Tag Archives: China

Wikileaks pulls the lid off U.S. diplomacy

Today Wikileaks released approximately 250,000 confidential documents related to U.S. government diplomacy. This NY Times story runs down some of the highlights. The big takeaways? Saudi Arabia wants us to attack Iran for them Israel is ready to attack Iran U.S. diplomats to the U.N. are spying on their colleagues The U.S. is really worried about […]

You Can’t Please Everyone

But you really can’t please the Republicans – unless you’re Obama and you “fail” at something.

The Unenforceable

The UN Security Council passed a new resolution [pdf] in regards to nuclear disarmament and proliferation yesterday. But does it matter? The resolution basically holds the status quo and reaffirms the commitment of ”well-behaved” countries to continuing to try and be on their best behavior while having no effective means of stopping the proliferation of […]

After Kim Jong-il

North Korea has once more been in the news, this time with the historic visit-cum-rescue operation headed by Bill Clinton to free two American journalists that had been held for four months. For a nation as isolated from the world at large politically and economically, it has held quite the attentive position of newsmaker the […]

Preparing for the Next “Red Scare”

Are we always to be fearful and preparing ourselves for those who are rising economically behind us? The past twenty years has seen the exponential growth of wealth in China and with it, the positioning of the country as another Us vs. Them competition within our domestic politics and media. Most of rhetoric is framed […]

Why we might need more deficit spending

On the 2nd of this month I wrote a short snarky post about the explosion of our national deficit. I still think it was dangerous and stupid to borrow so much money (from China mainly) in a time of economic prosperity to spend on the war in Iraq and tax cuts for the rich. However, […]

Things you might not have noticed

The possibility of a $700 billion bailout for Wall Street is looming large over the national conversation, so I’ll forgive you for not noticing these fun nuggets portending America’s doom: Congress is working on passing a $25 billion bailout for Detroit automakers And why $25 billion for companies that have long ago ceased to be […]

The 'How Bad Can We Piss Off China'? Midweek Roundup

Art In Reality “Official” “Unofficial” I’m sure the truth is somewhere in between (but leaning more towards the “unofficial” side of things given that the Chinese typically show nice big banners of hanged criminals in their train stations – not really squeamish about a good shooting, them) Expect these throughout the torch relay run — […]

Sultry Streetwalking Wednesday Midweek Roundup

Georgian region Abkhazia appeals for recognition of independence, citing Kovoso Here we go. Expect S. Ossetia to follow suit. Expect a bit more warfare in the Caucasus this summer. A Fall From White Knight to Client 9 Another disgraced moral crusader. Is it wrong to take such joy in hypocrites? As a friend mentioned at […]

The All New Friday Roundup

  (Because some folks were too hungover Wednesday to do one) This has been covered elsewhere on the news but it’s great to see a group show some real balls for once: New Campaign By Billboard Liberation Front The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients […]