Archive for 2008

OBAMA AND THE POLITICS OF RACE AND RELIGION IN AMERICA

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The United States may have voted in its first black president but will his presidency make a difference for the black underclass and a drastic change in the racial politics in the country? By economics professor M. Shahid Alam. It is perhaps a bit late in the day, nearly two weeks ...

REAL HOPE

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Within our lifetime, we might see dramatic changes in the world that likely are the beginning of a systemic collapse, economically and ecologically. The first step to coping with the times is not in denial but to accept certain truths, for instance, that our ecosystem has been seriously compromised by ...

$INGAPORE’S TEMASEK STUMBLES AGAIN

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

The island republic's premier sovereign wealth fund takes another massive writeoff. The following report was posted at www.asiasentinel.com. Although global markets have stabilized at least temporarily over the last couple of weeks, there is no sign of a letup for Temasek, the $ingapore sovereign wealth fund that has already chalked up ...

LOVER BOY ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Is Raped By An Angel 3 a thriller trying to pass off as a soft porn movie? Given that it is produced by Hong Kong's king of sleaze, Wong Jing, it's a safe bet that it's the other way round. Stephen Tan reviews. Businessman Alex Fong is aiming to be Hong ...

DO UNTO OTHERS

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

World religions too often seem predicated on prejudice, when their true roots lie in compassion. By Karen Armstrong. The practice of compassion is central to every one of the major world religions - but sometimes you would never know it. Instead, religion is associated with violence, intolerance and seems more preoccupied ...

isoHUNT FOUNDER GARY FUNG ON COPYFIGHT

Friday, November 14th, 2008

In 2006, isoHunt was one of the first BitTorrent sites to get caught up in a legal battle with the MPAA. In a guest post for TorrentFreak, isoHunt founder Gary Fung gives his view on this copyfight, the right and wrong of the current copyright system, and how it's abused ...

‘U.S. WILL SOON FACE SECOND GREAT DEPRESSION’

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Renowned Russian economist Mikhail Khazin predicted U.S. financial crisis in 2000. By Yevgeniy Chernyx. Five years ago, I ran the cultural section at Komsomolskaya Pravda. Publishing houses used to send me their new releases now and again for review. One day, after digging through the latest shipment of such literature, I ...

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Death squads are inseparable from counter-insurgency. And if the American army is going to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan (and take the battle to Pakistan), people should get used to them and not let fancy jargon or euphemisms shield them from the truth. China Hand explains. To civilian liberals of a ...

IF YOU COULD SEE ALL THROUGH MY EYE

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

In The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, director Julian Schnabel creates a cinema of daring and imagination, even if his lead character cannot move a single muscle in his entire body, with the exception of his left eye. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews. Le Scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving ...

NUCLEAR SMACKDOWN IN NEW EUROPE

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

While Russia's young president is looking for ways to strengthen a progressive agenda and emerge from the darkness of Soviet-era repression, the United States is still in the clutches of hawkish neocons, recalcitrant cold warriors and self-serving banking elites. President-elect Barak Obama must break out of this mold and Bush's ...