BY significantly sharpening the focus of his demand for so-far-and-no-further red lines of containment to be imposed on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in effect delivered an ultimatum over possible military action that Tehran would be foolish to ignore.
In the blogosphere and elsewhere, those who invariably carp about the Jewish [...]
“Today it became clear that a person who writes in their blog the words ‘party of crooks and thieves’ is a stupid, c*cksucking sheep :),” said the tweet, written by Konstantin Rykov, a media-savvy Duma deputy. It was a clear reference to [Alexei] Navalny, who coined the popular phrase “party of crooks and thieves”, disparaging [...]
Anonymous, a global group of hacker-activists, has had a remarkable string of successes lately, from helping Occupy Wall Street to taking out government websites of repressive regimes in Egypt and Tunisia. But when the group this month launched a plan called OpCartel, threatening to release stolen data exposing 100 collaborators of Los Zetas, one of [...]
And when Masters asked me when I thought this hypothetical attack might hypothetically occur, I blithely suggested September. I was only adding two plus two: a September attack would allow Netanyahu to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities and wreck plans for a U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood, which is slated for September. I would have added [...]
There are three main takeaways from evaluating the Chinese blogosphere’s response to the events in the Middle East, which also reflect negative perceptions of American pre-eminence. First, most bloggers believe that the Arab Spring is evidence of “chaos”, rather than “revolution”, and the Chinese word for “chaos”, “saoluan”, is the same word used to describe [...]
Sun Liping is a professor in the Sociology Department of Tsinghua University. He was also the PhD superviser of Xi Jinping, the current vice-president of the People’s Republic of China. Professor Sun’s main research area is modernization and transitional sociology. [...]