A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about how Germany has cheapened its own history and disregarded its own humanity by turning a blind eye on Japan's horrific crimes against humanity in China on the eve of the 77th anniversary of the Nanking massacre. In that piece, I wrote how Germany may not be preaching "universal values" per se, but politically-expedient political … [Read more...] about German parliament votes to recognize Armenian genocide
Mr. Abe has done a lot to put Asia back on the path to War: what with re-arming Japan, making a mockery of Japan's Pacifist Constitution, and overflowing rhetoric about the dangers of a rising China. Just last week, I was perusing through Asia Times, reading an article by Peter Lee on the TPP, when I noticed the following picture, and a comment from a reader. Reader … [Read more...] about What’s Up with Abe’s Egging China On to War?
Recently, the Japanese Parliament passed controversial legislation pushed by Abe to allow Japanese forces to fight abroad for the first time since 1945. Here is how Reuters reported it: Japan's parliament voted into law on Saturday a defense policy shift that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945, a milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to … [Read more...] about Case Study on Democracy and Rule of Law: Japan and the World at a Crossroad?
I have been watching, reading, and observing events leading up to China's 70th V-Day Anniversary Parade. Festivities are still on-going, and I definitely feel proud that China is on the right track. I do hear however a lot of bitter snickers and derision that to me seem way off point... For example, in the U.S., I hear some Americans snicker at the parade saying, oh ... … [Read more...] about Beyond the Pathetic Complaints about China’s 70th V-Day Anniversary Parade
In my recent article on Philippines' ultimately absurd legal challenge to China's claims in the S. China Sea, I noted how that conflict arose from the prevailing wind to diss China's interests in the post WWII world. The cause for that are many. No doubt China's relative weakness vis-a-vis the West and/or Soviet Union, its plunge into a major civil war in the aftermath of … [Read more...] about Is China a Real Victor of WWII?