Asia

Japan after Shinzo Abe (II): o novo líder
Asia, Japan

Japan after Shinzo Abe (II): o novo líder

Primeiro Ministro do Japão - Yoshihide Suga No artigo "Japan after Shinzo Abe" (02/09/20), eu me referi à renúncia inesperada de Shinzo Abe ao cargo de Primeiro-Ministro do Japão, in 28 last august. Agora, gostaria de tratar com os amigos da questão da sua sucessão. Conforme mencionei anteriormente, com o fim do mandato Abe, que durou oito anos, encerrou-se o mais longo ciclo de estabilidade na governança do Japão contemporâneo; muito devido à sua liderança, que buscou imprimir sua marca pessoal na gestão, sobretudo no que toca a dois temas fundamentais. O primeiro foi seu esforço – frustrado - de revisar a rigidez pétrea do artigo 9º, da Constituição de 1947, - a “pacifista” - delineada pelos vencedores da II Guerra Mundial nos escombros nucleares de Hiroshima e Nagasaki, a...
Japan after Shinzo Abe
Asia, Japan

Japan after Shinzo Abe

The sudden resignation, allegedly for health reasons, of Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister of Japan, in day 28 last august, before the end of his term, ends a long period in which the country sought to reposition itself in the East Asia region and rediscover its protagonism throughout much of the second half of the last century until the meteoric rise of neighboring China posed practically unreachable challenges for the Japanese government and society, finally snatching from the country the second place among the largest economies on the planet. Abe-san's personal history is confused with that of post-war Japan. He is the heir to a long and influential line of politicians. Your maternal grandfather, Nobusuke Kish, became known for the brutal way ...
Brazil loses space to China in South America
Americas, Argentina, Asia, Brazil, China

Brazil loses space to China in South America

Presidents Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil) e Xi JinPing (China) Brazil is a country with a disproportionate size in relation to its neighbors, especially in economic terms. The result of this is that the country ends up playing "of course" a gravitational force, making the other South American countries end up having their economies very dependent on the Brazilian economy. This condition was no different even when considering the other major economy in the region: Argentina. Historically the argetinos had in Brazil the biggest destination of its exports. In September and October 2019 China occupied that primacy, being the main destination for Argentine exports. It was a small difference and lasted only those two months, what seemed to be something transitory. More to rea ...
NAVROZ, the new year parsi
Afghanistan, Asia, Europe, India, Will, Middle East, UK, Global Themes, Turkmenistan

NAVROZ, the new year parsi

On the last day 16 of august the parsi community of india celebrated the Navroz, your new year, the day she commits herself to renewing hope. Homes are neatly arranged, individuals wear new clothes, exchange gifts and make donations to charities. Nothing much different from Christian Christmas. Tradition of 3000 years, the parsi New Year holiday was created by the prophet Zoroaster, according to legend. But, who are zoroastrians and parsis? Zoroastrianism is considered the oldest of the known monotheistic religions, although there are controversies in this regard. It started with the revelations of Zarathustra, whom the Greeks called Zoroaster. There is not much information about your life; believed to have been born in Sogdiana, no r...
The independence of India and Pakistan: remembering history
Asia, India, Pakistan

The independence of India and Pakistan: remembering history

Yesterday and today Pakistan and India celebrated the 73rd anniversary of independence from Britain. Pakistan's occurred on 14 August 1947, and India right after, in the first minutes of the day 15. Minutes that ended the more than two hundred years that the court of Saint James reigned over British Raj, your “crown jewel”. Exhausted at the end of World War II and unable to maintain its colonial empire, England started at that moment the process of undoing its dominions; I could no longer claim that "the sun never set in the British Empire ..." India has emerged as a secular nation with a majority Hindu population and a large Muslim minority - the third largest in the world, numerically -, while Pakistan, with a population of g ...
The increasingly strained relations between the USA and China
Americas, Asia, China, U.S

The increasingly strained relations between the USA and China

China announced, on the last day 24 July, the order for the United States to close the country's consulate in Chengdu, important city with about 4,6 millons of citizens. It was retaliation for closing, by the USA, of the Chinese consulate in Houston. On the eve, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, visiting Yorba Linda, California, he had spoken[1] using harsh rhetoric against the Chinese communist party or the rulers of that country. Ironically, the location of the speech was Richard Nixon's hometown, the American president responsible for the rapprochement of the USA with China in the decade of 1970. Like this, the two countries step up another step in escalating tensions that have characterized relations between Washington and Beijing, especially in the last two ...
Latin America and BRICS: where Brazil should look
Americas, Brazil, BRICS, China, U.S

Latin America and BRICS: where Brazil should look

The current Brazilian foreign policy has occurred erratically. Although it is argued that it seeks new alignments, the truth is that there is no clear line, based on the pursuit of the country's interests. But not everything is the fault of the current direction that is imprinted on foreign policy, the world has changed and posed new challenges. The structuring polarity of the Cold War has long since ended. Since then, the world has been going through important movements to reorganize the forces, forcing states to seek political positions that offer them more returns. We last 10 years, in particular, this search for a reorganization of the international system was even more confusing. Today the so-called multilateral system is showing ever greater limits, at the same time that we see some powers i ...
Cloister Memorial:… What is the future of Hong Kong?
China

Cloister Memorial:… What is the future of Hong Kong?

Photo Wikimedia Commons International public opinion has been very mobilized in recent times by the confrontations between the population of Hong Kong and the government of the Special Administrative Region / SAR - Beijing “representative” - regarding the status of the city / island. Today's Estadão's article - “Dangerous Message” - addressing the clashes between protesters and Hong Kong Board of Directors authorities regarding the status of the Special Administrative Region, touched the “focus of the wound” when stating that ... “By breaking a basic return clause, China can satisfy its imperialist impulses. But it sends a dangerous message to the world: it is not a reliable country ”. Much has been said lately about this most recent chapter of the ‘libertarian saga’ ...
Cloister Memorial
Asia, U.S, Europe, France, Laos

Cloister Memorial

With regard to a matter from the "Fantastic" about the bombs in Laos COPE - Laos. Photo by Fausto Godoy - Personal archive. Today's “Fantastic” program featured a poignant story on the issue of mines that have not yet been deactivated in Laos and that cause enormous physical damage to the population. To recap the question: US bombing in Laos (1964-1973) was part of an attempt by the “Central Intelligence Agency” /C.I.A. to eradicate or group "Pathet Lao", allied to North Vietnam and the Soviet Union during the Vietnam War (1955-1975). In the context of the Cold War, o Laos, officially neutral, became one of the main battlefields between the United States and China / Soviet Union. Photo by Fausto Godoy - Personal archive. Americans' efforts to save ...
Authoritarianism: the double-edged sword of Southeast Asia
Asia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Authoritarianism: the double-edged sword of Southeast Asia

PAD Demonstration. Sukhumvit Road. Bangkok. 20th October 2008. The word diversity can define Southeast Asia. There are so many dialects, ethnicities, peoples and religions in just 4.100.000 km², that the uniqueness of the region and the entire subcontinent becomes consensual. A China de Mao Zedong, is a pattern that is repeated today in Southeast Asia, when the authoritarian government took the first steps to eradicate poverty and homogenize the population creating the mainstays of contemporary China. The process was driven by Deng Xiaoping, in 1979, when starting the opening of the country to the world. Like a mirror, the southeast asia, marked by such culturally different countries has been converging in an intriguing pattern: fragile democracies, authoritarian governments and the general development of ...