Category Archives: Asia

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

USA,aol: “Natural Disaster Zone”

Seeking the Republican nomination for President.

Sweden, Local: “Comic Abducted By Police”

These days cops do need a laugh.

Germany, Der Spiegel: “Sex-Ed Protests”

We sure need some protests over failure to have hands-on teaching about sex.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Portrait Of An Election”

Painted in gold.

Canada, Gobe & Mail: “Jeb: Knowing What We Now Know”

If you are a Bush, it is better never to know what you know.

Plight Of Rohingya

I realize there are few Americans who give a damn about the Muslim Rohingya who live in the Buddhist nation of Myanmar and are subject to brutality and oppression. Sheldon Adelson is willing to give millions to any politician whose only concern is about Israel, but, unfortunately, there is no Muslim billionaire in America who is willing to give millions to our politicians if they would provide assistance to people who are being brutalized, raped and killed by the religious folk known as Buddhists. Thousands of Rohingya have fled in ships to Muslim nations such as Indonesia or Malaysia only to be told-“get the hell out of our waters and go back to death in Myanmar.” Some are demanding that the Association of Southeastern Nations (ASEAN) should expel Myanmar whose behavior is horrendous. A Muslim leader, Nasruddin, has posed some questions: “Where are the ASEAN nations? Why are they silent?”

Good questions. If Israel did something evil, then Muslim nations are shouting war and violence. If a Buddhist nation does something evil to Muslims, we only hear the silence of indifference.

Death Of Rohingyas

Like many people who believe that social justice is needed for people all over the world, I was thrilled when social justice activists in Myanmar(Burma) fought against the military government which has stifled freedom in that land for over thirty years. It took time, it required leadership, and finally the beginning of freedom of speech and press is having a new birth in Burma. So, what has happened to this movement which argued that people had a fundamental right to be free from oppression for the political or religious rights? As all too often, those who begin the fight to end oppression, wind up in one way or another in imposing a new form of oppression on a different group.

The nation of Burma is mainly composed of those who are Buddhists. The government is run by Buddhists as well as the armed forces. During the past few years, the new government which promised a new era of democracy has launched one violent attack after another that is directed towards a Muslim minority known as the Rohingya. At least 100,000 are now in refugee camps after losing their property to mobs of Buddhists, and hundreds are dead as well as dozens of women being raped. I do not understand how people can struggle to create a democratic society and then turn around and become the oppressor? Latest stories indicate these refugees are now fleeing to Indonesia and Malaysia. Such are the fruits of democracy.

North Korea And Iran

I do understand that members of the Republican party seek to force Iran to halt its nuclear program. After all, the only reason for having atomic bombs is to wipe out the innocent and ever loyal land of Israel. Republicans do admit that as of this moment, the nation of Iran does not possess any atomic weapons, but according to Bibi Netanyahu, the driving force in Iran is to send their non-exzistant atomic bombs headed to Israel. Of course, Israel DOES POSSESS EIGHTY ATOMIC BOMBS, but we all know that peace and non-war are fundamental to the governments of Israel.

I do get confused about the Republican concern about atomic bombs. There is a nation which does have atomic weapons, including missiles which can be fired from submarines, but Republicans have absolutely NO interest in such nations. Kim Jong-un, head of North Korea, has repeatedly boasted that his nation is building atomic weapons and recently made clear they now have in their possession atomic weapons which might reach the shores of America. So, who is the nation feared by Republicans?

Iran which does not have a single atomic weapon and has agreed to UN inspection!

Is there any member of the Republican party who has a single intelligent idea about foreign policy?

Afghanistan Talks Offer Hope

The people of Afghanistan have now endured war and destruction since the 1980s when Russian troops were driven from their land with the aid of the ÇIA and other outside nations. In other words, the people of Afghanistan have known war, war, destruction and violence for over thirty years! They have been killed by Russian soldiers, by Muslim fanatics from other Islamic nations, by the Americans, by the Germans, by the Englishmen, by God knows who else. Pakistanis, Saudi Arabians, Turks, Egyptians, and God knows who else. Perhaps, it is time to sit down and discuss how to end this nonstop horror of death and destruction?

At this moment some Taliban representatives and members of the Afghan government are conducting an “open discussion” or as one terms it, “a research conference” in order to determine if there is a possibility of ending war in their land. REALITY: The end result of these discussions has to be a COMPROMISE. Neither side can WIN. Each side has to give in. There is no perfect solution. But, the people of Afghanistan need a time out from war. Sadly, the women of Afghanistan will wind up as losers of their rights. Sorry, there is no other way to end this madness of death and destruction.

I’m For Kim Jong-un

I am quite aware that many Americans do not like the leader of North Korea. For some reason,this pudgy little guy upsets leaders of the world nor does he please those who pontificate on Fox News. So, how about a few words in defense of our Great Leader, the Wise man of our times?

1. There are no street riots in North Korea.

2. There is no ISIS gang wandering around and killing folks.

3. No one gets beheaded in North Korea. OK, so a few have malnutrition, but no one is obese.

4. No millionaires can buy an election in North Korea.

5. No one has to suffer listening to blond haired idiot women on Fox News.

6. Kim Jong-un loves basketball.

7. People drink tea in North Korea but they do not have to listen to the Tea Party.

8. No black dude from Africa is head of North Korea–just good old yellow skinned leaders.

9. There is no draft of football players, just a draft of any and all young men and women.

10. AND,it is against the law to walk around with a gun in your possession!!

Republicans Confuse Me!

There are moments when it is difficult to understand what drives members of the Republican party. At present, Republicans are offering one nutty idea after another in order to prove they will not allow Iran to develop nuclear power for war. Marco and Rand and mike, and Jeb shout about the fear we Americans must have about Iran securing an atomic bomb. The current plan being negotiated would prevent Iran from getting an atomic bomb for at least ten years. But, for some strange reason, these Republicans never utter a word about nations that POSSESS AN ATOMIC BOMB! For the record:

1. Israel has at least 80 atomic bombs.

2. India and Pakistan have atomic bombs.

3. Saudi Arabia is mumbling about getting an atomic bomb

But worse of all, there is one nation whose leaders hate America and have boasted their desire to destroy it, but no Republican is demanding that country should renounce atomic development. NORTH KOREA HAS THE CAPABILITY TO FIRE AN ATOMIS WARHEAD ACROSS THE OCEAN. So, who do Republicans focus upon–IRAN! I have yet to hear a single Republican demand that North Korea recognize the state of Israel? I think Sheldon Adelson should insist that unless North Korea recognizes Israel, then the only course left to the United States is to launch an atomic war against those barbarians!!

Fallacy Of Drone Wars

The ongoing complaint about President Obama by members of the Republican party is that he is some sort of Neville Chamberlain who wants to appease evil doers. They insist he fails as a war leader because he does not want to take out the bad people. Drone attacks under the administration of President Obama are fifty times more prevalent than under the administration of our prior president, one George Bush. The real criticism of Obama is that he has gone crazy in ordering Drone attacks that have resulted in the death of thousands of bad guys –along with the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The US government has now acknowledged that a drone attack on January 15, 2015 which was directed at a military compound also led to the deaths of two hostages–Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued a statement: “The deaths of Weinstein and Lo Porto in a drone demonstrates the risk and unintended consequences of using this use of technology that Pakistan had been highlighting for a long time.”

Where is the evidence that killing bad guys with drones–along with a lot of innocent people–has in any way or any form resulted in the weakening of terrorist forces??? Drone attacks may result in the death of a bad guy but it also results in making other men desire to obtain revenge. The US government is now proud they have been open about admitting these deaths. Terrorism will only be defeated by another ideology that results in people leaving terrorism.

A Word Never Spoken In Turkey

If for some reason you find yourself in the land of Turkey, a bit of advice. Under no condition ever utter the word, GENOCIDE, if the following word is, Armenian. It is agains the law to speak those two words together. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is rather upset because there are people in the United States and Europe who continue speaking in false terms about —- —-. He believes they are hypocrites because when it comes to genocide, how about actions of American settlers who wiped out thousands of Redskins? As he noted: What about the Redskins? What about European colonialism in Africa? Where are the original Aborgines in Australia? And, so on and so on.

OK, the man does have a point, but the point has absolutely no relevance to the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE. You do not get a pass on genocide because other nations also participated in genocides. The people of Germany has apologized, they have paid reparations and they insist that children in schools learn about the HOLOCAUST! See, the world does not end because apologies are spoken.

And, for the Redskins, they currently are playing football in Washington D.C.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Come In From The Rain”

Some are wet in body and wet in spirit.

Canada,Toronto Star: “Missing Woman Found”

I assume she is no longer a missing woman.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Man Dumped At Psychiatric Center”

I hope his name was Vladimir Putin.

Norway, Norway Post: ‘Nontraditional Families”

These days for some that means a man and a woman.

Egypt, al-ahram: “South Sudan Peace Talks Collapse”

What else, it is in South Sudan?