Upping the ante in the Yen analogyTime and space precluded a somewhat exhaustive discussion of the topic tackled in this column last time out: Analogy discloses US evil hand. And although a reader lauded the article as “quite an enlightening piece,” saying “America can never be trusted,” I nonetheless feel obliged to elaborate further on matters either completely left unsaid or half-considered. The Yen analogy (“Duterte’s meetings with Xi: Like Neville Chamberlain’s visits to Munich in 1938,” The Manila Times Sept. 12, 2019) must assume the following syllogism: Hitler was the determined attacker in World War 2. Chamberlain wanted a peace pact with Hitler. Ergo it was wrong for Chamberlain to hope to gain peace from Hitler. Applying it in Yen’s analogy of the South China Sea conflict, corresponding Hitler to President Xi Jinping and Chamberlain to President Duterte, the syllogism should go: Xi is the determined attacker. Duterte … [Read more...] about Upping the ante in the Yen analogy
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100 years since the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War 1PARIS: At 3:50 p.m. on June 28, 1919 crowds erupted in joy and salvos of celebratory gunfire rang out: the Treaty of Versailles had just been signed. World War 1 was finally over. Signed at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, the text set out 440 punishing articles that crippled Germany economically and morally. Although the treaty was intended to leave the war’s aggressor too weak to pose a new threat, its harsh terms eventually led the world into another global conflict just 20 years later.Victors cheered The crowd of soldiers and civilians gathered outside the vast palace cheered the leaders of the victor nations as they arrived: France’s Georges Clemenceau, Britain’s David Lloyd George and America’s Thomas Woodrow Wilson.The Big Three had dominated the peace talks that opened in Paris in January, two months after Germany capitulated and signed an armistice in November 1918. The negotiations … [Read more...] about 100 years since the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War 1
Raf Casert, Associated Press Updated 3:57 am CDT, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 FILE - In this Thursday July 7, 2011 file photo, the pelaton passes the world heritage site Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during he sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. Monuments are the emotional backbone of France. That accounts for the despair over a blaze that killed no one, yet seared the collective soul. It is the power Notre Dame had _ still has, despite the charred scars on its Gothic walls. less FILE - In this Thursday July 7, 2011 file photo, the pelaton passes the world heritage site Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during he sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling ... more Photo: Laurent Cipriani, AP Photo: Laurent Cipriani, AP … [Read more...] about Notre Dame fire shows the power of monuments to the French
It can seem glib to compare the current era to the 1930s. There are parallels, with the rise of nationalism and the free press under attack, but we are a long way away from Nazi-style totalitarianism returning to the West. Nonetheless today’s journalists can learn much from the way our predecessors dealt with the challenge of reporting on the rise of Hitler in Germany. Some showed courage in the face of oppression which should inspire us, but we can also learn from the folly shown by others. One man who does appear to have learned the lessons of history is the current Lord Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail.We now know that he not only ignored Prime Minister David Cameron’s pleas that he sack editor Paul Dacre over his anti-EU campaign, but that he did not even mention the matter to Dacre until after the EU referendum (even though Rothermere himself is said to be pro-European Union).Rothermere (Jonathan Harmsworth, 49) will well know the dangers of … [Read more...] about Hitler, the Daily Mail and how Lord Rothermere showed he has learned the lessons of history
By NORMAN PEARLSTINE, DAVID PIERSON, ROBYN DIXON, DAVID S. CLOUD, ALICE SU AND MAX HAO LU Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. How could Ren, then in his 40s and possessing no intellectual property, have grown Huawei into the world’s biggest seller of telecommunications equipment and one of the largest makers of smartphones, with 188,000 employees in 170 countries? In fact, it’s entirely unbelievable, according to the U.S. government. Washington would have you believe Huawei’s official history is a sham — … [Read more...] about WHO’S BEHIND HUAWEI?