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China Daily in South Africa

The China in Africa Podcast recently did a broadcast on South Africa’s concerns of Chinese media in Africa, or more specifically the China Daily starting a print addition in South Africa.

What I find interest is how they describe China Daily as propaganda and most of this “concern” seems to be attributed to China Daily being this mouth piece of Chinese state propaganda. Don’t get me wrong China Daily is technically state propaganda, although it is more independent than the party controlled Peoples Daily and not as conservative as the Global Times. Nonetheless, we seem to have this perception, especially when it comes to foreign state media, that somehow Western government do not conduct the same propaganda activities and privately owned media cannot operate as state propaganda. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Africa, China

 

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Cambodia’s Post-Election Riot

A riot broke out yesterday in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey commune, one of Phnom Penh’s poorest districts. Currently most news stations have not report on the cause of the riot, but have still managed to hint at state oppression. The ABC News reported hinted it could be in relation to police beating up a monk. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Cambodia

 

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A Crime of Capitalism: Australia Sends Refugees to Papua New Guinea

20130722_Mon_HeadlinesThe Australian government’s decision to divert all refugee boats to Papua New Guinea is just another crime of capitalism, a crime against the global South and a crime against humanity. The refugees, who are a mixture of economic migrants and asylum seekers, first arrive in Indonesia, where they are normally left in a state of limbo, unable to work, or claim social support from the Indonesian government. In order to alleviate Australia’s “social problem,” instead of attempting to reform their own laws, have instead chosen to dump the problem on one of the world’s poorest countries. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Papua New Guinea

 

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Cambodia’s 2013 Elections: When a Democracy is not a Democracy

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The Cambodian elections to be held at the end of July have already managed to cause heated controversy, long before Cambodians take to the polls. In the run up to the elections Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to ban foreign radio programs, until he backtracked after pressure for the US government and Western media, while self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned to Cambodia to stand for elections after being pardoned by the king. On the other hand the US government has threatened to stop AID to Cambodia if the elections are unfair.

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in China

 

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Killing the Mekong

Journeyman Pictures new documentary on the Chinese dams being built on the Mekong river. The dams which are expected to affect the fragile environment of the Mekong, could result in many downstream fisherman and farmers in Cambodia and Vietnam, losing the ability to remain as a subsistence farmers. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in China

 

Video of Mass Murder in Burma

A new video has appeared showing a mass murder in Burma. The video footage of the violence attack, on Islamic religious school students by Buddhist Mob 969 Group occurred on March 2013, in Meikhtila, Myanmar. The extremely graphic shows, Rohingya Muslims which have been beaten and then burnt, so viewer discretion is advised. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Burma (Myanmar)

 

Vice President Biden talks about the US “containment” policy

In what seems to be regular talk’s being conducted by the US congress on the Asia-Pacific Policy, vice President Biden talks about the “Pivot” to Asia. Like normal he never uses the term “containment,” but like normal sounds more and more like containment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in China