian turn of mind when it comes to North Korea, there might be a perfectly peaceable and reasonable way forward. If only indeed... Tom

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy
The Times They Are A-Changin’ in North Korea
By John Feffer

Read on at Tomdispatch 

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Interessanter Vergleich mit dem ARD Presseclub zum gleichen Thema!
 

Dienstag, 22. August 2017

China: Academic Journal Acquiesces to Censorship Demands

Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest publishing house, made 300 articles from the website of the China Quarterly inaccessible inside China, at the request of Chinese authorities. John Ruwitch and Fanny Potkin report for Reuters:

Cambridge University Press U-turns on Journal Cuts

Late last week, news came that Cambridge University Press had agreed to remove 315 articles from the China Quarterly journal from its web pages for users in China, as well as some 1000 ebooks. The story thrust the world’s oldest publisher into a controversy similar to that recently facing one of its biggest tech companies, Apple. CUP’s initial decision prompted fierce criticism including a petition threatening a possible boycott. On Monday, Cambridge University announced that the articles’ removal would be reversed:

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China is very inventive and open in areas which are considered as positiv and helpful for her and her economy. But China is afraid – because of its closed structure. It is not open, even not to the market. All is under state control and tight observance. Even the internet is a closed circuit, the hunting of violaters is effective; the number of imprisoned and tortured journalists, scientist, advocates and all who dared to express criticism is very high. China's tough policy has been proven again with the passing of Liu Xiaobo and the unkown fate of his widow Liu Xia. China really is a nation with a totally corrupt and criminal government, nationally as well as regionally, whis is fed by collaborateurs of the USA and Europe and some underdog-Nations who rely on China's help. They all pay a high price, as does the Chinese society.

Montag, 21. August 2017

Nordkorea und die USA:

Nordkorea und die USA: Droht die atomare Eskalation?
Presseclub ARD vom 20.08.2017 | 57:08 Min. |

Zwischen den USA und Nordkorea wurde in den vergangenen Tagen rhetorisch aufgerüstet – und eine militärische Auseinandersetzung erschien plötzlich wieder im Bereich des Möglichen. US-Präsident Trump drohte gar mit "Feuer und Zorn", wie es die Welt noch nicht gesehen habe.

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Deutschland kurz vor der Wahl. Viele Probleme im Land. Aber die ARD bringt im Presseclub kein naheliegendes Thema zur Debatte, sondern ein fernes. Kalkül?

Viele Zuschauer äußern in ihren Kommentaren ihren Unmut und ihre befremdete Verwunderung. Die Medienvertreter wurden vielfach als unglaubwürdig eingestuft. Die Kommentare sind lesenswert.

Die Kommentare sind im GÄSTEBUCH nachzulesen.

Sonntag, 20. August 2017

Charlottesville reveals deep hatred and racism


Top Stories on the theme in Counterpunch:


The Fetishization of Violence: Reflections on Charlottesville, WWII and Activism

America Asleep

The Story of Charlottesville Was Written in Blood in the Ukraine

Fascism Here We Come: the Rise of the Reactionary Right and the Collapse of “The Left”

White Skin Privilege

Trump’s Moral Blindspot is America’s

To See or to Nazi: Trump’s Moral Blindspot is America’s

We’ve have entered the time of mock outrage. The press was shocked that armed neo-Nazis were marching through the streets of Charlottesville shouting “Blood and Soil” and “Jews will not replace us!” Republicans were aghast that many of these thugs were wearing Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” caps. Democrats were indignant that Republicans didn’t call for Trump’s head on a platter. Everyone felt very good about how bad they felt.
In this national psychodrama, Trump plays the role of the Great Revealer.

Denkverbote in Deutschland


Hat, wie Maxim Biller meint, ein Kollektiv aus 68ern und ihren 70er Nachfolgern hier seinen «totalitären, undemokratischen Idealismus» ausgetobt? Wer sich noch an die siebziger Jahre und die Zeit der kommunistischen Sekten in Deutschland erinnert, der kennt ihn noch, den gnadenlos ausgefochtenen Kampf gegen jede Abweichung von der richtigen Linie. Oberste Priorität: niemals den «Beifall von der falschen Seite» provozieren! Das gilt heute wieder verschärft: Wer etwas sagt, was auch der AfD gefallen könnte, ist schon ein Klassenfeind, egal, ob sein Argument triftig ist.

Absatz aus dem Beitrag:

Haben die Deutschen das Streiten verlernt?


Denkverbote haben eine Tradition. Nicht nur in China, das wüst zensuriert, sogar im akademischen Bereich, sondern auch in Europa, vor allem in Frankreich, Großbritannien, Spanien und Deutschland, und, natürlich kultürlich, in den ehemaligen kommunistischen, osteuropäischen Staaten, die ihre tiefen Erfahrung mit Unterdrückung und Zensur, mit Ausgrenzung und Nationalismus nicht missen und verlieren mögen.

Es wird wieder modern zu zensurieren, zu jagen, zu verteufeln. In den Siebzigerjahren schrieb der Psychologe Alexander Mitscherlich über Toleranz, mehr Toleranz. Heute plädiert ein Henrik Broder für mehr INTOLERANZ, weil wir uns Toleranz als Schwäche nicht mehr leisten dürfen. Das sind Entwicklungswege, leider nicht nur deutsche. 

Anderson - The French Spring

Perry Anderson:
THE CENTRE CAN HOLD
The French Spring


New Left Review 105, May-June 2017