CNN joins spy plane ride as US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Australia, Black propaganda, Capitalist media double standard, China, China-bashing, Corporate Media Critique, Economic crisis & decline, Encirclement of China, False flag, Media smear campaign, Obama, Pentagon, Philippines, Psychological warfare, South China Sea, State Department, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Vietnam on May 24, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Peter Symonds
23 May 2015

Just days after a CNN news crew joined a P8-A Poseidon surveillance aircraft over a Chinese-administered islet in the South China Sea, it is clear the flight was a calculated provocation aimed at ramping up pressure on China. American officials immediately exploited the reportage to underline Washington’s determination to challenge Chinese territorial claims in these key strategic waters, regardless of the consequences…

Article’s original title: “US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea”

Article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/scse-m23.html

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UK must stop inciting hatred against migrants: UN human rights chief [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-Arab / Antisemitism, Anti-Islam hysteria, Corporate Media Critique, Media smear campaign, U.K. on May 24, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

GENEVA, April 24 (Xinhua) — The United Nations Human Rights chief on Friday urged authorities in Britain, media and regulatory bodies to take steps to curb incitement to hatred, in the wake of a recent article in The Sun newspaper calling migrants “cockroaches.”

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also called on all European countries to take a firmer line on racism and xenophobia which he said often feeds a vicious cycle of vilification, intolerance and politicization of migrants under the guise of freedom of expression.

“This vicious verbal assault on migrants and asylum seekers in the British tabloid press has continued unchallenged under the law for far too long,” he said, adding that while he was an unswerving advocate of freedom of expression, the right was not absolute.

Zeid said the tabloid press was “sapping compassion for the thousands of people fleeing conflict, human rights violations and economic deprivation who are drowning in the Mediterranean.”

“The nasty underbelly of racism may also risk making the crisis even worse, and could sadly result in further massive loss of life,” he added.

Zeid noted that the Sun article was simply one of the more extreme examples of thousands of anti-foreigner articles that have appeared in UK tabloids over the past two decades.

The High Commissioner noted that “while migration and refugee issues are completely valid topics for public debate, it is imperative that migration policy decisions that affect people’s lives and fundamental human rights should be made on the basis of fact — not fiction, exaggeration or blatant xenophobia.”

Earlier this week a British NGO, the Society of Black Lawyers, reported The Sun to Britain’s Metropolitan Police and requested the matter be investigated under the 1986 Public Order Act to see whether the article amounts to incitement to racial hatred.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

Article original title: “Stop inciting hatred against migrants: UN human rights chief”

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-04/24/c_134182685.htm

South Korea: 150,000 rally on May Day to oppose government’s labor reforms [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레]

Posted in Labor strike, May 1, south Korea on May 6, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May.2,2015

On May 1, 125th International Workers’ Day, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) organized the largest ever gathering for the holiday – with around 150,000 people attending – and expressed their opposition to government plans to restructure the labor market.

At 3 pm, about 50,000 members of the KCTU gathered for a demonstration at Seoul Plaza, with the city deploying an estimated 22,000 riot police. The KCTU members urged the government to stop its unilateral restructuring of the labor market that only asks workers to sacrifice without any sacrifices from the business world and called for the minimum wage, which is currently 5,580 won (US$5.17), to be increased to 10,000 won (US$9.26).

“We must move forward more forcefully to ensure basic labor rights for all workers, to prevent the public servants’ pension system from being changed for the worse, to crush fake normalization of public corporations, to get to the bottom of the Sewol tragedy, to repeal the worthless enforcement decree of the special Sewol Law, and to fix the political corruption brought to light by the Sung Wan-jong scandal,” KCTU President Han Sang-gyun said…

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/689507.html

Spotlight: Protests, demonstrations staged across world on May Day [Xinhua]

Posted in Germany, Greece, Italy, May 1, Police, Police brutality, Police State, south Korea, Turkey, USA on May 5, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Kind of police-centric reports – ZS

BEIJING, May 3 (Xinhua) — Many cities around the world were swept by protests and demonstrations on Friday, which marked the International Workers’ Day.

Most events were peaceful protests for workers’ rights and anti-austerity demonstrations. But violent clashes between police and protesters erupted in some cities, where protesters were arrested and stores and cars were vandalized.

Here is a look at some of the May Day rallies across the world:

– Germany…

– United States…

– Greece…

– Italy…

– The Philippines…

– South Korea…

– Turkey…

Full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/03/c_134205470.htm

Turkish police clash with May Day protesters [Xinhua]

Posted in May 1, Turkey on May 2, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

ISTANBUL, May 1 (Xinhua) — Turkish riot police on Friday fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse May Day protesters seeking to march to Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square to mark mass killings of workers there almost 40 years ago.

Istanbul’s security chief Selami Altinok declared that 136 people have been detained.

Turkish police have tightened up security measures in the city from Thursday night to prevent the protesters from gathering in Taksim. More than 20,000 police have been deployed on the ground.

Over 60 anti-riot water cannon vehicles have also been positioned around the main districts. All the roads leading to the square have been cordoned off by the police.

Despite the police lockdown, protesters started to gather in Istanbul’s European side districts of Besiktas and Sisli from early in the morning. The crowds chanted anti-government slogans demanding the resignation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In 1977, 34 workers were killed in May Day celebrations held in the Taksim Square when the police opened fire against the protesters. Since then, Turkey’s workers unions and laborers insisted [sic] to commemorate the killings in Taksim every year.

In June 2013, Taksim Square and neighboring Gezi Park have witnessed massive anti-government movement and protests to express frustrations with the ruling Justice and Development Party. The protests were later ended forcefully by the police.

On Wednesday, an Istanbul court acquitted 26 people charged with helping launch the 2013 protests, saying that there was insufficient evidence to prove them guilty.

However, there are hundreds of others in the country still facing charges of alleged crimes related to the mass protests.

Editor: Song Miou
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This post edited by Zuo Shou

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/01/c_134202567.htm

In New Video, Congressman Explains Why His Fellow Lawmakers Couldn’t Be Trusted with NSA Oversight [The Intercept]

Posted in Bourgeois parliamentary democracy, National Security Agency / NSA, NSA, Obama, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA on May 1, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Lee Fang

4/4/2015

Article link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/03/property-insurance-companies-flooded-dark-money-groups-tied-gop-cash/

China and the US to Co-produce 3D Movie “Journey to the West” [CRIEnglish / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in China, Sweet & Sour Cinema on May 1, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

2015-04-16 Web Editor: Meng

Film makers from China and the United States are aiming to stun the audience with a 3D production “Journey to the West” out of the classic Chinese story of the same tittle.

This was announced at a launch ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday, April 15.

Based on the 1986 TV series “Journey to the West”, the movie will be jointly produced by Paramount Pictures and three Chinese production companies.

According to Ke Liming, Executive Director of Ruyi Films, one of the Chinese co-producers, the film will keep much of the TV scenario with Chinese actors starring the main characters.

Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, Rob Moore, says given the fact that the Monkey King, the hero of the movie, and the story itself are already popular among the audiences around the world, Paramount Pictures will make the movie a sensation with state-of-the-art techniques…

…Liuxiaolingtong, whose real name is Zhang Jinlai, is a household name in China for his starring of the Monkey King. He said at the launch event that the 3D movie will be a perfect blend of oriental art and Western high-technology [sic]. It is also a good opportunity to promote Chinese culture.

The movie will start shooting late this year and be released some time in 2016.

Edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/04/16/4081s874611.htm

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