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21 Century Wire - 2020-02-16 - Original post - cached version

Our weekly documentary film curated by he editorial team at 21WIRE.

“In March 2011, an earthquake hit Japan, setting off a tsunami that caused an accident at the Daiichi nuclear power station in Fukushima prefecture. Radioactive contamination settled on the surrounding area, and the...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-11 - Original post - cached version


Contemporary artist Macky Bongabong poses with his artwork featuring President Rodrigo Duterte at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City (Credit: Office of the President)

Andre Vltchek
21st Century Wire

Now what? President Rodrigo Duterte of the...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-08 - Original post - cached version


As of Friday, there are now an additional 3,000 new cases of the Coronavirus in China, confirmed by officials in the country’s Hubei province. This brings the total number affected by the disease to just over 34,000, including some 724 fatalities.

On Friday, an additional 81 deaths...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-08 - Original post - cached version


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his intention to terminate his country’s ‘visiting forces agreement’ with the United States.

Duterte is said to be threatening to end the 1999 agreement after the US government cancelled a visitor’s visa for...

21 Century Wire - 2020-01-28 - Original post - cached version


My Lai: the old tree that survived, while the village and people around it did not (Photo: Andre Vltchek © 2020)

Andre Vltchek
21st Century Wire

My Lai. My Son… This story is short, but it is telling. And I have travelled far, in order to bring it to my readers.

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Land Destroyer - 2020-01-28 - Original post - cached version
January 29, 2020 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - US State Department-funded and directed Voice of America recently noted that its networks in the Southeast Asian country of Cambodia are reorganising, though no in such straightforward terms.

VOA's article, "Journalists Form A New Press Association, Plan...

The Duran - 2020-01-24 - Original post - cached version

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During a parliamentary debate on January 22nd, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that 2019 had seen Russian-Japanese cooperative relations reach an “unprecedented” depth. He alluded to the...

Land Destroyer - 2020-01-23 - Original post - cached version
January 23, 2020 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Thailand's opposition is openly backed by powerful foreign interests, particularly those in Washington. As the opposition attempts to secure power and help serve as a vector for Western special interests, the spectre of a Western-sponsored "colour revolution...
Land Destroyer - 2020-01-22 - Original post - cached version
January 22, 2020 (Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - A cornered animal is a dangerous animal. For the elite in Washington, with the terminal decline of their "American Century" and the global empire it built during it, they find themselves in a most unaccommodating corner and thus have become increasingly...
21 Century Wire - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version


GOVERNMENT GRIDLOCK: A picture is worth a thousand words (Photo: Andre Vltchek 2020©)

Andre Vltchek
21st Century Wire

I am not sure when and how it happened, or even what precisely took place, but suddenly, nothing feels the same, and nothing feels right in Malaysia....

Pass Blue - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy of Vietnam, speaking to media on Jan. 2, 2020, as his country assumes the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in its first month as an elected member. In the Council, it plans to ally with another current Southeast Asian member, Indonesia.

With tensions...

Land Destroyer - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version
January 7, 2020 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - At face value, the Financial Times' article, "Laos’s Belt and Road project sparks questions over China ambitions," reads like a politically-motivated attack on infrastructure development in Asia. Because it is.

The article's subheading, "High-speed train...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-29 - Original post - cached version

The female ice-hockey team of South Koreans and others of Korean descent, before North Koreans joined the team. It didn’t win a single game in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but that didn’t matter. PHOTO BY SUSIE JO

“A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History,”...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, in her office in the Secretariat building, New York, December 2019. DiCarlo, who is from Rhode Island in the United States, is the first person to lead the new department. JOE PENNEY

This year was a...

Land Destroyer - 2019-12-14 - Original post - cached version
Why is the US talking "democracy, human rights and justice" with an opposition who lost recent elections, abuses human rights and works daily to undermine and evade justice?

November 2, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Time was precious at the 35th ASEAN Summit. Leaders from across Southeast Asia...

Land Destroyer - 2019-12-08 - Original post - cached version
December 8, 2019 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - At first glance the human rights and environmental issues surrounding a proposed dam seem like serious objections to their construction. In some cases they may be.

In other cases - these concerns are manufactured, promoted, and cynically exploited by...

21 Century Wire - 2019-12-07 - Original post - cached version


“A date which will live in infamy.” Indeed, today marks the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which opened the door for the United States to enter World War II. urn on your TV and you will see military mavens rambling on, pontificating about ‘the defense of the...

Land Destroyer - 2019-12-06 - Original post - cached version
December 6, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The nations of Southeast Asia have united in efforts to prevent a US-backed coup aimed at fellow-Southeast Asian state Cambodia.

Through a combination of travel bans and detentions across the region in late October and early November, Southeast Asia may...

Land Destroyer - 2019-11-21 - Original post - cached version
November 21, 2019 (Tony Cartlaucci - NEO) - The New York Times has once again exposed itself as an organ of US special interests operating under the guise of journalism - contributing to Wall Street and Washington's ongoing and escalating hybrid war with China with a particularly underhanded piece...
Land Destroyer - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version
November 17, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Beginning in 2011, the Kingdom of Thailand began replacing aging US helicopters not with newer US-built models, but with Russian and Italian systems instead.

This includes Russian Mi-17 medium twin-turbine transport helicopters and several...

Land Destroyer - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version
November 11, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Documents have surfaced exposing US corporate lobbying behind one of Thailand's supposed "pro-democracy" opposition parties, Future Forward Party (FFP).

Future Forward, headed by union-busting nepotist billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, was...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version

The 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit opening ceremony, Nov. 3, 2019. To help Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar and rebuild their lives, the author of this essay urges Asean leaders to work more heartedly on gaining trust among the affected parties. 

At the 33d...

Land Destroyer - 2019-11-03 - Original post - cached version
November 3, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Under Thailand's new government, efforts to ban toxic pesticides and herbicides including those made by US agricultural giant Monsanto were first accelerated, and have now finally succeeded. Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin...
Land Destroyer - 2019-10-31 - Original post - cached version
October 31, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Thailand's opposition faces sedition charges after conducting a seminar in Thailand's troubled deep south where they recommended amending the Thai constitution and paving way for the nation's territorial division.

Thailand's English language newspaper...

Land Destroyer - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version
October 24, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Despite the chaos created across Hong Kong, the vast majority of the region's inhabitants do not support the growing violence nor do they benefit from it in any way.

As is typical in other regions of the world the US is meddling, a lack of local support...

Land Destroyer - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version
October 21, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) -  It is interesting to note where the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore sits amid the shifting poles of global power between East and West.

Once a British colony, the tiny island nation has since served as a barometer indicating the ebb and flow of...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-18 - Original post - cached version

On the back of Brexit, there are fears in the UK that a trade deal will be struck with Washington which will effectively lower food and environmental standards to those of the US. At the same time, it seems that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is being resurrected and could...

Land Destroyer - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version
October 17, 2019 (Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - Huawei's flagship smartphone, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, launched without Google products being available on it due to US restrictions against Chinese companies (and specifically against Huawei itself).

Contrary to what many have speculated, Huawei has...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, speaking on Oct. 15, 2019, about China, Syria/Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and other current US foreign policy points. Moderating is William Burns of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK

Hillary Clinton...

21 Century Wire - 2019-10-14 - Original post - cached version


Tony Cartalucci
21st Century Wire

When Twitter Safety announced that it was taking actions against “information operations” directed at Hong Kong – informed observers could have immediately assumed that Twitter was not actually serious about stopping anything of the sort – but...

Land Destroyer - 2019-10-08 - Original post - cached version
October 8, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, despite pressure from Washington, has decided to work with Chinese telecom company Huawei to develop its national 5G communication network. 

The move by Myanmar is just one among many by the entire region to build...

Land Destroyer - 2019-10-04 - Original post - cached version
October 4, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - In yet another sign of waning Western hegemony, the Southeast Asian state of Vietnam has begun the long-overdue process of reclaiming its information space from US tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google. 

Reuters in its article, "Facebook-style...

21 Century Wire - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version


Joseph Thomas
NEO Journal

Just as unfolded in 2014 during the so-called “Umbrella protests” or “Occupy Central” movement, a growing backlash has begun across Hong Kong against US-funded protests that have attempted to disrupt governance and commerce as part of a floundering...

Land Destroyer - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version
September 27, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Just as unfolded in 2014 during the so-called "Umbrella protests" or "Occupy Central" movement, a growing backlash has begun across Hong Kong against US-funded protests that have attempted to disrupt governance and commerce as part of a floundering...
21 Century Wire - 2019-09-21 - Original post - cached version


In the wake of the Saudi Aramco Attack, and even before any data or evidence had been gathered, US President Donald Trump and his bellicose Secretary of State Mike Pompeo immediately blamed Iran, going so far as to call it “an act of war” against Saudi Arabia and the “international economy...

Land Destroyer - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version
September 18, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Recent news of Bangkok signing a 6.5 billion Thai Baht deal with China to procure a naval landing ship (a landing platform dock or LPD) further illustrates growing ties between Beijing and Bangkok in the sphere of military matters.

The Thai Royal Navy'...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

In the past, we have written about the 2020s as a decade when the United States Empire will end. This is based on Alfred McCoy’s predictions (listen to our interview with him on Clearing the FOG). Sociologist and peace scholar John Galtung believes US Empire will fall much faster, losing...

21 Century Wire - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

“If there was a referendum now, the so-called protesters would not win. They would lose. This is an internal issue of China, and it should be treated as such. A continuation of the 2014 events. What changed this time is that the protesters are opting for extreme violence now. People of Hong Kong...

21 Century Wire - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version


Tony Caralucci
21st Century Wire

The US continues to deny any involvement in ongoing unrest in China’s special administrative region of Hong Kong. However, even a casual look at US headlines or comments made by US officials and policymakers – makes it clear the unrest not only...

21 Century Wire - 2019-09-08 - Original post - cached version

Our weekly documentary film, curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

As Gordon Gecko famously said, “greed is good,” an indelible line from the 1980s cinema classic, Wall Street, where insider trading and junk bonds were the path to untold returns. This documentary depicts another Wall...

Land Destroyer - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version
September 7, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The Western media has begun complaining about Southeast Asia's collective decision to move forward with 5G network technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei despite US demands that nations ban all Huawei products.

These demands are predicated on...

21 Century Wire - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

In the last six months months, China has been re-positioned ahead of Russia by Washington as America’s supposed top existential and geopolitical adversary. What sort of risks does this new unofficial war pose to America’s economy? 

SUNDAY WIRE radio host Patrick Henningsen talks with...

Land Destroyer - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version
August 25, 2019 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Claims that Western interests are driving unrest in Hong Kong to undermine China have been decried across the Western media as "fake news," "disinformation," and even grounds for censorship from platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Yet a look at the...

21 Century Wire - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version


The irony is almost too much to bear now. 

This week, Silicon Valley giant YouTube has taken a string out of China’s bow by deplatforming some 210 channels for posting content criticizing the recent Hong Kong protests, claiming that channels were somehow “sowing political discord”...

21 Century Wire - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version


DHAKA – An attempt to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in Bangladesh stalled on Thursday after nearly 300 refugee families refused to go back to Myanmar. A similar effort almost a year ago also failed amid protests.

Last week, the two states said...

21 Century Wire - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

India is now set to join a very exclusive international club, hoping to become the fourth country to successfully land in the Moon, behind the US, Russia (USSR), and China.

Addressing the world’s media, K Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the new...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

In Parliament on Aug. 6, 2019, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s leader, called the move by Narendra Modi of India to end the special status of Kashmir “racist.” The UN Security Council met on Aug. 16 to debate the crisis.

A familiar refrain often heard when the burgeoning crisis in Kashmir rises to...

Land Destroyer - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version
August 15, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Two Cambodian employees of US government-funded "Radio Free Asia" (RFA) face espionage charges for continuing to work for the foreign information operation even after the Cambodian government ordered it closed.

Qatari state media, Al Jazeera, in their...

Land Destroyer - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version
August 13, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) -  A recent meeting of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened in Bangkok, Thailand and attended by representatives from China, Russia and even the United States, provides us with a clear indicator of how power and influence are...
Pass Blue - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Police in Kashmir confronting protesters in December 2018. The new plan by India to take full control of Jammu and Kashmir will remake the map of the Himalayan border areas. Pakistan is working on bringing the highly disputed action by India into the UN Security Council. CREATIVE COMMONS

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