Archive for April, 2014

People’s Daily Journalists address provocative New York Times report [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, Corporate Media Critique, New York Times lie, South China Sea on April 30, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

People’s Daily Online

April 21, 2014

“On April 15 the New York Times published a report headed “China’s Actions in Hunt for Jet Are Seen as Hurting as much as Helping”. The provocative report suggested that China’s efforts were serving only to distract and delay the search effort; it alleged that in the first week of the search China released satellite photographs that misdirected the search to the wrong area of the South China Sea, then stated that a false signal detected by the Chinese search vessel has wasted further time in the search for the missing plane.

Responding to the report, senior journalists Wen Xian and Ding Xiaosi of the People’s Daily North American office attempted to contact the New York Times…

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.people.com.cn/98649/8604329.html

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Almost half of Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution [Guardian]

Posted in Pollution, USA on April 30, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Suzanne Goldberg

29 April 2014

Nearly half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association (ALA) report released Wednesday…

Full article link: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/30/americans-unhealthy-levels-air-pollution

(c) Guardian News & Media Ltd

The U.S. and Japan are playing with fire in Asia – “Japan remains an American puppet” [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Japan, Obama, Pentagon, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on April 29, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

April 28, 2014

People’s Daily Online

The U.S.-Japan alliance targeted at China has been strengthened during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan.

In a written interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Obama stated that the so-called “Senkakus” have been historically administered by Japan and fall under Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty. “I commend Prime Minister Abe for his efforts to strengthen Japan’s defense forces and to deepen the coordination between our militaries, including by reviewing existing limits on the exercise of collective self-defense.” This is the first time that an incumbent US president has made such statements.

Obama added that US engagement with China “does not and will not be at the expense of Japan or any other ally”. He also requested Japan’s Self-Defense Forces “do more within the framework of our alliance”. Undoubtedly, the US is easing limits on Japan so that it can play a bigger role in constraining China, especially military roles.

A related issue is that Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Minister and about 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the Yasukuni war Shrine just a day before Obama’s visit. As we know, the US had expressed “disappointment” over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni shrine visit last December. The “disappointment” came after condemnations from China and South Korea, which damaged the trilateral relationship between the US, Japan and South Korea.

It is now clear that the American “disappointment” was not prompted by any kind of genuine concern for this Japanese historical revisionism. The danger of this development in US-Japan relations lies in the possiblity of America’s encouragement of Japan’s rightward political shift in an effort to constrain China’s development.

America’s pursuit of its own private interests at the expense of postwar peace is encouraging Japan’s excesses. Is America not concerned about bringing troubles on itself? Of course not. Since the end of World War II, the US has maintained a military occupation of Japan, guaranteeing US control over the country. The incitement of Japanese actions against China is intended to constrain China and at the same time keep Japan in check, thus increasing its reliance on the US.

The US and Japan do have a divergence of views, but not on the Yasukuni Shrine visit nor on the rightward political shift. The issue concerns Japan’s pursuit of independence. The Japanese government lobbied hard to get the White House to agree on an official state visit, but Obama refused to stay at the guesthouse during his visit, which is the standard practice during state visits to Japan. Japan knows that if it does not perform in constraining China, it will gain no prestige with the America. Japan remains an American puppet.

The US and Japan are playing with fire in Asia. But the story is much more complicated, given China’s situation.

When asked if the U.S. would really use military force if the Chinese took action on the Diaoyu Islands. Mr. Obama said that the U.S.-Japan treaty was established before he was born, and is not subject to his interpretation. But he also said it would be a “profound mistake” to see continued escalation around this issue.

These words reflect Obama’s unease. As he said, the interests of the two countries are closely intertwined. China is not only a major power in Asia, but also in the world as a whole.

The US and Japan, both with profound interests in the Asia-Pacific region, will benefit nothing from stirring up trouble here.

The article is edited and translated from 《美日在玩火 且玩且忐忑》, Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition, Author: Ren Weidong

Article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/98649/8611101.html

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See related articles on US, Japan, Diaoyu/Senkakku Islands, and Obama’s 2014 Asian junket:

“Obama criticized for Diaoyu Islands remarks” [China Daily] – http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014-04/24/content_17458824.htm

“China denies U.S.-Japan alliance’s Diaoyu Islands bearing” [Xinhua] – http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-04/23/c_126426236.htm

“Challengers to DPRK Will Never Be Pardoned: CPRK Spokesman” – Park Geun-hye termed ‘despicable prostitute’ [KCNA]

Posted in Anti-communism, DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Lee Myung-bak, Nukes, Obama, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on April 28, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) — The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea released a statement on Sunday assailing U.S. President Obama’s tour of south Korea from April 25 to 26.

The statement said: Due to the tragedy of sinking of a ferry the whole land of south Korea looks like a mourner’s house. Had Obama have even an iota of ethics and morality, he should have postponed or shelved his trip. The American master and his servant staged the farce of insulting, threatening and blackmailing the DPRK during the former’s criminal tour of south Korea utterly indifferent to the sorrow of south Koreans. This was entirely to serve the purpose of collusion and conspiracy in their campaign against the DPRK.

What Park did before Obama this time reminds one of an indiscreet girl who earnestly begs a gangster to beat someone or a capricious whore who asks her fancy man to do harm to other person while providing sex to him.

Through her ugly behavior Park answered with a war the question put by the DPRK if she wants peaceful reunification based on the inter-Korean reconciliation or a war through the confrontation of the social systems, and fully revealed that her policy of “confidence- building process” is just the same policy of confrontation as that pursued by traitor Lee Myung Bak. She, at the same time, declared before the whole world her intention to drive the situation to the worst catastrophe through the confrontation with the DPRK to the last in utter disregard of the north-south relations.

She fully met the demands of her master for aggression, keeping mum about the nukes of the U.S. and desperately finding fault with fellow countrymen in the north over their nukes. She thus laid bare her despicable true colors as a wicked sycophant and traitor, a dirty comfort woman for the U.S. and despicable prostitute selling off the nation.

She visited together with Obama even the “south Korea-U.S. combined forces command” for the first time as a puppet chief executive and went off confrontation hysteria, crying out for “deterrence against the north” and “resolutely countering provocation from it.” She even donned a dress unfit for the atmosphere of the mourner’s house in the wake of the big tragedy and embarrassedly flattered Obama in a bid to please him, sparking off uproar.

The anti-DPRK charade staged by Obama and his servant became a laughing stock of world people as it was nothing but an odd burlesque rare to be found in the world.

The outcome of Obama’s south Korean junket clearly proved that the DPRK was entirely just when it judged and determined that it should counter the U.S., the sworn enemy, by force only, not just talking, and should finally settle accounts with it through an all-out nuclear showdown. This, at the same time, only hardens the will and resolution of the DPRK to keep to the road chosen by it. Park’s true colors and ulterior motive were brought to daylight.

There is no remedy for Park and there is nothing to expect from her as far as the inter-Korean relations are concerned as long as she remains a boss of Chongwadae.

She is steeped in sycophancy and treachery and confrontation with compatriots in the north. Her preoccupation is to realize the dream of confrontation of the social systems.

Genes remain unchanged. Needless to say, her present behavior suggests that her fate will be just the same as that of her father Park Chung Hee who met a miserable death after being forsaken by his master and public while crying out for “unification by prevailing over communism” and “unification by stamping out communism”.

The DPRK will never pardon anyone who dares challenge its dignity, social system and its line of simultaneously developing the two fronts, the statement warned. -0-

KCNA homepage, with English language links: http://www.kcna.kp

NYPD’s Epic Twitter Fail Goes Viral [CRIEnglish]

Posted in Police, Police brutality, Police State, USA on April 28, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

2014-04-24 / Agencies / Web Editor: Jiang

A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour.

The department on Tuesday afternoon (April 22) invited Twitter users to submit pictures of themselves with NYPD cops using the hashtag #mynypd, promising some would be posted to the NYPD Facebook page.

Within hours, a torrent of images depicting police brutality, violence and controversial tactics, most of which occurred under former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, deluged Twitter.

By Wednesday morning (April 23), the #mynypd hashtag had been tweeted more than 94,000 times.

At 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) Wednesday, the #mynypd hashtag was still pinballing through cyberspace at a rate of 3,400 an hour, according to hashtags.org, a Twitter analytics website. At 8 a.m (1200 GMT), the figure had dropped to 2,800 tweets per hour.

The tweets included images of violence from New York’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, pictures of an NYPD officer pointing a gun at a dog, and an officer asleep in a subway car.

Images and tweets also referred to the fatal, controversial New York police shootings of Sean Bell in 1999 and Amadou Diallo in 1999, each of which led to criminal trials in which all the officers were acquitted.

After the campaign appeared to backfire, the department issued a two-sentence statement saying that it was “creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community.”

“Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city,” the statement said.

The current police commissioner, William Bratton, was appointed following the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Kelly was commissioner under de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.

(Text by Reuters TV)

Article link: http://english.cri.cn/6966/2014/04/24/189s823515.htm

Editorial – “The Sewol captain and crew’s astounding irresponsibility ” [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레]

Posted in south Korea on April 28, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Apr. 19,2014

We are gradually figuring out the cause of the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry. Every moment leading up to the terrible accident – from the moment the ship set sail until it went down – seems to have been marked by negligence, complacency, and shirking of responsibility. If anyone had put safety first and followed proper protocol at throughout this process, the tragedy could have been averted. Even though 21 years have passed since the West Sea Ferry accident, in which 292 people lost their lives, the same problems have still not been fixed. This is a sobering realization. Now is the time to find out who was responsible for the tragedy and correct these problems once and for all…

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/633566.html

New York Times attempts to whitewash its role in publishing faked Ukraine photos [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Black propaganda, Corporate Media Critique, New York Times lie, Obama, Russia, State Department, Ukraine, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on April 28, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Alex Lantier
26 April 2014

Yesterday, amid rising anger among New York Times readers over the newspaper’s publication of faked US State Department photos, the Times issued a whitewash of its role by its public editor, Margaret Sullivan, titled “Aftermath of Ukraine Photo Story Shows Need for More Caution.”

The Times’ original piece, “Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia,” used doctored photos to falsely identify armed pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine as Russian soldiers. In one instance, the Times posted photos of two different bearded men, one a protester in Ukraine and the other a Russian fighter in Chechnya, down-sampled to such a low resolution that they appeared to be the same person. In another case, the Times published a photo taken in Ukraine but claimed it was taken in Russia to supposedly prove that the fighters in it were Russian.

Since then, Sullivan admits, “some of those grainy photographs have been discredited.” She continues: “The Times has published a second article backing off from the original and airing questions about what the photographs are said to depict, but hardly addressing how the newspaper may have been misled.”

She adds, “It all feels rather familiar — the rushed publication of something exciting, often based on an executive branch leak. And then, afterward, with a kind of ‘morning after’ feeling, here comes a more sober, less prominently displayed follow-up story, to deal with objections while not clarifying much of anything.”

This acknowledgment of similar cases in the past shows, in fact, that the publication of the faked photos was not due to a momentary lack of “caution,” but to longstanding journalistic methods that discredit the work of the entire newspaper. As Sullivan writes, the Times’ excited rush to publish propaganda lies stove-piped by the US government, followed by moves to bury the issue once the lies are exposed, “all feels rather familiar.”

The Times has served for years as a de facto state propaganda organ, uncritically broadcasting government lies to justify US wars while covering up stories embarrassing to the White House, and using a “public editor” to issue impotent criticisms in the face of popular anger…

Excerpted; full article link: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/26/nytu-a26.html
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See related articles —

“New York Times tries to whitewash publication of faked Ukraine photos” [World Socialist Website] – https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/24/nytu-a24.html

“New York Times propaganda photos on Ukraine exposed” – https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/23/nytu-a23.html

“NYT Retracts Russian-Photo Scoop’ [Consortium News] – http://consortiumnews.com/2014/04/23/nyt-retracts-russian-photo-scoop/

“The New York Times finds Russian spies in eastern Ukraine” [World Socialist Website] – https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/22/time-a22.html