Broadcast Archive

#1 – Human Rights in Three Countries (March 2, 2021)

#4 – US-RUSSIA RELATIONS and the NAVALNY CASE (March 23, 2021)
#6 – Bloodbath in Myanmar
#7 – Saving Planet Earth
#8 – What To Do About North Korea’s Nukes

#9 – Preserving the Iran Nuclear Deal

#10 – The Continuing Nuclear Peril
#11 – Back to Basics on Israel Policy
#12 – On Global Citizenship

#13 – Avoiding a US-China War Over Taiwan

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  1. What about the Philippines, Israel and India? As you are talking about extremely knotty moral questions for which I have never been able to come up with an answer, I await your take. On the countries you do discuss, is the U.N. a viable entity now to handle such incredibly horrible and complicated dilemmas?

    KK PS Do you think Modi is an unabashed Muslim racist? Has he done anything good for the country?

    1. Thanks, Karen. The human rights violations of US “friends” are rarely criticized, but they sure ought to be–Philippines for Duterte’s war on drugs without a semblance of due process; Israel for its occupation and forced resettlement of Palestinians; and Modi for being (you called it) a Muslim racist. (On Modi’s policy toward non-Hindus, see my Post #254.) I suppose his supporters will say he has promoted a hi-tech society in India, but he’s no democrat. As for the UN, we must always remember it’s not a world government, just a collection of governments anxious to preserve their sovereignty and avoid outside interference in their affairs. So UN action is typically limited to human rights covenants, peacekeeping actions, and occasional expressions of concern–e.g., over China’s treatment of Uyghurs. But it can only intervene directly when the Big Five permanent members of the Security Council are in accord. Notice, just today, the military’s declaration of martial law in Myanmar and the killings and torture now being reported. Any UN action would be subject to China’s veto, which would put the kabosh on intervention.

  2. Well said on China! I like your term “competitive coexistence” — I will spread that to my students giving you full credit of course. James Griffiths, in his book “The Great Firewall of China” (Zed Books, 2019), talks at length about China’s cyber attacks on the Tibetan exile community and use of cyber techniques to crush any semblance of a Uighur organized resistance in China. I fear the Uighurs are left alone in their plight. The sophistication and ubiquity of China’s cyber interference globally is something rarely grasped by those less familiar with cyber technology, but the Communist Party is deftly leveraging tech to support their policies at home and abroad. Hedley Bull felt that technology was a fairly unimportant aspect of state behavior, but he was wrong. The ease of use and reach of internet IP technology has made states interfere abroad with a breadth of effect they only dreamed of in the past. In today’s internet age, any miscalculation by China or the US could have dire consequences without a shot being fired and that is why, in my mind, a balanced and sober approach to China is so important for US policymakers.
    Cheers on your new radio gig! Florence is lucky to have you.

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