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China’s upcoming digital dictatorship

Worrying experiments with a new form of social control   

When communism crumbled in the Soviet Union, 25 years ago this week, the Chinese Communist Party seemed to many to be heading irreversibly downwards. Yes, the tanks had left Tiananmen Square after crushing a revolt in 1989, but the war appeared lost. Even China’s breakneck growth, which took off a year after the Soviet collapse, looked likely only to tear the party further from its ideological bedrock. In 1998 President Bill Clinton intimated that he foresaw an inevitable democratic trajectory. He told his Chinese counterpart, Jiang Zemin, that China was “on the wrong side of history”.

Yet, while the West has suffered from the financial crisis and the fallout after a failed attempt to implant democracy in the Middle East, China’s Communist Party has clung on to its monopoly of power. Its leaders behave as if China will never have to undergo the democratic transformation that every rich country has passed through on the way to prosperity. Instead they seem to believe that the party can keep control—and some officials are betting that the way to do so lies in a new form of digital dictatorship.

A party apart

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US Foreign Policy blunder: Assange confirms Russian government was not source of leaked Emails

"We can say, we have said, repeatedly over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party," Assange declared in an interview.
Assange says he is "1,000% confident" that Russia was NOT the source for hacked Democratic emails which were published by WikiLeaks

Julian Assange shows proof of Wikileaks sourcesJulian Assange shows proof of Wikileaks sources

London, Jan.3.─ WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said Barack Obama is 'trying to delegitimize the Trump administration' by claiming the Russian government hacked Democrats' emails during the bitter presidential election.

Assange, whose interview with Sean Hannity will air on Fox News tonight [Jan.3], also reiterated his claims that Russia was not the source of the hacks.

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A real nuclear threat - North Korea’s Defector Speaks

According to inteligence reports
North Korea has ten nuclear warheads
and it is building more.
It is still developing ballistic missiles
capable of delivering them.
Analysts believe that North Korea
will be able to deliver
intercontinental nuclear warheads
by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

Pyongyang won't give up its nuclear warfare program   Thae Yong-hoThae Yong-ho

Seoul, Dec.27.─ Thae Yong-ho, who defected to South Korea in August while serving as a minister at North Korea's embassy in London, warned at a press conference in Seoul on Tuesday that North Korea will accelerate its nuclear program in 2017, that China won’t stop it, and that international bribes won’t induce dictator Kim Jong Un to abandon nuclear weapons. This is notable because until this summer Mr. Thae was a senior diplomat—for North Korea.

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Kerry defends Obama's U.N. vote during a long and well balanced speech

-Israel Postponed Vote on New Housing Ahead of Speech by John Kerry 
-Russia Rejects Kerry’s Proposal for Quartet to Adopt U.S. Principles on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 
-Kerry's six principles for peace:
  1. Peace must provide for secure and recognized borders based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed land swaps and a contiguous state for the Palestinians;
  2. Fulfillment of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181, which called for two state for two peoples;
  3. Fair and “realistic” solution to the Palestinian refugee problem that did not “affect the fundamental character of Israel”;
  4. Shared capitals in Jerusalem that ensured free access to holy sites and no redivision of the city;
  5. Israeli security guarantees along with an end to the occupation; and,
  6. Final end to the conflict and all outstanding claims along with the establishment of normalized relations.   Security Council approves Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West BankSecurity Council approves Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Washington DC, Dec.28.─ Stepping into a raging diplomatic argument, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday staunchly defended the Obama administration's decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal and warned that Israel's very future as a democracy is at stake.

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China warns Trump about insults' cost

Beijing asks president-elect not to destroy foundation for Sino-US cooperation  

Beijing, Dec. 13.─ The Foreign Ministry urged US president-elect Donald Trump on Monday to act prudently on the Taiwan question to avoid "serious damage to the Sino-US relationship", after Trump once again publicly provoked China.

Beijing could react with countermeasures in trade and regional issues, if Trump keeps challenging the time-tested one-China policy, which is the diplomatic cornerstone of relations between the world's two biggest economies, Chinese experts said.

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