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Rise of Superpower and Decline of another Superpower-Part 1
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Less than 50 years from now, China will overtake the US as the world's biggest economy.

Yesterday, it counted the cost of its progress and did not like what it saw...The study was conducted by 12 govt depts over four years, and takes an unflinching look at the environmental price that China will pay for rapid growth...' by AGENCIES and printed as front page news for Today.

It concluded that the price of progress will be hotter weather, more floods and erosions etc.

Actually I would recommend that China should not have taken the path of progress and continue to live in its rural past of poverty, illiteracy and underdevelopment. Then China would not have all these problems.
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Another idiotic report, and there will be more to come. It is like a rich man complaining about his problems with maids and obesity.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another idiotic article in the Straits Times by Pei Minxin, Director of the China Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, with the title,

'Beijing should pull the plug on Pyongyang'

and a subtitle 'N. Korea becoming strategic liability for China as its value as buffer against US diminishes.'

Without N. Korea and its defiance of the US, China will now be the whipping boy instead. The US will be beating China all over the place. It is the unique position of N. Korea that China becomes useful, temporarily to the US, that the US is trying to use China to pressurise N. Korea, and at the same time driving a wedge between the two countries.

In reality, the Chinese and the N. Koreans knew exactly what the US is trying to do and they are just playing along. It is all showmanship. The US thinks that it is the puppeteer, pulling all the strings. Now who is the real puppet and who is the puppeteer in this game?

China becomes very useful with a few more N Koreas and a few Irans. Would the Chinese pull the plug on any of its allies?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The truth that shock the Western World

Vladimir Putin said it plainly that the US is the number one culprit in starting wars and the nuclear arms race. This simple truth came out so shockingly in Munich that the Western World was stunned. And then came the denial, the playing dumb expression that it was not true.

The world must all unite and stand up to the bullying by the Americans. They have blackmailed the world by their threats of war, trade sanctions, and the fictitious human rights issue.

It is good that Putin told them so.

'Mr Putin had portrayed the US in a speech on Sat as a reckless power that has made the world more dangeous by pursuing policies that have led to war, ruin and insecuirty. His comments about the "ruinous" nature of US dominance stunned an audience that included Mr Gates and senior US and European officials at a high level security conference in Munich. it also sparked mutterings by some about a new Cold War, the BBC reported.'

When the world wakes up from the bullying, the Americans are not going to get away from the killings and bloodshed around the world that they had caused.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheney was quoted to have asked the silly question why there is a need for China space test? Or he could have asked why is there a need for countries of the world to have their own armed forces when America is there to protect them from wars of aggression.

This is as good as the Americans asking themselves why the world hates them? The American innocence is so frightening.

And Congress is wondering what went wrong in Iraq and how to get out from the quagmire? Actually Congress is just as guilty for allowing Bush to send the American boys and girls to a war. But they should not feel any guilt over it. Neither should they have any qualms over the killing of Arabs. They are going to repeat the same story all over again when they approve Bush to attack Iran. And more American boys will go into Iran, looking for a great victory to celebrate at home.

America desperately needs a victory to boost up their sagging pride and reputation. They have been defeated in every war they started after WW2.

Instead of crying over spilt milk, Congress should quickly approve the war against Iran and get it over with, that is if the Iranians would allow them to trample over them. They will cry, 'Over my dead body!'
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

China raising defence expenditure by 17.8%

China's new defence budget is a whooping $69 billions! But this is dwarfed in comparison to that of the US that goes to several hundred billions. Even when compare to Japan the Chinese defence budget is too small.

Japan has a population of only 10% of China and is spending more than China. The US has a population that is 20% of China's and is spending probably 10 times that of China.

China must proportionally increase its defence budget or it will continuously be under threats from the US and Japan.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US is warning China

The US is very concerned about China's military expenditure which is 10% of what the US spent. It is warning China and accusing China of being inconsistent with it declared policies of peace and peaceful diplomacy.

The US is so far the most consistent in its huge defence expenditure. They are to buy weapons to wage wars and the US has been very open about it, waging wars in all corners of the globe. The military might of the US is simply to conduct diplomacy through wars to threaten and coerce nations to abide by the terms and rules determined by the US.

Cheers to the consistency of the US military might.

And it is about time for China to warn Japan about its huge defence expenditure. For a nation that is less than one tenth the size of China, its defence expenditure is more than China. This is unacceptable and the intention is questionable.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US has for many years been using its so called Human Rights Report to bully and interfere in other countries internal affairs. While it takes the initiative to attack other countries on such grounds, those being attacked could only try to defend and forget to retaliate and expose the pervasive human rights abuses within the US itself. Even the complete humiliation and transgression of the rights of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay were simply swept under the carpet.

The world should stand up and show the mirror to the Americans. They should do what the Chinese is doing, set up their own research to monitor and report on all the human rights abuses by the Americans and publish them for the world to see. Only then will the Americans get to stare at their own hypocrises and the world to be treated fairly.

The bullying of the third world countries can only be stopped by doing what the Americans are doing, telling them the same shit they are throwing at other countries and meddling with the internal affairs of every country around the world.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:40 pm    Post subject: HUMAN RIGHTS Discussed - elle Reply with quote

Let's be pragmatic! Who are Amnesty International? Is it an American Organization? No! Is it an Arm of the American Administration? No! Is it Amnesty Internation that is pointing their finger at nations they accuse of Human Rights violations, or is it the American Government accusing other nations of these abuses.

We have to get our facts straight, before we go around accusing people of this or that. Perhaps, much of the drive has been made by American members of Amnesty International, but Amnesty International is an International body, that is not funded by any government, but by private donations. So let us look as some of the questions we may have.

[What is Amnesty International?

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for human rights. Our work is based on careful research and on the standards agreed by the international community. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion.

Amnesty International mobilizes volunteer activists — people who give freely of their time and energy in solidarity with those whose rights have been abused. At the latest count, there were more than 1.8 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. We come from all walks of life, with widely different political and religious views, united by our determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.

What does Amnesty International do?

Amnesty International works independently and impartially to promote respect for all the human rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International believes that human rights are interdependent and indivisible – all human rights should be enjoyed by all people at all times, and no one set of rights can be enjoyed at the expense of other rights. It concentrates on ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination.

Historically, the main focus of Amnesty International's campaigning has been:

to free all prisoners of conscience
to ensure a prompt and fair trial for all political prisoners
to abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
to end extrajudicial executions and "disappearances"
to fight impunity by working to ensure perpetrators of such abuses are brought to justice in accordance with international standards
Over the years Amnesty International has expanded this mandate to encompass human rights abuses committed by non governmental bodies and private individuals (non state actors). It opposes abuses by armed political groups (in control of territory or operating in opposition to governments), such as hostage taking, torture and unlawful killings. It opposes human rights abuses against civilians and non combatants by both sides during armed conflict. Amnesty International has also targeted abuses in the home or community where governments have been complicit or have failed to take effective action.

Is Amnesty International effective?

We have a record of real achievement. We know this because the people we have been trying to help tell us that our pressure has had an effect. Sometimes governments are persuaded to change their laws and practices. Sometimes our solidarity keeps hope alive. Hope is a precious weapon for prisoners battling to survive, relatives trying to obtain justice on behalf of their loved ones or human rights defenders working in dangerous and isolated circumstances.


How does Amnesty International carry out its work?

Whenever Amnesty International establishes that action is needed to protect people whose rights have been abused, it mobilizes its membership.

We search out the facts. We send experts to talk with victims, observe trials and interview local human rights activists and officials. We monitor thousands of media outlets and maintain contact with reliable sources of information all over the world. Our research is carried out by expert staff, supported by specialists in a range of fields such as international law, media and technology. We publish detailed reports. We inform the news media. We publicize our concerns in leaflets, posters, advertisements, newsletters and websites.

Our members, supporters and staff around the world mobilize the public to put pressure on governments and others with influence to stop the abuses. Activities range from public demonstrations to letter writing, from human rights education to fundraising concerts, from targeted appeals on behalf of a single individual to global campaigns on a specific country or issue, from approaches to local authorities to lobbying at intergovernmental organizations.

Amnesty International’s worldwide network generates thousands of appeal letters on behalf of individuals and communities at risk. If urgent action is needed to save lives, volunteers around the world are alerted and letters, faxes and e mails are sent within hours. When a large scale human rights crisis occurs, our members are quickly mobilized in a global campaign. Sometimes our members “adopt” specific individuals and issues — if necessary, for years — seeking freedom for prisoners of conscience or working to abolish the death penalty in specific countries.

Amnesty International supports programs that help people learn about human rights and how to defend them. We develop materials for use in schools, organize teacher training programs and encourage training programs for government officials and security personnel. Amnesty International presses governments to ratify and abide by international human rights treaties and to strengthen international human rights standards.


How can I work with Amnesty International?

Join – When you join Amnesty International, you become part of a worldwide movement. As an individual member, or as part of a local group or a specialist network, your individual voice will join with countless others to build pressure for change.

Donate – A financial donation to Amnesty International is a vital act of support for human rights. To ensure its independence, Amnesty International does not seek or accept money from governments or political parties for its work in documenting and campaigning against human rights abuses. Instead, Amnesty International’s funding depends on the contributions of its worldwide membership and on donations from the public.

Employment opportunities at Amnesty International

Voluntary opportunities


Who finances Amnesty International’s work?

Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it necessarily support the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. To ensure its independence, it does not seek or accept money from governments or political parties for its work in documenting and campaigning against human rights abuses. Its funding depends on the contributions of its worldwide membership and fundraising activities.

Amnesty International is a democratic, self governing movement. It answers only to its own worldwide membership. All policy decisions are taken by elected bodies. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all the countries where Amnesty International members are organized into groups and national sections. They elect an International Executive Committee of volunteers which carries out their decisions and appoints the movement’s Secretary General, who is also head of the International Secretariat, the professional heart of Amnesty International.]

Amnesty International, is like the Civil Liberties Movements, (ACLU in America, and Liberty in Britain). To get support, they have to highlight issues that their interests wants to protect. So they have to seek and identify legitimate targets to bring to world attention. In other words, they seek out violations to highlight. That is the only way they get support and funds, and a "Cause".

So let us do a bit of research and understand these non-governmental organizations (ngo's), their methods and their purpose. Let us also point our finger at the right culprit, and not at a target we do not like. This is not personal, but a general statement that we often do not do enough reading before expressing an opinion.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amnesty International is as impartial or neutral as the United Nations. Its aims and objectives are as lofty as any one can find in any international organisations, including the UN. And there are many honourable and independent minded individuals in the organisations that are fearless and would drive the organisations to attain its goals and objectives.

But reality is that all organisations are subject to the manipulations of powerful men, countries and forces. The UN could not do much when the US insisted on pushing its agenda and do what it wanted.

And there are conscious effort by the powerful to do whatever is necessary to make sure that an organisation like the AI will do its bidding.

Then there are the inherent western biases which can be seen in the so called free press of the western world. AI is not free from such distortions. And their agenda have been set in many cases by people that are hardly neutral and with their own private agendas.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I accept what you have said. So when we identify an accusation as froming from say America, but it is actually coming form Amnesty International within America, we have to clarify who is actually accusing China of Human Rights abuses. That is all I am saying, that we should point our finger at the correct source.

Whether that source has been infiltrated or influenced is entirely a different matter altogether. Influence is used by all kinds of people for all sorts of purposes that is the inguinity or cunning of man.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

America in decline

When a power is in decline, all things will not go its way. The latest sacking of Wolfowitz is a good example. He is the latest fallen idol of Bush's string of confidantes, the power brokers of Washington. And he cannot escape the fate of being dismissed from the World Bank.

His sacking is not only due to his indiscretion but more a slap for America. The world has had enough of the American dominance and bullying. And this is a great opportunity for them to kick the American arse.

It may be a small act but it has great symbolism. For once, the world is united against America. And this is only the beginning.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bullying of China continues

The huge trade deficit of the US in its trade with China is causing great concerns among the Americans. The Chinese apparently are only selling and not buying. Why aren't the Chinese buying when they are having billions of greenbacks in their reserves?

Is it because the Americans refuse to sell what the Chinese want to buy? Or is it because the Americans only want to sell the Chinese the equivalent of things that the Chinese themselves can produce at a fraction of the cost? America has classified many things under strategic goods that they do not want to sell to the Chinese. A clear cut example was the intent to buy the oil company by CONOCO which fell through because of American opposition.

Today it is reported that the Chinese is pumping US$3 billion to buy an American equity company. And the Chinese are subject to a string of restrictions in the land of free trade that no other countries are subjected to. The Chinese are only limited to buy not more than 10% of the company's share. And they are placed on a moratorium not to sell the shares for 4 years! After that they are only allowed to sell up to $1 billion a year.

These conditions are not the norm but a kind of bullying which the Americans have been doing against the Chinese, their strategic competitor. It is not free trade in the sense that the Americans is boasting about and championing to the free world. It is protectionism and discrimination.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US continues to attack China

The US is continuing with its spin story that China's growing military strength is a danger to the world. This spin story, unfortunately, is no longer popular as countries of the world get wiser. In fact it smacks American hypocrisy right in the face. The world has been accustomed to American bullying and setting the agenda, and knew all the tricks of the Americans. They no longer believe the Americans. Only the Americans still naively believe that the world is still as stupid as in the past to believe everything the American said. On the contrary, it only exposes American treachery and insincerity.

What right has the US to maintain the most destructive military force, the biggest arms export of offensive and defensive weapons, and the exporting of wars or starting wars in other countries and others cannot do so even at a fraction of what the Americans are doing? Do the Americans still believe that they have the moral authority to be the policeman of the world? Those who agreed to this notion are either American allies or trying to be polite or politically correct.

The American history is the best evidence that the US has no moral authority to be the arbiter of peace and security in the world. Its human rights record at home is appalling. It has decimated an entire civilisation only to cry crocodile tears of protecting the Red Indians. It had practised slavery at the national and international scale that no country can ever hope to match. It had fought wars against the natives of countries from Korea, Vietnam, the Latin Americas, Carribeans and now the Middle East.

It will only withdraw in the face of defeat by a stronger force. It will only withdraw from the Middle East when the Arabs are strong enough to defeat them. Otherwise, they will think that killing Arabs and beating the Arabs is a national pride. Victory is the only reason for Congress to approve the war bill to remain in Iraq and not the saving of Iraq and the Iraqis, or the American boys.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another greater Superpower in the making

At the World Islamic Economic Forum held at Kuala Lumpur, Indonesian President Yudhoyono said, 'Islamic nations can work "as a collective force" for their own development because they currently supply 70% of the world's energy requirements. We in the Islamic ummah can achieve true solidarity among ourselves... and claim the eminence that (we) enjoyed in the Golden Age of Islam.'

A united muslim body where all the muslim nations speak in one voice will be a bigger challenge to US supremacy and control of the world. Imagine that they control 70% of the world's energy supply but a weakling in world politics and economics, and a whipping boy of the west!

When they wake up from their confusion and divisiveness, they can strangle the world with their control of oil and hold the world at ransom.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The farce of beauty pageants

The results of the latest Miss Universe is very telling. The winners are winning for all the wrong reasons of a beauty pageant. And this is proof that winners of all the past events were just as political.

It is just funny to gauge the beauty of ducks, geese and swans. They are all beautiful in their own right. But pitching them against one another is just asking for too much.

Fortunately the winners won not because of beauty but politics! That makes things easier for the judges.
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