9.17.2002

From The Guardian Unlimited


Don’t Mention the Massacre

Discussing the relationship between Australia and southeast Asia, particularly China, and how Australia often overlooks Human Rights abuses in it’s trading partners, to avoid souring relations. During the visit of Chinese diplomat Li Ping, the man who ordered tanks into Tiananmen square to halt student protests, Australian politicians made no mention of his crimes, while they negotiated a A$ 25 billion energy contract with the communist state.
From The Los Angeles Times:


North Korea Admits Abducting Japanese

This article deals with North Korean President Kim Jong Il’s recent confession that decades ago, North Korea kidnapped 11 Japanese individuals to teach language and culture to Korean spies. Although most have died, those who still live may be returned to Japan. As the article states, the Korea’s admission opens the doors for diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time ever, Japan could also act as a diplomatic go-between for The United States and communist controlled North Korea, who the US called part of the “axis of evil”.
From TIME Magazine:

Can Bush Accept Saddam’s Offer?

This article deals with the various aspects of the situation in Iraq, particularly Saddam Hussein’s letter to the UN which has permitted total and unconditional access to Iraq by United Nation's weapons inspectors. It talks about the effect this move will have on the United States goal of a regime change in Iraq, as well as the delicate alliance the United States has built with Britain and other European nations.