Thursday, November 30, 2017

Joaquin Flores — China to fight ISIS in Syria? No, and here's why FRN didn't run that story

Fort Russ News has no problem printing a retraction, but we'd rather avoid that when we know beforehand that we'd later have to. There's a cynical saying inside the news world, that news only has to be true for a day. We aren't interested in that. Maintaining readership and building trust as a credible paper, emerging as a paper of record, is a long-term and principle-based project, and this means not covering a sensational story that gives a short term boost to ratings.
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China to fight ISIS in Syria? No, and here's why FRN didn't run that story
Joaquin Flores | Editor-in-Chief of Fort Russ News, as well as the Director of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. Educated at California State University, Los Angeles, in the field of International Relations. he previously served as Chief Negotiator and Internal Organizer in several jurisdictions for the SEIU labor union in California.

5 comments:

Noah Way said...

"The liberation of Tibet"

Really? I have a Tibetan friend who was "liberated". That's not what he called it.

Tom Hickey said...

Really depends on one's POV.

From the Chinese POV, and the POV of some Western liberals, Tibet was a medieval theocracy prior to its "liberation" from the lamas.

See Times of India (Nov 24, 2017)
Tibet wants to stay with China, says Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Thursday that Tibet did not seek independence from China but greater development.

Speaking at an interactive session hosted by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here, he said, "We are not seeking independence... We want to stay with China. We want more development."

He added, "Tibet has a different culture and a different script... The Chinese people love their own country. We love our own country."

He said, "From Yangtze to Sindhu rivers, major rivers ... come from Tibet. Billions of lives are involved. Taking care of the Tibetan plateau is not only good for Tibet but for billions of people."


Here is where the devil is in the details. The Dalai Lama was freedom of religion and China views most of institutional religion in Marxist terms as "the opiate of the people" that an elite uses to exploit them.

This issue is being fought out in the rest of the world, too, between various forms of liberalism and traditionalism, including in the US where conservative Catholics and the Protestant religious right have teamed up to override what they view as excessive liberalism that challenges the freedom of traditionalists to follow their religion.

However, the political reality is that the Chinese annexation of Tibet was a strategic move to protect its border region.

Tom Hickey said...

Oops. I neglected to post the link to the Times of India report. Here it is.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/tibet-wants-to-stay-with-china-says-dalai-lama/articleshow/61775261.cms

Noah Way said...

One man's liberation is another man's oppression.

Like all those Iraqis we "liberated". And Libyans, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Koreans, Cubans, Laotians, Panamanians, Haitians, Afghans, etc.

Tom Hickey said...

Ironically, China and the former USSR used the same "liberation" type rhetoric that the US neocons and liberal interventionists are now using.