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Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Win Leads to Formal Investigation of Award [AP /]

Posted in China, Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize, Obama, USA on February 9, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The Nobel Prize itself is inherently debased and/or the Nobel Prize Committee have gone mad. Obomber’s a depraved women-and-children-killing war criminal, and Liu Xiaobo is a documented US/NATO war cheerleader. – Zuo Shou

Feb. 2, 2012

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) Nobel Peace Prize officials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama…

The investigation comes after persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations.

If the Stockholm County Administrative Board, which supervises foundations in Sweden’s capital, finds that prize founder Alfred Nobel’s will is not being honored, it has the authority to suspend award decisions going back three years…

Obama won in 2009, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won in 2010…

…Fredrik Heffermehl, a prominent researcher and critic of the selection process, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that “Nobel called it a prize for the champions of peace.”

“And it’s indisputable that he had in mind the peace movement, i.e. the active development of international law and institutions, a new global order where nations safely can drop national armaments,” he said

Especially after World War II, the prize committee, which is appointed by the Norwegian Parliament, has widened the scope of the prize to include environmental, humanitarian and other efforts, he said.

For example, in 2007 the prize went to climate activist Al Gore and the U.N.’s panel on climate change [sic], and in 2009 the committee cited Obama for “extraordinary efforts” to boost international diplomacy.

“Do you see Obama as a promoter of abolishing the military as a tool of international affairs?” Heffermehl asked rhetorically.

Nobel, a Swedish industrialist and inventor, gave only vague guidelines for the peace prize in his 1895 will, saying it should honor “work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Nobel said the peace prize should be awarded by a Norwegian committee…

…the County Administrative Board decided to send a letter to the Stockholm-based Nobel Foundation, which manages the prize assets, requesting a formal response to the allegations.

“We…want to investigate it,” Wiman said.

“The prize committee must always adjust its rules to today’s society,” he said. “But peace work has to be at the core – it can’t deviate too much from that,” Wiman said.

The peace prize and the Nobel awards in chemistry, physics, medicine, literature and economics are always handed out Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.

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China warns U.S. to stop interfering in internal affairs [Xinhua]

Posted in China, China-bashing, Hillary Clinton, Liu Xiaobo, USA on January 6, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — China on Tuesday urged the U.S. to stop interfering in its internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues.

China is willing to engage in dialogues with the U.S. on human rights issues based on equality and mutual respect, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.

“But we are firmly against the U.S. interfering in our internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues,” Liu said, adding that the U.S. should stop “finger-wagging” over human rights and reflect more on its own human rights problems.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting the fundamental rights of people of all ethnic groups and protecting the religious freedom of its citizens according to the law, and it is obvious to all that China has already made great achievements in human rights protection, Liu said.

Liu’s comments came after the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about issues including human rights and Internet freedom before the Human Rights Day.

Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China, also recently urged Beijing to improve its human rights record, pointing to Liu Xiaobo’s case as an example where China falls short.

China is a legal state that deals with legal cases according to law, and the U.S. has no right to interfere in China’s internal affairs and judicial sovereignty, Liu said.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of the Internet and it regulates the Internet according to the law, Liu added.

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“Ai Weiwei’s Smashing Success at the Art Market” by Yoichi Shimatzu – An exposure of a fraud [The 4th Media]

Posted in Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China, George W. Bush, Iraq, Liu Xiaobo, Shanghai, Turkey, US imperialism, USA on May 2, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

April 15, 2011

At a London auction held October 18, 2008, a three-photo work of Chinese avant garde artist Ai Weiwei was sold for a bid of 49,250 pounds sterling or about a half-million reminbi. The triptych, from a limited edition of eight identical pieces, was formerly owned by the Galerie Urs Meile, which is based in Lucerne and the 798 Art District in Beijing.  Ai Weiwei is a world-renowned artist and dissident, recently arrested on charges of financial irregularities related to his new Shanghai studio, which his supporters claim was prompted by political motives.

The Phillips de Pury auction catalog, describes the photograph series produced in 1995:  "The tripartite documentation of this now-famous act is the perfect illustration of Newton’s three Laws of Motion:  a poker-faced Ai holding the urn (the law of inertia), the urn dropping in midair (the law of resultant force), and the vessel’s fragments at his feet (the law of reciprocal actions)."

The series titled "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" is described by the auctioneer as "a painstakingly deliberate close-up of the split seconds required to permanently transform an artifact that had survived over two thousand years."

“Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn” – “art” as evidence of Ai Weiwei committing a crime

Permanent transformation is a contrived way of saying: the ancient ceramic vessel was smashed deliberately by someone the Tate Modern has hailed as "China’s greatest artist."

The seller added: "While the triptych gained notoriety as an iconoclastic gesture, it encapsulates several broader constants in Ai’s work: the socio-political commentary on the random nature of vectors of power; questions of authenticity and value (vis-à-vis the artist’s comment that the value of ‘Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn’ has today exceeded that of the once-prized urn itself), and the cycle of creative destruction necessary for any culture’s survival and evolution."

The photograph set is something more than the visual record of an artistic gesture.  It is evidence for a criminal investigation under China’s Antiquities Law, which forbids destruction of the nation’s cultural heritage.

If this case is brought to trial – and the Ministry of Culture would be grossly negligent if it fails in its duty – the prosecution would first have to determine the nature of the charge related to urn smashing. Was it an act of vandalism, malicious in intent and senseless in its end result?  Or was it a commercial crime aimed at profiteering from the image of destruction, made possible by the urn’s intrinsic cultural worth and its market value, as described in the catalog?  In short, is Ai Weiwei mainly a vandal or a crook?

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“Detained: Ai Weiwei, Con Artist” by Yoichi Shimatzu [The 4th Media]

Posted in Beijing, Belgium, China, Corruption, CPC, Deng Xiaoping, Diplomat, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Law enforcement, Liu Xiaobo, Mao Zedong, Mao Zedong, Netherlands, Nobel Peace Prize, Police, Shanghai, Syria, Thailand, USA, Western nations' human rights distortions, Zhang Yimou 张艺谋 on April 12, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Lots of essential facts here about Ai Weiwei, stripped of Western propaganda.  This article really slams him, the invective sometimes employed is probably in proportion to Western sources’ knee-jerk sanctification of shady Ai.  -  Zuo Shou 左手

BEIJING – Anger is essential to the modern Chinese male character, which is so strikingly "un-Asian" compared with, say, a Japanese with his cool dispassion toward lethal risks or the Thai with his elegant aesthetic of combat as a dance to the death. On the streets of Beijing, it’s not uncommon to see a burly bloke belly-bump a police officer while bellowing vulgarities. In most places, it’s the cops who bully the civilians; only in China is it the other way around.

The recently detained artist Ai Weiwei is an exponent of the macho gesture, Beijing-style. His life work is a rendering of the rude shove, the slamming door, spit and cigarette butts on polished marble floors and tussles in the subway. The leitmotif of one of his art series is the middle figure superimposed over images of China’s national monuments.  Like the enraged man on the street, the artist brutalizes symbols of authority.

Surprisingly, his recent arrest at Beijing’s airport while trying to board an overseas flight did not stem from his controversial art, radical political views or an assault complaint but was related to a drab and dreary case of financial irregularities involving his new Shanghai studio. Though to his ardent supporters the charges may look like a set-up by the police, Shanghai is rife with commercial scams related to land and zoning codes.  Details of the case are by law kept from media release until conviction, and Ai Weiwei himself has never provided answers to the charges, choosing instead to make counter-accusations of political persecution.

Shanghai Gang

Ai Weiwei’s alleged violation of property regulations, like  the myriad of other less-publicized cases in Shanghai, has its origins in those heady days when the municipality was led by municipal party chief Chen Liangyu, who has since been arrested for embezzlement and property fraud.  Chen wooed anyone in the cultural field who had connections with the West in the drive to win approval for the city’s bid for a World Expo. Often Chen took personal charge by inviting a guest to a private dinner, such as one this author sat in on, to promise that a successful effort to bring over cultural heavyweights from the U.S. and Europe would be rewarded generously.

In 2000, Ai Weiwei, who had studied at Parsons School of Design and familiar figure in New York’s avant garde art scene, was invited to curate a group show in Shanghai.  His radical anti-authoritarian opinions were received with enthusiasm by Chen’s cultural circle, which included neo-conservative critics of the Cultural Revolution, who in an earlier era would have been deemed capitalist roaders. The city gates were flung open, and the artist got his pick of real estate.

A series of property scandals, triggered by mass evictions of long-time residents, eventually led to the arrest of Chen and his associates.  Land titles transferred under his regime have since been reviewed, and hundreds of prosecution cases filed. Ai Weiwei’s new studio, which was among the questionable properties[,] was torn down like many other illegal structures. There’s nothing extraordinary about this sort of corruption, except for its politicized defense by Ai Weiwei and his foreign sponsors, including the American ambassador to China.

As the Shanghai case illustrates, Ai Weiwei is not only an artist, architect, filmmaker, curator, social critic and dissenter, he is also a low-end property developer with an apparently sloppy ledger book, rife with shady accounting practices. To some he’s a great artistic talent, but as a businessman he’s known for skirting the rules.  His loosely administered property dealings have long raised eyebrows among academic artists and municipal officials in Beijing.

Now, as the hidden associations with Shanghai’s boss, who abused political power to evict thousands of residents from their homes, come out, the truth is blowing apart Ai Weiwei’s phony "anti-corruption" crusade. No wonder he keeps his fat mouth shut about the sordid details.

Readymade Rebel

Whatever his claims of political persecution, the fact is that Chinese authorities have shown nearly infinite latitude toward this artistic maverick and social rebel. Their muted acceptance of his barrage of insults illustrates how, at the gut level, the Chinese are more democratic than their ultra-polite and class-conscious peers in Japan, Thailand and India.

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China: US-made Jasmine Revolution’s ultimate target – Editorial [The 4th Media]

Posted in China, CIA, DPR Korea, Egypt, Iran, Libya, Liu Xiaobo, National Endowment for Democracy, Tunisia, US imperialism, USA on March 3, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Kiyul Chung

March 1, 2011

[The US seems] determined to apply some of its most destabilizing tactics to China…Sunday, Feb. 20, it, with operation code name, “Jasmine Revolution”(JR), attempted to apparently revive the so-called “1989 democracy movement” throughout China but failed.

The so-called “anonymous campaign organizers who are behind the JR,” according to AFP report, plan to do it every Sunday afternoon throughout China’s major cities.  Of course, being “anonymous” here means most likely CIA secret agents and the likes.

On Feb. 27, they attempted it again.  But failed, too!  However, this time the failure became more apparent. After two consecutive failures in two weeks row, AFP reports, they seem became desperate. So instead they went on with media campaign to demonize China.

This time they even didn’t hide what they intend to do through “online campaign.”  They claim they want to “press Chinese government” or “highlight public anger with the government.”  Why “press government”?  What “public anger”? Is it really so?  Or again fabricate to demonize?  

By “pressing government or highlighting anger with the government,” do they not intend to destabilize Chinese society or disrupt its economic development?  Aren’t these goals their real ends?  Or aren’t they daydreaming the so-close-to- “regime change” moment in 1989?

So, according to their weekly plan, they called for another demonstration on March 6.  This means outside forces, i.e., foreign powers such as US and the likes publicly mobilize a sovereign nation’s ordinary citizens to "walk for change.” What sort of “change”? 

“Change” for Chinese failures in its economic development, social order, political unity?  "Change" for furthering income gap and political corruption?  Or "change" for some convenient rational for US interference or military intervention as they do now in Libya?

However, no matter how they argue, it’s a clear violation of universal law and principle in international relations which prohibits interference in other’s internal affairs.  So they try to deceive the world again through "covert actions" such as "JR," though its tactics are very "overt."

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Do supporters of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo really know what he stands for? — The Chinese dissident has praised the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan – and said China should be fully westernised [Guardian / Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]

Posted in Afghanistan, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, China, Iraq, Israel, Korean War, Liu Xiaobo, National Endowment for Democracy, NATO invasion, Nobel Peace Prize, Norway, Palestine, Sinophobia, Sweet and Sour Socialism Essential Archives, US imperialism, USA, USSR, Vietnam on February 4, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong

15 December 2011


If Liu’s politics were well-known, most people would not favour him for a prize, because he is a champion of war, not peace…in his article Lessons from the Cold War, Liu argues that "…The major wars that the US became involved in are all ethically defensible [including Korea and Vietnam; later Afghanistan, Iraq etc.]…"

…The Nobel peace prize is a prize for politics of certain kind.  The Norwegian Nobel Institute director has noted that the Nobel Committee has most often selected "those who had spoken out … against the Communist dictators in Moscow and the dictators in Beijing [sic]."  French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre recognized the Nobel prizes’ role in the Cold war and refused to accept one in 1964. He stated: "In the present situation, the Nobel Prize stands objectively as a distinction reserved for the writers of the West or the rebels of the East." That role has been continued with Liu’s prize.

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Egypt. Rude Awakening! Revolution or Regime Change? []

Posted in Africa, Capitalist media double standard, CIA, Corporate Media Critique, Egypt, George W. Bush, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Liu Xiaobo, Media smear campaign, Nobel Peace Prize, Obama, south Korea, US imperialism, USA on February 1, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

January 30, 2011

Eyes fixed on Egypt, the consensus is that we are witnessing a global awakening.  Mesmerized by the crowds, mainstream media reports, and ‘pundits’ analysis, we have abandoned our ability to think critically — we fail to ask the right question: Why is the mainstream media in the U.S., the propaganda apparatus of the State and interest groups, condemning the Egyptian leader –  America and Israel ‘s most subservient ally?

Clearly, we no longer suffer from short term memory in this country — we suffer from a total loss of memory.

We tend to forget that well over a year ago, political actors in America and allied nations had full knowledge that Egypt ‘s Hosni Mubarak was terminally ill.  Certain that his reign was coming to a close, they devised a plan to compensate the inevitable loss of Mubarak’s  unconditional support.   A plan was put into motion to assist orchestrate [sic] an uprising which would benefit their interests.   The idea was to support the uprising so that an ally could be placed in Egypt without raising suspicion.  Not only would America be seen as a benevolent force acting in good faith, contrary to its hypocritical policies, but perhaps more importantly for  the decision makers, Israel’s interests  would be served – again – at the expense of the Arab world.   

Who would be the wiser for it?  It seems the public has fallen for the plan.

Media ‘pundits’ are eager to blame the timing of the protests in Egypt on economic hardships.  Citing Egypt ‘s jobless and inordinate poverty, they would have us believe that the American ‘social media’, Tweeter in particular, has prompted and aided the protests.  They would have us believe that in spite of the fact that the Egyptians cry over the price of wheat, they have cell phones and access to social media. We are to accept that the poor, hungry, and jobless Egyptians are revolting against their lot by ‘tweeting’ in English. 

Their access to modern technology aside, we are told to accept that the knowledge of English among 80 million Egyptians is so strong that they can ‘tweet’ — fully comfortable with tweeter abbreviations and acronyms…we are to believe that Egypt is busy ‘tweeting’ in Arabic even if Twitter does not lend itself to Arabic any more than it does to Persian.

When Iran ‘s opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi compared the Egypt uprising to the 2009 post-election protests in Iran , he had a point.  Both had an outside source.  During the 2009 protests in Iran, ‘tweets’ were traced back to Israel (see link).  The rumors and support for the "opposition" initiated in the West though Tehran Bureau — partnered with the American PBS.  A CNN desk was created to give the protests full coverage. 

America has been attempting to undermine Iran ‘s government for over 30 years.  The media has helped to demonize the regime.  Why would the media treat  this obedient tyrant the same way? The mainstream media, as well as the ‘left’ are reporting on Egypt ‘s protests round the clock.   It is important to ask why.

For decades, the American government and allies have snuffed nationalist sentiments in the region in favor of dictators.  Iran ‘s Mossadegh, a fierce secular nationalist, who was democratically elected to be prime minister of Iran , was removed by a CIA-backed coup when he nationalized Iran ’s oil and the oppressive Shah put in power.  This political action led to the 1979 revolution.    America lost a valuable puppet in the region. 

Similarly, the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egypt ‘s patriotic Nasser led to his demise, paving the way for the eventual installation of a puppet regime – Mubarak. 

But Mubarak is dying.  Fearful of losing an important ally in Egypt ‘s Mubarak, the political elite in America have undertaken a calculated risk:  siding with the Egyptians to promote ‘democracy’ – hoping to help put in place one of their own.  How likely is it that they will prevail in Egypt where they failed in Iran ? Could  it be that apprehensive about the future of Egypt , more importantly, its alliance with and subordination to Israel , the Noble Laureate option is being played?      

Amongst the neoliberals, a new wave of thinking emerged which endorsed the idea of promoting ‘democracy’  ("liberal Imperialism") in order to evolve hegemonism to imperialism.  Their thinking emphasized the ‘character of the political leadership’.  A wave of books centered on ‘democratic transitions’ that focused on the character of the leader with the right ideas appeared.  They planned to emphasis new successful leaders such as Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, Lech  Walesa in order to promote their own in  places of interest.

These neoliberals believed that "transition to ‘democracy’ required focusing on "political strategies" and introducing "indeterminancy" and "uncertainty" into the process of political change which they believed would be ground for cautious optimism that ‘democracy’ could catch on.  Laureates were appointed: Shirin Ebadi, El Baradei, Obama, Liu Xiaobo…

Mr. ElBaradei, the Nobel Laureate and former chief of IAEA, applauded the violation of the NNPT with his acceptance speech as he praised the Bush-India nuclear deal – an NPT violation.  Ally S. Korea’s NPT violations were given a pass under his supervision, as well as that of Egypt’s.  In violation of the spirit of the NPT, he allowed the illegal referral of Iran to the UN Security Council.     Mr. ElBaradei had proven himself worthy of American trust – he could be relied on and deserved a Nobel prize.   He announced his readiness to run for president of Egypt .  

Although not supported by protestors (no doubt placing him under house arrest will give him a boost), ElBaradei’s return to Egypt enables the American politicians to speak from both sides of their mouths — supporting the protestors’ rights while supporting their ally.   How could they go wrong?  The thought process in this country (and elsewhere) has been guided and controlled by mainstream media and pundits, many of them  neoconservatives.  Curiously, the 24-7 media and its pundits have steered clear of ElBaradei and his arrest. 

Sadly, the American political elite love Einstein’s science but ignore his wisdom.   When Einstein alerted FDR to the possibility of a nuclear weapon by the Germans, he was listened to and the way was paved for the Manhattan Project.   America developed the heinous weapons of mass murder and dropped it on hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizen in the name of peace.   Regrettably, as the Middle East and Africa react to America ‘s decades of neocolonialist policies, Einstein’s definition of insanity –"doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" — is more apt than ever.    

America (and her allies) has practiced the same damning foreign policy for several decades, each time expecting a new result.  This political insanity manifests itself as the decision makers interfere in sovereignty of other countries – believing that they can continue to fool all the people all the time.   Their controlled chaos may get out of hand and following the painful ‘pangs’ of neocolonial rule, we may witness the birth of a new world order.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has a degree in Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg for Communication and Journalism.  She is an independent researcher and writer with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the role of lobby groups in influencing US foreign policy. 

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