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Ai Weiwei – "China’s Conscience": And Another Dissident Bites the Dust [龙信明 Blog / Bearcanada.com]

Posted in Ai Weiwei, Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Beijing, Black propaganda, China, China-bashing, CIA, Corporate Media Critique, Julian Assange, Media smear campaign, National Endowment for Democracy, New York Times lie, Shanghai, Tibet, Tourism, Wikipidiot, Xinjiang on April 19, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Article contains some adult language / images – Zuo Shou 左手

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The Western media are once again having a field day about the detention of yet another “dissident”, this time the artist Ai Weiwei.

To hear the New York Times tell it, “Ai Weiwei Takes Role of China’s Conscience”. We could legitimately ask if Bradley Manning or Julian Assange are taking the role of “America’s conscience”, but perhaps we’ll leave that one for another time.

Ai Weiwei, Whom the NYT Rather Inappropriately calls “China’s Conscience”

Ai at Tian’anmen Square, gesturing obscenely towards the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

  • An Error in Fact:  Ai Weiwei did not design the Olympic “Bird’s Nest”
    First, let’s clear up a few misconceptions – starting with Beijing’s Olympic Stadium, the Bird’s Nest.

According to the NYT, “… the Chinese government asked Mr. Ai to collaborate with the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron on the design for the Olympic stadium, known the Bird’s Nest.  He did so.  The result was a triumph.”

Or, according to the LA Times, “The 53-year-old Ai, designer of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium built for the 2008 Summer Olympics …”

Or The Economist, who wrote, “.. a lasting legacy in the shape of the “bird’s nest” stadium in Beijing built for the 2008 Olympics …

Ai Weiwei did not design Beijing’s Olympic stadium. In 2001, even before Beijing had been awarded the right to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, the city held a bidding process to select the best arena design.

Of the final thirteen evaluated designs, Li Xinggang of China Architecture Design and Research Group (CADG) exhibited a model of the bird’s nest, and this design became official in April of 2003 – fully five years before the Olympics began.

The innovative structure was designed by Herzog & De Meuron Architekten, Arup Sport and CADG, and was nicknamed the “bird’s nest” due to the web of twisting steel sections that form the roof.

Ai Weiwei was not involved in any way in the building’s design…  [I cannot locate any evidence that Ai had any creative input whatsoever.   The most one can get from Western  journalistic reports is that he was a “consultant” to Herzog & De Meuron, yet any creative content to that consultancy is a mystery.  From the most in-depth article on the story of the Bird’s Nest that I could find, Arthur Lubow’s China-bashing article “The China Syndrome” in the New York Times, Ai was at best a logistical, networking and/or sightseeing “consultant” for the foreign firm Herzog & De Meuron.  That article, which is strongly infused with anti-China propaganda from the author, quite starkly illustrates Ai’s persona as anti-China Chinese with a welter of the man’s quoted cynical and disparaging comments…but, compared with a wealth of input and commentary by the structure’s  actual architects and designers, gives absolutely nothing by way of explaining Ai’s creative “collaboration” in the design.  Ironically, this NYT article is primary evidence in undermining the paper’s later claim, mentioned above, that the Bird’s Nest design was “Ai[‘s collaborative]…triumph”.   As for any help from Wikipedia to clear this up, read the citations if you will  —  which also fail to provide evidence of Ai’s creative input  —  yet the entry on “Bird’s Nest”, like the NYT, clearly contradicts itself about Ai’s role. – Zuo Shou 左手]

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False Gulf War propaganda rebooted, multiplied by New York Times to downplay BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill [Sweet & Sour Socialism Special Report]

Posted in BP oil spill, Corporate Media Critique, International Action Center, Media cover-up, New York Times lie, Ramsey Clark, Sweet & Sour Socialism Special Report, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, Wikipidiot with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

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Recently I’ve been perceiving a Big Lie in the mass media regarding the BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico  —  “It’s not nearly as bad as the one the Iraqis deliberately did in 1991 to Kuwait’s Persian Gulf”.   It’s gone international, and here’s a typical representation, from a May 3 New York Times article by John Broder and Tom Zeller, “Gulf Oil Spill Is Bad, but How Bad?” :

“The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad — no one would dispute it.  But just how bad?…

…the Deepwater Horizon blowout is not unprecedented, nor is it yet among the worst oil accidents in history.  And its ultimate impact will depend on a long list of interlinked variables…The ruptured well, currently pouring an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil a day into the gulf, could flow for years and still not begin to approach the 36 billion gallons of oil spilled by retreating Iraqi forces when they left Kuwait in 1991.”

36 BILLION?  Is that a typo guys? Internet data on this vary fantastically and the higher the figures go, the further away any scientific citations are; from a low of 1.5 million barrels (the current figure at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War, Gulf War oil spill )  to a previous “high” of 830,000,000+  [Wikipedia, “Oil Spill”]  The New York Times shoots beyond “Wikipidiocy” more than one-hundred-fold to provide us with a spectacular new high!  Funny how the amount of oil increases the further away we get from the event, and the longer the US still occupies Iraq…and this despite the fact that in a 1993 article, the same New York Times cited a UNESCO study where the amount was determined to be 8 million barrels.   See Gulf Found to Recover From War’s Oil Spill”  

 Is Iraq 100% “deliberately” responsible for the 1991 Persian Gulf oil spill?

An oft-repeated meme, especially in US and British media (concidentially the main instigators of aggression against Iraq over the past 20 years or so with the former still occupying it), is that the retreating Iraqi military opened oil valves on Kuwaiti oil tankers, oil refineries, oil wells, or combinations thereof; allegedly as some kind of military stratagem.  There was an oil spill, the estimated amount of which varies widely, even exponentially, by source (as noted above).  But what about this alleged ‘deliberate’ act of “enviromental warfare” or “ecoterrorism”?

  • It’s never explained why the Iraqis would create a massive spill that would pollute their own gulf, as Iraq has a coastline with ports on the Persian Gulf.
  • No evidence exists of this alleged crime…no video, no documents, no confessions, no trials.
  • Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who traveled in the Gulf region including Iraq extensively before, during and after the Gulf War, in his book The Fire This Time “attributes this oil spill to U.S. bombing on Iraqi oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.” (page 100)
  • In Clark’s Report to the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal [United States War Crimes Against Iraq]:  Charge 12.  “The United States waged war on the [Iraq & Kuwaiti]environment…Attacks by U.S. aircraft caused much if not all of the worst oil spills in the Gulf.   Aircraft and helicopters dropping napalm and hel-air explosives on oil wells, storage tanks and refineries caused oil fires throughout Iraq and many, if not most, of the oil well fires in Iraq and Kuwait…” [emphasis mine]
  • At the time of the spill, “…the immediate reports from Baghdad said that American air strikes had caused a discharge of oil from two tankers.”  [Gulf War oil spill, Wikipedia]
  • “[There was]…widely disseminated footage of oil spilling into the Persian Gulf and a cormorant covered with oil.  When first distributed, this footage—which attributed blame for the oil spill to Iraq—incited sensational anger toward Hussein and support for the American troops around the world.  This footage furthermore contributed to winning approval of the war from environmentalists, who had previously voiced opposition.  However, it was subsequently revealed in a Japanese press report that this oil spill originated in Saudi Arabia.”  Nobuo Kamioka, The Japanese Journal of American Studies, No. 12 (2001)  “Support Our Troops: The U.S. Media and the Narrative of the Persian Gulf War”, page 74.
  • “[In a January 1991] ABC [News] video, when a child asks about the oil spill in the Persian Gulf, the footage of cormorants covered with oil is shown, and a correspondent in Saudi Arabia [responds ] that although ‘no one is quite sure,’ it is likely that Hussein ‘purposely dumped the oil into the Persian Gulf . . . to prevent the Marines from easily traveling over the water,’ or ‘to set the oil on fire to create a problem…'” [emphasis added]  Nobuo Kamioka, page 76
  • I’ve never seen Saddam Hussein or any other Iraqi allowed to defend themselves about this particular alleged environmental crime.

Now, I remember at the time seeing an oil spill happened in the Persian Gulf.  I was always skeptical about it being deliberate, and US politicians’ smug harping about Iraqi ‘ecoterrorism’ just didn’t add up.  Despite the US’ mendacious propagandizing that Iraq was behaving aggressively and arbitrarily, it didn’t make sense for Hussein and Iraq  —  which went into Kuwait with the aim of reincorporating Kuwait into the Iraqi homeland after being arbitrarily divided by a British proconsul, and for redress of multiple documented grave provocations by Kuwait  —  to inflict such severe and allegedly ‘world record’ environmental damage on said homeland. The very fact that it was, as is often stated, “unprecedented” requires allegations about it to be held up to much greater scrutiny.    The catastrophic damage which the US and its coalition partners subsequently inflicted on Iraq, both in the 1991 and later 2001 invasion and occupation (not to mention the genocide of the UN-imposed sanction in between), makes even the alleged “worst oil spill ever” pale in comparison.  Who knows how many hundreds of thousands of tons of bombs have been dropped on Iraq, and the permanent damage done to the Iraqi environment, Iraqi people and Coalition Forces through the use of depleted uranium munitions?  This ongoing genocide is a deeper reality which the New York Times strives to occlude.

This New York Times propaganda debacle is also thoroughly explored and debunked in the article “New York Times minimizes Gulf oil spill” at http://www.wsws.org