Coronavirus: Chinese intellectual blames Xi and “the cabal that surrounds him”

Above: Chinese leader Xi Jinping, speaking to Beijing residents on Monday in a photograph released by Xinhua, the state news agency. Credit: Pang Xinglei/Xinhua, via Associated Press From the ChinaFile website: Viral Alarm: When Fury Overcomes Fear An Essay by Xu Zhangrun, Translated and Annotated by Geremie R. Barmé Xu Zhangrun & Geremie R. Barmé Overnight, the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Chinese intellectual blames Xi and “the cabal that surrounds him”

The coronavirus emergency and China’s response

Above: Travellers in China being screened The coronavirus epidemic is still largely confined to the Chinese city of Wuhan, but travellers from there have been falling ill elsewhere (including in the UK) and fears are rising that it could become a world-wide health emergency. China initially won plaudits for its massive mobilisation against the virus, … Continue reading The coronavirus emergency and China’s response

Taiwan repudiates fascist world order

By Bill Weinberg (at Countervortex) Following a bitter campaign dominated by “fake news” generated from China and punctuated by sexist personal attacks on President Tsai Ing-wen, the incumbent was re-elected in the Jan. 11 race, overwhelmingly defeating her main challenger, Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT). Tsai, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), received 8.17 … Continue reading Taiwan repudiates fascist world order

CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

By Bill Weinberg (at CounterVortex) In Episode 45 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg notes with alarm the rapid consolidation of a global detention state, extending across borders and rival power blocs. In the United States, Trump moves toward indefinite detention of undocumented migrants, with horrific rights abuses widespread in the fast-expanding camp system. In … Continue reading CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

Hong Kong: the crackdown and the future

Protesters detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University This piece was written shortly before the landslide victory for pro-democracy forces in the district council elections this weekend. By Chen Ying The conflict in Hong Kong has further escalated and has reached a critical point as I write on 19 November. The escalation began … Continue reading Hong Kong: the crackdown and the future

No tears for Mugabe

Now that the corrupt old mass-murderer is dead, it's worth remembering events leading up to, and immediately following, his forced resignation in November 2017. The following reports come from Solidarity, paper of the Alliance for Workers Liberty: Zimbabwe's power struggle: no choice for workers November, 2017 Author: Mike Chester The Central Committee of the Zimbabwe’s ruling … Continue reading No tears for Mugabe

India, China, mirror each other in Islamophobia

Above: China's "preparation" for genocide of Uighur Muslims By Bill Weinberg (at Countervortex) Well, this is grimly hilarious. Genocide Watch has issued two "warning alerts" for India—one for Kashmir and the other for Assam, with Muslims held to be at grave imminent risk  of persecution and mass detention in both. Pakistan's semi-official media, e.g. Dawn newspaper, are … Continue reading India, China, mirror each other in Islamophobia