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Chalmers Johnson on The Empire

August 8, 2011 · No Comments

On August 7, 2011, Tom Engelhardt, who runs TomDispatch, republished the final essay written by the late Chalmers Johnson, “Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire — And Ten Steps To Take To Do So,” commenting its relevance to the present situation in the United States.

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Declaration on Conduct in the South China Sea

August 6, 2011 · No Comments

Mark J. Valencia sees hope for agreement between ASEAN and China about the South China Sea from recent events in his article for Nautilus, on August 2, 2011, “The South China Sea ‘Crisis':  Bringing out the Best.” Valencia has written extensively on the territorial disputes in the region, and proposed designs for how those disputes might be resolved.

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Protests on Jeju Island and US Strategic Confrontation with China

August 6, 2011 · No Comments

Christine Ahn, writing an op-ed, “Unwanted Missiles for a Korean Island,” in the August 5, 2011 International Herald Tribune, describes the local protests against the building of a South Korean-US naval base on Jeju Island, 5o miles off the southern coast of Korea, intended to serve as a pillar of the US missile defense system in East Asia.

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Pentagon to Announce a Cyber War Strategy

June 2, 2011 · No Comments

Siobhan Gorman and Julian Barnes, in their article in the Wall Street Journal of May 31, 2011, “Cyber Combat: An Act of War,” report that the US Defense Department has prepared its “first formal cyber strategy” to include which kinds of cyber attacks on US facilities might be considered acts of war.  One of the great difficulties in responding to cyber attacks is the problem of attribution, i.e., accurately identifying the source of the cyber attack.

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Eberstadt on “6-Party Trap”

May 20, 2011 · No Comments

In the Nautilus Special Report of May 19, 2011, Nicholas Eberstadt, who participated in a three-day meeting with a DPRK Foreign Ministry delegation last March, argues that the “North Korean leadership is confident it can manipulate the ‘6 Party’ process to generate further, perhaps unprecedented, benefits for its otherwise impoverished and discredited regime.”

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Nautilus Op-Date on Fukushima

April 28, 2011 · No Comments

On April 11, Nautilus published, “The Path from Fukushima,” by David von Hippel and Kae Takase.  This study follows on the earlier Nautilus assessment of the implications of the Fukushima crisis:  “After the Deluge,” March 17, 2011, which is also posted here on the blog.

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Fukushima and Chernobyl

April 28, 2011 · No Comments

The National Bureau of Asian Research, which is reporting on various aspects of the Tohoku crisis, published on April 26th on interview with Dr. Scott Davis, an expert on the effects of radiation on human health, entitled:  “Navigating Fukushima:  Lessons from Chernobyl, Potential Radiation Effects, and Other Health Aspects.”   Dr. Davis, an epidemiologist, has investigated the Chernobyl Power Station, the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state, and radiation effects in Hiroshima, Japan.

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“An Empire of Failed States”

April 27, 2011 · No Comments

Alfred McCoy and Brett Reilly, in their article, “Washington on the Rocks,” in TomDispatch.com, April 24, 2011, argue that a combination of Wikileaks revelations and the pro-democracy protests in the Middle East have shown how dependent US global power has been on a group of “loyal ‘subordinate elites’  …  who are, in reality, a motley collection of autocrats, aristocrats, and uniformed thugs.”

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Green Super Rice

April 27, 2011 · No Comments

John Berthelsen, in his article, “Growing a New Green Revolution,” in Global Asia Vol. No. 1, Spring 2011, describes the inspiring work of Dr. Li Zhikang, chief scientist at the Institute of Crop Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, on a new Green Super Rice capable of markedly raising rice production around the world — for example, “to an optimal 14 metric tons per hectare in China from about 6.3 tons today.”

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Nautilus Report on the Implications of the Japanese Nuclear Crisis

March 21, 2011 · No Comments

A Nautilus Institute team of researchers from Australia, Japan, the United States, China and Korea has produced a 74 page report on the Japanese nuclear crisis:     “After the Deluge: Short and Medium-term Impacts of the Reactor Damage Caused by the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami”, Special Report, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, March 17, 2011.    Read this entire report online.   The report also contains a 7 page Executive Summary.

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