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  • Why Did the Bush Administration Really Decide to Invade Iraq?

    07/23/2003 8:02:37 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 101 replies · 732+ views
      Why Did the Bush Administration Really Decide to Invade Iraq? 12 July 2003 Three months after US military forces smashed the last major Iraqi resistance to the US invasion and captured Baghdad and in view of the fact that no weapons of mass destruction have yet been found, Americans are starting to wonder what really motivated the Bush Administration to take the nation into a war against a country like Iraq. This is particularly the case since it has become increasingly clear in retrospect that Iraq did not pose anything resembling the imminent threat to the United States that...
  • The world's next superpower

    07/23/2003 3:49:12 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 158 replies · 1,119+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.23.03 | Jonathan Fenby
    The world's next superpowerChina is growing with bewildering speed, but it is undergoing social upheavals on the way to becoming an economic superpower     By Jonathan FenbyTHE OBSERVERWednesday, Jul 23, 2003,Page 9 ILLUSTRATION: MOUNTAIN PEOPLE Conventional wisdom insists that nations ruled by communist parties are regimented, unimaginative failures. Yet nowhere on earth is changing so fast and on such a scale as in China, where market economics and rampant consumerism meet the remnants of Maoism, throwing up paradoxes with profound implications for its 1.3 billion people -- and for the rest of the world. It is not clear, however,...
  • Anti-U.S. themes in S. Korea schools

    07/23/2003 3:43:06 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 8 replies · 158+ views ^ | 07.20.03 | Barbara Demick
    KOYANG, South Korea - Here's a pop quiz about the United States. 1) The world's leading arms-exporting country. 2) The world's most heavily nuclear-armed country. 3) The world's leader in chemical weapons research. 4) The world's most peace-loving country that never once was at war with other countries. The above question was part of a supplemental teaching package on the war in Iraq that was distributed in March by the Korea Teachers and Educational Workers Union.
  • How to win in North Korea - without firing a shot.

    07/23/2003 3:37:05 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 13 replies · 175+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 07.23.03 | Tom Plate
    How to win in North Korea - without firing a shot BY TOM PLATE FOR THE STRAITS TIMESHAVING the capability to do something doesn't necessarily mean one should do it. At almost any time, United States forces could be deployed quickly - for example, to Taiwan - should the Bush administration aim to implement some zany version of its announced philosophy of 'pre-emption'.But a war with China is an exceptionally bad idea, not because America would necessarily lose but because the cost of winning would be so great. In fact, one might wish to champion the value of not doing...
  • Russia Ready for a War in the Far East

    07/23/2003 3:32:37 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 2 replies · 165+ views
    Pravda ^ | 07.22.03
    Russia Ready for a War in the Far East 07/22/2003 20:40 Pyongyang has declared a war on the USA, a psychological one so far with a view to resist American propagandaThe North Korean population will be taught to hate America with the help of propagandists and Korean War veterans. Meanwhile, the Russian government doesn't rule out that the situation on the Korean peninsula may develop according to the worst scenario. Testing of the civil defense resources has been already started in Russia's Far East, in the districts bordering North Korea. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov overseeing the Korean...
  • Blair: China is Living up to 'One Country, Two Systems'

    07/23/2003 2:50:18 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 5 replies · 179+ views
    Blair: China is Living up to 'One Country, Two Systems'   British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that it's evident that China has been living up to the "one country, two systems" concept since Hong Kong was handed back to its motherland six years ago. Blair made the remarks on his flight to Hong Kong, the final leg of his Asian tour, according to local news report. Blair has just finished his three-day visit to the Chinese mainland, during which he met with Chinese leaders in Beijing. In his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday, Blair said...
  • When the US gets cold, the world pays more for oil

    07/22/2003 8:20:26 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 11 replies · 297+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.22.03 | Timothy Gardner
    When the US gets cold, the world pays more for oil Americans' voracious appetite for fuel, coupled with the decade-long shrinking of the US energy industry, is putting massive demands on an already stretched supply system By Timothy GardnerREUTERSTuesday, Jul 22, 2003,Page 9 ILLUSTRATION: MOUNTAIN PEOPLE Last January, the cold was so bitter north of the New York Harbor oil hub that icebreakers in the Hudson river had to smash free a heating oil barge. Consequently, dozens of fuel shipments to New England were delayed. Energy analysts dubbed the winter "The Perfect Storm". The cold, combined with the build-up to war...
  • Beijing fears democracy in south

    07/22/2003 8:12:59 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 121+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.22.03
    Beijing fears democracy in southDISCONTENT: Authorities fear the recent street demonstrations in Hong Kong could trigger bolder action by the many discontented groups in ChinaNY TIMES NEWS SERVICETuesday, Jul 22, 2003,Page 5 Hong Kong and adjacent Guangdong Province, both centers of Cantonese culture and commerce, are tightly bonded, in sickness and in health. Hong Kong money has powered Guangdong's robust economic growth since the early 1980s. Shortly after SARS emerged in Guangdong late last year, it surged into Hong Kong as seamlessly as the 40,000 tourists and businesspeople who pass daily through Lowu, the world's busiest border crossing. So it...
  • Symposium: Bush’s Decision to Go to War. Was it Justified?

    07/22/2003 7:50:02 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 9 replies · 478+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 07.04.03 | Jamie Glazov
    Symposium: Bush’s Decision to Go to War. Was it Justified?By Jamie | July 4, 2003 As the controversy over the missing Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq escalates, so does the criticism of President Bush and his decision to go to war. Was the liberation of Iraq by American forces a legitimate course of action? FrontPage Symposium is pleased to host a debate on this issue. To criticize the war, we are joined by Peter N. Kirstein, a professor of history at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a specialist on the atomic bomb and current nonproliferation issues. He wrote "American...
  • Where Is Mandela's Apology?

    07/22/2003 7:34:41 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 5 replies · 200+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 07.22.03 | Miles Kantor
    Where Is Mandela's Apology?By Myles | July 22, 2003 It’s disgusting to see people apologize for doing nothing wrong, especially to wrongdoers. On July 14, Miami-Dade County mayor Alex Penelas spoke at the NAACP’s national convention in Miami Beach and apologized for protests of Nelson Mandela during his June 1990 visit to Miami.  Why did these protests occur? Maybe it had something to do with the former South African president’s affection for mass murderers. Sentenced to life imprisonment in June 1964 for armed resistance to the apartheid regime, Mandela was released in February 1990.  In May he visited Libyan...
  • [Why the U.S. is] Discarding War's Rules

    07/22/2003 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 33 replies · 225+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 07.22.03 | Daniel Pipes
    [Why the U.S. is] Discarding War's Rulesby Daniel PipesNew York PostJuly 22, 2003 German version of this item "Since the events of 9/11," observes Lee Harris, America's reigning philosopher of 9/11, "the policy debate in the United States has been primarily focused on a set of problems - radical Islam and the War on Terrorism, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein in Iraq."We sense that these three problems are related, Harris notes in an article at, but we can't quite figure out how. He proposes a...
  • Saddam's sons killed in US raid

    07/22/2003 4:35:58 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 23 replies · 180+ views
    Saddam's sons killed in US raid MOSUL -- The two sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay, were killed in a massive US military raid in northern Iraq on Tuesday, the US military said. Qusay (left), touted as Saddam's intended successor, and elder brother Uday, 'barricaded themselves in the house' and 'resisted fiercely' before they were killed in the US raid. -- AFP They were killed in a raid on a building in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, US Army Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of US-led ground forces in Iraq, said at a news conference in Baghdad. He...
  • Why Male Leaders Cannot Have a Female Secretary? (China)

    07/21/2003 8:33:05 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 13 replies · 233+ views
    Why Male Leaders Cannot Have a Female Secretary? Sichuan Province in southwest China has recently formulated a new regulation forbidding male leaders to employ female secretaries, which has sparked heated discussions in various newspapers. An article in Nanfang Metropolitan Daily says the new regulation has significant meaning and can be taken as a reference by other local governments. The author of the article believes there are a few disadvantages of male leaders and female secretaries working together. In today's China, quite a few corruption cases are blamed to have been connected with female secretaries who've won the favour of...
  • Post-Sept. 11 security laws have colleges scrambling

    07/21/2003 8:26:46 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 28 replies · 252+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.21.03
    Post-Sept. 11 security laws have colleges scramblingTOUGHER REGULATIONS: American college officials are struggling with a system they say is flawed to register all foreign students with the federal authorities by Aug. 1APMonday, Jul 21, 2003,Page 7 US college officials are struggling to meet an Aug. 1 deadline to register all foreign students with federal authorities under post-Sept. 11 security laws, but they complain many innocent foreigners could be denied an American education or even be deported due to computer glitches in the registration system. Campus offices that deal with foreign students are cutting back day-to-day services and working 14-hour days,...
  • `Arrogant behavior' comes back to haunt US

    07/20/2003 10:48:58 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 9 replies · 254+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.21.03
    `Arrogant behavior' comes back to haunt USAfter thumbing its nose at the UN, the Bush administration is finding it hard to enlist international support now that it needs help in stabilizing IraqDPAMonday, Jul 21, 2003,Page 9 US President George W. Bush's determination to act on Iraq without broad international support may be returning to haunt him as the US military struggles to secure and stabilize the country, and few nations appear willing to help out. India last week rejected a US appeal for 17,000 troops, and key allies like France and Germany say they won't send troops without backing from...
  • Refusing China's visa demands

    07/20/2003 10:07:03 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.20.03
    Refusing China's visa demandsSunday, Jul 20, 2003,Page 8 In a surprising but encouraging turn of events, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday that it will not accept the demand of Beijing to exclude the designation of "Taiwan" as the birthplace on the passports of any of its passport holders and to use the designation "China." The announcement came as a surprise because Beijing said that Canada will follow China in this regard, a fact which was confirmed by a spokesperson of the Canadian Passport Office only last week. What prompted this sudden and abrupt change of attitude...
  • Americans rethink death penalty

    07/20/2003 10:05:09 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 18 replies · 310+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.20.03
    Americans rethink death penaltyJuries are far more fearful of putting an innocent person to death, and prosecutors are being more carefulREUTERSSunday, Jul 20, 2003,Page 9 ILLUSTRATION: YU SHA In the midst of a noisy debate over capital punishment in the US, a quiet change may have occurred -- the number of new death penalty sentences being imposed each year has dropped by nearly half. Juries, perhaps fearful of putting an innocent person to death, are looking more closely at life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors heedful of the cost death penalty trials entail and the minefield...
  • China: US Dreams of Asian NATO

    07/17/2003 10:30:38 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 5 replies · 118+ views
    China: US Dreams of Asian NATO   With the United States stepping up its largest military strategic redeployment since World War II, the voices in that country backing the establishment of an Asian version of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) became recently particularly loud. Under the Pentagon's military programme, the United States is preparing major shifts in the deployment of its forces in the Asia-Pacific region, including the movement of US marines from bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa to Australia, and the use of new basing facilities in Singapore and the Philippines. Washington also plans to withdraw...
  • 23 Dengue Fever Cases Reported in S. China Province

    07/17/2003 10:26:55 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 15 replies · 204+ views
    23 Dengue Fever Cases Reported in S. China Province South China's Guangdong Province had reported 23 cases of dengue fever by July 16, according to sources with the Guangdong Provincial Health Department. All of the cases were reported in Guangzhou, capital of the province. The main symptoms of dengue fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, are high fever, muscle pain and headache. Local government and health departments have adopted a series of measures to eliminate Aedes mosquito breeding grounds and publicize methods for preventing the disease from spreading in the region. Questions?Comments? Click here

    07/17/2003 4:06:29 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 14 replies · 225+ views
    American Foreign Policy Council | 07.17.03 | Editor: Al Santoli
    China Reform Monitor No. 503, July 17, 2003American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, DC Editor: Al Santoli BEIJING FEARS SPREAD OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT;ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY: CHINA'S BID FOR REGIONAL DIPLOMACY July 15: Recent mass street demonstrations in Hong Kong demanding democratic elections and the temporary withdrawal of a stringent internal security bill have put China's leaders on the defensive, reports the Washington Post. With the rigid Chinese political system straining to contain rising discontent across the nation, communist leaders are worried that activists will use Hong Kong as a base to undermine their monopoly on power. "What they fear is...
  • Australia 'could face nuclear strike'

    07/17/2003 7:38:40 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 40 replies · 242+ views
    North Korea: threatening 'We have the right to strike Australia'15jul03AUSTRALIA could face a nuclear attack from North Korea if it got involved in an international force to stop ships carrying weapons of mass destruction, an unofficial spokesman for the North Korean government has warned. Australia has agreed to take part in maritime exercises which may lead to the establishment of an international operation to stop the weapons trade by counties such as North Korea. Kim Myong-Chol from the Centre for Korean-American Peace last night said if North Korean ships were stopped at sea, North Korea could turn its nuclear...
  • Church votes to allow gay priests

    07/17/2003 7:35:37 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 24 replies · 143+ views
    The Age ^ | 07.17.03
    Church votes to allow gay priestsJuly 17 2003 The Uniting Church today voted to allow practising homosexuals to be ordained as priests. The vote followed two days of heated debate at a Uniting Church national assembly in Melbourne. A conservative group within the church had warned it faced a mass exodus if the vote favoured ordaining homosexual priests. The vote effectively allows individual presbyteries to decide ordinations on a case-by-case base. Discussion was adjourned yesterday after an impassioned debate failed to end in consensus. ");document.write("    advertisement "); } } // --> The Uniting Church, which was formed in 1977...
  • How far would Howard go on N Korea?

    07/17/2003 7:32:47 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 2+ views
    The Age ^ | 07.16.03
    How far would Howard go on N Korea?July 16 2003 The Prime Minister's rhetoric has been all over the place. The crisis calls for a bit of straight talking, writes Michelle Grattan. Before we get too much further into the North Korean crisis there's an important question John Howard should answer. If the American hawks pushed the Administration into a provocative policy to get regime change, would Australia support that?This has a familiar ring, after the Iraq debate; even so, to raise the regime change issue might also seem a little fanciful. Aren't we just about trying to (1) stop...
  • Hong Kong has long fight ahead

    07/16/2003 7:29:53 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 7 replies · 179+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.17.03 | Wang Chien-chuang
    Hong Kong has long fight ahead By Wang Chien-chuang Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003,Page 8 The National Security Law was promulgated and put into effect in early July 1987. Hong Kong also planned to enact national security regulations this month. Although the KMT and the Communist Party have been fighting each other, they are like twins in some way, worrying about secession or treason all day long. They therefore feel they have to enact a law in the name of national security to intimidate people. Otherwise, they find it hard to sleep at night. Initially, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government was...
  • 'One country, two systems' under fire

    07/16/2003 6:06:23 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 17 replies · 160+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 07.17.03 | Antoaneta Bezlova
    'One country, two systems' under fireBy Antoaneta Bezlova BEIJING - Beijing is trying to ease tensions in Hong Kong, where mass protests against a national-security bill have turned into big rallies for democratic change - and now threaten to derail China's long-term goal of reunification with Taiwan. This threat stems from the fact that the discontent in Hong Kong, six years after its handover to China, is exposing the faults of the "one country, two systems" formula of the territory's autonomous rule. The Hong Kong experiment with "one country, two systems" is being closely watched in Taiwan, the island China...
  • Hong Kong crisis fuels anti-China feeling in Taiwan

    07/14/2003 7:01:51 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 3 replies · 9+ views
    Muzi News ^ | 07.13.03
    Hong Kong crisis fuels anti-China feeling in Taiwan   LatelineNews: 2003-7-12] TAIPEI - Taiwan politicians are hardening their stance on China ahead of presidential elections next year as the controversy over an anti-subversion bill in nearby Hong Kong fuels anti-Beijing sentiment. In theory, growing distrust of Taiwan's political and military foe China plays into the hands of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party as officially it advocates independence from the mainland. But the allied opposition camp -- the Nationalist and People First parties which both support eventual reunification -- has also condemned Beijing over the Hong Kong crisis to gain sympathy...
  • Beijing-run newspaper attacks Hong Kong protesters

    07/14/2003 6:53:47 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 13 replies · 92+ views
    Muzi News ^ | 07.14.03
    Beijing-run newspaper attacks Hong Kong protesters   LatelineNews: 2003-7-14] Beijing - A top Chinese state-run newspaper launched a strong attack on the recent string of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong, terming them a "vehicle for subverting the political system". It said pro-democracy campaigners had hijacked the protests and were using Hong Kong people for their own political purposes. "Through their cunning arrangement, the 'trilogy' has turned into a vehicle for subverting the political system in Hong Kong," the paper said in an opinion piece that is the strongest criticism yet of the protests. It was referring to three demonstrations over...
  • Liberian militia demand payment

    07/14/2003 6:40:46 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 1 replies · 50+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.14.03
    Liberian militia demand paymentAPMonday, Jul 14, 2003,Page 7 Ex-combatants claiming they have been poorly treated and not paid protest outside the US embassy in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Friday.PHOTO: AP "Jimmyboy" fought for warlord-turned-President Charles Taylor for 14 years, first as a teenage rebel, and later in his elite Anti-Terrorist Unit. Now the 28-year-old wants to lay down his automatic rifle, but not before he receives -- or takes -- a "reward of service." Taylor pledged last month to resign on condition peacekeepers are deployed. As a result, the feared and loathed militias that have been key to his...
  • China claims condom record

    07/13/2003 11:15:14 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 26 replies · 116+ views
    Asia CNN ^ | 07.12.03
    <p>A bright yellow condom covered the facade of a 20-storey, phallic-shaped hotel in the southern Chinese city of Guilin to mark U.N. World Population Day in the most populous nation on the globe.</p> <p>"Our hotel is very round," said the manager of the three-star Fragrant River Hotel on Saturday, who declined to give her name.</p>
  • Pope says EU needs Christian base

    07/13/2003 11:07:58 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 28 replies · 113+ views
    Asia CNN ^ | 07.13.03
    <p>Faithful wave to the pope at the end of his prayer on Sunday.</p> <p>CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy -- Pope John Paul has urged European leaders to think hard about Europe's Christian roots as it adopts a constitution for the enlarged EU.</p>
  • Russia denies cool on Saddam hunt

    07/13/2003 11:02:20 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 8 replies · 133+ views
    Asia CNN ^ | 07.13.03
    <p>Vershbow was quoted as saying the U.S. wanted more information from Moscow on Saddam's whereabouts.</p> <p>MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- Russia protested Sunday over suggestions by the U.S. ambassador to Moscow that it was not cooperating in the hunt for Saddam Hussein in the second day of a frosty standoff over Iraq between the Cold War-era rivals.</p>
  • Taiwan rebuffs China's 'one country, two systems' offer

    07/13/2003 10:19:19 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 4 replies · 90+ views
    Taiwan rebuffs China's 'one country, two systems' offer TAIPEI -- A top Taiwan official on Sunday rejected Beijing's hopes of reunifying the island under the same arrangements it has with Hong Kong, saying the former colony's crisis over anti-subversion laws showed the it wouldn't work.Hong Kong's relationship with China is governed by the 'one country, two systems' principle that allows it to maintain its open-market way of life for 50 years after the handover of sovereignty in July 1997. Taiwan Foreign Minister Eugene Chien, however, said a similar arrangement would not work for Taiwan. 'Following Hong Kong's handover in...
  • Tibet Through Chinese Eyes

    07/13/2003 7:02:15 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 30 replies · 1,373+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 02/99 | Peter Hessler
    Many Chinese working in Tibet regard themselves as idealistic missionaries of progress, rejecting the Western idea of them as agents of cultural imperialism. In truth, they are inescapably both by Peter Hessler   OLITICAL views on Tibet tend to be as unambiguous as the hard blue dome of sky that stretches above its mountains. In Western opinion, the "Tibet question" is settled: Tibet should not be part of China; before being forcibly annexed, in 1951, it was an independent country. The Chinese are cruel occupiers who are seeking to destroy the traditional culture of Tibet. The Dalai Lama, the...
  • Give Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz the boot

    07/13/2003 6:52:12 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 30 replies · 318+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 07.11.03 | H.D.S. Greenway
    <p>ECRETARY OF Defense Donald Rumsfeld stands at the head of the table. He has outmaneuvered all his Cabinet rivals and taken over many of the functions that used to belong to the State Department, the CIA, even the Justice Department. He dominates the Cabinet as no secretary of defense has done since Robert McNamara. He is also articulate, refreshingly if undiplomatically blunt, with a no-nonsense approach that is at times both witty and exactly to the point.</p>
  • Ignore China's huffing and puffing

    07/13/2003 6:45:25 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 3 replies · 79+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.12.03 | Liberty Times
    Ignore China's huffing and puffingBy the Liberty Times editorialSunday, Jul 13, 2003,Page 8 In addition to the economic stimulus bills, a major controversy in the Legislative Yuan's extraordinary session was the proposed national referendum bill. Referendums are a demonstration of civic power, and the direct exercise and expression of that power can supplement the shortcomings of the legislature. In any given mature democracy, only the substantive contents of referendums can possibly become the focus of controversies. The right of citizens to vote in referendums shouldn't incite disputes. While Taiwan has left behind the shadow of former authoritarian rule and implemented...
  • Spy vs spy

    07/13/2003 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 4 replies · 261+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 07.12.03 | Marc Erikson
    Spy vs spyBy Marc Erikson During the 1974 US Senate Watergate hearings that led to the resignation of president Richard Nixon, Tennessee Republican senator Howard Baker (later, the US ambassador to Japan) famously asked witnesses time and again, "What did the president know, and when did he know it?" Will another senator soon be asking what President George W Bush and top officials of his administration knew (and when) about Iraq's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)? I doubt it. The Bush administration has now conceded that one key intelligence element to justify war on Iraq, alleged uranium purchases...
  • India: The games the Pentagon plays

    07/12/2003 4:35:19 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 8 replies · 148+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 07.12.03 | Sultan Shahin
    India: The games the Pentagon playsBy Sultan Shahin NEW DELHI - An acknowledged master of psyops, the Pentagon has succeeded in conveying to India its very low opinion of the Indian army without allowing a public uproar to build up. The method it used was leaking to sections of the media bit by palatable bit a classified US government report highly damning to the Indian defense services and their policymakers. In the first leak in early April, one United States officer was quoted as saying, "We want a friend in 2020 that will be capable of assisting the US militarily...
  • House Votes to Let Bush Administration Proceed With Revised Rules on Overtime

    07/11/2003 8:05:17 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 12 replies · 163+ views
    Fox News ^ | 07.10.03
    <p>WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to let the Bush administration (search) move ahead with proposed rules that could stop at least 644,000 white-collar workers from receiving overtime pay, heeding a White House veto threat and taking the side of business in its battle against unions.</p>
  • Wal-Mart's Sam's Club Ready for Debut in Beijing

    07/11/2003 5:46:03 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 7 replies · 144+ views
    Wal-Mart's Sam's Club Ready for Debut in Beijing The members-only warehouse Sam's Club, part of the United States retail chain Wal-Mart, is to open with a grand ceremony in Beijing today. The city's first Sam's Club is in Shijingshan District by the West Fifth Ring Road. It has a business area of 18,000 square metres. The store offers 4,000 kinds of commodities, and it costs 150 yuan (US$18) to join. Many insiders have adopted a wait-and-see attitude to the new shop and have questioned whether the world retailing giant can prove that the membership system will do well in Beijing....
  • A Brief History of the US-Korea Relations Prior to 1945

    07/10/2003 5:15:59 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 6 replies · 16,363+ views
    Korea Web Weekly ^ | Kim Young-Sik, Ph.D.
      A Brief History of the US-Korea Relations Prior to 1945 Kim Young-Sik, Ph.D.A paper presented at the University of Oregon, sponsored by ‘MeetKorea in Eugene’May 15, 2003   Abstract This paper chronicles some of the major events that have shaped the US-Korea relations.  Even though Korea is well known for the Korean War (1950-53) and the "axis of evil" designation, most Americans know little about the US-Korea relations prior to the Korean War.  This paper begins with a brief history of Korea, including the story of the first white-man, the first Korean Christians, the first Americans in Korea, and the...
  • In Korea, a quiet US weapons buildup

    07/10/2003 5:06:02 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 13 replies · 40+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 07.01.03 | Robert Marquand
    In Korea, a quiet US weapons buildup   The US is now sending $11 billion in high-tech equipment - part of a redesign of the South's defense.   By Robert Marquand | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor  TOKYO AND HONOLULU – As the US prepares to reduce and redeploy troops that have long guarded the DMZ in South Korea, it is also sending a huge array of state-of-the-art military equipment onto a peninsula confronting a nuclear crisis. Along with a new Pentagon study of tactical nuclear weapons that would penetrate the deep tunnels and entrenched artillery positions...
  • World Research Institutes Rank Hong Kong World's Freest Economy

    07/10/2003 4:58:16 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 15 replies · 356+ views
    World Research Institutes Rank Hong Kong World's Freest Economy Hong Kong is once again ranked as the freest economy in the world, according to the "Economic Freedom of the World, 2003 Annual Report", published by the Cato Institute of the United States in conjunction with the Fraser Institute of Canada and some 50 other research institutes around the world. Hong Kong has been in the first place in each report since the index of economic freedom was first published in 1996. Apart from winning the first place in economic freedom, Hong Kong also ranks first in size of government,...
  • Scholars, or Trouble Makers? (China slams US Scholars)

    07/10/2003 4:54:47 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 4 replies · 97+ views
    Scholars, or Trouble Makers? (China slams US Scholars)  This seems having become a law-when Sino-US relations pick up and undergo smooth development, a bunch of anti-China forces in the United States would jump out and make some noises. Now, when the relations between the two countries are entering a period of steady development, a few US "scholars" began to write articles of negative influence on Sino-US relations. Regrettably, as one reads these articles carefully, one finds the expositions there do not tally with their scholarly identity: these articles lack a realistic approach, instead, they are full of insidious words designed...
  • Hong Kong sees huge night-time public protests (Citizens Demand "Full Democracy"

    07/10/2003 4:47:18 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 34 replies · 514+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.10.03
    Hong Kong sees huge night-time public protests ARTICLE 23: As the vote on the controversial anti-subversion bill was delayed after public opposition, the SAR's chief executive's future was looking gloomyAPThursday, Jul 10, 2003,Page 1 Thousands of demonstrators gather outside the legislative chambers in Hong Kong yesterday to protest an anti-subversion bill, which critics call a threat to Hong Kong's freedoms of speech, press and assembly.PHOTO: AP Thousands of pro-democracy activists gathered outside the legislature yesterday night, voicing disapproval of Hong Kong's leader and his handling of an anti-subversion bill that has been delayed by a huge public outcry. Chief Executive Tung...
  • US twists Taiwan's arm on official trips

    07/10/2003 4:43:45 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 44+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.10.03
    US twists Taiwan's arm on official tripsTRADE: Washington has suspended all trips by high-ranking trade officials in an attempt to stop what it sees as Taiwan's foot-dragging on three key issuesBy Monique ChuSTAFF REPORTERThursday, Jul 10, 2003,Page 1 Officials yesterday confirmed that the US has temporarily suspended visits of high-ranking US trade officials in view of what Washington saw as foot-dragging on three thorny trade issues. A government insider told the Taipei Times under condition of anonymity: "It's true that the US assistant secretary of commerce and officials above that level have suspended their visits to Taiwan." The official was...
  • Article 23: The market has spoken

    07/09/2003 5:13:52 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 5 replies · 60+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 07.10.03 | Alan Fung
    Article 23: The market has spokenBy Alan Fung HONG KONG - Hong Kong's stock market has illustrated the prudence of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's decision to postpone an attempt to enact a controversial bill. Having been downcast for a long time, the economy of Hong Kong is finally showing a ray of hope. On Monday, the Hang Seng Index (HSI), the indicator of the Hong Kong stock market, closed 2.65 percent higher, gaining 255.59 points to close at 9,892.40. Politics in this former British colony is usually unexciting. The situation changed remarkably after half a million of people attended a...
  • Hong Kong's July 1 protest sends a clear message to China: the territory's people want democracy

    07/09/2003 5:06:11 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 4 replies · 68+ views
    Time / Asia ^ | 07.07.03 | Liam Fitzpatrick
    The Long March Hong Kong's July 1 protest sends a clear message to China: the territory's people want democracy By Liam Fitzpatrick | Hong Kong WEI LENG TAY FOR TIME Protest: Veteran activist "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung at Hong Kong's July 1 demonstration Posted Monday, July 7, 2003; 21:00 HKTUsing a specific issue as pretext for a general protest is a classic Chinese political tactic. The Cultural Revolution got its ominous kick start in a bad review of a play about a reformist Ming-dynasty official. The 1989 protests that culminated with the Tiananmen massacre began with what was ostensibly...
  • Castro Meets China's Senior Party Official in Havana

    07/08/2003 8:44:18 PM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 5 replies · 273+ views
    People Daily ^ | 07.08.03
    Castro Meets China's Senior Party Official in Havana. Castro meets Li Changchun China's new central leadership is willing to work together with the Cuban side to enhance bilateral friendly cooperation in the political, economic, international and multilateral sectors to push forward the Sino-Cuban friendly ties and usher in a bright future, a senior Chinese party leader said in Havana Monday. Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who is here on an official good-will visit, made the remarks in a meeting Monday with Fidel Castro, Cuba's...
  • Hong Kong can teach us a lesson

    07/08/2003 8:27:02 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 7 replies · 39+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.09.03 | Trong Chai
    Hong Kong can teach us a lessonBy Trong Chai Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003,Page 8 The popular protest against Article 23 of Hong Kong's Basic Law shows us, with abundant clarity, that even though China promised that Hong Kong would not change for 50 years following its return to China, it is, to our surprise, changing already after a mere six years. In the end, the "one country, two systems" unification strategy has not stood the test of time. Having observed China's promises proving to be empty so soon, I call for all unificationists harboring the "one country, two systems" illusion...
  • Beware China's financial talons

    07/08/2003 8:24:14 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 4 replies · 89+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.09.03
    Beware China's financial talonsTuesday, Jul 08, 2003,Page 8 Taiwan has always viewed foreign capital with both trepidation and expectation. In his speech at a seminar on financial reform yesterday, President Chen Shui-bian (&#38515;&#27700;&#25153;) said the government plans to ease the limits on foreign investment in the country's stock market soon. This demonstrates the government's new thinking on foreign investment -- a view in which economic development overrides the emphasis on financial security that has prevailed since the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Taiwan has scored considerable achievements in financial liberalization and internationalization, but there are also blind spots. In concrete terms,...