Archive for December 17th, 2012

17/12/2012

China Opening a Confrontation on the Sea

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

San Salvador, December 2012 – The victory of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the recent Japanese elections, with LDP leader Shinzō Abe coming back as Prime Minister after five years, will probably mean an escalation of tension with China. Both countries are embarking on a fresh burst of nationalism, but for different reasons.

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Shinzō Abe | Credit: TTTNIS | Wikimedia Commons

Japan is suffering from an economic and political crisis. The economy is stagnating (albeit at a high level), and Abe will be heading the sixth government in five years.

His party had been in power almost with no interruption since the end of the Second World War, until he resigned abruptly in 2007 because of a serious stomach problem.

The Japanese tried for a change, and in 2009 put the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in power, which rapidly changed three Prime Ministers in just three years.

The DPJ has been a terrible administrator and its handling of the nuclear disaster and tsunami in 2011 has been completely incomprehensible.

During a visit to Japan earlier this year, refugees housed in a large camp in the north told me that they had not seen any official for 18 months.

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17/12/2012

“NATO Missiles on Turkish-Syrian Border Prelude to ‘World War'” – Iran’s Top General

Human Wrongs Watch

By RT*, 16 December, 2012 – NATO missiles on the Turkish-Syrian border are a prelude to ‘World War’, warns Iran’s top general. Following the remarks, the country’s leader, President Ahmadinejad, reportedly cancels his visit to Turkey.

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**Patriot system of the German Air Force | Photo credit: Darkone | Wikimedia Commons.

­Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dropped the upcoming visit to Turkey’s Anatolian province from his schedule, Hurriyet daily reported Sunday. There he was expected to attend a religious holiday and hold talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

An unexpected item has arisen on Ahmadinejad’s agenda, Today’s Zaman reported quoting an anonymous Turkish diplomat.

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17/12/2012

Egyptian Constitutional Referendum Marked by Low Turnout, Allegations of Fraud

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johannes Stern, WSWS*, 17 December 2012 – On Saturday [15 December], the first round of voting on Egypt’s draft constitution took place in ten of the country’s 27 governorates, including Egypt’s two largest cities, the capital Cairo and the coastal town of Alexandria. Egypt’s remaining 17 governorates will vote on December 22.

**Mohamed Mursi. Photo credit: Marzouk113 | Wikimedia Commons.

**Mohamed Mursi. Photo credit: Marzouk113 | Wikimedia Commons.

Coming after three weeks of mass protests against Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the referendum was marked by low voter turnout, violence and allegations of fraud.

The conditions under which the referendum was carried out make a mockery of democracy. Over 300,000 military and police forces were reportedly deployed to secure the polling stations.

One week ago, Mursi issued a presidential decree ordering the Egyptian army to help the police protect “vital state institutions” and “maintain public order and safeguard election facilities” during the referendum.

The law essentially reintroduces emergency law and marks a first step towards the formal proclamation of military dictatorship in Egypt. It gave the military “all the powers of judicial officers,” allowing it to arrest and try civilians during the referendum.

A show of abstention was the working class’s verdict on the reactionary plans of the Egyptian bourgeoisie. Only 33 percent of 25 million eligible voters cast a vote, underlining the widening gulf separating the Egyptian political establishment and the working class.

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