Why are Western leaders gawd awful bad and China’s so darn competent? Part II.

Pictured above: my Sun Yat-Sen hat I wear, to which I have pinned the iconic Mao Zedong silhouette badge. Below his bust is his famous mantra, “Serve the People”, written in his very recognizable calligraphic style. Many people do not notice, but on the back is the millennial governance motto, “Preserve the Peace”. Walking around the streets and in buildings here, you can see Mao’s famous calligraphic chant all over the place. Nothing has changed about governance in China for 5,000 years.

In the first part of this essay, I showed why Western leaders are generally so bad (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2019/07/30/why-are-western-leaders-gawd-awful-bad-and-chinas-so-darn-competent-part-i-china-rising-radio-sinoland-190730/). The one sentence answer is they are almost always suborned to serve the interests of the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

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Why are Western leaders gawd awful bad and China’s so darn competent? Part I.

Pictured above: it’s the Beavis and Butt-Head Show. Or is it Butt-Head and Beavis? Does it really matter? They, like all Western political leaders are suborned from the get-go, by global capitalist 1% elites.

Every time I come back to the West, this time in France, comparing Eurangloland and China just slaps me in the face. I’m getting to talk to many European citizens about life here and their impressions of Sinoland. I will first talk about Western governance and leadership. In Part II, I’ll compare it to China’s.

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“Douglas Valentine on China Rising Radio Sinoland: the CIA is global capitalism’s secret gangster army”

Pictured above: Douglas Valentine telling us what the headlines really mean, in his must-read book, “The CIA as Organised Crime”.

I am truly honoured to have Douglas Valentine on the show today and would like to thank Dr. T.P. Wilkerson, whom I recently interviewed, for putting us in touch.

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Selling Israel Biblically

Christian Zionism’s Political Power

by M. Reza Behnam

Geopolitical, economic, energy, and military determinants have shaped U.S. Middle East policy since the Second World War. No less significant, however, is the powerful influence of Christian Zionism on the formation of America’s Israel-first policy. With over 40 million adherents, it has become a powerful force in shaping that policy, especially today.

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WWII & Holocaust Could Not Have Happened Without Corporate USA Rearming Germany to Destroy the USSR

The sixty or seventy million men, women and children didn’t die because of Adolph Hitler, they perished because the wealthy in the US and Western Europe empowered Adolph Hitler to make war.

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Whom Will We Honour Memorial Day?

Editor’s note: It was a great honour to be able to publish some of Howard Zinn’s reflections in Tikkun and for me to have his enthusiastic endorsement of my book The Left Hand of God. You can see why I felt such a great loss when he died almost 9 years ago. May his memory be a blessing for all of us–and read what he says below about Memorial Day. —Rabbi Michael Lerner, rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com

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Racism and Israel’s election: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Image courtesy of IsraelinUSA/Flickr.

Israel’s election on Tuesday came down to a battle between a prime minister who promised to annex part (or possibly all) of the West Bank and its several million Palestinians into Israel, but without giving them equal rights to Jews, and a former army general and chief of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who boasted about how many Palestinians he had killed, or had his army kill, in past invasions into Gaza.

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Mourning the Murder of Muslims in New Zealand..and what to do

We at Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives are in deep mourning for the 49 Muslims killed and at least 20 seriously injured, in a hate-filled terror attack targeting two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. The murderer, a few hours before the assault, posted a long statement filled with hatred toward Muslims and asylum seekers, using the familiar discourse of white nationalist extremists.

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Terrorism in New Zealand Inspired by Terrorists and Scandals in the UK

Human rights and racial justice organisations across the UK and the rest of the world have been imploring their respective governments to get tough on the media and politicians. For too long people have got away with using dog-whistle politics, laced with racist and Islamophobic rhetoric to further their own populism.

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Defending Our Children and Our World

GWS co-ordinator Selma James says:

As part of the International Women’s Strike, we are taking a stand against the hostile environment, the destruction of life, the threat to our planet caused by corporate greed, wars, arms sales … We invite all women, children and non-binary people to join us, and bring their case in defence of our kids, our relationships, our communities, our planet … We are all under attack.

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Former UN special rapporteur, “US Economic Warfare Is Hurting the Economy and Killing Venezuelans”

US sanctions on Venezuela are illegal and are crimes against humanity under international law. If only this genocide could become a topic of conversation throughout the world, especially in the plundered and militarily attacked or targeted nations of the so-called Third World, Americans would not be able to get away with it.

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Venezuela: A Lesson in Western Colonial Democracy

The main thing that students of history have to know about the current crises within Venezuela, is that The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has stated that this country has the largest oil reserves in the world. Even more than Saudi Arabia. The thing that we must understand about Western democracy is that the ties between colonialism and Western countries never ended.

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What Does Brexit Mean For Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the UK?

In June 2016, the British electorate voted to leave the European Union following a referendum. For Black and minority ethnic communities (BAME) the vote followed a surge in not only racist attacks, but also a rise in anti-immigrant hostility. Whilst the mainstream media has continually associated many Brexit voters with racism, I believe that BAME communities are not only been deliberately distracted from the bigger picture, but they have also lost their way from the goals of civil rights activists such as Reverend Martin Luther King.

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People Worldwide Will Soon Demand Americans Stop Planning Nuclear War Endangering Us All!

“We are moving in the direction of a multipolar world,” UN Secretary-General. China is again the world’s greatest economic power as it was through most of human history. As USA loses its economic hegemony it will eventually lose the power to shut people up by threat of imposing crippling economic sanctions. A wave of voices across the world will tell USA to stand down from its threatening nuclear war and nuclear winter.

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Dead `Yemeni Kids? Murdering Children By the Millions For Money and Power Is An American Way of Life

The 3rd World must demand justice for her kids!  Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s, cry “God bless America? No, no, God damn America for her crimes against humanity!” And American film maker Michael Moore’s “sick and twisted violent people that we’ve been for hundreds of years, it’s something that’s just in our craw, just in our DNA. Americans kill people, because that’s what we do. We invade countries. We send drones in to kill civilians.”

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World’s Largest Blue Plaque Unveiling Honouring The Pioneers Of Notting Hill Carnival

In 1965, over the August bank holiday weekend, three musicians from Trinidad embarked on a 30 minute walk in West London which changed the history of the capital forever!

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Press Statement from the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network UK

IJAN is an international network of Jewish people opposed to imperialism, militarism, apartheid and genocide. We support the liberation of the Palestinian people, and the right of return for those driven from their homes and their land by Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing. IJAN has active chapters in Argentina, Canada, France, Spain, the UK and the US.

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World Cup Soccer Fun in a Moscow Targeted by Nuclear Missiles in US Silos, Submarines & Bombers

Imagine before each match of the World Cup the FIFA World Soccer Federation making an appeal over the loud-speaker asking all the fans in the name of the future of soccer to tell officials of their government to demand Americans stop threatening the future of the World Cup with nuclear war. Soccer stars President of Liberia & UN Good Will Ambassador George Weah and Diego Maradona to lead FIFA’s appeal.

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‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Disrupting African British History Narratives?’

*For anyone marking, commemorating, discussing, commenting on or writing about Windrush @ 70 and other commemorations this year, such as Bristol Bus Boycott @ 55, West Indian Gazette @ 60 or the Carnival, needs to check out this book – for the sake of #NoMoreBadHistories even the odd history professor will find out one or two things to avoid repeating inaccurate received wisdom!

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The Hostile Environment Is Deadly

Two organisations with impressive, longstanding track records providing support and succour to people seeking asylum and other immigrants, are joining forces during Refugee Week to call for an end to the government’s hostile immigration environment.

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