Daily Archives: August 9, 2016

USA | Hiroshima: the Crime That Keeps on Paying, But Beware the Reckoning

On his visit to Hiroshima last May, Obama did not, as some had vainly hoped he might, apologize for the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. Instead he gave a high-sounding speech against war. He did this as he was waging ongoing drone war against defenseless enemies in faraway countries and approving plans to spend a trillion dollars upgrading the US nuclear arsenal.

USA | Washington Slapdown: Turkey Turns to Moscow for Help

“Turkey is slowly leaving the Atlantic system. That is the reason behind this coup. That is the reason why NATO is panicking. This is much broader and much bigger than Erdogan. This is a tectonic movement. This will affect Turkish-Syrian relations, Turkish-Chinese relations, Turkish-Russian relations and Turkish-Iranian relations. This will change the world.”

Greece | Attacks put government on defensive

Seeking to fend off growing criticism that it tolerates acts of violence and vandalism by anti-establishment groups, the government rushed to condemn, in the harshest of terms, an arson attack early Monday at the Petraki Monastery in central Athens, which houses the central offices of the Church of Greece’s Holy Synod.

China | Navy chiefs set for fresh talks on South China Sea

By Zhang Yunbi

Naval chiefs from China and the United States are set to hold their first face-to-face meeting since the July 12 ruling on the arbitration case brought by the Philippines, which has intensified tensions in the South China Sea.