Nobody’s Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents

Nobody’s Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents

By Chas W. Freeman, Jr October 9, 2019 There is currently a good deal of hysteria here in Washington about something called “authoritarianism” allegedly taking the offensive against democratic systems of government.  A century ago, imperialists, colonialists, fascists and communists did indeed articulate theories about their superiority to democracy and seek to impose autocratic systems […]

China’s Miracle – as seen by the official China itself

China’s Miracle – as seen by the official China itself

September 29, 2019 Editor’s note: TFF wants to let you hear how the official China looks upon itself and its achievements, particularly since the country celebrates its 79th Anniversary on October 1, 2019. The reason is that you can rest assured there will be no genuine, diverse coverage of this – Chinese and world – […]

China “Speed” at 70 Years – And why you should be curious

China “Speed” at 70 Years – And why you should be curious

September 29, 2019 BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua)* — The blistering pace of expansion by China’s economy in the past decades has impressed the world as “China speed.” Now the term is taking on new meaning as the country enters a new development phase. The past 70 years have witnessed how “China speed” impacted the country […]

Iran reinforces partnership with China for economic relief

Iran reinforces partnership with China for economic relief

By Sabena Siddiqui September 20, 2019 Facing an economic crisis in large part due to US sanctions, Iran soon may be aligning its policies toward China’s. Having recently updated the terms of a 25-year strategic partnership signed with Beijing in 2016, it looks like Tehran is indeed returning to its Look East foreign policy. Originally posted on […]

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Himalayan miscalculation on Iran: Bringing China into the Mideast

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Himalayan miscalculation on Iran: Bringing China into the Mideast

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment September 9, 2019 Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is one of the world players who pushed Trump to breach the 2015 treaty with Iran. Trump then slapped the severest economic sanctions on Iran ever imposed on any country in the absence of war. Trump […]

China defies Trump on Iran big time with $400 bn Belt-and-Road Investment and 5000 Red Army troops

China defies Trump on Iran big time with $400 bn Belt-and-Road Investment and 5000 Red Army troops

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 26, 2019. Photo by IRNA. By Juan Cole September 9, 2019 Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was in Beijing recently for what turns out to […]

The need for non-violence in Hong Kong

The need for non-violence in Hong Kong

By Jonathan Power September 5, 2019 The gloves are off in Hong Kong. Judging from the pictures on today’s BBC News the police no longer have any compunction about beating protestors. Ironically, they don’t appear to get close to the fringe of protestors who are using violent tactics. Rather they are swinging their batons left […]

Why the West doesn’t – and cannot – understand China

Why the West doesn’t – and cannot – understand China

By Martin Jacques, Cambridge University August 28, 2019 A delightful conversation about the essential difference between the West and China and why they have vitally different ways of relating to other countries and cultures. If you do business in China, travel as a tourist – which far too few Westerners do – teach international relations […]

Hong Kong in the crosshairs of global power and ideological struggle

Hong Kong in the crosshairs of global power and ideological struggle

Riot police fire tear gas at protesters as they head towards the central government’s liaison office in Sai Ying Pun on Sunday. Photo: Sam Tsang in SCMS By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Directors of Popular Resistance August 20, 2019 Hong Kong is one of the most extreme examples of big finance, neoliberal capitalism in […]

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