Rusell Chen: Iraqi War, Media, and the Reforming State

  • You’ve got to watch a movie called “Late August, Early September”, an esoteric nevertheless sweet story about a circle of friends living in Paris. They are intellectuals, Adrien, a successful writer among his friends but a commercial failure in the eyes of the public, Gabriel, a devoted follower of Adrien, Jenny, Gabriel’s ex-girlfriend who is still very much in love with him, Anne, Gabriel’s lover whose fits of mood throw him off now and then, and Vera, a pure teenage enamoured with Adrien, who is about her dad’s age. The story is about Gabriel’s struggle with his own intellectuality, his own love, and his own material existence.

Rusell Chen: A Shame of Politics

  • It is wise to learn to be patient toward political changes in China, because otherwise it is very easy to get outraged by all the failures of an incapable government: a mine collapsed and hundreds of workers were buried beneath, a fire killed hundreds in a disco, HIV/AIDS rampant around the country, and so on. One is lead to believe, like Professor Andy Nathan of Columbia University (see his column a few weeks ago in SCMP), that the whole system is regenerating itself, and the top leadership is committed to a better government led by a better party, with a better set of institutions and processes. Or, like the party propaganda always says, these are problems we hit on our way of progress. Eventually, if sometimes a little too slow, they will be solved nicely.

Rusell Chen: Succession Pact Seems Intact

  • With the 16th Congress of Chinese Communist Party starting in a few days, probing into the succession arrangements has attracted most attention from observers of Chinese politics. A few days ago, while the world was focusing its eyes on the summit between Jiang and Bush at the Crawford ranch, Texas, a significant wave of personnel reshuffling had taken place quietly back home.

Rusell Chen: On the Fall of

  • Recently there have been many interesting, or in some sense, frustrating, events going on in China, at least viewed from the Internet. There was the election of Yugoslavia, which, someone on the web argued, is shocking to the Chinese Communist Party. There was then a hot debate invoked by the termination of its employment contract with a well-known young intellectual by the Writer’s Association of China, a quasi-governmental organization under the governance of the party propaganda department.

Bernard Sim: Taiwan: A Wake Up Call

  • There will be an inevitable war between China and Taiwan followed by intervention from USA and Japan. Events have been set in motion when Taiwan started its Democracy experiment. The war is not over democracy versus communism. The war is between Chinese Nationalism versus Imperialism. The Anti-China forces want to de-member and break China into many controllable pieces otherwise they could not sleep peacefully.

William (Bill) Dascavich: There Are Two Types of Parasites

  • According to my dictionary, there are two definitions for the word ‘parasite’. The first is: “Either an animal or a plant that lives on, with, or in another from which it gets its food.”

William (Bill) Dascavich: The Capitalist Power Pyramid

  • In my view, the structure of a capitalist society may be compared to a five layered pyramid. The peak or top layer of this pyramid is where the corporate elite or ruling class are to be found. It is at this level that all of the major decisions are made. This sector is a relatively small, closely knit group which functions according to certain unwritten rules.

William (Bill) Dascavich: We Should be Shamed

  • Canadians have been duped. They have been duped into believing that Canada’s involvement in NATO’s undeclared and illegal war of aggression against the Republic of Yugoslavia was justified on the basis of humanitarianism.

Rusell Chen: Lin Biao: Mystery Impossible

  • Lin Biao is an important yet mysterious figure in contemporary Chinese history. His brilliant record in the Chinese revolution, especially during the civil war period of 1945-1949, is always highly praised. He was a divisional commander in his twenties. A successful general, he was awarded the rank of Marshal in 1965, together with other revolutionary veterans such as Zhu De and Peng Dehuai. He was 49 at that time, the youngest among the ten marshals.

Li Lun: Veteran FBI Agent Openly Deny Due Process for Ethnic Chinese on National TV

  • FBI’s Paul Moore, former FBI chief analyst for Chinese intelligence, and Nancy Choi, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, were Jim Lehrer’s guests to discuss the case of Wen Ho Lee.

William (Bill) Dascavich: More Than Sovereignty At Stake

  • With the collapse of the Soviet Union at the turn of the last decade, capitalism’s drive toward global corporate colonialism was given free reign. The process started in 1989 with the signing of CUSTA (the Canada-U.S. Trade Agreement) and was reinforced on January 1, 1994 with the proclamation of NAFTA (the North-American Free Trade Agreement.) Both agreements served to restrict the ability of sovereign governments to control their own natural and human resources while giving foreign corporations more freedom to move raw materials into areas of cheap labor to be processed into products that could be shifted into the most lucrative world markets.

William (Bill) Dascavich: Democracy by A Non-Elected Government

  • Following World War ll, there emerged three major trading regions in the capitalist world, centered in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Aware that unfettered competition between capitalist nations can lead to war, a group of about 300 chief executive officers of global corporations, bankers, politicians and academics, led by David Rockerfeller, founded the Trilateral Commission in the late 60s’.

Mei Lu: Media Biases and Politics: A Conversation with Journalist Jeff Cohen

  • Jeff Cohen, columnist, commentator and author, is the founder of FAIR, the national media watch group based in New York. Mr. Cohen’s news columns have run in dozens of newspapers, including the L.A. Times, Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.

Mei Lu: The War at Yugoslavia: An Interview with a Serbia Student

  • This is a written interview conducted with Marko M Skoric. Mr. Skoric is from Serbia. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan.

Rusell Chen: Hu Jintao: The Star That is to be the Sun?

  • At the closing of the Fourth Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), an important piece of news was released: Hu Jintao, the widely-believed successor of President Jiang Zemin, was elected to be the vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC).

Tun Meng: Earthquake and Politics

  • The disaster of the Taiwan’s earthquake brought more bitterness between Taiwan and China, instead of, as many people hoped, bringing the two sides of the strait closer. As reported by Agence France Presse, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Jason Hu lashed out at China last Friday. Hu told …