10:40 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
When I used to grow up in a socialist Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, we were told that even if one single human life was endangered, the entire country had to stop and fight for his or her survival. That is how we were raised. That was our culture, or call it the foundation of our worldview. I remember, once there was an explosion in Bohemia, a boiler blew up, and people were buried in the rubble of collapsed apartment building. Everything stopped. Heavy equipment was dispatched from all corners of the nation; thousands of volunteers traveled to the disaster area to help. At that moment, saving lives was all that mattered.
9:46 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Some twenty years ago, when I moved to Hanoi, the city was bleak, grey, covered by smog. The war had ended, but terrible scars remained. I brought my 4WD from Chile, and insisted on driving it myself. It was one of the first SUVs in the city. Each time I drove it, it was hit by scooters, which flew like projectiles all over the wide avenues of the capital. Hanoi was beautiful, melancholic, but clearly marked by war. There were stories, terrible stories of the past. In “my days”, Vietnam was one of the poorest countries in Asia. Many great heritage sites, including the My Son Sanctuary in Central Vietnam, were basically vast minefields, even many years after the terrible U.S. carpet-bombing. The only way to visit them was by government-owned military vehicles.
12:50 [Indian Punchline] (E)
The civilian-military relationship is a complex matrix. In ‘wartime’, this is more so when civilian leaders who never held a killer’s weapon in their palms are called upon to take decisions on the passage of arms. Of course, there are strong-willed leaders who force their will. Bismarck was one such leader — Stalin another — who lacked real military service.
10:57 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a recent video conference suggested that the US might move some of its troops from Germany to the region around India, citing growing US security concerns in the Asian region. Given the dramatic rise in tensions between India and China over disputed borders in the region of Nepal and Bhutan where several soldiers from both sides reportedly died in hand-to-hand combat, the question is whether Washington is deliberately trying to fan fires of war between the two Asian giant powers. As unlikely as that might be at present, it indicates how unstable our world is becoming amid the ‘coronavirus economic depression’, and the perceived power vacuum of a US in retreat.
11:32 [CGTN] (E)
After Cuba made a joint statement on behalf of the 53 countries at the 44th Session of the United Nations Human Rights on Tuesday, welcoming the adoption of the law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) by China`s top legislature, representatives from other over 20 countries also expressed their support for the passage of the legislation during the session. Noting Hong Kong affairs are purely China`s internal affairs, Russian representative said Russia firmly supports China`s practice of "One Country, Two Systems" in the HKSAR.
11:44 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Let us start with the punchline: “Mass media in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia is depicting the People’s Republic of China as ‘capitalist’ because ‘capitalist’ is now a dirty word. Even people in the West see ‘market economy’ as some sort of filth.” To call China ‘capitalist’ is to smear China. It is as if to say: “Chinese people are precisely like us. China is doing to the world the same injustice, committing the same crimes as we have been doing for 500+ years.”
12:57 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
After the U.S. instigated riots in Hong Kong last year the central government of China saw a necessity to intervene. In sight of other anti-China measures the U.S. has taken the reputational costs of doing so had become less important.
Yesterday the Chinese parliament, the Standing Committee of the National People`s Congress, added a national security law to the Basic Law that governs Hong Kong`s special status. The law is designed to end foreign interference in Hong Kong.
8:57 [Consortium News] (E)
The Indo-China border is a strategic chessboard and it’s gotten way more complex. It was straight from an Orientalist romantic thriller set in the Himalayas: soldiers fighting each other with stones and iron bars in the dead of night on a mountain ridge over 4,000 meters high, some plunging to their deaths into a nearly frozen river and dying of hypothermia. In November 1996, China and India had agreed not to use guns along their 3,800 km-long border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which sports an occasional tendency to derail into a Line Out of Control.
10:54 [Kathehon] (E)
We’re one of the most multicultural nations but Australia has a reputation for being racist — and backpackers say it’s worse than ever.We’re one of the most multicultural nations in the world but Australia has long struggled to shrug off a reputation for being racist. And while some Aussies would argue things are getting better and locals are working to treat our foreign visitors better, those that visit us the most and spend the longest time here beg to differ. Speaking to news.com.au, more than 20 backpackers said they’d all experienced either casual or blatant racism at the hands of Australians. More than half of them said tensions had only worsened since the coronavirus crisis hit with Aussies appearing to blame them for taking jobs in an already hard-hit and locked down economy.
15:00 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Ramona Wadi - When it comes to Aboriginal land rights in Australia, several contradictions emanate. In May, the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation which represents Aboriginal communities, won exclusive native title rights to land which is mined by Fortescue Metals Group. With legal possession of their land, the Aboriginal communities can now seek compensation for economic and spiritual damage inflicted by the mining corporation – a move that shows legal recognition of Aboriginal claims over land and its usage.
14:59 [China Daily] (E)
Hong Kong-based author Nury Vittachi expressed concern about “elements of double standards” shown by Western politicians who opposed a proposed national security law for the city. The journalist and columnist said the proposed law, which specifically protects sovereignty from domestic terrorism in the city, is being sensationalized to be something much more sinister by some Western countries. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia on May 28 accused Beijing of undermining Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy as it moved to enact a national security law for the special administrative region. “Pretty much every country has a national security law. It’s a default situation internationally,” he said. “Just like a spoon is a natural element of a cutlery set. Well, Hong Kong is saying now, ‘Everyone has a spoon except us.’”
9:06 [One World Press] (E)
India`s five-year-long Hybrid War on Nepal failed to return the increasingly independent landlocked country to its former status as an Indian puppet state, having instead created a geopolitical nightmare for New Delhi with obvious David vs. Goliath optics that are poised to ruin the aspiring Great Power`s reputation for years to come.
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