By Bill Powell / Newsweek
Ma Jijiang and his once poor family are the flesh and blood of China’s modern economic miracle, living proof of how radically the country has been reshaped since the late Deng Xiaoping changed the world in 1978 by proclaiming that to get rich is glorious and launching China’s experiment with market economics.
Paul Krugman – New York Times
Back in 2010, I had a revelation about just how bad economic policy was about to get; I read the OECD Economic Outlook, which called not just for fiscal austerity but for interest rate hikes — 350 basis points on the Fed funds rate by the end of 2011! — because, well, because.
Analysis by Oscar Reyes*
WASHINGTON, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) – It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them.
And it played out again in Berlin as 21 countries—including the United States—pledged nearly 9.5 billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund, a U.N. body tasked with helping developing countries cope with climate change and transition to clean energy systems.
By Stephen Fidler – The Wall Street Journal?
Former U.K. Premier Says He Is More Worried About Israel-Palestine Situation Than in Years
BRUSSELS—Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the West must work with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Islamist extremism and other sources of conflict in the Middle East—even as it takes a strong line with Moscow over its actions in Ukraine.
By Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 2014 (IPS) – “A recurring nightmare for me is I’m trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I’m yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.”
Chase Madar – The Nation
It’s not just Ferguson—here’s how the system protects police
How to police the police is a question as old as civilization, now given special urgency by a St. Louis County grand jury’s return of a “no bill” of indictment for Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in his fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. The result is shocking to many, depressingly predictable to more than a few.
William Engdahl* – New Eastern Outlook
Brazil’s newly re-elected President, Dilma Rousseff, survived a massive US State Department disinformation campaign to win a runoff vote against US-backed Aecio Neves on October 26. However it is already clear that Washington has opened a new assault on one of the key leaders of the non-aligned BRICS group of emerging economies—Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. With a full-scale US financial warfare attack to weaken Putin’s Russia and a series of destabilizations aimed at China, including most recently the Hong Kong US-financed “Umbrella Revolution,” getting rid of Brazil’s socially-minded President is a top priority to stop the emerging counter-pole to Washington’s New World (dis-)Order.
By Roberto Savio*
ROME, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) – Less than a week after everybody celebrated the historical agreement on Nov. 17 between the United States and China on reduction of CO2 emissions, a very cold shower has come from India.
Ariane Tabatabai* – Financial Times
It is vital a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear programme is reached, writes Ariane Tabataba
Tehran and Moscow, facing similar political and economic pressures from the west, have developed strong ties since the Islamic Revolution. More recently, as relations between the US and Moscow have soured, the links have only intensified. But for Tehran, closer ties to Moscow are not so much a choice as the only viable option – and in the run-up to the deadline for a comprehensive international deal on the Iranian nuclear programme, Moscow’s influence looms dangerously large. Decisions made in the next few days by the US, China, France, the UK and Russia, plus Germany (the “P5+1”) and Iran, will determine whether that remains the case.
Nick Turse – The Nation
The US military continues a long series of mistakes, missteps and mishaps across Africa.
Admit it. You don’t know where Chad is. You know it’s in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you’d probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here’s a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya.
By Le News , GENEVA
The United Nations both here in Geneva and worldwide is relying increasingly on consultants with short-term contracts to do its work, seriously hampering the organization’s overall professionalism. Consultants, many who have come to Switzerland with their families from other countries, or may be on mission elsewhere in the world, are sometimes only told on a Friday that their contract will be renewed Monday. Not only do such personnel often lack basic social or employment rights enjoyed by Switzerland and other European countries, but such fickleness is leading to a situation whereby many aid workers wonder whether it is worth continuing to commit to the UN and its members agencies.
Zoë Carpenter – The Nation
For a few hours on Tuesday, the Islamic State looked like the best thing that ever happened to the National Security Agency. The USA Freedom Act, a modest bill seen as the best chance for reforming one of the NSA’s dragnet surveillance programs, failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate by two votes after Republicans insisted that it would precipitate a terrorist attack.
S. Irfan Habib* – The Hindu
The agenda of the Islamic State today is merely an extension of the devious plan laid down by Abdul Wahhab almost two hundred years ago
It is ironical indeed that the Turkish regime today is implicated in propping up a terrorist group called the Islamic State (IS), which has vowed to spread Wahhabi Islam all over the world.
Daniel Dombey – Financial Times
Ankara’s rhetoric has become more anti-western since protests against the government last year
Istanbul – The three US sailors were enjoying their shore leave in old Istanbul when they fell victim to Turkey’s suspicions of the outside world.
In a videoed confrontation that went viral in Turkey and the US, ultranationalist Turks assaulted the frightened youths last week, throwing bags over their heads and chanting “killers” and “Yankee go home”. Joe Biden, the US vice-president who is visiting Istanbul this week, had better steel himself.
Eric Alterman – The Nation
The election results reflect a complex reality; the press prefers simple narratives.
While many in the mainstream media are occasionally willing to take note of imperfections in America’s democratic practices, virtually none are willing to ask whether the system has simply ceased to function at all. No matter what may be odd or perhaps even unfair in this or that race, goes the argument, the central narrative remains unquestioned: Republican dominance of both houses of Congress represents a rightward turn on the part of the country as a whole—just look at the results.
Wolfgang Münchau – Financial Times
The Council of Economic Experts says nothing about investment. It wants Merkel to be tougher
German economists roughly fall into two groups: those that have not read Keynes, and those that have not understood Keynes. To describe the economic mainstream in Germany as conservative misses the point. There are some overlaps with the various neoclassical or neoconservative schools in the US and elsewhere.
By Stephen Leahy
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 17 2014 (IPS) – This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement.
By The New York Times’s Editorial Board
Secretary of State John Kerry and the American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, have praised the work of Cuban doctors dispatched to treat Ebola patients in West Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently sent an official to a regional meeting the Cuban government convened in Havana to coordinate efforts to fight the disease. In Africa, Cuban doctors are working in American-built facilities.
David Vine – The Nation
Congress is spending billions of dollars on bases in the Middle East, but what role do they really serve?
With the launch of a new US-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least thirteen countries in the Greater Middle East since 1980.
Txema Santana – El País in English
Migrants taken away in garbage truck after landing in Canaries recount their experiences
Las Palmas NOV 2014 – Sitting inside the immigrant holding center (CIE) in Barranco Seco on Gran Canaria, the African migrants held for five hours on the beach where they landed last week out of fear they might have been infected with Ebola now recount their experiences.