Category Archives: Asia

Headlines of the day II: An intolerance update


Following up on today’s previous Headlines of the day:

First, from MintPress News:

International Writers & Artists Protest Saudi Plans To Execute Palestinian Poet

Renowned author Irvine Welsh hoped the campaign would put “pressure on governments who espouse democracy and freedom” to reconsider their dealings with Saudi Arabia

Next, from RT:

Christian monastery in Jerusalem vandalized by alleged Jewish extremists

A Christian monastery in Jerusalem has been vandalized after extremist graffiti was daubed on its walls. Messages such as “Christians Go to Hell” were written, while Israel says it has ordered an immediate police investigation into the crimes committed.

Back to  MintPress News with an Austin, Texas story:

Driver Shouted ‘Go Back To Islam!’ As He Shot Muslim In ‘Stand Your Ground’ Killing

Despite years of anti-Muslim postings online, prosecutors were ‘dismissive’ of the possible hate crime, deeming it road rage gone wrong instead

And, finally, from RT again:

Police arrest cleric who ‘incited’ 15yo boy to cut off his own hand over blasphemy

Pakistani police have arrested the imam of a mosque in Okara, in the Punjab province, for inciting violence after a 15-year old boy cut off his own hand, believing he had committed blasphemy, a serious crime in the majority Muslim country.

Headline of the day II: Indians don’t click LIKE


From the Guardian:

‘Poor internet for poor people’: India’s activists fight Facebook connection plan

Ferocious momentum continues to build against social media giant’s bid to take charge of the country’s internet through a program called Free Basics

Chart of the day II: Who’s set off the most nukes


An animated chart for a change, this one from teleSUR English:

In Numbers: Nuclear Weapons Tests in North Korea and Worldwide

Program note:

North Korea claims it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. How does this compare to other countries?

Headlines of the day III: Wild cars, upping antes


First, from the London Daily Mail:

BREAKING NEWS: North Korea confirms it has launched a ‘successful’ HYDROGEN BOMB test causing 5.1 magnitude man made earthquake

  • Pyongyang confirms that a thermonuclear weapon was detonated today
  • Explosion triggered 5.1 magnitude earthquake which was felt for miles
  • Chinese and South Korean officials speculated tremor was man-made
  • North Korean state TV then confirmed hydrogen bomb had been triggered
  • The ‘successful’ explosion took place at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site
  • Epicentre was 30 miles north west of Kilju city in north east of the country

Next, from The Independent:

Isis develop sophisticated new weaponry ‘capable of shooting down passenger jets’

Newly-developed technology could allow Isis to use redundant and decomissioned surface-to-air missiles to attack aircraft

More of the ISIS arsenal from Sky News:

Exclusive: Inside an Islamic State Terror Weapons Lab

Program notes:

From a “jihadi university” in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the scientists have stunned western weapons experts by producing a homemade thermal battery for surface-to-air missiles.

Disaster capitalism: Reaping profit from misery


The this latest edition of The Laura Flanders Show, the British journalist interviews Australian journalist and author Anthony Lowenstein, whose most recent book is Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe.

Their discussion focuses on the transformation of international human catastrophes into profit centers exploited by multinational corporations, buttressed by the governments of major economic powers.

Among the disasters examined are those following the 2009 catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti, the parceling out of the national resources of Afghanistan, and the privatization of the Greek commons in the wake of the Wall Street collapse of 2007-2008.

And there’s more. . .

From teleSUR English:

Laura Flanders Show – Antony Loewenstein and M. Jacqui Alexander

Program notes:

Six years ago this week, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake. Billions of dollars in aid were pledged, but little made it to the people in need. Why did that happen? To find the answers to that question and more, Laura talks to Anthony Loewenstein about disaster capitalism, and M. Jacqui Alexander discusses anti-colonial movements. Antony Loewenstein is an Australian independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian and blogger. Among his books are My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution, and Profits of Doom. His newest book is Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe. M. Jacqui Alexander is a writer, teacher, creator and founding director of the Tobago Center for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Spirituality. All that and a commentary from Laura on truth in labeling and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.

Map of the day: Charting religion divisions


From the New York Times, and with contrast heightened for legibility:

BLOG Theo divides

When America’s proteges commit mass murder


In the latest edition of his TeleSUR English series, journalist and author Chris Hedges interviews a fellow member of the Fourth Estate about the murderous ways of America’s proteges in the Third World.

Allan Nairn, an independent and much-honored journalist, has reported on the violence perpetrated by American-taught death squads in Latin America, Indonesia, and the Mideast.

While covering a massacre by Indonesian death squads in East Timr in 1991, he was assaulted by soldiers, his skull fractured by the butts of American-supplied M16s.

In their discussion, Nairn and Hedges cover the bloody deeds of death squads as well as the inevitable blowback, most recently in the form of ISIS.

From TeleSUR English:

Days of Revolt: America’s Death Squads

Program notes:

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with investigative journalist Allan Nairn to discuss his experience covering wars across the globe, and the U.S.’s role in fueling such conflicts. The two discuss the mechanics of Western intervention, and the consequences that are still unraveling today.