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  • Dr Gwynne Dyer , Fast Forward Weekly

    Anwar Ibrahim is an unusual man in two respects. One is that the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia is probably the only senior politician in the world to have been charged with sodomy (which is a crime in Malaysia). Not only that: he was charged with sodomy twice, in... » read this article
  • Suvendrini Kakuchi ,

    Editorial Note: In Japan, the convergence of interests for humans and the natural world make interesting food for thought. I expect we always benefit from defending the natural world (like the endangered woodpeckers of Okinawa), and we can tell when we're on the right track if the natural world benefits... » read this article
  • Peter Symonds , WSWS

    12 April 2011 Yesterday marked one month since the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of north-eastern Japan and produced the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 reactor explosion at Chernobyl in the Ukraine. While Japanese politicians, officials and representatives of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) marked... » read this article
  • Joseph E Stiglitz , Project Syndicate via Al Jazeera

    Japan's disaster and the global recession provide stark lessons on societies' failure to manage risks, economist says.   The consequences of the Japanese earthquake - especially the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant - resonate grimly for observers of the American financial crash that precipitated the Great Recession. Both events... » read this article
  • Mankh. Axis of Logic , Axis of Logic

    "The Japanese word Kamikaze is usually translated as "divine wind" (kami is the word for "god", "spirit", or "divinity", and kaze for "wind"). The word kamikaze originated as the name of major typhoons in 1274 and 1281, which dispersed Mongolian invasion fleets." (Source) Japan: What Will Become of You? Land... » read this article
  • Tina Burrett , New Internationalist

    Japan’s relationship with the US is complicated. From enemies in war to professed partners in peace, the two countries have been intrinsically linked for more than three generations. The people of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, have been caught in the crossfire of this tempestuous relationship. Geographically distant and retaining its... » read this article
  • Bill Van Auken , WSWS

    24 November 2010 An exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea on Tuesday provoked angry denunciations from Washington and warnings from Beijing and Moscow that mounting military tensions could provoke a disaster. Each side blamed the other in the confrontation, which erupted near the Northern Limit Line, the... » read this article
  • Catherine Lutz , The Asia-Pacific Journal

    The island of Guam is a most remarkable place of cultural distinctiveness and resourcefulness and of great physical beauty.[1] The Chamorro people who have lived here for 4000 years also have an historical experience with colonialism and military occupation more long-lived and geographically intensive, acre for acre, than anywhere else... » read this article
  • Akiko Fujita in Tokyo , Voice of America

    A new study by U.S. researchers raises questions about the investigation into the sinking of a South Korean navy ship. International investigators blamed a North Korean torpedo, raising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Researchers J.J. Suh and Seung-Hun Lee say the South Korean Joint Investigation Group made a weak case... » read this article
  • James Petras and Robin Eastman-Abaya. Axis of Logic , Axis of Logic

    The run-up to presidential elections is a time of heightened state-sponsored repression as Asia’s foremost ‘death squad democracy’ wages war on its progressive rural medical workers. The notoriously violent and corrupt elections in the Philippines stand in sharp contrast with those in South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia, where the... » read this article
  • John W. Maerhofer. Axis of Logic Exclusive , Axis of Logic

    On August 30th 2009, The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), led by Yukio Hatoyama, won Japan’s Lower House election by a landslide, establishing 303 seats in the 480-seat chamber. The victory by the DPJ ended more than 50 years of almost continuous rule by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The... » read this article
  • Paul Richard Harris , Axis of Logic

    This is an article about New Zealand (Godzone)* that is only controversial if you happen to be an archaeologist, an anthropologist, a Maori, or a rat. I have a friend in Godzone who is neither an archaeologist, nor an anthropologist, nor a Maori. I’m not sure about whether he’s a... » read this article
  • LeiLani Dowell , WW Newspaper

    Published May 8, 2008 Rejecting the continued U.S. occupation of the sovereign nation of Hawaii, a group of Native Hawaiians has re-established its own government, named the Hawaiian Kingdom Government. On April 30, that government reclaimed the Iolani Palace, home of the last Hawaiian monarchs before they were overthrown by... » read this article
  • Sara Flounders , Workers World Newspaper

    March 29, 2008 A category of semi-secret U.S. bases is vastly extending the Pentagons military presence around the globe. Innocuously called CSLs, for Cooperative Security Locations, these bases are a new, covert form of intervention. The CSLs and other loose security agreements allow the Pentagon to set up facilities and... » read this article
  • Ghali Hassan , Axis of Logic exclusive

    For its entire existence, Israel has been portrayed as a civilised society with Western liberal democratic principles, defended by an heroic army. Western media coverage has been bluntly biased in favour of Israel regardless of the enormity of Israels war crimes and Israels violations of international law and civilised norms.... » read this article
  • Giff Johnson , Pacific Islands Development Program

    MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, March 10) Islanders from two ground zeros for 67 American nuclear tests and a third island that was engulfed in radioactive fallout in a Chernobyl-style nuclear accident are to file lawsuits in United States courts seeking more than $1 billion in compensation. Seeing virtually... » read this article
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