sooo i’ve actually secretly been lusting after EVERYTHING on this blog the entire summer. haaha. DC has been great but in a week and a day i will step off my plane, go immediately to 饒河街夜市 and make contact with an 蚵仔煎…! yessss
not to mention my family at last, of course :) final week let’s make it rock, then 亚洲 take me home <3
This is Now project is a visual composition which uses real-time updates from the ever popular Instagram application based on users geo-tag locations. The tool streams photos instantly as soon as they are uploaded on Instagram and captures a cities movement, in a fluid story.
Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran since 1989, may or may not have some interest in nuclear technology, but he is not especially known as an early adopter when it comes to social media tech. And yet the unelected septuagenarian, after successfully launching his Twitter account (almost 3,000 tweets, over 4,000 followers, and not following a soul), has taken to Instagram. Instagram!
The Republican candidate’s main critique of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is that the president has spent too much time courting America’s enemies and dissing its friends. Under the Obama administration, according to this argument, loyalty and long-term friendship with the US are rewarded with the cold shoulder. Anti-US posturing, by contrast, is rewarded with an apology and concessions. So Obama has made elaborate speeches in the Muslim world, but not visited Israel. He has pursued a reset with Russia but has been accused of cavalier treatment of the Poles and Balts. And he has stressed relationships with rising powers in Asia, while allegedly neglecting old alliances, such as the “special relationship” with the UK.
So Romney has the beginnings of a case to make. The trouble is that the implication of his argument is a promise to return to the Manichean world view of George Bush — in which nations are divided firmly into friends and enemies of the US and policy is set accordingly. Romney has already called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical foe” and promised to designate China a “currency manipulator” on his first day in office — a move that could be a prelude to trade sanctions. In Israel, at the weekend, he came close to encouraging an attack on Iran.
The futility of dividing countries into camps of “good” and “evil” is underlined by the vital and complicated US relationship with Pakistan. On the one hand, the Pakistanis seem to have played a double game over al-Qaeda and the Taliban, which should place them firmly in the “evil” camp. On the other hand, Pakistan has sometimes worked closely with the US over Afghanistan and it is a nuclear-armed state that is threatened by Islamist militancy. The US needs to talk to the Pakistani leadership, however untrustworthy it may sometimes seem to be…
The trouble is that campaign rhetoric cannot all be wiped away, like an Etch-a-Sketch, the moment the candidate wins the White House. Romney is currently staking out positions that would pursue him into office — to the detriment of the US and the world.
— gideon rachman for FT on romney’s foreign policy
all my CPI projects seem to come with catchy video illustrations…
ha, but seriously, creds to CMD for creating this. if you haven’t heard about ALEC, inform yourself with the follow reports (but prepare to be disturbed. AMERICA, my goodness, 没话说): bloomberg businessweek nyt the nation
The nature of America’s alliance with Israel has generated emotional debate in the United States for decades, and there is nothing wrong with a Presidential challenger airing provocative opinions. But Romney’s statements about Obama and Israel have verged on demagoguery. Obama has been staunchly supportive of Israel, providing robust military aid and intelligence coöperation, particularly on the vexed and dangerous issue of Iran’s nuclear program. Romney is intent on ignoring those facts and trashing the President.
Romney’s rhetoric is aligned with that of Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and one of the Republican Party’s leading financial backers. During the Republican primary season, Adelson gave copiously to Newt Gingrich, and he has since donated ten million dollars to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC committed to Romney’s defeat of Obama. Adelson is a fierce supporter of Israel, and particularly of its most right-wing politicians. He has adamantly opposed the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a comprehensive peace with Israel, a goal that has been a mainstay of American Presidents, Republican and Democratic, dating back to George H. W. Bush. Adelson reportedly once referred to Salam Fayyad, a former I.M.F. economist who has won international respect while serving as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, as a “terrorist.”
Romney’s approach to Israel so far indicates a willingness to make common cause with such partners. Even at John McCain’s lowest moments in 2008, it was hard to imagine him tailoring his views on the Middle East to curry favor with a well-heeled contributor.
steve coll critiques romney’s campaign FP trip in the new yorker. no surprise re: mitt’s pandering to adelson and his other $uper rich friends. he also hosted a $50,000/couple breakfast fundraiser for all his big money buddies this morning in jerusalem, which he’s affirmed as the capital of israel (along with implying support for a unilateral strike against iran and saying that tehran should be stopped from even developing nuclear capabilities, etc) without any nod to palestinian concerns.
don’t care how badly you want to be president or please your corporate donors, campaign politics should not be allowed to undermine careful foreign diplomacy and sensitive rhetoric… i can’t read on