Daily Archives: December 29, 2015

A Global Economic Crisis Made in China?

Minqi Li’s China and the 21st Century Crisis  is published in October 2015. Here he looks at the foundations of what could be the locus of the downfall of capitalism, and why it could happen sooner than we think.

USA | What are the Kurdish Women’s Units fighting for in Syria?

Photo: Young Syrian-Kurdish women take part in a training session organized by the Kurdish Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) on August 28, 2013. BENJAMIN HILLER/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s Kurds now control a contiguous swath of territory linking the border region of northern Syria all the way to Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdish forces seized the city of Kobani near the Turkish border in January, and in June took Tel Abyad to the east. The self-governing cantons of Afrin, Kobani and Cizire have set up administrative structures that operate with near complete autonomy from Damascus. Now that the Kurds have effective control of this territory, what they will they do with it? Will they attempt to break away from Syria, and establish an independent Kurdish state? Or will they remain within Syria as an autonomous region?

Russia | Chinese Army Allowed to Carry Out Anti-Terror Operations Abroad

China’s legislature passed the country’s first anti-terrorism law on Sunday, making it legal for the People’s Liberation Army to take part in counter-terrorism missions abroad.

 China has approved the law at a critical time for the country and for the world at large: terrorist attacks in Paris, the bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, and the rise of Daesh (Islamic State) are all pointing to the ever-growing threat of terrorism.
According to China’s top legislator Zhang Dejiang, the new law is an important part in creating systemic rules for national security.