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August  Deaths caused by Hitler – not less than 45 million.

August News-Blog: Yes, There Are Alternatives
 Portugal Rises, Britain Sinks; The Tories Are Revolting; Heatwave – Oilmen Innocent Even Though Clearly Guilty; Young People Think It’s Their World, Their Society; ‘Lewisham East By-Election; Artificial Intelligence’ – it is Automated Officiousness; Gay Cakes; From Russia, Improbably; Planned Addictions; China Rising; The Dirty War in Iraq; Wrecking the USA; California Dreaming; ; The Right to Troll?; Bitcoin is a Crook’s Best Friend; Shame in Ukraine; Poor Little Croatia?; White Helmets, Black Hearts?; Panic?  In Public, My Face Is Recognisable!; Tolerance – Not Unlimited; Undue Tolerance for the Overclass; Hate the Many, Not the Few; Fooled R Us; Needing Good Jobs; Feed the Rich, Crush the Ordinary; Korea; Windrush Scandal; Lukewarm on Israel; British Soldiers Off-Limits?; British Shopping Fading.; China Curbs Overpaid Stars; Chinese Super-Cities; Chinese Beliefs; British Divorce Laws Out of Date; Paris 1968; Protecting Women; Inequality and Investment; Lebanon Changes; Unjust Rules; Failed Cosmopolitanism; Stress; Close Votes Save Mrs May; Tom Wolfe: The False Stuff.
Also available as a PDF – Blog On The News – August 2018

June & July: Feed-the-Rich Economics. How the Mixed Economy won the Cold War.

Democracies and one-party states.  Western Europe’s systems are not the only way.

Newsnotes April 2018: Time On Our Side, You Don’t Need a Gay Indian-Irishman To Know Which Way the Wind Blows, Ambiguous Leftism in the Czech Republic, More Old Hatreds Revive, Jews, Seals and Antisemites, Gaddafi the Second?, Snippets , Don’t worry, be Finland, Money Fit for Crooks, Remembering Stephen Hawking.

Newsnotes May 2018; Policeless policing?, Windrush  – “Don’t Take Truth for an Answer”, Is This the Facebook that Shipped A Thousand Lies?, From Technocrat to Cashocrats, China – Trade Insults, Not Goods?, Snippets, Korea, Wasteful Wars, As Honest as a Fox.

28th May: The 13th Chancellor
Hitler’s Organic Links with British & Wider European Culture
The Uncomfortable Closeness of Adolph Hitler; Fantasy-Genocide in the Modern Mainstream; Hitler’s Misjudgements; Karl Lueger – The Road Not Taken; Mussolini – Our Jews and Other Jews; Who Do You Blame?; ‘Our Jews’ as Other Jews?; The Protocols of Zion –  a Plagiarism of ‘Joly the Miserable’; From Russia With Hate; Antisemitism in the London Times; Joly’s Metamorphosis; The Shaping of Hitler; Who was ‘Joly the Miserable’?; Hitler’s Private Views; Appendix: Was Hitler Really 13th?

8th May – Newsnotes for March:
Cuckoo Capitalism
; Top Accountants as ‘Easy Priests’; Let them starve, but do not sin!; Death of a God-Salesman (Billy Graham) ; China facing the 2020s; Czech Majority Undemocratically Elect Anti-Western Candidate; From Outer Space came Baked Alaska; Snippets: Massive Tory failure in Local Government; The patriot’s Brexit game;Boots, Boots, Boots, Boots, Marching over all of us!.

13th April – Newsnotes for December 2017 and February 2018.

3rd April – Jews as ‘Collateral Damage’ in the Fall of the British Empire:
Part One, Britain’s Exterminating Sea Empire.

No proper understanding of either Zionism or anti-Semitism is possible if you think of these as unique beliefs arising for baffling reasons.  It is wrong to suppose that either are due to some Jewish uniqueness.  To me, it has always seemed obvious that these were typical instances of global human behaviour.  Desires that often run into foolishness, wickedness and ‘ethnic cleansing’.

Racism isn’t necessarily anti-Jewish, and nor is Fascism.  The roots lie in the wrong turning that the expanding British Empire took in the early 19th century.  For while Racism is an older sentiment that Universalism, the remarkable growth of White Racism in the 19th century was led and encouraged by the British Empire.

In the 1920s and 1930s, all Jews including Zionists were caught up in a disaster caused by the decline of the British Empire.  Caused also by the USA’s irresponsible detachment and Hitler’s foolish haste in undermining British hegemony in Europe.

Also available as a PDF, Problems 29 – Genocide in the British Empire

21st March Did Russia do the Nerve Gas Assassination?

13th February – Newsnotes for November 2017

30th December – Newsnotes for October 2017.

19th December – When was the Number of Sovereign States at a Minimum?

22nd November – Feed-the-Rich Economics.  Advert for Problems 31.

12th November – Newsnotes for September.

3rd October – Newsnotes for July / August 2017

Assessing May’s failure in the snap election she chose to call.

12th September

31st August.

Just published, Problems 30.  And Problems 26 & 27 are now on-line.

Problems 30: Jews as ‘Collateral Damage’ in the Fall of the British Empire.  Part Two: The 13th Chancellor (summary only)

Available on-line – Khrushchev Had a Little-Known Trotskyist Past.

Problems 26Smedley: an American Woman Who Loved China’s Red Army

  • How Agnes Smedley found a life’s purpose in China
  • Her connection with super-spy Richard Sorge
  • Her account of the little-known Red Areas in South China
  • The surprising neglect of her work by later writers
  • How she told a genuinely unknown and potentially damaging story about Mao
  • The cowboy scholarship of ‘Wild Swan’ Chang and ‘Doc’ Halliday.
  • Her account of the ‘A.B. Group’, an early split within the Red Army
  • The Chinese Social Democrats’ efforts to created a functional Third Force

Also available as a PDF, Problems 26 Smedley and China’s Red Army

Problems 27China: Agnes Smedley’s Battle Hymn Against Japan

  • Smedley as Stranger In Her Own Land
  • Chinese Trotskyism
  • The little-known Trotskyist influence on Khrushchev
  • Witness at Xian – and Loose Cannon at Xian
  • A Failed Sexual Revolution at Yenan
  • Singing a Battle Hymn of China
  • Persecution by the Ignorant and Powerful
  • Death and Unjust Neglect

Also available as a PDF, Problems 27 – Smedley in the Sino-Japanese War

27th July – Just published, Problems 29.  And Problems 25 now on-line.

Problems 29: Jews as ‘Collateral Damage’ in the Fall of the British Empire. Part One: Britain’s Exterminating Sea Empire (summary only)

Problems 25China: Blue Ants and Dangerous Reds

  • Writing in 1950s, a French writer has no doubt that Mao’s new China is efficient, clean and orderly.  He dislikes the loss of what he sees as the romance of Old China, while not denying the suffering.
  • He also says “”China has therefore been Westernised for a second time, more completely than the first.  China is no longer Asiatic.  At most she will be Eurasian”.
  • The article next studies what the same writer had said earlier.  And then a bizarre US science fiction novel that shows the ignorance and prejudice about China at the time.
  • Finally it looks at the Yangtze Incident of 1949, and how it ended a century of Western intrusion into China’s rivers.

16th June – Newsnotes for April now on-line

24th May

Awed by the Amazing Twentieth?  Is it unreasonable to ask people getting more than £80,000 a year to pay more tax?

5th May

Newsnotes for March 2017.

25th April

7th February

  • Degraded Globalisation.  How the 1980s saw increasing inequality in the West.  But also a fast rise by China, which resisted Neo-Liberal ideas.
  • Newsnotes for November available.

14th January 2017

Added full on-line text of Problems 24 – China 1949: Fixing a Broken Society.

  • The West’s false understanding of ‘Normal Politics’.
  • How the Kuomintang failed to develop anything much during their period of rule. How they failed to confront Global Imperialism, and then were very slow to resist Japan’s expansion into Chinese territory.
  • An interesting account of the first years after 1949, by a Christian missionary who stayed in China when most Westerners left or were expelled.
  • How Edgar Snow was well aware of the crisis after the Great Leap Forward, but noted the unusual weather and did not class it as a famine.

6th November

Did a big catch-up for Newsnotes.  October to December 2015, and March to September 2016.  Brexit, Corbyn and the British Labour Party, Tory policies, Turkish coup and much else covered.

13th October – Newly Available On-Line:

Problems 23 – China: Nurturing Red Stars

  • Why it become the job of the Chinese Communist Party to complete the necessary nationalist revolution that the Kuomintang had backed away from in 1927.
  • The unexpected role of Madam Sun (Soong Ching-ling) in publicising and strengthening Mao Zedong via Edgar Snow’s Red Star Over China.
  • Full article, available online.
  • Also available as aPDF, Problems 23 – Nurturing Red Stars

9th August – available on-line: Problems 22China’s Blue Republic, 1912-49.

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  1. The current list of articles on Tibet did not deal much of Bon, the shamanistic “religion” that was dominant before Princess Wenchang came along. And more importantly, the voodoo like assimilation of Bon deities/demons (wraithful deities aka demons) into what would become known as Tibetan Buddhism. Your list of topics is also lacking coverage of sexual practices among the Lamas and how once when they were dominant during the late Mongol period, they would go around deflowering brides on the first time of marriage…


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